Help! What’s The Difference Between A Chemical And Mineral Sunscreen?

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
Help! What’s the difference between a chemical and mineral sunscreen?

If you’re a religious BeBe reader, you’d know how we always stress about the importance of sunscreen. Sun, rain or wind, you have to apply sunscreen every single day to protect your skin from the damaging UV rays. Having said that, the type of sunscreen you use and how you use it also matters. There are different types of sunscreens available in the market and knowing the difference between them will ensure your skin is better protected.

So, today, we’re going to tell you the difference between a chemical and mineral sunscreen, so you can make a more informed choice. Are you ready to find out more about sunscreens than you already know? Read on.


Chemical sunscreen

Mineral sunscreen

Let’s start off with chemical sunscreens. Simply put, this type of sunscreen contain chemical compounds such as oxybenzone, homosalate, octocrylene and avobenzone that absorb UV rays and then dissolve its potency. This ensures your skin stays protected and the harmful effects of the sun do not come in contact with your skin. However, the chemicals in this sunscreen first need to be absorbed by your skin, this is not safe as it can lead to redness and irritation. Not trying to scare you or anything, but these chemicals can also enter your bloodstream and cause hormone disruption *yikes*.


Mineral sunscreen

Mineral sunscreen

Zinc oxide and titanium oxide are two minerals that are generally used as active ingredients in mineral sunscreen. This type of sunscreen works completely different than its chemical counterpart. Unlike chemical sunscreen, mineral sunscreen does not absorb into the skin and then fight the damaging rays of the sun. Instead, it sits on the surface of the skin as a protective layer and bounces the UV rays off your body. Simply put, it creates a barrier between your skin and the rays and is therefore considered safer. The chances of developing skin problems with this type of sunscreen are relatively lower.

Now that you know the difference, it’s up to you to choose the one that is safer and better for you. Even if you apply sunscreen, it is better to stay indoors between 12 pm to 4 pm or wear hats, sunglasses and scarves to protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun.

Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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