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Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen
"That's a great question. Although choosing a mineral or chemical sunscreen is a matter of personal preference, here is some information that may help you in making your decision. Mineral sunscreens, like ours, use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide as an actual physical barrier that works immediately, blocking both UVA (sun rays that lead to premature aging and wrinkles) and UVB (rays that cause sunburn).
Many chemical sunscreens often contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are proven to be harmful to coral reefs and have been shown to be hormone disruptors in the human body. The chemicals penetrate the skin, absorb UV rays and break them down before they reach the skin, but need 20 or 30 minutes to be effective. More simply put, chemical sunscreens act like a sponge to absorb the UV rays. Mineral sunscreen works like a shield or a mirror to literally deflect/reflect the sun’s rays.
We do carry two chemical sunscreens, our Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 and our non-aerosol Quick Dry Body Spray SPF 40, and they do not contain oxybenzone or octinoxate. We hope this helps answer your question.
All of our products are 100% cruelty-free. This is a big part of our brand ethos and commitment to protecting people and our planet. We have been assured that our ingredients have not been tested on animals and in cases where tests are normally done on animals we ensure that we use alternative methods of testing done without animals.
No. The MMD50 body, DAAM and both sticks (kid and adult) are NOT vegan. The MMD50 and DAAM are not considered vegan due to the skin mimics (ceramide blend) and the sticks aren’t considered vegan since they contain beeswax. All other products in the collection are considered vegan.
Dry Skin / Skin Conditions
Zinc oxide is by nature a bit drying. If you feel you are becoming excessively dry, we would suggest using a moisturizer under the sunscreen. We have an amazing Daily Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30 which layers beautifully under our mineral products. We might also suggest switching to Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 which contains ceramides and humectants and is a more hydrating mineral product than Mineral Crème SPF 50.
While zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are naturally a bit drying, we infuse our mineral cremes with our proprietary anti-oxidant blend to add moisture and protect against free radical damage. We also use dimethicone which helps to lock in moisture and make them easier to spread evenly over the skin’s surface. The two most hydrating are DAAM (true moisturizing sunscreen) and the Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 that helps lock in moisture as you noted, due to the ceramides and humectants.
Best products would be Mineral Crème SPF 50, and Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30. The MC50 won an award in Good Housekeeping as “Best for Sensitive Skin” and is utilized at many practices for rosacea and acne patients. The Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 is its tinted counterpart, gentle and soothing with the added benefit of a tint to camouflage any redness!
Our Evening Facial Repair Serum is encapsulated, stabilized and delivered in a moisturizing base so it should not exacerbate rosacea! It also has plenty of antioxidants and calming agents in the forumaltion. Some retinols can be irritating and cause redness but the Evening Facial Repair's is much gentler and much less irritating than prescription strength. We would recommend by using it every other day to start - if it works well then you can begin using it daily.
The silicones in our products can sometimes make brushes accumulate buildup. When applying makeup over our sunscreens we recommend washing your brushes every two applications or so. If the makeup is looking “greasy” that could also mean you’re using too much product - try using the same amount of sunscreen as you would a primer, about a pea-to-dime size amount.
For pigmentation issues, best products to use are the sun repair trio and the MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50. Each of these products contains niacinamide and caffeine which help combat pigmentation and redness issues, as well as inflammation. Using the products as a system will deliver optimum results but they can also be used alone as each contains the pigment modifiers niacinamide and caffeine.
We do not make any claims that our products will help with stretch marks. However, stretch marks are like scars and are generally red and deep. They can be worsened with UV exposure so using a sunscreen will be beneficial in helping to prevent further skin damage. I would suggest using Mineral Moisture Defense SPF 50 which is a hydrating sunscreen with maximum broad-spectrum protection.
All of our mineral sunscreens need to be shaken before they are applied. Shake the tube before applying!
You can mix the product together, but not 100% sure what happens as far as SPF value. That’s a tricky question (one would think at least SPF 30.) We recommend you try the MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 light/medium, or just use the Mineral Crème SPF 50 alone. You may also like the Mineral KIdCreme SPF 40 as that has an ever so slight tint (linen white) and a great texture!
Mineral Creme SPF48
This product was originally created specifically for Costco and we now carry it on our site. It is not a discontinued or expired item - it’s an active SKU and very similar in composition to the Mineral Creme SPF50.
Mineral Sunscreen Stick
Mineral Sunscreen Stick is completely non-stinging so great for all sensitive areas including ears, lips, around eyes, even eyelids, as they are susceptible to skin cancer due to the thin skin in that area.
KidCreme / KidStick
The regular and kid stick are exactly the same ingredients. Only difference is we made the kid stick smaller to fit into their hands and changed the tube deco to make it more fun and appealing to children. The size difference is adult stick .6oz, kid stick . 4oz. The Mineral Kidcreme is same active ingredients 17% zinc, 2% titanium but has two extra antioxidants, CoQ10 and Vitamin E, making it even more gentle and soothing than our other Mineral Cremes.
New Product Launches
We don’t currently have an SPF lip product but stay tuned! In the meantime, you can apply Mineral Stick to lips (and other sensitive areas like ears, under eye, eyelids, nose, etc.) for protection.