When you’re talking about sunscreen, ingredients matter. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are active ingredients in mineral-based (or physical) sunscreens, like our Calming Lotion. Physical sunscreens work by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays, unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb them. Some chemical filters can scatter the sun’s rays, but mostly just absorb.
Our Calming Lotion soothes and moisturises the skin’s delicate moisture barrier while physically blocking both UVB and UVA rays. When comparing the two, zinc oxide is more effective because UVA and UVB rays are separated into longer UVA (UV-ageing) and shorter UVB (UV-burning), and zinc oxide blocks a significantly longer portion of UVA rays so together, these compounds provide an extremely effective defence from UV.
Just remember, if you’re sitting next to a window, you’re still going to be hit by UVA rays since it has the ability to pass through glass. As a rule of thumb, if the UV index is above 3 (which is most of the time in Australia), you should be applying sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time or have your work desk next to a window. Be sure to apply the recommended amount which is ½ teaspoon for the face and reapply every 2 hours if you’re in a sweaty environment.
Additionally, this sunscreen is formulated without fragrance, dyes or alcohol. The lightweight formula calms and soothes while it helps to keep the skin’s surface cooler and minimises the appearance of visible redness. That means it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and leaves a matte finish (you know, if you like that sort of thing ;P). However, if you normally break out from mineral makeup or physical sunscreens, titanium dioxide could be the culprit.
Skincare Tip: The lotion tends to thicken as it rests in the bottle so before you apply it, give it a shake to restore its fluidity.
Zinc has come a long way since the bold white or fluoro noses seen on Aussie cricketers and lifeguards but it’s not uncommon to see this trend today. This sunscreen gives a more natural option though if you’re not a fan of the white cast.
Do you use a physical or chemical sunscreen?