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Mineral Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

Mineral Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a topical health and wellness product that protects your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Roughly 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

We all know how crucial it is to wear sunscreen. It prevents sunburn and minimizes sun damage, slowing down the aging process for our skin.

But in the past few years, the things we know about SPF have dramatically changed.

But one thing’s for sure: we should be wearing sunscreen every single day--even on the days we’re wearing makeup.

And there is a method to wearing sunscreen properly. 

Let’s start with the types of sunscreen you can use.

Mineral Sunscreen and Chemical Sunscreen: What’s the Difference?

As you may be aware, there are two major categories of sunscreen: there’s chemical sunscreen, and then there’s physical, or mineral-based sunscreen.

So what’s the difference?

It boils down to your sunscreen's active ingredients, like oxybenzone, octisalate, and homosalate, triggering a chemical reaction when UV light contacts your skin.  Essentially, these active ingredients cause UV light to be converted into heat, which quickly dispels from your skin.

Physical sunscreens use minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to create a barrier on your skin, filtering out harmful rays like a breathable shield.

Both types of sunscreen are effective against harmful rays, but chemical sunscreen has raised concerns in recent years.

This attention gained massive traction in 2019, when a clinical trial from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that several of the active ingredients associated with chemical sunscreen can absorb into the bloodstream at rates that far exceed the FDA’s required amount.

On top of that, chemical sunscreens aren’t so great for the environment.

Scientists have voiced their concerns that in particular, the chemical sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone may disrupt the DNA of coral, and this is contributing to the devastating damage on coral reefs. Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, are completely natural, and do not indicate any potential damage on the environment or our bodies, but it’s very important that they’re used properly.

Whichever sunscreen you wear, remember: any kind of sunscreen is better than none at all! That’s why it’s important to understand how to pair the SPF you use with your makeup, the right way.

When to Apply Sunscreen With Makeup, and How to Reapply

When to Apply Sunscreen With Makeup, and How to Reapply


On days when you’re wearing sunscreen and makeup, the order of application is everything.

So what comes first?

We highly recommend finding a physical (mineral based) sunscreen, to start, apply skin care product first, your favorite moisturizer or your favorite Emani Perfect 10 Serum. This base allow nutrients and help to balance your skin and it has a primer built in to prolong makeup wear. Powdered mineral sunscreens can be swept over makeup to prevent smudging or caking.

Another important thing to know about mineral sunscreen is that they need to be apply every 80 minutes. Emani is all about helping you to look your best and take care of your skin, when in doubt, please consult your dermatologist about your skin health

If you're looking for Emani products with SPF perfect for your skin, checkout these products:

Perfect 10 Primer

Hydrawear Plus

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