With constant innovation and the advancement of technology, it’s hard to keep up with regular hot topic, SPF. While we’re all in agreement that it’s a daily skincare step not to be skipped, there is still confusion over which formula is most effective and best suited for specific skin types. With the arrival of new mineral suncare brands like Soleil Toujours and new chemical suncare brands like Evy Technology we shed some light on the differences and benefits of both and help you find the best formula for your skin type.
What’s The Difference?
“Sun protection products contain either chemical or mineral filters,” explains Abi Cleeve, Managing Director at Ultrasun. Chemical filters (look for oxybenzone or avobenzone on the label) are like sponges that mop up harmful UV rays, while mineral filters (which contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) work by sinking into the top layer of skin and forming a physical barrier that deflects or bounces harmful UV rays away. Essentially, there’s nothing better or worse about either formula and both mineral and chemical SPF work successfully to protect your skin from sun damage, however you may prefer to choose one over the other depending on your skin type. The most important thing to remember is to always choose products that offer broad spectrum protection – that’s high SPF (we recommend a minimum of 30) and a UVA filter of 85% or above.
The Facts: Are like sponges that mop up harmful UV rays.
Ingredients: Among many, look out for Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.
The Myth: Chemical sunscreens had a reputation for irritating sensitive skin.
Technology: Evy Technology contains several different sun filters. The concentration of each filter is low, but because they interact, they still offer maximum effectiveness against both UVA and UVB rays. This new innovation means the sunscreen is more gentle and hypoallergenic yet still highly efficient.
– Allows skin to breathe and so less likely to cause outbreaks
– Thin, easily absorbable textures
– More resilient when in contact with water or sweat
Skin type: Oily or ageing skin types
The Facts: Mineral-based sunscreens physically block UV rays.
Ingredients: Look out for Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide.
The Myth: Traditionally, mineral sunscreens were known for being thick and chalky and difficult to absorb into skin, leaving a visible, white layer on the surface, which was especially visible on darker skin tones. As the product sits on the skin’s surface it can also clog or block pores and so is not best for skin prone to congestion.
Technology: These days, thanks to advanced technology, mineral-based sunscreens have come a long way and new formulas, such as those from Soleil Toujours, Radical and Dr Dennis Gross, are made using much smaller particles that absorb into the skin without leaving a visible trace behind or blocking pores and causing congestion.
– Sinks into skin and begins to work instantly on application
– Kind to sensitive skin
Skin type: Sensitive or younger skin types