Chemical-based sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, while mineral-based sunscreens work as a shield on the surface of the skin.
Sunscreens are designed to protect you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays can damage your skin cells and put you at risk for various skin diseases, including sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging. When choosing a good sunscreen, make sure the product has an SPF above 30, as a skincare product with a higher SPF provides better UV protection.
There are two types of sunscreen products available in the market. One is mineral based and the other chemical based. Mineral sunscreens are said to be organic, while chemical sunscreens are said to be inorganic. Dr. Sushma Yadav, Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon and Founder of Skinology, Bengaluru, recently shared some pros and cons of both types of lotions and sunscreens.
According to dermatologists and skincare experts, chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients such as avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone, while mineral sunscreens contain titanium dioxide and oxide. zinc.
The two types of products react differently on the skin. Chemical-based sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, while mineral-based sunscreens work as a shield on the surface of the skin.
According to experts, mineral sunscreens are best suited for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Advantages and disadvantages of mineral-based sunscreens
Mineral-based sunscreen provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. If you have sensitive skin, this will come in handy because it won’t clog your skin pores. It stays effective longer if your skin is not damp with sweat.
Mineral-based sunscreen should be applied frequently and it can create a white cast on dark-skinned people. It may also be less protective if not applied and reapplied liberally.
Advantages and disadvantages of chemical sunscreen
Since the sunscreen molecules bind together after application, you only need a small amount to get the protection. Additionally, these tend to spread more evenly over the skin.
However, you need to apply sunscreen and leave it on your skin for 20 minutes for it to work. You might face some irritation due to the mix of chemicals used to create a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB protection. It’s not recommended for all skin types, and those with oily skin may experience clogged pores.
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