Mineral Sunscreen vs. Chemical

There are two types of sunscreens: mineral and chemical. Both provide UV protection, but each works differently.

Chemical sun blocks are the most common.

  • Chemical sunscreens penetrate the layers of the skin and work by absorbing and scattering UV rays on contact.
  • They are popular because of the ease of application and clear texture.
  • In large quantities, these chemicals enter the bloodstream and are found in the blood, urine, and breast milk.
  • One of the most common chemical sunscreens is Oxybenzone (or benzophenone-3). It acts as synthetic estrogen and can cause serious hormonal reactions. In addition, the American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) named benzophenones “Allergen of the Year 2014.”
  • Chemical sunscreen actives also produce free radicals, which cause premature aging and DNA mutations that can potentially lead to cancer.
  • Chemical sunscreen actives not only affect your health, but are also known to cause viruses in coral reefs, threatening up to 10% of the world’s coral communities*.

Mineral sunscreens, like many Soleil Toujours products, on the other hand, are created from two naturally sourced minerals derived from the earth: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

  •  They are referred to as “physical” sunscreens because they do not penetrate the skin, and reflect and scatter UV rays on contact.
  • Once applied, they begin working immediately and are more stable than their chemical counterparts (some chemical sunscreens can break down in the sun).
  • They do not damage coral reefs.
  • Traditionally, mineral sunscreens have been associated with a white hue and thick, spackle-like consistency.  However, modern technology has improved the texture and finish, creating more pleasant and efficient applications.
  • Soleil products use the latest and most advanced mineral sunscreen technology, delivering a light-weight, sheer application that transforms the way we think and feel about sunscreen.

* The study appeared online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/01/080129-sunscreen-coral.html