CHEMICAL VS. MINERAL SUNSCREEN
Protect what matters. Learn more about the sun’s effects and the difference between how mineral and chemical sunscreens affect our skin and health.
What is SPF?
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is a measure of how well sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s harmful UVB (ultraviolet B) rays.
A common misconception is that SPF 100 is twice as effective as SPF 50, but the SPF does not represent the percent of protection, nor can SPF be 100% effective.
Here’s How SPF Works:
SPF 15 blocks around 94% of UVB rays;
SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays;
and SPF 50 blocks about 98% of rays.
Does Your Sunscreen Protect You From Both Types of UV Rays?
UV radiation is electromagnetic wavelengths that are produced by the sun.
Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are associated with skin aging, while Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are associated with skin burning.
Some SPF products protect your skin from sunburn (UVB), but not from skin cancer, uneven skin tone, and aging (UVA).
Tanri’s sunscreen is labeled Broad Spectrum, which means it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR SUNSCREEN?
Not all sunscreens are made the same! There are two types of sunscreens that have different ingredients and ways to protect our skin from the sun.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends avoiding active ingredients like oxybenzone, a commonly used ingredient found in many chemical sunscreens. There are concerns that this ingredient may disrupt hormones, cause allergic skin reactions, and absorb into the bloodstream.
The only FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients deemed safe are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, both of which are found in mineral sunscreens.
Here is an infographic on the differences between chemical vs. mineral sunscreens:
Tanri Sunscreen only uses active ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and covers UVA/UVB broad spectrum.
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