Mineral? Non-mineral? Sunscreen? Sunblock? Isn't all the same? Is one better than the other? Which should I use?
Not all SPF products are the same, and there's a lot of science behind how each works. But we'll save the fancy schmancy terms for the guys in lab coats and try to keep this concise! Consider this your super simple guide to sunscreen products!
Mineral Vs. Non-Mineral Sunscreen
The key difference: the ingredients used to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays
Mineral Sunscreen uses physical active ingredients to create a barrier on the skin (AKA Zinc!) They work to protect you by absorbing and reflecting UVA and UVB rays. Zealios Sun Barrier works to filter 98% of these harmful rays.
Non-Mineral Sunscreen uses non-physical active ingredients to absorb rays, turn them into heat, and send them back from where they came from.
Which should you use?
In our humble opinion, mineral sunscreen is the way to go, and we believe this because of the power of zinc! Zinc based sunscreen has come a long way since it was first introduced. There's no more ghost face to worry about! Aside from the aesthetics, mineral sunscreen with zinc is better for those with sensitive skin. Because it acts as a barrier on skin, it sits on top instead of being absorbed in the same way non-mineral sunscreens are.
Further, UVA and UVB rays come in different lengths. UVA rays are longer and can penetrate through windows and glass. Products like Zealios Sun Barrier with zinc protect against those longer UVA rays, while non-mineral sunscreens do not. The bottom line: mineral sunscreens hold up against all types of sun damage.
At the end of the day, we want you to be protected, no matter what! Our biggest reminder to you is to not forget about your skin. It is the biggest organ on our body and it deserves the best protection!