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5 Reasons to Use Chemical-Free Sunscreen

We know you look forward to summer every year, yet are wary of slapping on chemicals to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Well now you can be protected naturally using our certified organic mineral sunscreen line! We’ve developed our sunscreens using safe mineral zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients, and infusing antioxidant Canadian grown raspberry extract to ensure ultimate moisturization. Choose the one that suits you and your family the most, and be protected for up to 40 minutes (sweat and water resistant too!). As always, our products are 100% natural, gluten-free, non-nano, biodegradable and reef friendly!

Do you have sensitive skin? No worries! This line was formulated to be hypoallergenic and fragrance free. Safe enough for your baby’s skin, yet strong enough to battle harsh UV rays!

Is there a difference between the adult & kids versions of the sunscreens?
Funny enough, the only difference is the packaging! We were told that if a sunscreen does not say “KIDS” on the label, most parents would not purchase it. Well now your little tikes can feel all proud that they have their very own version of ‘grown-up’ sunscreen!

Our sunscreens are free of Chemical SPF Filters, Nanoparticles, Artificial Fragrances and Chemical Preservatives.

Reasons NOT to use chemical sunscreens:
1. They can irritate the skin. Some chemical filters are known to cause contact dermatitis in certain people, resulting in red rashes, itchy skin, blisters and red bumps.
2. They can penetrate your skin and circulate in your body. Studies1 have shown that many chemical filters can penetrate the skin to some degree. Once they do, they can enter your blood stream. So it’s not surprising that chemical sunscreens have been found in human blood, urine and breast milk. A US study2 detected oxybenzone in over 96 per cent of the more than 2,500 children and adults tested.
3. Some chemical sunscreens are suspected hormone disruptors. Laboratory studies3 indicate that some chemical sunscreens may mimic human hormones. Hormone disruptors can cause birth defects, abnormal development of growing children and can contribute to the development of cancer. Preliminary studies4 suggest a link between high concentrations of oxybenzone in the body and an increase risk of endometriosis and lower birth weight in girls.
4. It’s bad for the environment. Common chemical sunscreens were shown to kill or bleach coral even at low concentrations.
5. Many chemical sunscreens also contain other unwanted chemicals. Not only may they contain over 20 per cent chemical filters, they may also contain artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives and synthetic polymers. Other common chemicals found in sunscreens that you may want to avoid include acrylates/octylacrylamide copolymer, butane, diethylhexyl 2, 6 naphthalate, dimethicone, methylparaben, PEGs, phenoxyethanol and triethanolamine.

Not all “natural” sunscreens are created equal
You can avoid chemical filters by choosing a sunscreen with the natural minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. But you need to be careful. Just because a sunscreen contains these minerals doesn’t guarantee it’s 100 per cent natural. Many sunscreens that claim to be “natural” still contain some potentially harmful chemicals.

To be truly natural, the minerals zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide in the product must not be coated with chemicals like silicone or be micronized to nanoparticles. The base formulation also must not contain other chemicals such as artificial fragrances or chemical preservatives. Instead, a natural sunscreen will have additional non-chemical ingredients that are beneficial for your skin.

To ensure a natural sunscreen is truly what it claims to be, it must be certified by a reputable, independent third-party certifier. This guarantees that the product is authentic. So make sure you do your homework and read the label of any product claiming to be 100 per cent natural.

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