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Is Octocrylene Safe?

Is Octocrylene Safe? No, not really. I wouldn't put it on my skin. Octocrylene is readily absorbed by skin and accumulate within the body. It absorbs UVB (top-surface) and some short UVA (deep-skin...
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What is zinc oxide sunscreen?

What is zinc oxide sunscreen? Zinc oxide sunscreen uses the mineral compound zinc oxide as an active ingredient. It sits atop of the skin where it absorbs and reflects UV rays, converts them into i...
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Shea Butter for Babies

Shea Butter for Babies Ancient history tells of West Africans using jars of rich shea butter to protect and nourish their skin and hair. Naturally abundant in Vitamins A, E and linoleic acid (Vitam...
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20 Benefits of Vitamin C

Benefits of Vitamin C We started Waxhead to find a better way to protect the skin in the sun. In designing our Antioxidant Bites, Vitamin C quickly became a must-have ingredient, simply because of ...
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Is avobenzone safe in sunscreens?

Is avobenzone safe in sunscreens? Avobenzone is not Safe for Humans In short, NO. Avobenzone isn't safe for humans, and it isn't reef safe. Currently one of the most popular active ingredients used...
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Understanding Non Nano Zinc Oxide

What's the difference between non-nano zinc oxide and nano-sized zinc oxide in sunscreen? The answer can be complex.   Non-Nano Zinc Oxide (not small) Non-nano particles are much larger and more co...
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Is Non-nano Zinc Oxide Reef Safe?

Zinc Oxide Reef Safe Non-nano zinc oxide does not damage or adversely affect wildlife or water habitats or the animals that use them. It is marine and reef safe.   Zinc Oxide Non-irritating and eas...
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What are the banned FDA Sunscreen terms?

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 securi...
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Zinc Oxide: UV Defense

Zinc Oxide UV Protection 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 abso...
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Safe Sunscreen Guide

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 y...
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What are Free Radicals?

Science explains skin-aging is mostly caused by free radicals damage on our bodies.
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What do Antioxidants do?

Antioxidants do two things: they decrease free radical production, and they neutralize free radicals already created.
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