What is a mineral sunscreen?
Once applied, sunscreen enriched with mineral filters helps protect skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, reflecting them in several directions like a disco ball and preventing them from penetrating the skin. It’s called “mineral” (or “physical”) sunscreen because of the natural titanium dioxide it contains. This creamy product protects you from the sun as soon as it’s applied, so you don’t have to wait prior to sun exposure. Mineral sunscreen is also recommended for people with sensitive, sun-sensitive or scarring skin, or skin that has undergone an invasive aesthetic treatment.
Contrary to mineral sunscreen, chemical sunscreen contains synthetic molecules (such as Mexoryl and avobenzone) that, once absorbed into the skin, neutralize harmful solar rays and transform them into heat that the skin will then release. Invisible and waterproof, chemical sunscreen, with its melting texture, is suitable for sensitive skin and physically active users.
At the end of the day, whether you choose a mineral or chemical sunscreen, know that both formulas are effective at protecting your skin from the risks of sun exposure. It is recommended that you apply it before going out in the sun, allowing the formula to dry and form a uniform film on the skin. Finally, remember that regardless of which type of solar filter you choose (mineral or chemical), it is always vital to opt for optimal UVA/UVB protection.
Beyond that, it’s a matter of preference; what matters is that you choose the best formula for you (SPF, texture, scented or unscented, etc.) and that you reapply every two hours in the sun, regardless of your lifestyle.
Which ingredients should I look for in a mineral sunscreen?
To effectively protect yourself against harmful solar rays all year round, go with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of at least 30. One of the key ingredients to look for on the label is titanium dioxide, a mineral filter that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, all harmful to the skin’s health and radiance. Also look for antioxidant agents, like vitamin E, which help neutralize free radicals, the sworn enemy of supple and firm skin, especially when exposed to the sun.
Why choose a tinted mineral sunscreen?
Your all-in-one summer companion, tinted mineral sunscreen offers the best of both worlds: broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and the glowing coverage of a foundation in a single application. Its lightweight and ultra-fluid formula eliminates the need of additional layers of product on the face. Mineral sunscreen, which is non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), offers better protection from the sun’s harmful rays than a day cream thanks to its higher SPF.
The Anthelios range offers the best broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection in addition to a wide selection of tinted and untinted formulas for the whole family.
Is it necessary to apply sunscreen every day?
Yes, yes and, once again, yes! Protecting yourself from the ravages of UVA and UVB rays is crucial, every day of the year. On the beach, in the car, on the slopes—wherever you go, your skin gets constantly bombarded by UVB (more prevalent in the summer) and UVA (prevalent all your round) rays. For example, water reflects 5% to 10% of solar radiation; dry sand, 15% to 30%; and snow, up to 80%. Even when it’s cloudy or you’re behind a window, your skin is at risk, even if you have a darker complexion or are already tanned.
It’s no secret that sun exposure remains the leading cause of skin cancer and premature signs of aging (wrinkles, sagging and discolouration). So, what’s the right habit to adopt? Spread a generous layer of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on your face and body. At what step of your skincare routine should you apply sunscreen? After your hydrating day care and right before your makeup, as the case may be. When is the right time to apply sunscreen? As soon as you leave the house, expose yourself to the sun or start working next to a window. How frequently should you apply sunscreen? Reapply every two hours spent in the sun, or more frequently if you go in the water, engage in a sporting activity or have been sweating heavily. Whether it’s 30 °C or –30 °C outside, protect yourself in every season with broad-spectrum sunscreen.