is mineral or chemical sunscreen better

Is Mineral or Chemical Sunscreen Better

Dalaise Hickey
If you are trying to decide on which sunscreen is the right option for you and your child, it can be a hard decision to make. Mineral sunscreen has often been shown to leave black skin looking chalky and with a substantial white cast. Because of this, many people of darker skin tones prefer chemical sunscreens. With Zinc Oxide, one of two mineral active ingredients for sunscreen, it is nearly impossible to completely avoid some residue the darker your skin is. This is due to Zinc Oxide’s white color. Thankfully, BabyDonna’s Sheer Mineral Sunscreen was formulated to better blend and absorb into darker skin tones to help reduce and avoid that thick chalky white cast.

While chemical sunscreens can help to avoid a white cast. Recently, there has been a growing concern around the active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens. Recent research has shown that some of these ingredients can be absorbed into the skin and enter the bloodstream.This is quite concerning for anyone but especially when thinking of babies and children. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are both active ingredients for sunscreen that are deemed generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) by the FDA. Currently, the FDA has determined more information is needed regarding the other 12 active ingredients found in sunscreens to determine if they are safe or harmful.

In another look between mineral and chemical sunscreens. There are distinct differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens and their effects on the environment. Chemical sunscreens unfortunately are harmful to the ocean and coral reefs. So if you are concerned with the environment and protecting the ocean then a mineral sunscreen is likely the best option for you.

Ultimately, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen. However, if you are looking for a safe mineral sunscreen option to provide broad spectrum protection for your child. BabyDonna’s Sheer Mineral Sunscreen stick is made up of 100% non nano active ingredients and contains plant derived inactive ingredients. It is both dermatologist and pediatrician approved making it a safe option for the environment and your baby.