Episode 20 – Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Listen to “Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreen” on Spreaker.


What is the best sunscreen? Co-Founder and CEO of Thrive Natural Care, Alex McIntosh, explains the differences between mineral and chemical sunscreen, and provides tips on what to look for in a sunscreen that not only protects you from the sun but is also safe to use. With his company’s mission to “leave things better than we found them”, Alex also explains Thrive’s regenerative business model that helps restore degraded ecosystems and communities in Costa Rica.

In this episode you’ll hear:

2:30 – Thrive’s mission and regenerative business model

4:50 –  Alex’s journey to starting Thrive Natural Care

7:30 –  The multi-pronged approach to reducing skin inflammation

11:45 – Difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens

13:10 – Unsafe chemical sunscreen ingredients

14:30 – Pros & cons of mineral sunscreen

17:30 – Non-nano zinc oxide explained

19:45 – Plant based sunscreen ingredients and antioxidants

23:10 – How Thrive’s business model helps re-couple growth with health

27:00 – What you should look for on sunscreen packaging

28:00 – Impact of sunscreen on coral reefs

Sound Recording and Editing: Will Crann