Mineral Sunscreen vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Today we are talking sunscreens.  Comparing Sunscreens, no less.  First off, there are two categories of sun protection, physical and chemical.  Physical sun protection is often referred to as “reflective” because it simply creates a barrier that will reflect the sun’s rays.  These types of sunscreens are made of Zinc and/or Titanuim Dioxide.   Days of the white zinc “lifeguard nose” are gone, most of these appear white-ish when first applied and once it has settled onto the skin, the white appearance fades away.  Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin and then protecting cells under the surface.   Now, think about that…the sun rays penetrate the epidermis, where the light is dispersed, then the light rays bounce around IN the skin to finally be rejected out. therefore leaving a trail of damage in it’s wake.  Now, imagine a chemical sunscreen with NANO particles, and it just creates MORE destruction!  Say NO, to nano!!

SPF: Sun Protection Factor, which ONLY refers to UVB, burning rays and NOT UVA, aging rays,  is theoretically the amount of time you can be exposed to the sun without developing a sunburn.  If the SPF is 50, then it is to protect the person at 98% for a specific amount of time, usually approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the instructions on the label of each product.  So this amount of protection is good, however it’s the time limit that gets most people in trouble!  First off, people don’t reapply and if they do, they often do not do it in accordance to the products individual instructions.  And secondly, every person’s tolerance is not the same, so the manufacture has made an estimate based on the overall benefits and protection.  For instance a darker person may actually have less time in the sun before damage would occur, than some lighter shades, so it stands to reason that the skin tone would have everything to do with the efficacy of any given sunscreen.  All skin has a certain amount of time that it can tolerate sun exposure before damage would occur.  The average is only 4 MINUTES, so if you happen to forget what time you applied sunscreen and missed the correct reapplication time, then burn baby burn!  Please think about this when applying sunscreen on children as well.  It takes 20-30 minutes after application to actually work, so if you put on the sun protection after arriving at the pool, beach or playground you have already exposed them to 20-30 minutes of unprotected sun damage!  Always remember to apply before you go, then the moment you arrive they are free to enjoy the sunshine!!  2015-05-21 15.20.20

I am happy to introduce COOLA Sunscreen at my studio. This is a reflective sunscreen,  it contains both the reflective power of minerals and chemical sunscreens.  Combined with organically farmed ingredients, which aid in the protection process to help your skin stay hydrated and protected, with antioxidants vitamins A & E and high in Omega’s 3, 6 & 9!  I currently offer

Coola Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray

-Coola Tinted Face Mineral Sunscreen

-Coola liplux protection

-Coola Makeup Setting Spray!

(Makeup setting spray, is awesome to spray on after you have applied your makeup, for one final coat of protection and to set your makeup for the day ahead!)


*One last note about UVA rays:  they are generally referred to as AGING rays however it is proven that these rays do contribute and may even initiate skin cancers!  So beware!

*Sunscreen that offer both reflective and chemical are broad spectrum, multi-spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.

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