Sunny Days: Why Mineral Sunscreen Matters

Sunny Days: Why Mineral Sunscreen Matters

Getting enough Vitamin D while also protecting against the harmful effects of excess sun exposure can be a delicate balancing act. Get the best of both worlds by wisely selecting your skincare products. Choosing natural brands, and mineral sunblocks over chemical sunblocks is important. Mineral (also called natural) sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide, which are safe and effective. According to the David Suzuki foundation:

"Chemical sunscreens are formulated with chemical UV filters such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene and homosalate. Studies have shown that many of these chemicals have negative impacts on human and environmental health."

Mineral Magic: A Gentler Shield

Unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb UV rays, mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, sit on top of the skin, deflecting those rays like a shield. This makes them a fantastic choice for sensitive skin, which is more prone to irritation from chemicals. Mineral sunscreens typically contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, both natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin.

Safeguarding Sensitive Skin

Mineral sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection, meaning they shield against both UVA and UVB rays – the UVA rays that cause premature aging and the UVB rays that lead to sunburn. This combination of protection is essential.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Not all mineral sunscreens are created equal. Look for one with an SPF of 30 or higher and that's labeled as "broad spectrum." Remember, mineral sunscreens can leave a bit of a white cast on the skin, but there are plenty of sheer formulas available that minimize this effect.

Sun Safety Beyond Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a crucial part of sun protection, but it's not the only piece of the puzzle. Here are some additional tips for staying safe in the sun:

  • Seek out shade, especially during peak sun hours (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Wear long sleeves and wide brimmed hats, as well as sunglasses
  • Stay hydrated! Keep your Alkanatur bottle filled as you sip through the day

By combining mineral sunscreen with these other sun-savvy practices, you can enjoy all that sunshine has to offer while staying happy and healthy. Now get out there and soak up some sun!

*As always, check with a doctor if you have any skincare concerns, and ensure any new product is safe for you.

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