Not All Sunscreens Are Created Equal

Mineral sunscreens are your best line of defense against harmful UVA/UVB rays!

There are two separate categories of UVA/UVB blocking sunscreens, chemical and physical/mineral.  Chemical sunscreen consists of a mixture of chemicals that come together to block UV rays by creating a chemical reaction that transforms UV rays into heat.  Physical sunscreen is made of minerals that sit on the surface of the skin and absorb/deflect UV rays, preventing it from penetrating the epidermis.

Physical sunscreens have perks!

  • Physical sunscreen protects you from the sun as soon as they are applied. (chemical sunscreens take 20 minutes to start working)

  • Physical sunscreen last longer when in direct UV light. (chemical sunscreens must be applied more frequently because they don’t last as long)

  • Physical sunscreen is gentle on the skin and is less likely to clog pores. (chemical sunscreens can be less gentle, making it less than ideal for sensitive skin

Zinc oxide or titanium oxide are the only two FDA approved physical UV filters for sun protection.

Zinc Oxide is derived from zinc, a naturally highly reflective mineral

Nearly invisible to the naked eye

Antimicrobial properties

Non-comedogenic / oil free

Superior UVA/UVB blocker

Titanium Oxide is a natural mineral derived from titanium

Nearly invisible to the naked eye

Non-comedogenic / oil free

Light weight

Strong short wave UVA/UVB blocker

Some top picks include:

Prevage by Elizabeth Arden

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc

CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide

Sunology Mineral Sunscreen

Aveeno Kids Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen

Trukid Sunny Days Sport Mineral Sunscreen

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sensitive Skin

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby

Every year, the top picks of sunscreens are updated.  Here are three reputable websites to visit to learn more and update on an annual basis.

This has been one of Dr. Hannah’s Picks, a monthly suggestion on products for your eye health. To read past entries, please click here.