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Mineral vs. chemical sunscreen: What’s the difference?

Finally, the sun is back and sharing her warmth with us. To fully enjoy the beautiful weather, applying a decent layer of sunscreen is a must. This poses the question which UV filter you should go for – mineral or chemical? We’ve listed the pros and cons of both.

Mineral sunscreen

Mineral or physical UV filters protect your skin by reflecting the sunlight. These reflectors are natural white pigments mainly made up of zinc oxide or titanium oxide. The smaller the particles, the easier it is to work the cream into your skin. Some sunscreens available consist of nanoparticles. Their small size maximises the area of protection.

UV Plus Ecran Multi-Protection (Cream, SPF 50, 30ml)
CHF 53.10
Clarins UV Plus Ecran Multi-Protection (Cream, SPF 50, 30ml)
Clarins Uv Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen Multi-protection Spf 50 Cream For Unisex Volume: 30ml (1oz)

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  • approx. 2 – 4 days
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Kinder SPF 50+ (Cream, SPF 50+, 50ml)
CHF 23.90
Laboratoires de Biarritz Kinder SPF 50+ (Cream, SPF 50+, 50ml)

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Sun - Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face (Cream, SPF 30, 30ml)
CHF 22.10
Clinique Sun - Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face (Cream, SPF 30, 30ml)

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  • approx. 2 – 4 days
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Chemical sunscreen

Chemical sun protection penetrates the outer layer of the skin where it fully develops its effect after about 20 to 30 minutes. The underlying principle: UV rays are converted into heat.

Protect & Moisture (Milch, SPF 20, 250ml)
CHF 10.50
NIVEA Protect & Moisture (Milch, SPF 20, 250ml)

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Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 13:10
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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UV Sport (spray, SPF 50, 200ml)
CHF 17.90
Garnier UV Sport (spray, SPF 50, 200ml)
The Ambre Solaire UV Sport Multi-resistant sun protection spray from Garnier offers a high level of protection for every skin type with LSF 50.

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  • 6 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 13:10
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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extreme Gel SPF 50+ (Cream, SPF 50+, 50ml)
CHF 26.–
Daylong extreme Gel SPF 50+ (Cream, SPF 50+, 50ml)
High sun protection, especially suitable for skin prone to sun allergy and oily skin.

Availability

Mail delivery

  • Only 2 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 13:10
  • Bern: tomorrow at 12:45
  • Dietikon: tomorrow at 14:30
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 15:40
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 15:30
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 13:30
  • Wohlen: tomorrow at 11:00
  • Zurich: tomorrow at 12:30

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Information subject to change.

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By the way: Many sunscreens combine mineral and chemical filters to provide better protection.

Caution

Please keep in mind that sunscreen does not offer complete protection from UV rays. Therefore, avoid exposing yourself to the sun for any length of time. Furthermore, double application does not equal double protection. Nonetheless, reapplication is a must to maintain sun protection in spite of sweat, water and rubbing. So if you intend on basking in the sun for a while, you should opt for a higher sun protection factor. The factor indicates how long a sunscreen will protect you on top of your skin’s own protection. The latter varies depending on your skin type.

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