Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen
There’s a lot of conversation around mineral vs. chemical sunscreen. The key difference between the two is that chemical sunscreen contains ingredients that absorb into the skin and create a chemical reaction that converts UV rays into heat, and releases that heat from the body. On the other hand, mineral sunscreen, like SunShady and SunFilter, form a physical barrier on top of skin to shield UV rays from hitting your skin at all.
Is Mineral Sunscreen Better?
Two of the most commonly used active ingredients in chemical sunscreen are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are found in over 3,500 sunscreen products. These have been shown to have negative effects in that they’ve been linked to hormonal disruption and damage the health of marine life, particularly coral reefs. When chemical sunscreen washes off the skin and into the ocean, oxybenzone and octinoxate have toxic effects in that they damage corals’ DNA and decrease their defenses against bleaching.
So, what about mineral sunscreen? Also known as physical sunscreen, mineral sunscreen contains titanium oxide, zinc oxide, or a combination of both. Neither of these ingredients absorb into the skin. Zinc oxide offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and is non-comedogenic and unlikely to cause irritation, making it great for all skin types. Unlike chemical sunscreens, which typically need to be applied 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure, mineral sunscreens provide protection immediately after application.
SunFilter & SunShady: Superior Mineral Sunscreens
SunFilter and SunShady aren’t your average sunscreens. These non-nano 100% mineral zinc oxide sunscreens are formulated to keep your face and body fully protected so you can live your life without limits while defending your healthy, youthful glow every single day.
Here’s everything you need to know about our long-awaited face and body mineral sunscreen along with five reasons why they belong in your daily skincare routine:
1. Total Protection for Face and Body
SunFilter & SunShady provide dual protection against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause photoaging, wrinkles, and age spots, and comprise approximately 95% of the UV radiation that reaches our skin. UVB rays are more harmful and are the primary cause of sunburns, but both types can potentially cause skin cancer.
But let’s not forget that the sun isn’t the only thing your skin needs to be protected from. Today, mere sun protection isn’t enough – while not visible, environmental free radicals and blue light from your digital devices can be just as damaging to your skin. Your skin needs something that goes beyond UV protection to give you total protection and support your modern lifestyle.
You’ve likely heard that blue light exposure, especially during nighttime, has negative effects on the eyes. We hate to break it to you, but blue light can also affect your skin in the form of skin damage and premature aging, which is why our mineral sunscreens are designed to provide blue light protection. Research shows that blue light emitted from digital devices can pose a threat to skin health. These include computer monitors, smartphones, tablets screens, laptops, flat screen TVs, and LED light. Blue light can trigger certain skin conditions like melasma, cause inflammation and hyperpigmentation, and contribute to wrinkles.
With SunFilter and SunShady, you can stay protected even in the digital world. Whether you’re in front of a screen at your day job, scrolling through social media, or just an avid taker of selfies, these mineral sunscreens have you covered.
Pollution has major effects on skin health. It can cause inflammation, break down collagen, and disrupt the skin barrier, so you need something to shield your skin from smog, urban dust, smoke, and other harmful air particles. SunFilter and SunShady offer protection against environmental stressors like free radicals and air pollution, so if you’re a city dweller, these are the perfect addition to your daily skincare routine. When we say total protection, we mean it.
More than sun-proof. Life-proof.
Protect your face and body from harmful UV rays, free radicals, blue light, and environmental pollutants with these non-nano 100% mineral zinc oxide sunscreens for everyday use.Protect Your Glow
2. Defend Against Premature Aging
Can your sunscreen fight early signs of aging? Ours can. SunFilter and SunShady are designed to prevent skin damage before it starts, plus they both offer 2.45x more free radical protection when compared to standard mineral sunscreen. They contain the only known UV protective actives that shield skin from damage caused by UV rays, pollution, and free radicals. Their unique formula boosts the power of antioxidants by up to 500% to help keep skin healthy, glowing, and youthful.
3. Environmentally-Friendly and Reef-Safe
According to the National Park Service, 4,000-6,000 tons of sunscreen enter reef areas every year. Underwater activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving are quite the adventure, but we often forget that products can rinse off our bodies and negatively affect marine life. One way to help protect marine life, including coral reefs, is by being more mindful of the sunscreen we use. Luckily, finding a reef-safe sunscreen that’s also effective isn’t hard at all. SunFilter and SunShady are reef-safe, water-resistant, and sweat-proof, so you can rest assured that you’re helping to protect your skin and preserve our oceans. Good for you, good for the planet.
4. Packed With Powerful Antioxidants
Like all the other skin treats in our collection, SunFilter and SunShady are jam-packed with antioxidants to help protect your skin from free radical damage and nourish your skin from the inside out. Both are formulated with a blend of vitalizing vitamins and plant extracts with skin-loving benefits:
- Grape Seed: to even skin tone and boost skin’s moisture levels, softness, and elasticity
- Green Tea: to help detoxify skin naturally and reduce sebum production
- Vitamin C: to clarify and brighten skin and promote an even skin tone
- Vitamin E: to moisturize, heal, and strengthen skin
- Floralux: our exclusive chlorophyll-copper blend to visibly reduce redness and hyperpigmentation and even skin tone and texture
- Organic Chamomile: to soothe and calm skin
5. Help Hydrate Your Skin
Not only do our sunscreens contain powerful antioxidants, but they’re also made with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba seed and squalane. Jojoba seed helps soothe and repair skin, and is deeply hydrating and nourishing. We use squalane derived from sugarcane, which helps condition and hydrate skin to keep it plump and soft. With the help of these two ingredients, SunFilter and SunShady blend effortlessly and leave no white cast. SunFilter, our facial sunscreen, leaves a featherweight finish that serves as the perfect canvas for makeup. It even doubles as a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer for everyday use so your skin stays both protected and hydrated.
When it comes to sunscreen, we clearly don’t do basic. Trade your chemical sunscreen for SunFilter and SunShady -- they go above and beyond, just like you. No matter where your day takes you, these two antioxidant-rich skin treats have you covered from head to toe.
Abby Vinas has long been an active member of the holistic health community, advocating in favor of its benefits to both our physical and emotional well-being. Her commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle has made her an authority on self-care practices. Abby is passionate about fitness, nutrition, and proper skincare, and is also an avid lover of avocado toast and dog-petting.