Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreens: Do You Know the Difference?

Sunscreen should be a part of everyone’s daily routine, as it can protect from skin cancers, early aging spots and sunburns. The two types of sunscreen are mineral (physical) and chemical. 

Mineral sunscreens, with active mineral ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are a wonderful option because they:

  • Deflect UV light.
  • Work on surface of skin.
  • Start protecting skin immediately.
  • Can be applied on top of other skin-care products.

However, they also:

  • Wear off easily.
  • Need frequent reapplication, as compared to chemical sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreens, which account for 96% of all sunscreens used in the United States, are banned in Hawaii due to damage to coral reefs. Still, chemical sunscreens have many benefits:

  • Absorption of UV light into skin, protecting from within.
  • Convenience for wearing under makeup, because they don’t leave residue on the skin.
  • Longer protection from UV light.

But, like mineral sunscreens, they have their negatives:

  • Irritation of sensitive or acne-prone skin.
  • Longer pre-sun wait time: they take approximately 30 minutes to go into effect.

Any sunscreen is better than none, but each person should take the time to find the sunscreen that is perfect for them. The Floating Lotus carries many sunscreens, and we’re happy to help you find the one that is right for you!

Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer SPF 23

This face primer and sunscreen improves the appearance of skin and helps prevent sunburn. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect skin from the sun and soothe dry skin. Cocoa seed extract and lilikoi seed oil serve as antioxidants, as well as hydrating and firming the skin. Larch tree extract gives an extra moisturizing boost.

Red Currant Protective Moisturizer SPF 40 

This mineral moisturizer protects against early aging of skin and prevents sunburn. It contains natural zinc oxide to protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation.

Bright Skin Moisturizer SPF 40 

This moisturizer is special, because not only does it act as a sunscreen but also it has been shown to reduce dark spots by 29 percent and even out the complexion, in just three months.

Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 40 

This zinc-oxide mineral cream is suitable for all skin types. It protects from the sun and hydrates skin. Plus, you’ll love its fantastic scent!

To purchase any of these sunscreens, visit our shop at The Floating Lotus, 900 N. University Ave., Suite 4, in Little Rock, or call (501) 664-0172.

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