Previously, we began to discuss the differences between chemical and mineral sunscreens. We covered how mineral types tend to form a barrier against UV rays while chemical types absorb and release them. In this second part, we will continue discussing mineral and chemical sunscreens, their differences, and what may make one of them better for you! 

If you have sensitive skin, mineral sunscreens have an advantage. Since they are a barrier on top of the skin’s surface, they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions. On the downside however, that tends to leave white casts which can be noticeable, especially on darker skin tones. 

Chemical sunscreen’s biggest advantage is they are extremely light, being able to blend in quite easily without leaving white cast. A downside with chemical sunscreen is that it takes a few minutes to sit and become effective, normally between 15-20 minutes, while mineral sunscreens offer immediate protection. 

We hope you found this second part about the different kinds of sunscreen and what they do to be insightful for your own skin health! At The Only Facial, we pride ourselves on offering just one facial, the one tailored just for you. With our multistep experience curated to your unique skin type, conditions, and concerns, we think of ourselves as more than just a facial spa, but rather as an experience for lasting beautiful skin. Give us a call or visit one of our numerous locations in Missouri and Texas to book your appointment and find custom skincare for you today!