Chemical Sunscreen and Mineral Sunscreen

Posted by Donghyun Kim on

Sunscreens are no alien to anyone with or without a skincare knowledge. It has been there in the market for decades and has almost become a part of our lifestyle. 

Sunscreen is the most important step before getting out of your house. It is the shield that protects you from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun. The protection by a sunscreen not only helps you to save your skin from the harmful rays but helps to prevent skin cancer and pre maturing. 

When it comes to choosing the right sunscreen that eventually has to be your go-to sunscreen, it may take several rounds of hit-or-miss. The market of sunscreens is so widespread that it too can confuse many.

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Let’s look at Chemical sunscreens at a glance:

Chemical sunscreens are lightweight and gel-like. It can easily blend and does not leave any white cast or residue. It has active ingredients which get absorbed into the skin.

The active ingredients inactivates the UV rays through a chemical reaction, which turns it into heat. The heat then dissipates. 

It is a much breathable and comfortable sunscreen as it goes deep into the skin but at the same time can cause irritation if the ingredients do not match the skin type. Hence it is best advised to use a trusted brand with credible sources of ingredients and manufacturing, also

apply the sunscreen at least 20 mins before stepping out.

Now, what is Mineral Sunscreen?
Mineral sunscreen is also popularly known as physical sunscreen. It does not go deep into the skin layers but forms a protective layer on the top of the skin. This helps to bounce back the harmful rays of the sun. 

Mineral sunscreen usually contains active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which forms the shield. It is naturally a broad spectrum sunscreen. One of the cons of this type of sunscreens are white cast or residue, which may appear prominent on darker skin tones. Since mineral sunscreen sits on the top layer of the skin, there are chances that it may bring some irritation to the pores, which can result in breakouts. This may also lead to excess sebum secretion due to which the skin may feel heavy and oily.

How can one choose the right sunscreen?
There is no right or wrong in choosing sunscreens. Sunscreens are very much necessary for our daily life. Bad sunscreens are also better than not wearing sunscreens at all.

The answer to the question depends on personal choice, as chemical sunscreen can be more comfortable for a regular use and some skin types are more suited to zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are present in mineral sunscreens. 

Laboshe Watery Sun gel SPF 50 PA++++ is a chemical sunscreen which is made from handpicked Korean ingredients. It is meant for all skin types. The watery gel-like consistency does not irritate the skin beneath and protects the skin barriers from the harmful UV rays.

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