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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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In Sunscreen Debate, Mineral/Chemical Isn’t as Important as Water Resistance

This week the social media world has turned its attention to sunscreen and the debate over whether natural sunscreens actually provide adequate protection. One sunscreen company received backlash over the ineffectiveness of its natural sunscreen and the burns its users received when using it. In response, Good Morning America ran a segment (watch below in non-https or watch on ABC News) Tuesday on whether mineral based sunscreens are as effective as chemical sunscreens. Mineral based sunscreens, which work by creating a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harmful UV rays, are typically made of zinc or titanium, such as SolRx’s Zinc SPF 50 sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens, such as SolRx’s best-selling SPF 50 and SPF 50 Spray, typically include chemical compounds Oxybenzone or Avobenzone and protect skin by absorbing the sun’s rays. The truth is, both types of sunscreens – mineral and chemical – are proven to be effective when used properly, and what really matters is that the sunscreen is water resistant and stays on the skin after it is applied. Using a Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant sunscreen that doesn’t wash off when you are sweating or when you go in and out of water is the only way to ensure the proper UVA/UVB protection. This is where SolRx separates itself from the rest of the Broad Spectrum sunscreens on the market. SolRx sport sunscreens are rigorously tested and proven to provide 480 minutes of protection in and out of the water. It won’t wash off your skin without scrubbing with soap and water and keeps you protected no matter if you’re running, swimming, golfing, or out for a day on the lake. So while the social media world reacts and debates over mineral vs. chemical sunscreens, know that either is a good choice and what you really need to pay attention to when purchasing sunscreen is that it’s Broad Spectrum and Water Resistant.