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WHY GO MINERAL? DEMYSTIFYING
MINERAL SUNSCREEN

Heard of mineral sunscreen but not sure what all the hype is about? We’re breaking it down to give you a closer look.

Getting to know mineral sunscreen

What is in a name? Let’s start by looking at the UV filters that make up your sunscreen.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MINERAL SUNSCREEN AND ORGANIC SUNSCREEN?

When you don’t understand all the different ingredients, picking a sunscreen can seem daunting. This guide is intended to make sunscreen a much more accessible topic. Fortunately, it’s not so complicated once you know the basics. There are two types of sunscreen: mineral sunscreen (also known as physical sunscreen) and organic sunscreen. The main difference is that mineral sunscreen uses ­physical ­UV­ ­­fil­ters, while organic sunscreen uses organic UV filters.

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HOW DO UV FILTERS WORK?

UV filters are the components in the sunscreen that protect you from UVA and UVB rays. The UV filter in mineral sunscreen is zinc
oxide, while organic sunscreen contains a mixture of organic UV
filters that absorb UV light.

Both UV filters are not absorbed by the skin. Instead they sit on the surface and work by reflecting the sun’s rays. Organic UV filters
absorb UV light and convert it into a small amount of heat. 

Meanwhile, physical sunscreen ingredients (including minerals like zinc oxide) absorb, reflect and scatter the sun’s harmful rays. These are often referred to as “inorganic” or mineral filters. These ingredients are photo-stable, which means they will not degrade upon exposure to sunlight.

Both types of sunscreen types are safe and effective, and many sun protection products combine both types for maximum effectiveness.

WHICH TYPE OF FILTERS DOES COPPERTONE USE?

As a pioneer in sun care, Coppertone offers products that utilize both types of UV filters — with the help of film formers — to offer the best possible coverage depending on different needs and activities.


By doing so, they offer immediate UVA and UVB protection to help prevent sunburns, skin cancer, sun-induced skin allergies and premature skin aging. Additionally, they are water-resistant from the get go.

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WHAT ARE THE KEY INGREDIENTS THAT GO INTO MINERAL SUNSCREEN?

The main active ingredient in our mineral based sunscreen is zinc
oxide, a naturally-sourced mineral widely used as an additive in
numerous materials and products including certain types of
sunscreens, ointments, adhesives, and also in foods.

That’s right — this is actually the same mineral sought after for its
nutritional benefits, and one that is lacking from a lot of people’s
diets since your body can’t naturally store it. But zinc plays a crucial role in your body’s natural processes, including the strength of your immune system and your skin’s ability to heal.

So it’s no wonder why zinc is so effective when utilized for sun
protection. In sunscreens, zinc oxide absorbs, reflects and scatters UVA and UVB rays, and helps protect the skin from the harmful
effects of the sun. The Coppertone products that contain zinc oxide include:


HOW DO DIFFERENT UV FILTERS WORK TOGETHER

For full coverage, Coppertone sunscreens typically use both types of UV filters, however, zinc oxide filters can be used on their own in a sunscreen without organic filters. Coppertone Pure & Simple offers full coverage using just zinc oxide filters. 

WHAT DOES BROAD SPECTRUM ACTUALLY MEAN?

We hear this term all the time but what does it actually mean? Simply put, broad spectrum means that the sunscreen protects from the sun’s damaging UVA (aging) rays and UVB (burning) rays. Both UVA and UVB exposure can cause cancer and a broad spectrum sunscreen is your best defense.



PICKING THE RIGHT SUNSCREEN

Once you know that both organic and mineral sunscreen provide equal protection, you can look at factors that influence your choice.

IS MINERAL SUNSCREEN RIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY?

Because of zinc oxide’s ability to work above the skin, mineral sunscreen is great for the entire family.


It is particularly great for babies and kids because it’s so gentle. Using special sunscreen for children is essential to protect them from damaging UV rays which could lead to sun damage and skin issues later in life.


Dermatologists recommend keeping babies younger than 6 months out of the sun completely and children under three years old should avoid prolonged, direct sunlight exposure. This is recommended because their skin still has not built up it’s own defense yet. Therefore, their young, delicate skin should be protected whenever possible while spending time outdoors.


Mineral sunscreen is also preferred for its ability to reduce skin inflammation and redness for people suffering from acne, rosacea and skin sensitivity in general. Also, mineral sunscreen is a great choice for the face because it doesn’t clog pores.

SELECTING A SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR FAMILY

Coppertone Pure & Simple is a line especially designed for anyone who prefers a mineral based sunscreen. The line offers a range of mineral sunscreens for the whole family, providing 100% mineral sun protection that checks off all the boxes: gentle, hypoallergenic, offering a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and water resistant (80 min).

Baby

Sun Safe Baby

Babies love to play in the sun but their young skin lacks the defensive barrier for resisting sun damage. Keep that sensitive skin protected with Pure & Simple Baby Mineral
Suncreen Lotion
 and keep enjoying what brings your little one joy. 

Kid

Fun in the sun!

Kids are happiest when they’re outside in the fresh air. If they’ve got their cool shades, a cap and some Pure & Simple Kids Mineral Sunscreen Lotion you can let them run wild with peace of mind.

Mositurize

Protect and moisturizes sensitive skin

For people with sensitive skin we have created a Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Pure & Simple, with a fragrance free formula that not only protects the skin from the sun, but also moisturizes it for 24hours. 

Face the sun

Face the Sun

Our faces are always exposed and they’re the first thing that anyone sees. For those reasons and many others, Coppertone created the perfect solution to preserving the sensitive skin on our faces. Face the world and seize the sun with peace of mind with our Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Pure & Simple Face.