Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreens: What’s the difference?

One thing’s for sure: sunscreen is a total non-negotiable in your daily skincare routine! Unfortunately, it can get a little confusing with all the options out there, right? To help you better understand some of the differences, we’re breaking down some of the main differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens (aka UV filters) to keep your skin at its glowiest, most protected best. 

    How do UV filters in sunscreen differ?

    UV filters are broken out into two categories: mineral and chemical. Both are intended to provide UV protection; however, there are some pretty big differences between the two. Depending on how they’re formulated, you might have a preference based on your skin type, lifestyle, or texture of the product.

    What are chemical UV filters?

    Sunscreens that contain chemical UV filters are carbon-based compounds designed to absorb UV rays rather than deflecting them like mineral ones. During this process, UV rays are converted to heat and then released from the body. While most chemical filters naturally protect against UVB rays, a blend that includes multiple forms is usually required to provide additional protection from UVA. Some examples of chemical UV filters include:


    What are mineral UV filters?

    Mineral UV filters are active metal oxides also referred to as physical or inorganic filters and deflect /scatter UV rays rather than absorb them. Think of them as a physical barrier or shield! What’s great about mineral UV filters is that they have the ability to defend from both UVA and UVB rays automatically. Mineral UV filters include:


    What does The Simple Shield use?

    Mineral! The Simple Shield focus on Zinc Oxide which is great for all skin types, especially if you’re prone to redness, irritation, or even breakouts thanks to its natural calming properties. When partnered with antioxidant-rich Kombucha, you’re not just boosting your protection from the sun, you’re helping defend your skin from harmful environmental nasties like pollution and free radicals. And white cast? What white cast? Our formula is designed to blend in easily on all skin tones without any residue and we even threw in some BHA to make sure your skin and pores are feeling greasy or congested.

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