This is your summer time PSA to “WEAR YOUR F**KING SUNSCREEN.” But really though, wear it, your 60 year old self will thank you! 

Do you use sunscreen with your daily routine already? Though recommended as the final product to apply of almost every skincare routine, how much do you know about what your putting on? Let’s get some things cleared up so you can protect your skin this summer. 

There are 2 general types of sunscreen, chemical sunscreen and mineral (or physical sunscreen). Chemical sunscreen absorbs into your skin and then keeps you protected through a chemical reaction absorbing the harmful UV raise and Mineral sunscreen works as a type of mirror reflecting the harmful rays away from you. The latter is what we want to discuss with you today along with the superhero of mineral sunscreens, Zinc-Oxide. 

Why mineral sunscreen?

Mineral Sunscreen tends to be the less irritating form of sunscreen as it stays on the surface of the skin without absorbing into the bloodstream, as its chemical counterpart does. This type of sunscreen also does not have a hormonal impact that can be seen from chemical sunscreen. These two factors are all possible because of our friend Zinc-Oxide. 

Zinc-Oxide is a naturally occurring mineral that sits on the surface of the skin reflecting light away from the skin itself. The mineral can be produced in two different ways, micronized, in short making it a smaller particle and allowing it to be applied to the skin in a clear formula without leaving a residue. The other is Non-micronized and generally this will be found in a less cosmetically elegant formula and when applied may leave a white residue (this is the zinc-oxide). 

A huge plus and one of the biggest reasons we prefer Zinc-Oxide in sunscreen is due to the fact that it works nearly instantaneously once applied. That is again because it is acting as a mirror and not needing to absorb into the skin in order to work. 


“Since zinc oxide is used as a skin protectant, it rarely causes irritation on the skin,” according to Dr. Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. For this reason, “it can be used on any skin type—even on those with extremely sensitive skin. It is also non-comedogenic for the most part, which means it is unlikely to cause breakouts or acne.”

Zinc-Oxide is also great for those with oily skin as it helps regulate oil production, making it a great choice for all skin types especially those on either side of the extremes, dry or oily. 

Our recommendations

Sunscreen is absolutely one of the most fundamental parts of your skincare routine. Without a good SPF, the rest of your routine may not be as effective as you would hope. These are our top 3 SPFs for the summer and all year round!

Malu Day Cream

MALU marries modern natural protectants with traditional Hawaiian ones and contains all reef-safe ingredients keeping our oceans in mind. Scents of jasmine merge with antioxidant noni and nourishing laukahi for a creamy, luxurious day cream that does not leave a white cast. 

Eclipse Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

This lightweight, clean, broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen lotion helps protect skin against sunburn, skin damage, early aging, and environmental stress. Eclipse Sunscreen is reef-safe, non-nano, and 100% mineral-based with Zinc Oxide, Macroalgae, and Green Tea Extract to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays, blue light, and pollution damage.

Kari Gran Essential SPF

Your anti-aging superhero. This mineral sunscreen uses non-nano zinc oxide as an active barrier to shield the face from UVA rays which cause signs of aging, and UVB rays responsible for sunburn. Made with organic botanical oils, this sunscreen protects while it hydrates to promote healthy, glowing skin.

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