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What helps sunburn?

Ok, so you didn’t use Waxhead Sunscreen, you stayed out way too long, or you forgot to use sunscreen at all. You got red and now you’re wondering what helps sunburn? Skin cells exposed to UV light ...
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What are the banned FDA Sunscreen terms?

Several terms are still used to describe sunscreens that were outlawed by the FDA in 1999. These terms were banned because they provided consumers a false sense of security and wrongly explain what...
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Zinc Oxide: UV Defense

Zinc oxide is simply THE best active sunscreen ingredient, and by a wide margin. Covering the entire UVA/UVB spectrum by itself, it has the most consistently effective absorption capabilities, whic...
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Safe Sunscreen Guide

Are you putting safe sunscreen on your skin? Sunscreen is supposed to protect us from the sun, but as more and more people use it, the incidence of skin cancer rises 4% every year. More sunscreen u...
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What are Free Radicals?

They’re atoms with unpaired (free) electrons. Produced by oxygen metabolizing in the body, they steal electrons from other atoms that make up cell membranes, cellular proteins, lipids and DNA. Eac...
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What do Antioxidants do?

Antioxidants do two things: they decrease free radical production, and they neutralize those already created. An antioxidant works by seeking out free electrons and pairing one of its own with the ...
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What is CoQ10?

What is CoQ10? CoQ10, also known as CoEnzyme Q10 or Ubiquinone, is officially recognized as Ubidecarenone by the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). CoQ10 is a compound that provides energy to ...
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Rosehip Oil Skin Benefits

What is Rosehip Oil? Used by ancient Mayans, rosehip seed oil (aka rosehip oil) is made by press-extracting oil from the seeds of the wild rose bush (Rosa moschata or Rosa rubiginosa) in the southe...
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What is Oxybenzone?

Oxybenzone is the current bad guy in recent sunscreen news articles, daytime TV, and research studies and you may be asking, “But what is Oxybenzone?”  Most common sunscreens are full of chemicals,...
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Zinc Oxide vs Titanium Dioxide

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only mineral compounds approved by the FDA for use as active sunscreen ingredients. How do they differ? Which is better? Read on.   Cut to the chase. Which i...
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17 Benefits to taking Vitamin E

We started our Waxhead mission as a way to protect our skin in the sun. And just like water-soluble Vitamin C, its fat-soluble Vitamin E partner became a vital ingredient in our nutrient bars. Quit...
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Physical vs Chemical Sunscreen

What is Physical Sunscreen? Physical Sunscreen (sometimes called Mineral Sunscreen) forms a protective physical barrier of inert minerals over the skin, is not absorbed by the skin, and is less li...
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