What you need to know when choosing physical barrier or mineral-based sunscreen for safe, long-lasting protection and a beauty boost too!
By Justine Tayl0r
There are all sorts of sunscreens on the market. Going without sunscreen is not up for debate — we wear it all day, every day. It’s a no brainer.
But what is up for debate is whether to use sunscreens with chemical filters or not. Some studies have shown a link between chemical UV filters that absorb into the skin and hormonal disruption. Although inconclusive, these studies may inspire you to consider your options. That’s why we decided to gather up a list of some of our favourite chemical-free sunscreens to consider for you and your family.
What are chemical-free sunscreens?
Chemical-free sunscreens, referred to as physical barrier sunscreens or mineral-based sunscreens, are natural products that offer protection from both UVB and UVA rays. Dr. Julia Carroll of Compass Dermatology in Toronto says, “The most important thing to look for on the label is the term broad spectrum with a minimum of SPF 30. This means you’re getting protection from both UV rays. UVB rays are the ones that cause the sunburn on your skin and can lead to skin cancer. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the dermis (skin) and contribute to photoaging and skin damage, weakening collagen and elastin.”
The chemical-free options below provide broad spectrum UV protection and contain the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These natural minerals are safe, gentle on the skin and won’t clog pores. Gone are the days of thick, gooey, white zinc sunscreen with unpleasant textures.
Dr. Carroll says the newest generation of mineral-based sunscreens or physical barriers are lighter, more cosmetically pleasing and people with sensitive skin won’t find them irritating. They come sheer or tinted, moisturizing or matte and can be worn under makeup or as makeup with various tinted versions.
Dr. Francine Gerstein of True Medispa also prefers to use Physical Sunscreens over Chemical. She has concerns over possible hormone disruption from the small molecules in chemical Sunscreens that can pass through the skin. She also described the reduced photo stability of chemical Sunscreens when exposed to the sun’s rays. According to Dr. Gerstein, 30 SPF in a chemical sunscreen is not 30 SPF after a couple of hours because the chemicals break down with sun exposure. The physical barriers of titanium oxide and zinc are more stable during exposure.
She also likes to direct her patient’s attention to not looking at the percentage of UV rays blocked by a particular SPF but rather to look at how many get through. An SPF of 30 allows half the amount of rays through as an SPF 15.
Mineral-based cosmetically elegant formulas that glide on beautifully – available in various tints and textures. Free from parabens, sulfites, petroleum, mineral oils, dyes and chemical filters. alumiermd.com
Colorscience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 50
Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen offers powerful SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection, alone or over makeup. SPF and finishing powder in one simple, on-the-go application. colorscience.com
Babo Botanicals Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40
This ultra sheer, lightweight and hypoallergenic formula contains organic aloe vera, avocado and jojoba oil as well as powerful anti-oxidants. Perfect for use as a daily moisturizer and/or under makeup. babobotanicals.com
All Good Zinc Sunscreen Butter SPF 50
Water-resistant to 80 minutes, the six ingredients that make up this product are certified organic, coral-reef safe and provide serious UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. allgoodproducts.com
All Good Tinted Lip Balms SPF 18
Made with organic ingredients and essential oils, this all-natural lip balm glides on and protects your lips while offering beautiful sheer colour choices. allgoodproducts.com
Juice Beauty SPF30
A water-resistant, chemical-free SPF, with broad-spectrum sun protection for the ultimate sun and sport fun.
EltaMD UV Physical
Broad-Spectrum SPF 41. For oil-free sun protection with just a touch of color, our lightly tinted UV Physical is a healthy choice. This chemical-free natural mineral sunscreen has antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. Water-resistant UV Physical withstands water, humidity and perspiration.
Badger Unscented Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
Badger Balm Unscented Sunscreen Cream is a totally natural sunscreen for the whole family. It is a biodegradable and environmentally friendly sunscreen that’s rich in Certified Organic ingredients, and is water resistant (for at least 40 minutes). This is a beneficial product that you will want to consider using this summer. It is also safe for children of all ages, and it blocks both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturizes while they protect you from the sun.
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