Mineral Sunscreen + Why You Need It

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People ask me all the time about sunscreen for little. Which is best? Why? How do you tell the difference? Where do you find the safest ones? Why does safety matter?

I'll say this - I'm no expert. 

But I do have 28 years of living on this planet, 6 years of being a parent and about 4 years of being WOKE (do we still say that? probably not) to the chemicals, harmful effects, and straight up junk in most products, foods, etc we all use on the daily. So I feel I can talk about this with a bit of authority and know-how.

So, mineral sunscreen. What the heck is it?

You've probably heard of mineral sunscreen before and thought "hmm that sounds good?" and it is. And here's why:

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Most sunscreens work by being absorbed in to your skin and then blocking the sun. These are the chemical based sunscreens that we want to avoid. Because, have you ever looked at the ingredients on a bottle of sunscreen? It's impossible and do you really want all that absorbed in to your skin? In to your bloodstream? In your kids' bodies? No thank you. How do you spot chemical sunscreen? It'll include ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, Mexoryl SX and SL, octocrylene, homosalate and octisalate. 

Mineral sunscreen works in a totally different way - it sits on top of your skin and reflects the sun without absorbing all those chemicals listed above. Now just because there's chemicals in most sunscreens that get absorbed in your body doesn't mean they're inherently bad. Chemicals can be wonderful for you and there's not a whole lot of research to show adverse side effects of using it. But for me, I'd rather err on the side of caution - especially - since there's plenty of mineral sunscreens out there that keep those chemicals out of my body. 

Sometimes chemical sunscreens will break down in the sunlight (not good) and leave your skin vulnerable. Mineral sunscreens are what's called photostable which means they don't break down in the light so you're covered longer. 

So while it's easy to grab the tube of sunscreen that looks the best on the drugstore shelf, if you're concerned about chemicals absorbing in to your skin and the possibility of the sunscreen breaking down and leaving you uncovered, I'd go with a mineral sunscreen instead (the textures are getting really great these days!). 

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I love the mineral sunscreen from Beautycounter because of the different kinds of sunscreens I can get. There's a stick that's super easy to apply to your face and to tiny humans, a lotion that I used all last year and loved as well as a new spray which is PERFECT for wiggly toddlers! Beautycounter's is also reef-safe which means it doesn't contain Octinoxate or Oxybenzone, ingredients known to contribute to the collapse of coral reefs! And the spray sunscreen isn't like most that use extra chemicals to propel the sunscreen out of the can - this one is actually air-powered so it's clean as can be (and mamas everywhere let out a sigh of relief)!

My favorite mineral sunscreens from Beautycounter are listed below or you can click here to shop them all!