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4 safer things you are looking for in Mineral Sunscreen and here’s your one simple fix

 

I know you are looking for Natural Mineral Sunscreen which leaves no white cast and Moisturizes while knowing it’s safe for the human body and planet. Clean Natural ingredients (you can spell and understand), eco-friendly, sustainable, Ocean/ Reef safe. Here’s your One simple fix

Yes Yes, you and I know : 

  1. We must use a broad spectrum sunscreen with protection from ultraviolet rays A and B which do not irritate my sensitive skin.
  2. We must Use SPF 30 or higher.
  3. Make sure your sunscreen is waterproof or water resistant.
  4. Apply sunscreen even if your makeup, moisturizer or other products have sunscreen in them.
  5. And you want to choose a sunscreen which is mineral based, leaves no white cast and moisturizes while knowing it’s safe for the human body and planet.

Now you are questioning why I don’t find everything that I desire in ONE SUNSCREEN that I would really like to have! No worries, I heard you and after tons of research along with trial and experiment to have all the above components in one, I have a solution for you. No DIY’s No. 

I am going to give you all the facts and information including FDA Approved and Dermatology recommended keeping in mind we do not choose chemical ones (which you commonly find in the stores) and still satisfy your desire of having your desired Mineral Sunscreen. 

  1. Facts & Information: Mineral Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

 

  • What is Mineral Sunscreen: A mineral Sunscreen is a naturally   occurring mineral from the earth that provides the protection against UVA & UBA. Besides some of the essential oils. Period.
    • Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide. These minerals sit on the surface of  your skin and physically reflect sunlight away from the skin.
    • Mineral sunscreens offer many benefits:
      • Zinc oxide do not absorb into the skin and provide sun protection as soon as   they  are applied.
      • Zinc oxide provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
      • Zinc Oxide is good for the skin. It is a key active ingredient in many skin care formulations such as nappy rash creams and acne treatments, as well as being helpful for burns and wounds. It has both an antibacterial action and is used as a building block for skin repair
  • Chemical sunscreens contain organic compounds which absorb UV rays into the skin. Then, by a chemical reaction, these compounds transform UV rays into heat and release that heat from the skin. Common chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone. 
    • Chemical sunscreens must be absorbed into the surface of the skin in order to work properly.
    • Dermatologists understand that you may feel concerned. To help you make informed decisions about your health, you’ll find answers to common sunscreen questions that patients have been asking their dermatologists. 

Here I am pasting a screenshot from American Academy of Dermatology Association to know what is acceptable as per FDA guidelines

And reference to the screenshot is in the link below 🙂 

  1. Science of Sunscreen: UVA vs UVB radiation, how they cause skin damage and how Mineral Sunscreen reflect UVA & UVB rays away from skin surface
  • There are two main types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation:
    • UVB triggers the production of new melanin pigment and stimulates cells to produce a thicker epidermis resulting in a long-lasting tan. It is also the main cause of sunburn.
    • UVA activates melanin pigment already in the skin to produce a short-term tan. UVA penetrates more deeply than UVB and can cause long-term skin damage and premature ageing.
    • UV light reacts with skin cells to generate free radicals, which can indirectly cause DNA mutations that may lead to the development of skin cancer.
  • Mineral sunscreens reflect both UVB and UVA rays from the skin’s surface:
    • UVB rays cause sunburn and uncomfortable symptoms such as redness, dryness and itchiness. 
    • UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply, are responsible for premature aging and play a key role in the development of melanoma.

 

  1. FDA Approved Active Ingredients:
  • The very first thing you should look for is the active ingredient on the back of packaging. You want to find “Mineral Sunscreen”. 
  • There are two types of Naturally occurring minerals that are announced safe by FDA and they are Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide. It acts as physical blockers. These minerals form a protective barrier on the skin and reflect harmful UV rays before they make contact with the skin’s surface

 4) Mineral Sunscreen safe for body, Ocean (Coral & Reef safe) and eco-system:

Body safe Sunscreen: As FDA Proposes Sunscreen Regulation Changes in February 2019, Zinc oxide and Titanium Dioxide to be safe active ingredients for the body, it is equally important to know that these ingredients are also safe for water / ocean because 70% of our planet is covered under water. 

Know how Coral & Reef are getting affected by chemical Sunscreen : We know that reefs are suffering at the hands of global climate change due to rising ocean temperatures, as the stress of warm water causes corals to bleach. In addition, scientists now say that chemically based sunscreen can induce the same bleaching response in coral. Studies have shown that oxybenzone and octinoxate are found in over 3,500 sunscreen products, including top brand names like Tropicana, Banana Boat, and Coppertone. When corals absorb these chemicals, they have a similar reaction as they would if surrounding water temperatures where to get too warm. In addition, the presence of these chemicals in sea water allows viruses to thrive, putting corals at high risk of catching an infection that could lead to bleaching and death.

Hence, Mineral sunscreens are Coral reef-safe; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide do not pose a threat to our planet’s delicate coral reefs. They are an ideal, environmentally-friendly choice for beachgoers and destination travelers who visit oceanside resorts

According to TIME:

Currently, somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 tons of sunscreen enters coral reef areas around the world each year, according to the U.S. National Park Service. That’s a lot of sunscreen considering how little it takes to cause toxic effects. According to the new research, toxicity occurs at a concentration of 62 parts per trillion. That’s the equivalent of a drop of water in an Olympic swimming pool.

5) Types of Sunscreen:

A closer look at sunscreens

There are several key terms that are used on sunscreen packaging.

  • Water resistant — maintains sunburn protection 40 minutes after water exposure.
  • Once-a-day protection — although some sunscreens claim to provide all day protection, Cancer Research UK and the British Association of Dermatologists advise against relying on any sunscreen for extended periods of time.
  •  Broad spectrum protection — protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
  •  Sun protection factor (SPF).
  • Expiry date — most sunscreens have a shelf life of between 12 and 18 months after opening. Storing sun cream at high temperatures or in direct sunlight can decrease its shelf life.

Conclusion 

6) A Natural Mineral Sunscreen by Ashima Natural Remedies promised you in the beginning of the blog to provide you with your desired Sunscreen. Click the highlighted link and you will find You get Mineral Sunscreen which leaves no white cast along with Raspberry Essential oil and Carrot seed Essential oil which are other great Natural sources for Sun Protection Factor (SPF) Moisturiser with Shea Butter, Vitamin E oil, Coconut oil and Beeswax. I have perfected the recipe and taken only natural ingredients to give you full coverage of UVA & UBA from naturally occurring mineral “Zinc Oxide” while knowing all ingredients are safe for the human body and planet. 

PS: Zinc Oxide is also safe for sensitive skin or acne prone skin. Sunscreen is also packed in Dark Glass Jar to prevent Ultraviolet rays from destroying the properties of the product. Jar is 100% recyclable or reusable after a thorough wash. 

If you have made your mind to go for Mineral Sunscreen but still have some doubts about Mineral Sunscreen expiration then read our blog Does Mineral Sunscreen Expire. Here’s a link from another blogger who is consciously write for Chemical Free, Eco-Friendly Skincare Tips for Glowing Skin

References:

Reference source 1: https://www.fda.gov/media/124654/download

Source 2: https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/download?ac=1073153

Source 3 : https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/executive-summary/

Source 4 : https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/sun-protection/sunscreen-patients/is-sunscreen-safe

Infographic: Alex Baker

Sources: British Association of Dermatologists, Cancer Research UK, Melanoma UK, NHS Choices, Skin Cancer Foundation, The Sun Safety Alliance, Inc., CHOICE (Australia), Mayo Clinic.

Do you use chemical or mineral sunscreen? We’d love to hear which type of sun protection is part of your skin care routine! Tell us in the comments below and join the conversation on social media.