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Sun care

From mineral sun creams that's kind on our skin and our planet to moisturising after sun, stock up on your sun care to protect your skin with SPF all year round.

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Mineral vs chemical sunscreens

What's the difference?

Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to form a broad-spectrum filter that blocks UV rays. They work by absorbing and reflecting UV light.

In contrast, chemical sunscreens use chemicals to block UVA and UVB rays. These include oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, avobenzone, and others. Both types of sunscreens work to protect you from the sun.

We stock mineral sunscreens at Wild Oats, recommended by our Nutritional Therapists.

Mineral sun cream

Mineral sun cream advantages

Safe for our waters and oceans.

Contains minerals (such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) that are not absorbed into the skin, and so are non-toxic and safe for babies and children.

Mineral sun cream disadvantages

They have a thicker texture, so you need to warm it between your hands before rubbing in.

They can leave a white cast on the skin. The product works by creating a physical barrier that sits on top of the skin’s surface to reflect UV rays.

Chemical sunscreen

Chemical sunscreen advantages

They are generally a better sensory experience, as they rub in completely and don’t leave white marks on the skin.

Chemical sunscreen disadvantages

They are absorbed by the skin and contain chemicals which may be hormone disrupting. Therefore, they may not be the best choice for children and pregnant women.