It is no secret that there has been a move towards natural ingredients in the past few years and sunscreens are just one of the products seeing this important change. Sunscreens are now becoming increasingly mineral based instead of synthetic or chemical. Typically sunscreens included ingredients like benzophenone and oxybenzone because of their high UV-absorption rates, but they have been linked to negative health and environmental effects.
Synthetic and chemical sunscreens tend to absorb into your skin and covert sun rays into heat which is then released by the body. But mineral sunscreens sit on top of your skin and reflect the UV rays rather than absorbing them, which is why they are referred to as “physical sunscreens”.
Mineral-based sunscreens are not only better for your health but also tend to have an ocean or environmental safe formula. It is important to pay attention to the nano-size of the mineral-based ingredients, too small and they can still leach into your body and cause harm. Look for sunscreens with ingredients that are larger than 150 nanometers, and use brands that you trust that can provide you with data about their products!
Although zinc-based sunscreens can leave you with white film after application, they are not compromising your health or the environments! Stay tuned for SUR’s new zinc-based sunscreen, which will be available in white and multiple other shades!