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March 26, 20244 reasons to adopt a mineral sunscreen

Serums, creams, face masks and more; solutions to turn back the hands of time have long saturated the world of beauty products. Enforcing their best marketing strategies to convince you to try their products, brands gain attention using two simple words: anti-aging. And the key to slowing down the appearance of spots, wrinkles and “crow’s feet” is not much more complicated: it’s as basic as protecting yourself from the sun a good sunscreen.

We know the answer seems too easy to be true but consider this: sunlight exposure is responsible for 90% of visible changes to the skin(1) and, correspondingly, for the vast majority of melanoma cases in the world.(2) Pretty dark statistics for such a radiant star.

Where do you start? How will you know which products will guard your skin? Again, a simple answer: zinc oxide, a mineral filter. Before you set out on your quest to find the ideal protection, you should know why this ingredient makes the difference. Zinc oxide mineral sunscreen benefits extend further than you know. Here are four reasons to adopt the change:

1. A sunscreen of natural origin

graphic showing the difference between a mineral filter and a chemical filter sunscreen

Zinc oxide is a mineral substance that has long been utilized by health product brands in all its forms – think diaper rash ointments, for example – and can also act as an effective sun filter.

Unlike a chemical-based sunscreen, zinc oxide sunscreen does not penetrate the skin. Instead, it remains on the surface, creating a robust physical barrier to UV rays.


2. No sticky white residue


Woman soaking up the sunrays

You’re saying that you didn’t plan for a thick, white coat to be a part of your beach ensemble? Of course, we get it. Fortunately, you can find zinc oxide sunscreen that doesn’t leave any residue (or barely).

Effortlessly gliding over the skin, our plastic-free mineral sunscreen sticks provide effective, yet discreet, protection.

Vegan, EWG VERIFIED™ and dermatologically tested, our sunscreen sticks are available in a variety of versions to meet the needs of everyone. What’s our latest must-have? The tinted mineral sunscreen stick that boosts the natural radiance of all skin tones.

3. Broad spectrum protection

What if your zinc oxide mineral sunscreen doesn’t have a high SPF number? While important, it is not the only factor to consider.

The SPF number is an indicator of protection against UVB rays, but it fails to quantify its effectiveness against UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the skin. Don’t be fooled by the SPF number either. Twice as high does not mean twice the protection. When used properly, SPF 30 sunscreen guards against  97% of UVB rays while SPF 50 blocks  98%.(3)

Then what is the safest option? Search for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that defends against both UVA and UVB rays without causing your skin to soak up the chemicals.

Tinted sunscreen showing its benefits

4. Suitable for everyone

Due to zinc oxide being a naturally sourced mineral, sunscreen with this ingredient is applicable to most skin types. 

Additionally, our plastic-free sun care collection includes sunscreen sticks that are enriched with oat extracts to soothe sensitive skin, one for the face and one for the body. Enriched with oat extracts, they relieve dry skin while effectively protecting it from UVA and UVB rays. Oh, and we didn’t forget about your munchkins – we have some for their delicate skin too! 

Now that you know all of zinc oxide sunscreen benefits, you can find the product that best fits your needs and be a part of our solar revolution!


  1. https://www.skincancer.org/blog/photoaging-what-you-need-to-know/
  2. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/
  3. https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/
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