I recently counted the number of sunscreens at my local drugstore. There were 118 choices. Oddly, the display wasn't even that big, but the number of different products all leading you back to one specific need, had quite the range. I'm sure you can imagine the selling points: SPF, scent, sport, face, water-proof, sweat-proof, oil-free, ease of application....there's a lot to decipher.
To simplify: Most of the conventional sunscreens available are chemical sunscreens as opposed to mineral sunscreens.
Chemical sunscreens have inferior stability, penetrate the skin and often contain known hormone disruptors, like oxybenzone, which is found in 80% of chemical sunscreens according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group). This collection of sunscreens is also likely to include phthalates, via the fragrance added for a tropical olfactory experience of synthetic coconut.
Mineral sunscreens are made with either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide or both. At MightyNest, we have selected sunscreens that are made with non-nano, uncoated Zinc Oxide (content of 12-22%), which offers excellent protection from both UVB + UVA rays. Read more...