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Chemical vs. Mineral Sunscreen: What’s the Difference?

We're telling you which one we recommend for redhead skin

We all know sunscreen is vital for healthy skin and sun protection, but choosing the right one for your body can be a little confusing. Today we are breaking down two of the most common types of sunscreen: mineral vs. chemical. 

What is mineral sunscreen?

The goal of sunscreen is to block dangerous UV rays from the sun to protect your skin. Mineral sunscreens accomplish this by physically blocking the rays with ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. 

What is chemical sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreen has the same goal as mineral sunscreen but chemical sunscreen accomplishes it by absorbing the rays before your skin can. This is done with chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.

Are they both safe? 

According to the FDA, both types of sunscreen are safe for daily use. However, some of the ingredients in chemical sunscreens have been noted as having potential safety concerns. Additionally, environmental groups have concerns about chemical sunscreens. 

Which one should I use? Our recommendation:

Any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen, so be sure to always use it when exposed to a UV index over 0, but if you’re looking for the best option for redheads? Opt for a mineral sunscreen. They are generally better for sensitive skin, in most cases are redhead-approved and the ingredients are less harmful to your skin and the earth.

READ: 4 Best ‘Redhead Friendly’ Mineral Sunscreens 

READ: We picked the 8 best sunscreens for redheads this spring 

READ: 10 Best Redhead Sunscreens of 2022

Rock it like a Redhead!