Not sure what all the hype is about? We’ll break it down for you.
MINERAL VS. ORGANIC SUNSCREEN
Let’s start with the basics. There are two types of sunscreens: mineral sunscreen and organic sunscreen (also referred to as regular or chemical sunscreen). The main difference between the two is that mineral sunscreen uses physical UV (ultra-violet) filters, while organic sunscreen uses organic UV filters.
HOW DO UV FILTERS WORK?
UV filters are the active ingredients in sunscreen that protect you from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Mineral and organic UV filters do this in two different ways:
Mineral UV filters are primarily made up of zinc oxide, which reflects and scatters the sun’s harmful rays. While organic UV filters are made up of carbon-containing compounds, which absorb UV light and convert it into trace amounts of heat.
Neither UV filters are absorbed by the skin, and both are safe and effective against both UVA and UVB rays.
8 REASONS TO TRY MINERAL SUNSCREEN
Once you understand that both organic and mineral sunscreens provide equal broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection, you can explore the benefits of our mineral sunscreens:
1. GENTLE ON SKIN
One of the main reasons zinc oxide sunscreens are so popular is because they go on gentle without irritating sensitive skin.
It’s important to note that regular sunscreens can share many of the characteristics of mineral sunscreen above. The main distinction is that mineral sunscreens are gentler on delicate skin.
MINERAL SUNSCREEN’S KEY INGREDIENT
As we’ve mentioned, the main active ingredient in mineral-based sunscreen is zinc oxide. What you may not know is that it’s a naturally sourced mineral that plays a crucial role in your body’s natural processes, including nutrition, the strength of your immune system and your skin’s ability to heal.
Mineral sunscreens are also often referred to as “physical” sunscreens because the zinc oxide sits on top of the skin and physically blocks and reflects the sun’s rays. Coppertone’s selection of Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen* Lotions (adult, kids, baby, face, sport, spray) offers a protection from zinc oxide as the active ingredient.
WHICH UV FILTERS DOES COPPERTONE USE?
While many Coppertone sunscreens use a combination of organic and mineral UV filters to defend against the sun’s rays, zinc oxide filters can also be used on their own.
In the end, it comes down to your preferences and personal needs. We hope you learned a little something about mineral sunscreens. If you or your kids have sensitive skin, you might want to give them a try. Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine!
* Protection from zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Use as directed.