The benefits of switching to mineral sunscreen
According to Victoria-based dermatologist Dr. Mark Lupin, approximately 6,800 Canadians were diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in 2016, and 1,200 died from the condition. Since ultraviolet radiation is the biggest cause of melanoma, the use of sunscreen to filter UV rays has become a daily necessity, not unlike brushing your teeth or eating your veggies.
But what kind of sunscreen should you choose? Conventional chemical sunscreens used to be top dog in the sun-care market because they were lighter, smoother and absorbed right into the skin. All that has changed with the next generation of mineral sunscreen (sometimes referred to as “physical sunscreen”), which “reflects rather than absorbs ultraviolet radiation,” says Dr. Lupin. With new and improved formulas, both niche and mass-market skin-care brands are jumping on the mineral sunscreen bandwagon. Here are some of your best bets, along with six compelling reasons why it’s time to give mineral sunscreen a shot.