How do mineral sunscreens work and how are they different to the majority of sun care products available at major retailers?
Mineral sunscreens typically contain one of two ingredients that provide sun protection – Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide – both of which are naturally derived ingredients. When applied, the cream sits on top of skin forming a barrier that effectively reflect the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
The majority of sunscreens found in major retail brands use synthetic chemical filters to provide sun protection. Rather than sitting on top of the skin and reflecting the UVA and UVB rays, these filters instead absorb into the skin and break down the UVA and UVB in a chemical process that renders then inert. Whilst providing sun protection, the chemical filters themselves can also be absorbed further into the skin and body, which can potentially prove harmful over time.
Ride Protect uses non-nano Titanium Dioxide to provide effective sun protection that is natural and safe for your body.
Can the products stain clothing?
When used alone, Titanium Dioxide can be whitening on the skin. For this reason we use yellow (present in all skin tones) Iron Oxide in Ride Protect to create a more natural coloured cream that blends into the skin. Because Ride Protect is a natural sunscreen it sits on top of the skin which means it can potentially transfer onto clothing, so we do recommend avoiding contact where possible. In such cases where you find the product has stained your clothing, applying a water and bicarbonate of soda paste onto the stain for an hour should neutralize it. Once you have rinsed this out scrub with washing up liquid, rinse and then a normal wash cycle should remove small and minor marks. For more stubborn stains, for example around the collar line, we recommend Dr Beckmann pre wash stain devils. Follow the instructions and then wash as normal.
Is an SPF 25 sunscreen effective in really hot conditions? Should you not use a higher SPF?
There is occasionally a misconception that double the SPF = double the protection. This isn’t entirely accurate. A SPF 50 rated sunscreen, for example, will block 98% of UVB rays, whereas a SPF 25 rated sunscreen will block around 96%. No sunscreen can block 100% of UV rays.
The SPF rating in fact refers to roughly how long can be spent in the sun before a person’s skin starts to burn. Sunscreen with an SPF of 25 will prevent your skin from getting red for approximately 25 times longer than unprotected skin, so if you tend to burn in 10 minutes without protection, the SPF 25 sunscreen will prevent burning for about 250 minutes. Ride Protect therefore provides a great level of protection for a substantial period of time. As with all sunscreens, we recommend re-applying frequently.