The Importance of Choosing a Safe, Effective SPF

When it comes to keeping skin protected from the dangers of sun exposure, sunscreen is essential! It’s also beneficial in reducing the aging effects of UV rays, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation.

We recommend wearing an SPF, no matter the season, but with Spring rapidly transitioning into Summer (Where has the time gone?!) and the days getting longer and sunnier, we want to stress the importance of finding the safest, most effective SPF for you and your family. 

What is Mineral Sunscreen?

Let's talk mineral SPF! Mineral sunscreen contains natural, active ingredients like Zinc and Titanium Dioxide that sit atop your skin, creating a barrier between your skin and the sun's harmful rays. Though Titanium Dioxide mostly protects from UVB and some UVA rays, Zinc effectively protects from both. Known as a "broad-spectrum blocker," Zinc even protects from some UVC rays, in addition to being good for your skin and the planet!

Chemical SF vs. Mineral SPF

While mineral sunscreens sit on top of your skin, chemical sunscreens soak into the top layers of the skin, absorbing UV rays, and converting those rays into heat, then releasing them from the body. However, that's not all that can get absorbed into your body... Dangerous chemicals such as: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate can also be absorbed into your bloodstream, potentially causing harmful effects to your body and the planet. In fact, Hawaii banned Oxybenzone in 2018 because of its devastating results on coral reefs. Imagine, if it's that bad for the planet, it can't be good for your body!

What is Non-nano Zinc and why is it the safest ingredient in SPF?

Simply put, a nanoparticle is super small, while non-nano particles aren’t so tiny. And, it turns out, non-nano is what you want when it comes to mineral sunscreen! The issue with incredibly small nanoparticles is that they can find their way into your bloodstream, while a non-nano particle won’t, because of its larger size. For that reason, non-nano is considered the safest. It immediately and effectively protects against a broad spectrum of UV rays with no risk of being absorbed into your body and no negative effects on the environment. 

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read about safe, effective SPF and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Have a great holiday weekend and don't forget to keep your skin protected!