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Sunscreen 101 / Does Natural Sunscreen Hold Up?

by Jennie Fresa |

Sunscreen is a unique body care product - we're told to apply a thick coat over large areas of the body and reapply frequently. So, it's extra important that we're reaching for healthy, good for you ingredients - that work! So we're here to do that due diligence for you + ensure you're reaching for the best products, while avoiding ingredients that can be irritating, cause skin allergies, or seriously become toxic to your body.

So, what's the big concern with chemical sunscreen?

In one word - oxybenzone. It's been linked with higher risks of endometriosis in women, poorer sperm quality in men, skin allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage. And it's not just in one or two brands? The EWG's 2017 Sunscreen Report found that over 65% of non-mineral sunscreens contained oxybenzone. 

Also, chemical sunscreen is only doing half the job! There are two types of UV radiation: UVB which is responsible for actual sunburns, and UVA rays, which penetrate deeper into your skin layer. Mineral-based, physical blockers protect against both by using mineral-based creams like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. While chemical blockers absorb the rays instead of deflecting them, therefore allowing UVA to reach those deeper layers and damage your skin cells.  

When you hear the words, zinc? Do you think that bright colored thick sticky sunscreen smeared across the lifeguard's nose at the beach growing up? The mineral sunscreens we're sharing below are not only effective, good for you, they feel good on your skin too! 

Hurray for Spray!® Spritz your sunscreen on the go with this clear, continuous spray in an all natural Piña Colada scent. Offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, this deluxe, eco-sized Farm to Face® sourced spray will nourish and hydrate skin with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil (a natural sunscreen booster rich in Omega-3 and 6). Have your fun in the sun and then some with COOLA! $36

Suntegrity Skincare provides this all in one, "UV Chemical-Free"Tinted Sunscreen/Beauty Benefit (BB) cream that treats, hydrates, protects, primes and covers the skin. Supercharged with youth promoting antioxidants that help to scavenge surface free radicals, this cream also provides mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and Certified Organic: aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection and hydration. Non-nano sized zinc-oxidenot only protects the skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays, but it also soothes and calms the skin. Zinc-oxide is known for it's anti-inflammatory properties that often help skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and melanoma. $45
Protect and boost your skin’s defense against aging caused by the sun with this antioxidant- infused, Farm to Face® sourced broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen with a refreshing cucumber scent. Designed for all skin types, this non-greasy formula is crafted with 70%+ certified organic ingredients. Organic Evening Primrose and Linseed Oil calms, tones, hydrates and aids in reducing redness. Safflower Oleosomes provide lasting hydration while the phyto-protector Plankton Extract stimulates and rejuvenates weathered skin. Organic Acai Oil, known for its anti-aging benefits, delivers abundant antioxidants through its Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, and Vitamins C and E. $32

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