Why use sunscreen?

Sunscreens constitute a large proportion of cosmetic products nowadays. Exposure to detrimental rays from the sun can lead to skin darkening and scores of other issues including skin cancer. That’s why sunscreens are in high demand alongside other skincare products. if you have to spend long hours in the open, sunscreens come in handy to ward off damaging rays, but inappropriate sunscreens can take a toll on your skin in the form of various skin problems. There are two main types of sunscreens.

Mineral Sunscreens

These are primarily comprised of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which shield skin from harmful rays and are safer even when left for longer durations.

Chemical sunscreens

Let UV rays infiltrate into the skin and then different chemicals constituting these skincare products, react with UV rays to convert the ray’s energy into heat which eventually gets dissipated through the skin.

Advantages of chemical sunscreen

The protection offered by the sunscreens lasts longer and application is also straightforward as these do not leave any visible traces on the skin.

Disadvantages of chemical sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens can aggravate issues like rosacea and melasma. The former lead to pimples and red patches on exposed surfaces while later causes brown patches.

Although the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has not yet declared any of the two types of sunscreens hazardous, however, it has raised concerns about 12 active ingredients found in most chemical sunscreens. Of the 12 potentially dangerous chemicals, 4 have been found to make it into the bloodstream at levels fairly higher than what is recommended for most topical drugs. Further research is needed to probe into the harmful effects of chemical sunscreen if any. Oxybenzone which is found in almost every chemical sunscreen is associated with elevated risks of hormonal imbalances and skin allergies. By and large the benefits of using sunscreen surpass the potential risks

Advantages of mineral sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens are widely regarded as safer as compared to chemical ones. Primary ingredients of mineral sunscreens have been recognized as harmless and efficient by FDA. If you have melisma, sensitive, oily, or acne-prone skin then choose mineral sunscreens as chemical sunscreens may aggravate skin conditions because of their tendency to generate heat. Moreover, mineral sunscreens start protecting just after application while one has to wait for 20-30 minutes before going out in the sun to let a chemical sunscreen absorb properly. These sunscreens can also be applied over other beauty products and cosmetics.

Disadvantages of mineral sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens being thick stay on the skin and can trigger acne. People having acne-prone skin should opt for combination sunscreens having anti-acne agents such as niacinamide. Aodour cosmetics are known to have niacinamide included.

Mineral sunscreens don’t absorb properly and leave a white film and reapplication is also needed after some time.

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Which type of sunscreen to choose?


By and large, the mineral type outperforms the other type of sunscreen in terms of safety and efficacy and doesn’t have the drawback of heat generation which may be a severe issue in hot countries like Pakistan. Mineral sunscreens do not absorb into the skin effortlessly and have to be reapplied frequently. The long-term usage of chemical sunscreens is not deemed safe by experts. Broad-spectrum sunscreens featuring SPF of more than 15 offer protection against UVA as well as UVB. It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours to keep harmful radiations at bay.

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