Understanding Sunscreen: Organic vs. Chemical

Understanding Sunscreen: Organic vs. Chemical

When it comes to protecting our skin from the sun's harmful rays, sunscreen is an absolute essential. However, with the amount of options available on the market, choosing the right sunscreen can be overwhelming. One of the primary decisions you'll encounter is whether to opt for organic or chemical sunscreen. 


Organic vs. Chemical Sunscreen:

When it comes to sunscreen, the choice between organic and chemical options boils down to their active ingredients and how they work. Chemical sunscreens contain compounds like avobenzone, oxybenzone and octinoxate. These chemicals function by absorbing UV rays and transforming them into heat, which is then released from the skin. However, this absorption process carries the risk of adverse effects such as skin irritation, allergic reactions and hormone disruption.

 

In contrast, organic sunscreens rely on mineral-based ingredients, primarily zinc oxide, for sun protection. Instead of penetrating the skin, these minerals form a protective layer on its surface, reflecting and scattering UV rays away from the skin. This physical barrier makes organic sunscreens ideal for everyone, especially individuals with sensitive skin or those prone to irritation from chemical ingredients.


The Rise of Non-Nano Zinc Oxide:

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide has become the top choice for many sunscreen users. But what makes it stand out? The term "non-nano" refers to the particle size of the zinc oxide used in sunscreen formulations. Nano-sized particles, typically smaller than 100 nanometers in diameter, have sparked concerns due to their potential to infiltrate the skin and bloodstream, posing safety risks.

 

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, on the contrary, comprises larger particles that remain on the skin's surface without absorption. This characteristic not only ensures effective sun protection but also minimises the likelihood of systemic absorption and related health issues. Additionally, non-nano formulations are considered safer for marine ecosystems, as they are less likely to contribute to coral bleaching compared to nano-sized particles often found in chemical sunscreens.


Final Thoughts:

When it comes to choosing sunscreen, understanding the differences between organic and chemical options will help you make informed decisions moving forward. While chemical sunscreens may offer UV protection, they come with potential risks and concerns regarding ingredient absorption and environmental impact. 

 

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, a key component of our organic sunscreen formulations, provides a safer and more sustainable alternative, delivering reliable sun protection without compromising on efficacy or skin health. By opting for our sunscreens, you can prioritise the safety and well-being of your entire family.