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The Importance of Sunscreen

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Often overlooked, which is a grave mistake…sunscreen is a vital part of skincare, even more so with the summer heat. What’s more, the type you choose matters. 

Choose the best sunscreen to protect yourself and your family. 

We all know the importance of sun protection, it keeps your skin healthy and youthful. There are many types of sunscreen on the market, which one should you choose? 

Sun protection generally falls into one of two categories: chemical and physical (mineral).

What’s the difference between Chemical and Physical (Mineral) Sunscreen? 

While both provide protection, chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen differ in their active ingredients as well as the way they protect against UV exposure.

Sunscreen is essential to keep skin protected from the dangers of sun exposure, including sunburn, sun damage, and melanoma. It’s also beneficial in minimizing the aging effects of UV rays, such as fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin, and hyperpigmentation.

Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens are often referred to as “absorbers.” Their active ingredients are organic (carbon-based) compounds that absorb UV rays. Through a chemical reaction, these compounds convert UV rays into heat, then release that heat from the skin.

Physical (Mineral) Sunscreen

Physical sunscreens are “reflectors.” Their active ingredients include titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which act as physical blockers. These minerals form a protective barrier on the skin and reflect harmful UV rays before they make contact with the skin’s surface. There are many benefits to your skin by using zinc oxide. It keeps your skin cool, provides mineral sun protection, supports collagen production, helps treat acne-prone complexions.

Mineral Sunscreen Benefits

Mineral sunscreens are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, perfect for the most sensitive skin types and acne-prone skin. They are also reef-safe; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide do not pose a threat to our planet’s delicate coral reefs. They are an ideal, environmentally-friendly choice for beachgoers and oceanside travelers. 

Mineral sunscreens reflect both UVB and UVA rays from the skin’s surface. UVB rays cause sunburn and uncomfortable symptoms, UVA rays, which penetrate the skin deeper, are responsible for premature aging, and play a key role in the development of melanoma.


At Magic Laser and Aesthetics, we carry all-mineral sunscreen such as Lilikoi Mineral Defense collection, and Sun Defense Mineral Powder with different shades to suit your skin tone. 

For a complete list of our products, please visit our product page. 

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