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Is Your Sunscreen Chemical-Free?

With the temperatures warming up and the daylight hours stretching as summer approaches, it’s important to not only wear sunscreen when you’re outdoors, but also understand the benefits of using mineral-based or chemical-free products. 

We recently launched our mineral-based Sun Protector SPF 30 Lotion, and it was imperative to first of all create a sunscreen with non-toxic ingredients to complement our other natural products, and second of all formulate an effective sunscreen that our consumers can feel good about using.

Our sunscreen lotion contains just six ingredients, with zinc oxide as its only active ingredient. Making up 18.75% of the formulation, zinc oxide is considered a safe, non-hormone disrupting mineral that provides excellent UVA and UVB protection, creating a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. This means it stays on top of the skin and avoids causing any harm to body cells. It’s especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin, as its gentle properties can also be used to treat diaper rash, chapped skin and other causes of irritation.

The inactive ingredients in our sunscreen are organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic jojoba oil and vitamin E (non-GMO). Even though these make up smaller percentages of the formula, we’ve chosen ingredients of the highest quality to create an optimal product.

Conventional sunscreens can contain a number of chemicals or a combination of several. Common chemicals to avoid because of their associations with various health issues (such as increased risk of cancer, nervous system disorders, allergies and birth defects) include the following: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

While mineral sunscreen is an ideal way to protect your skin, it’s not the only way. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing to cover your skin, plan your outdoor activities in consideration of the sun’s strongest period of the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and find shade when possible.