STORY OF MINERAL SUNSCREEN ( CORAL REEF SAFE)
Sunscreens are must and are advised by all dermatologist to be used religiously when exposed to sun .SPF rating is given depending on the amount of UV rays the sunscreen can reflect .
For daily general use SPF 15 is recommended so that the skin is protected from the damage caused by the sun exposure even in cold countries.Especially for fair skin types where the melanin( skins natural sun defence ) is not present .
Darker skin tones have abundant melanin and are naturally protected from sun rays to a extent but even the darker skin tones need SPF for skin recovery as constant exposure to sun and melanin production reduces the life of the skin cells and we get aged and wrinkled and develop melanin spots and uneven skin tone.
Different types of sunscreens:
These sunscreens are made with chemicals which are potentially harm full to humans and environment as well.
Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your skin and sit in the deeper layers. They absorb UV rays and change them into heat, then release the heat from the skin.
Since UV rays must penetrate the skin to reach these chemicals, chemical sunscreens may not protect against all UVA rays, which still causes damage to the deeper layers of the skin.
The main ingredient in chemical sunscreen is Oxybenzone, has been linked to numerous health risks, including endometriosis2 and poor sperm quality.3 There may be a particular risk to pregnant women, because other studies report statistically significant associations between oxybenzone exposure and adverse birth outcomes, including shorter pregnancies, altered birth weights,4 and increased risk of Hirshsprung’s disease.
oxybenzone, a chemical used in sunscreens to protect our skin from damaging UV light. Oxybenzone is bad news for corals, harming them by;
- Increasing a coral’s susceptibility to bleaching
- Damaging coral DNA which interferes with reproduction
- Causing deformities and growth anomalies
- Disrupting a coral’s hormonal processes for growth and reproduction.
In short please stay away from the chemical loaded sunscreens they may be easy to apply and give a better feel and aesthetic but are very harmful to us and the Eco system.
Mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin’s surface, acting as a physical blocker by deflecting and scattering UV rays away from the skin like tiny mirrors. Because they block UV rays at the surface level, mineral sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
Zinc oxide and Titanium Di oxide are the two minerals which are proven to be effective sunshielders .Zinc oxide can be used on its own but Titanium Di oxide has to be paired with zinc oxide for maximum sun protection.
We should opt for non nano form of these minerals as the nano form is potentially dangerous as shown in the recent studies when inhaled and as we know sunscreen is liberally applied and there is every chance these particles can be inhaled.
The safest possible mineral for sunscreen is zinc oxide as its safety and efficiency is clinically proven and is safe for use in babies as well.
In the usa FDA trails and GRASE status accreditation zinc oxide is one mineral sunscreen which is considered safe and can be bought over the counter when used by the manufacturers within the specified limit.
OUR SPF SUNSCREEN:
We have teamed with HELM WIND OUT DOOR skin care to develop and manufacture the sunscreen within the limits approved by the European union and UK and we have used Non nano zinc oxide which is well know for its dispersion qualities and maintains a even dispersion rather than forming clusters and provides even coverage and safe and natural.
We have use shea butter as the base so that the dispersion of the zinc oxide is stable and ever continuing and we all know the skin soothing benefits of the shea butter.
We have added red raspberry seed oil which is considered as a natural sunscreen protection agent but not clinically approved to be used on its own but when teamed with zinc oxide it becomes a natural loaded weapon against the UVA and UVB rays.
Packaged in aluminium tins following our plastic free pledge and we have not used any essential oils as the using essential oils in a sunscreen is not a stable and safe formulation.
Please keep safe in sun and keep applying mineral (zinc oxide) rich sunscreen.
And Non nano mineral sunscreens are coral reef safe and does not effect the Eco system.