Natural SPF vs Chemical SPF - what's the difference?
Natural sun creams use active mineral ingredients; Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25 for example uses Titanium Dioxide. Whereas, chemical sunscreens will use between 2-6 different ingredients. We discuss the pro’s and con’s of each to help you decide…
1. UVA and UVB. When selecting a Chemical SPF the higher the number doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be protected by both UVA and UVB rays. SPF numbers only apply to UVB rays, so be sure to check the UVA protection before purchasing. Mineral ingredients will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, they wont ‘break-down’ as quickly as chemical sunscreens, meaning they’ll offer longer protection.
2. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the suns rays and through a chemical reaction they disperse the heat off our skin. Mineral sunscreens act like a mirror; they reflect the suns rays away from the skin, giving skin protection from both UVA and UVB
3. Chemical sunscreens generally tend to rub into skin much quicker, making them less time consuming. When applying a natural SPF expect to take an additional minute or two to rub your cream in. Natural SPFs are the best choice if you have sensitive skin, or rosacea as they won’t irritate your skin.
Our Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF 25 provides a non-greasy and every day solution to protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Two different types of hyaluronic acid ensure that skin is hydrated and plumed from within, giving a natural dewy finish. Kukui Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, whilst Lavender and Aloe Vera extract calm sensitive and reactive skins.
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