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If you've ever wondered if mineral sunscreens (as found in several brands like Colorescience) might be for you, now is an ideal time to try them. Remember that UVA rays are prevalent year round – don't let freezing temperatures fool you into thinking you're safe from sun damage.

These 4 tips will help you to get the most out of your mineral sunscreens for healthy, beautiful, sun-safe skin.

1.*Check the contents* . Mineral sunscreens protect your skin by physically blocking UV rays from reaching your skin. As with all sunscreen, look for a product which blocks the broadest range of UV rays in the spectrum. Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide offer great protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
2.*Look for micronized ingredients* . Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be whitening to the skin, which is off-putting for many people. New methods in manufacturing allow the active ingredients to be ground small enough that they can cover and protect without whitening. There has been some controversy about whether these micronized particles can pass into the body. This is only an issue for powdered mineral ingredients — so if you're using these, be careful not to breathe in any of the product. Otherwise, studies have shown that there's little need for concern: mineral particles, though micronized, are still too small to pass through the skin and enter the bloodstream.
3.*Choose a formulation for your lifestyle* . If you wear makeup, consider the line of UV-blocking primers and powders made by [Link Removed]  Winter or summer, you're covered.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed]
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