Both physical and chemical sunscreens are designed to help protect you from UVA and UVB rays, however they work in different ways. Physical sunscreens create a barrier on the skin that filter out UV rays, prevent sunburn and skin cancer, while chemical sunscreens absorb like a sponge and scatter the sun's harsh UV rays. In general, physical sunscreen is less irritating and has a lower impact on the environment!
Let’s get to know more about the benefits of physical sunscreens:
1 Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
Zinc oxide is the most popular ingredient of physical sunscreens as it provides strong protection against the broadest range of ultra-violet rays, thereby protecting skin cells from the damaging effects of sunlight.
2 Less Likely to Irritate Sensitive Skin
The formula of physical sunscreens is relatively simple and gentle. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only two sunscreen ingredients deemed fully safe and effective, according to recent FDA findings, not to mention that mineral formulas tend to be less irritating and problematic for sensitive or acne-prone skin. If you have sensitive skin, always be careful to read the ingredient list and look for physical sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
3 Environmentally Friendly
Chemical sunscreens contain plastic particles which is bad for human as well as the ocean. Results showed that the ingredients will also be absorbed into the body’s bloodstream through the food chain. However, zinc oxide has been proven safe to be used and FDA (The US Food and Drug Administration) has approved its safety. In addition, take a further step to protect the Mother Earth by choosing the sunscreen tubes that are manufactured from recyclable/ existing excess plastic.
4 Reef & Ocean Friendly
Nano and Non-Nano refer to the size of the zinc oxide particles used in a sunscreen. By making the ingredients “non nano” it means that the particles aren't small enough to penetrate the skin. Recent studies show that the common ingredients of oxybenzone and octinoxate (the ingredients that are commonly found in chemical sunscreens) are amongst the biggest culprits that lead to coral bleaching, while zinc in The Kind Sunscreen is “non-nano”meaning that the particles are larger and not easy to be absorbed by the skin and corals.
The Kind Sunscreen combines the healing properties of nature with the latest in sunscreen science. Made with just 9 natural ingredients. The Kind Sunscreen is not only kind to the environment but also safe for all of us – babies, breastfeeding mums and those with allergies or sensitive skin.