Zinc Oxide vs. Chemical Sunscreens

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We all know the importance of sunscreen, so I won’t go into why it’s critical to wear every day. Do you know the difference between zinc oxide and chemical sunscreen? I always thought that as long I was applying my SPF, I was safe. Turns out, not all sunblocks are created equal. I guess the first thing we should talk about is the importance of looking for a product that protects against both UVA (cancer causing) and UVB (skin damaging) rays. Look for packaging that states its “broad spectrum”. Your traditional chemical sunscreen features ingredients that help “screen” your body from the harmful effects of the sun, but requires time to sink into your skin before the full benefits take place.

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Most of us tend to apply our sunblock just minutes before stepping out the door, which isn’t enough time for it to fully absorb into the skin, allowing our skin to be exposed to the sun without protection. Mineral sunscreen tends to use ingredients such as zinc oxide that sits on the surface of your skin, rather than being fully absorbed into the skin. This helps to protect the skin more effectively than a chemical sunblock.
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Did you know that a single severe sunburn in childhood may double your risk in developing melanoma? It’s never too late to start wearing your sunblock daily. Although I know zinc oxide is one of the safest ingredients for protecting the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays, I’ve often stayed clear of it due to its thick, white and powdery consistency. It makes it next to impossible to blend into the skin without leaving a white caste. This summer, I fell in love with the new and improved Aveeno Active Naturals Sensitive Skin SPF 50 mineral sunscreen. It’s formulated with naturally sourced 100% zinc oxide to effectively provide broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, without feeling or looking thick, goopy or white. It also contains active natural oats to help calm and soothe the skin, while locking in moisturize.
Aveeno Active Naturals Sensitive Skin SPF 50

After spending hours in the sun, my skin is often left feeling parched, tight and dry. Because Aveeno Active Naturals Sensitive Skin SPF 50 mineral sunscreen is formulated with zinc oxide, that is often used as a healing treatment, it helps to reduce the tenderness of suntans and dry skin. Its fast-drying and completely matte finish is perfect for busy people on the go. You can easily re-apply throughout the day without having to wait for it to fully absorb into the skin. Its lightweight, non-greasy texture doesn’t leave behind any sticky feeling and is hypoallergenic and non-irritating. It keeps skin soft, supple and nourished and is water-resistant for upwards of 80 minutes.
Aveeno Active Naturals Sensitive Skin SPF 50

Since sun protection can sometimes be an afterthought, don’t rely on chemical sunscreens to keep you sun protected. The new Aveeno Active Naturals Sensitive Skin SPF 50 mineral sunscreen will help keep you sun-safe and protect you from the harmful UV rays in a matter of seconds. Since zinc oxide is the active ingredient, it’s more natural than other sunscreens, making it safer and better on the environment. The brand also released a new AVEENO BABY Sunscreen SPF 50 that’s safe enough for your children and perfect for those with sensitive skin. Each retail for $19.99 for 88ml and available at Rexall.

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“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aveeno, but all opinions on this blog are my own. I also want to thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.”

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