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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?

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 prote...
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What do Antioxidants do?

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...
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CoQ10 Benefits for Skin

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

Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Face 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 ...
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What is Oxybenzone?

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 ar...
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Zinc Oxide vs Titanium Dioxide

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 ...
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17 Benefits to taking Vitamin E

Vitamin E Benefits 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 ...
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