sunscreen protection

Chemical Sunscreen Beats ‘Natural’/Mineral In Consumer Report

A new report on sunscreen has listed the best products for 2018 – all of which were chemical formulations.

None of the top products recommended were mineral/natural products (where the active ingredients are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or both).

The report states:

“In the past 6 years of sunscreen testing, we haven’t found a mineral product that offers both top-notch UVA and UVB protection and meets its labeled SPF.”

Natural (mineral) sunscreens are preferred by a group of consumers who wish to avoid chemicals. They’re seen as being kinder to the skin and are sometimes recommended for sensitive skin and children. They are also thought to be kinder to coral reefs than chemical sunscreen.

Yet despite concerns about chemicals in sunscreen, Consumer Reports found insufficient evidence to confirm any health concerns, with the exception of advising that pregnant women should avoid sunscreens containing retinoids.

Dr Ross Perry, founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, said:

“‘Natural’ sunscreens are marketed as being more environmentally friendly. These provide more of a physical barrier mechanism against the sun’s UV rays, but may not be quite so long lasting or effective.

“More conventional sunscreens use a chemical barrier to block the UV rays and there is also a degree of absorption into the skin.

“However, the most important and overriding influence on sunscreen effectiveness is to choose a high enough factor SPF and to apply it regularly thoroughly.”

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