Mineral vs. Chemical UV Filters: Everything You Need to Know

A good sunscreen is a necessity for any beach day, but not all sunblocks are created equally. Besides SPF, be sure to pay attention to the type of UV filters used in your sunscreen. There are two main types of UV filters - chemical and mineral. Read on to find out how to distinguish between the two, the differences between them, and why we use mineral UV filters in our sunscreens.

Chemical UV Filters

One of the key differences between chemical UV filters and mineral UV filters is that chemical filters are absorbed into your skin, which can lead to allergic reactions and penetration of potentially harmful ingredients. Chemical UV filters are also harmful for the environment as they  pollute seawater, degrade coral reefs, and are ingested by fish. In fact, chemical UV filters have been banned in several places, including Hawaii, Palau, and Bonaire due to their negative impact on the environment and reefs.

To recognize a chemical UV filter in your sunscreen, look for the following ingredients: oxybenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, octocrylene and avobenzone.

Mineral/Natural UV Filters

Contrary to chemical UV filters, mineral, or natural UV filters act as a layer on your skin, reflecting radiation off of the skin. Because they are not absorbed into the skin, using a mineral UV filter minimizes the risk of an allergic reaction, making it a safe choice for babies and children. Plus, they’re environmentally friendly too! Mineral UV filters also break down easily and harmlessly in the water, so they don’t pollute the ocean.

Because mineral UV filters are often formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, they can be difficult to rub in, leaving a whitish cast. This is frequently remedied by cutting the ingredients into nanoparticles. However, because these nanoparticles can penetrate the skin and little is currently known about their potential effects on the human body, Naïf has opted not to use nanoparticles to err on the side of caution.

What’s New

Our newly formulated SPF 50 Protecting Sunscreen uses titanium dioxide, a natural UV filter, for its skin-friendly and environmentally friendly properties. We’ve also added coconut oil and olive oil to make it easier to apply than ever before. Plus, our brand new packaging is “zero-plastic-inside” certified from the Plastic Soup Foundation and comes in packaging made from sugar cane so you can protect your skin while protecting the ocean.

Try it today and enjoy 15% off with discount code “SUMMER2019”!

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