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Sunscreen! Mineral vs. Chemical

Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Overexposure to sunlight increases the chances of wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. UV radiation breaks down the collagen in your skin which is responsible for keeping skin firm. Whether you choose to wear a mineral or a chemical sunscreen, avoiding sun damage is imperative when maintaining the health of your skin.

Mineral Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. It is recommended for those who have rosacea or sensitive skin.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical Sunscreens contain organic (carbon based) compounds, which create a chemical reaction once the UV rays hit the skin. The reaction changes the UV rays into heat, and then releases that heat from the skin. This reaction can increase the overall temperature of the skin, so it is not recommended for those prone to redness or who have rosacea.

Plenty of people are paying closer attention nowadays to what kind of chemicals are in the products they use. Here is some more information on the top two talked about chemicals commonly used in sunscreen:

Oxybenzone: Seems to be becoming known as unhealthy. It has shown to affect hormone levels in humans, and cause allergic reactions. Studies have been done that show it as a possible cause in shorter pregnancies. (Oxybenzone is not found in ANY of the Image Skincare Sunscreens)

Octinoxate: This has been used in sunscreen a long time. It acts as a UV filter. Some people have been concerned about its affect on hormones in animals, but no tests have been done on humans. It is allowed at 7.5% concentration in cosmetics by the FDA. (It is the 2nd ingredient in the Image matte sunscreen, the first ingredient is zinc oxide)

Whether you decide a mineral or chemical sunscreen is best for you, it is always a good idea to protect your beautiful skin from the harmful effects of UV rays! Shine on!

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