Chemical vs. Mineral: Educating Clients on SPF

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that sunscreen is essential. What is not so universally acknowledged is that different types of sunscreen offer different levels of protection.

We’re not talking about SPF numbers, either!

Here’s what you need to know about the differences between chemical- and mineral-based SPF products, how each works, and why mineral SPF products beat chemical SPF products.

Why SPF Is Important

Before you can begin talking to your clients about which SPF product is right for them, you have to impress upon them the importance of applying SPF products daily.

Many people are already aware of how important SPF is in the fight against skin cancer caused by exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. What they may be less familiar with is the cosmetic concerns that can be made worse by exposure to UV rays, such as:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Scarring

As long as they’re applying products with an SPF of 30 or greater each day, then they’re taking steps that will make a big difference to the look and feel of their skin.

Chemical and Mineral SPF Products: How They Work

As we already touched on above, there are two main types of SPF products out there: chemical and mineral. They work in two distinct ways, but both help to protect the skin from the damaging UV rays of the sun.

Chemical SPF Products

Chemical SPF products are made with organic, carbon-based compounds. They work by absorbing the UV rays of the sun. Then, through a chemical reaction, they convert the UV into heat that is released from the skin.

These products are absorbed by the skin itself.

Mineral SPF Products

Mineral SPF products sit on top of the surface of the skin and are not absorbed by it. Instead, they work by reflecting the rays of the sun.

The minerals used in these products, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, work to physically block UV rays from touching the skin.

Why Is Mineral SPF Better?

Any SPF product used consistently is better than nothing. But it’s important to let your clients know that mineral SPF products will provide the most protection.

Why? There are several reasons to recommend mineral-based products, especially those made with zinc oxide.

Here are just a few:

  • Keeps the skin cool – Zinc oxide allows the skin to breathe and keeps it cool to the touch, helping to maintain the temperature of the skin. If you have a client that struggles with inflammation or redness, this can be beneficial.
  • Improves collagen production – Damage from UV rays destroys collagen in the skin. The zinc in mineral-based SPF helps to activate collagen production in the skin, which can help keep the skin plump, elastic, and toned.
  • Works as acne treatment – For those prone to acne, zinc oxide can also help to inhibit the growth of the bacteria that causes acne and helps to regulate sebaceous glands. It can also tighten pores and make them harder to see.

IMAGE Skincare utilizes a new formula for sun protection products that includes zinc oxide. It’s lightweight and layerable, with a natural-looking finish. Make sure to encourage your clients to give it a try and guide them away from chemical SPF products!