Alles, was Sie über Sonnencremes wissen müssen: Mineralisch vs. Chemisch

Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen: Mineral vs. Chemical

Anyone who has ever been sunburned knows how important sun protection is. But not all sunscreens are created equal. In this post, we'll go into the details and examine the differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens.

What is sunscreen?

Sunscreens, also called sunscreens, are products that protect the skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two types of UV rays: UVA rays, which can cause skin aging and wrinkles, and UVB rays, which cause sunburns. Both can cause skin cancer.

What are mineral sunscreens?

Mineral sunscreens, also called physical or natural sunscreens, use natural minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to reflect and block UV rays from the skin. They work by creating a barrier on the skin's surface that prevents UV rays from penetrating.

What are chemical sunscreens?

In contrast, chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays. They contain organic (carbonaceous) compounds that penetrate the skin and convert UV rays into heat before they can do any damage.

Mineral vs Chemical: What's the Difference?

There are some key differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens that might influence your choice:

  1. Reactions and Sensitivity : Mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause skin irritation and are therefore better suited for people with sensitive skin. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation, especially in people with sensitive skin.

  2. Protection : Both types of sunscreen offer broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, but mineral sunscreens offer immediate protection after application, while chemical sunscreens take around 20 minutes to take effect.

  3. Environmental Impact : Some chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that may be harmful to coral reefs. Mineral sunscreens tend to be more environmentally friendly.

  4. Consistency and Comfort : Chemical sunscreens tend to be lighter and less visible on the skin. Mineral sunscreens can leave a whitish film, but there are many formulations that are lighter and easier to spread.

How to choose the right sunscreen?

There are a few key factors to consider when choosing a sunscreen:

  1. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) : Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. This value indicates how well the product blocks UVB rays. An SPF of 30 blocks around 97% of UVB rays, while an SPF of 50 blocks around 98%.

  2. Broad Spectrum Protection : Make sure the sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

  3. Waterproof : If you swim or sweat, choose a waterproof sunscreen. Remember that even waterproof sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours.

  4. Personal Skin Type and Needs : Those with sensitive skin may benefit from a mineral sunscreen. However, if you are looking for a sunscreen that is lightweight and barely visible on the skin, a chemical sunscreen might be a better fit.

  5. Sustainability : If you're environmentally conscious, choose a "reef-safe" sunscreen that's free of harmful chemicals that can damage coral reefs.


Whatever your choice, whether you prefer the mineral rocks of sunscreens or the chemical wizards of UV protection, the key message remains the same: protect your skin! Because remember, you only have one skin, and it's not interchangeable like a bathing suit.

When you're basking on the sun-kissed beaches of the Canary Islands, hiking through the exotic forests of Madeira, or enjoying the mesmerizing rhythms of Cape Verde, remember to take your trusty bottle of sunscreen with you. It is just as important as your passport!

Imagine your sunscreen is your personal bodyguard, ready to ward off any harmful UV rays that dare to harm your skin. And he's just as determined whether he's working in the heat of the Sahara or in the balmy breezes of the Canary Islands.

So remember that your sunscreen - whether mineral or chemical - is your best friend dedicated to protecting your skin from the insidious sun while you relax and enjoy paradise.

With that in mind, pack your sunscreen, put on your coolest shades and get ready to enjoy the sun - responsibly and safely, of course!

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