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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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How does zinc oxide sunscreen work?

How does zinc oxide sunscreen work? On February 2019, the FDA recommend the GRASE (generally recognized as safe and effective) status on only two active ingredients for use in sunscreen: zinc oxide...
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What does reef safe sunscreen mean?

What does reef safe sunscreen mean? We should start by explaining the terms “reef safe” and “reef friendly" are not regulated by the FDA, and their growing use is largely due to the sunscreen indus...
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Is zinc oxide good for lips?

Zinc Oxide for Lips It is important to wear daily sunscreen and we should always include our lips too. Check your lip balm ingredients, it might not be protecting you from UV rays. As you’re avoidi...
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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Oil

5 Ways to use Coconut Oil for Skin and Face 1. Moisturizer 2. Sunburn Relief 3. Sunscreen 4. Makeup Remover 5. Shave Cream Coconut oil has been a skin softener for 1000s of years. It is made from...
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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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Reef Safe Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid

Reef Safe Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid The term "Reef Safe Sunscreen" is unregulated and often misleading. Many sunscreen manufacturers use the term in their marketing because the product doesn’t...
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Does zinc oxide sunscreen expire?

Zinc oxide sunscreen does not expire, because it contains the mineral zinc oxide - a solid inorganic substance. It will always be effective against UV rays.
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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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