Colorescience® UV Protectors deliver non-chemical, reef-safe sunscreen protection with added defense from environmental stressors. Our award-winning mineral powder sunscreen formulas make sun protection easy to apply and reapply throughout the day. Protecting your skin from UVA and UVB rays from the sun is one of the most important parts of any long-term skincare routine. Ask any dermatologist and they'll tell you the same, and they'll also tell you it's important to start protecting yourself as early as possible in life so that your skin stays nice and youthful looking. 


The team here at Colorescience has developed a range of natural sunscreen for UK conditions that is clinically tested to make sure you're getting the protection you pay for, whether you’re on the beach or playing tennis! Our formulations are rich in antioxidants and use ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for protection up to SPF 50. 


What is a mineral based UV protector?


The active ingredients in a mineral powder sunscreen, or a cream, are what makes them different to the regular old types of chemical-based sunscreens. We will go over some more of the specifics next, but for now there is one main difference to remember.


In basic terms, a mineral-based UV protector uses active ingredients that physically block UV rays, reflecting them away from you, and preventing them from penetrating your skin. 


On the other hand, regular chemical-based protectors use different active ingredients that are designed to absorb the rays, not reflect them, in order to guard your skin against UV radiation.


Are mineral UV protectors better than chemical?


Yes, most dermatologists agree that using a mineral-based formulation, whether it is a powder sunscreen or a cream, is better than the traditional chemical-based alternative. 


The reasons for choosing one over the other will vary depending on who you ask, but for most professionals it comes down to the fact that there just hasn't been enough studies done to see how all of the chemical blockers affect our skin. This may come as a surprise, but there is research showing that some of the ingredients found in chemical-based blockers actually interfere with hormone production.


Other studies show a link between chemical-based blockers with abnormal tissue growth around the uterus (endometriosis), allergic reactions in the skin, lower quality of sperm, and cell damage. 


The reason that it has taken so long for researchers to pinpoint the problems with these chemical blockers is that the ingredients seem to be safe when tested in isolation. However, when exposed to chlorine (such as in a regular swimming pool) or when exposed to UV radiation, the molecules break down and form harmful compounds. 


Our mineral UV protectors are also reef-safe sunscreens, meaning you’re fine to wear it in the sea without feeling guilty and harming the environment! 


How long does powder sunscreen last?


It depends on many factors, such as whether you will be getting wet and whether you have applied it over the top of another product (primer, foundation, etc.) but as a general rule you should reapply a powder sunscreen every two hours. For best results, apply the powder last and only after the other products you used have had time to set.


You can get away with less reapplications if you won't be going swimming or otherwise interfering with the powder, but the level of protection you are getting from it will decrease over time until your skin is effectively naked and unguarded again.


It may not be water-proof but it is sport-friendly for all of you active users!