Learn how to choose your sunscreen and the differences between chemical and mineral protection.

The endless mineral and chemical sunscreen options out there are enough to make your head spin! This article will help you make sense of the mysterious world of sun protection. 

The difference between chemical and physical filters 


Chemical filters transform rays through a chemical reaction, whereas mineral filters reflect them. Also, choosing between synthetic and mineral filters isn’t necessarily about how effective they are; often, it’s a matter of preference and sensitivity.   

Chemical solar filters 

Chemical solar filters penetrate the skin and cause a chemical reaction that neutralizes the sun’s rays. You need to apply them 30 minutes before exposure, because they don’t work right away. They have a reputation of being bad for your health, and the planet’s. They can: 

  • Be irritating or allergenic 

  • Interfere with intercellular communication 

  • Disrupt hormones 

  • Harm corals and the environment 

Some ingredients in chemical sunscreens can even cause acne, rashes, dryness, burns, blisters, itching, redness and swelling. 

The following common chemical solar filters should be avoided:

  • Oxybenzone

  • Avobenzone

  • Homosalate

  • Octinoxate

  • Octisalate

  • Benzophenone-2 (BP-2)

  • Octocrylene

Also, stay away from the following ingredients when choosing sun protection: 

  • Perfumes 

  • Silicones

  • Chemical preservatives 

Mineral or physical sunscreens 


Mineral sunscreens, which deflect the sun’s rays, are usually preferable, especially for those with a sun allergy or sensitive or reactive skin.   

Mineral sun protection is also best for babies, people with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, and those who have undergone treatments causing scarring.  

Environmentally friendly! 

Choosing an environmentally friendly mineral sunscreen, as opposed to a chemical one, isn’t just better for your health; it also protects the planet. According to National Geographic , the chemicals in sunscreens are a danger to coral reefs.     

Nanoparticles in sunscreen: Yea or nay? 

Most mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It is generally recommended that these particles not be nanoparticles, so they don’t enter the bloodstream. However, nanoparticles act as a deflector because they stay on the skin. It’s a controversial subject. When in doubt, go without! The cosmetics industry is notoriously pushy with its advertising; we can easily get caught up in it. 

The benefits of natural, mineral sunscreens

Only natural mineral sunscreens can be certified as organic. They don’t pollute the planet, contaminate water or harm coral. They’re safe for the hormone system and living beings. Furthermore, they offer physical protection against the wind, the cold and pollution. And this kind of protection is effective as soon as you apply it. Just put it on and enjoy the sun! 

The benefits of the Sunbrella™ mineral sunscreen collection by Davincia 

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In addition to the benefits mentioned above, Davincia's high-end sunscreens offer many advantages. 

Thanks to their anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients, these triple action products protect your skin against the sun, and keep it moisturized and youthful looking.  

Plus, with all that hydration, they go on really smoothly. These sunscreens contain micas and clays that give your skin a warm glow and don’t leave a white cast. No ghostly pallor!  

Sunbrella™ sunscreens protect against pollution and blue light, so they’re perfect for a day outside or at the office. Plus, they’re water-resistant.  

Use them whenever you want, without worrying about harming your health or the environment. The products are also cruelty-free, so they’re not tested on animals. 

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Sunbrella™ triple action tinted sunscreen 

  • Hydrates and evens skin tone

  • Two luminous shades 

  • SPF 30

  • Anti-aging sunscreen 

  • Water-resistant and eco-friendly 

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Sunbrella™ mineral powder sunscreen 

  • Easy to apply  

  • Three shades 

  • SPF 30

  • Perfect for touch-ups 

  • Water resistant and hydrating

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