Get­ting Phys­i­cal

Min­eral sun­screens are ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, and there’s more to choose from than ever be­fore.

Fashion (Canada) - - Beauty - By Lesa Han­nah

Daily. That’s how of­ten you should be wear­ing sun­screen, and that’s also how of­ten pa­tients ask Dr. Ju­lia Car­roll, a der­ma­tol­o­gist based in Toronto, for min­eral op­tions. For­mu­lated us­ing phys­i­cal fil­ters (ti­ta­nium diox­ide and zinc ox­ide) rather than chem­i­cal ones (such as avoben­zone, octi­nox­ate and prac­ti­cally any chem­i­cal end­ing in -one or -ate), min­eral sun­screens sit on top of the skin, block­ing UV rays rather than ab­sorb­ing them like chem­i­cal sun­screens do. That’s one of the rea­sons they’re of­ten pre­ferred: Peo­ple are con­cerned about chem­i­cal fil­ters be­ing po­ten­tial en­docrine dis­rupters. Phys­i­cal sun­screens are also favoured by any­one with skin sen­si­tiv­i­ties, as chem­i­cal fil­ters can st­ing. What’s more, zinc ox­ide in par­tic­u­lar pro­vides full-spec­trum pro­tec­tion from UV light, so that in­gre­di­ent alone has got you cov­ered. “I’ve al­ways loved min­eral sun­screens,” says Car­roll, who uses a tinted pow­der by Colore­science for SPF touch-ups. “It’s a go-to for a lot of peo­ple, but there weren’t [al­ways] great op­tions.” Many ver­sions were so thick and white that they were im­pos­si­ble to wear. But now there are new prod­ucts with im­proved tex­tures that blend in bet­ter than their pre­de­ces­sors. Car­roll also prefers min­eral sun­screen be­cause you’re less likely to miss a spot, as you can see it ini­tially upon ap­pli­ca­tion. “When I put on a sun­screen that I can see, there’s some re­as­sur­ance in that,” she says.

1. MYCHELLE DAILY DE­FENSE CREAM SPF 17 ($24) 2. BIO­DERMA PHO­TO­DERM COM­PACT SPF 50+ ($30) 3. BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PRO­TEC­TION U.V. BROAD SPEC­TRUM SPF 25 ($134 ) 4. JOUVIANCE SPF LO­TION 30 100% MIN­ERAL SUNBLOCK ($35 ) 5. CLIN­IQUE SPF 50 MIN­ERAL SUN­SCREEN FLUID FOR FACE ($34 ) 6. AVèNE HIGH PRO­TEC­TION SPF 50+ UL­TRA-LIGHT MIN­ERAL LO­TION ($28 ) 7. NEU­TRO­GENA SHEER ZINC MIN­ERAL SUN­SCREEN SPF 50 ($20) 3 1 4 2 7 6 5

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