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Mineral Sunscreen: The Oxybenzone-free Alternative

Mineral sunscreen, also known as physical barrier sunscreen, is becoming a hot category in the world of sunscreens, and for good reason. As an oxybenzone-free alternative to chemical sunscreen, mineral-based sunscreens are naturally broad-spectrum, so they provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.Mineral-based Oxybenzone-free-Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreen contains active ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, providing the ultimate barrier against the sun’s harmful rays. And unlike chemical sunscreens which penetrate the skin and absorb the sun’s rays like a sponge, mineral sunscreen works by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting the sun’s rays.

Why Opt for Oxybenzone-free Sunscreens?

This issue with most conventional sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and other chemicals is that they’ve been shown to bleach and cause damage to the ocean’s coral reefs. Additionally, because chemical sunscreens absorb into the bloodstream, some individuals may experience skin irritation, cell damage, or even hormone disruption. As such, many consumers are turning to mineral sunscreen as a safe and effective solution for both users and the environment.

While certain types of chemical sunscreen work just fine for most individuals, more and more individuals are becoming conscious of oxybenzone-free alternatives.In the case of SolRx, zinc oxide (the main ingredient in most our mineral sunscreen products) is also the only active sunscreen ingredient approved for use on children by the FDA. This makes products like our SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen Stick for Face and Ocean Friendly SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen preferred options for parents.

Benefits of Mineral-based Sunscreen

To underscore all of the reasons you should be using mineral-based sunscreen, below we list seven primary benefits.

  • Provides immediate protection from the sun as soon as it’s applied with no wait required.
  • Protects against both UVA and UVB rays, as mineral sunscreen is naturally broad spectrum.
  • Less likely to clog pores, making it ideal for those with blemish-prone skin types.
  • Lasts longer when in direct UV light (compared to sunscreens with chemicals), but this may vary when doing physical activities that cause sweating.
  • Less likely to cause skin irritation, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin
  • Better for individuals with heat-activated skin (such as those with rosacea and redness) because it deflects the sun’s heat and energy away from the skin
  • Mineral sunscreen often has a longer shelf life

While it ultimately depends on the type of mineral-based sunscreen you choose to use, SolRx can help you find an oxybenzone-free sunscreen that best suits your needs.

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Differences Between Sport Sunscreen vs. Regular Sunscreen

Sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. It’s a common comparison that can carries some misconceptions.

In short, there are many characteristics that define sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. Sport sunscreen offers enduring SPF protection compared to most regular sunscreens. But that’s not all. Below are a few more reasons why you might want consider sport sunscreen over regular sunscreen products.Sport Sunscreen vs Regular Sunscreen

Not All Regular Sunscreens Offer Broad-Spectrum Protection

There are two primary types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both. According to Mayo Clinic:

“UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.”

While it’s common for most sport sunscreen formulas to be broad-spectrum, not all regular sunscreens offer this line of defense against UVA and UVB rays. For this reason alone, it’s highly advised to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure complete protection against the sun.

Sport Sunscreens Are A Win For Prolonged Water Immersion

Unlike regular sunscreen, sport sunscreens are usually tested to measure how water resistant a formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) starts to wear off. While such testing is tailored for prolonged water immersion, such as sunscreen for swimmers, it can also reflect sweat resistance.sport sunscreen for swimmers

As defined by Mayo Clinic, “the term water resistant means that the SPF is maintained for up to 40 minutes while swimming or sweating. Very water resistant means the SPF is maintained for 80 minutes.”

Here at SolRx, we teamed-up with AMA Testing Labs to design a trial that would measure the performance of our WATERBLOCK® formula (the basis to our sport sunscreen products.) After testing the formula, AMA Labs confirmed our sports sunscreen to be water resistant for over 8 hours. This test defined our WaterBlock® products as some of the best sports sunscreen for water immersion.

Some Sport Sunscreens Offer Easier Applications Vs. Regular Sunscreens

sport vs regular sunscreenThere are many different types, or applications, of sunscreen. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of using different applications include:

  • Sticks – Sunscreen sticks, such as zinc oxide sunscreen sticks, are useful for quick application, particularly around the face and eyes.
  • Creams – Cream sunscreens often contain moisture-rich qualities making them ideal for dry skin
  • Lotions – While lotions might take longer to rub-in and absorb into the skin, they are often preferred for application on large parts of the body that need more coverage. Lotion sunscreens also tend to be less greasy compared to creams.
  • Gel – Although less common, gel sunscreen works best in hairy areas, making them good options for men.
  • Spray – Popular among parents because they’re easy to apply on children, spray sunscreens are a convenient option found in both sport sunscreen and regular sunscreen products. Because it’s difficult to determine how thorough you’re applying a spray sunscreen, apply a liberal and even coating.

Sports Sunscreens Are Often More Eco-friendly & Reef Safe

Whether you plan to go surfing or just hit beach, many individuals are conscious of the environmental impact that some sunscreens can have. A recently released report claims that most regular sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, impacting the reefs ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues. That’s why countless sunscreen producers are designing products that are eco-friendly and reef safe.

Eco-Friendly Sport Sunscreen

Most of these sunscreen manufacturers, like SolRx, design sport-specific sunscreen for individuals who are active around oceans and other natural bodies of water. In fact, SolRx products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin.

Like many of the best sports sunscreens, SolRx formula remains on the individual for 8 hours and sustains 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.

Sport Sunscreen vs. Regular Sunscreen: The Last WordBest Sport Sunscreen vs Regular Sunscreen

In addition to athletes, sport sunscreen is often an appropriate option for anyone looking to get wet, work-up a sweat, or enjoy several hours of sun exposure. Offering more advanced, broad-spectrum protection capabilities, a good sport sunscreen is often the better choice versus regular sport sunscreen.