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Mineral Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

People email us to ask all kinds of sunscreen questions, one of the most frequent one we hear is: what’s the difference between mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens utilize ...
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Is Zinc Oxide Safe?

Is Zinc Oxide Safe? Zinc oxide has been used in skincare for 1000s of years to treat many forms of skin irritations as well as offers as a skin protection. It’s still used today in sunscreens, diap...
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Is Homosalate Safe?

Physical sunscreens typically use 1 or sometimes 2 active ingredients. Chemical sunscreens need to use 3-4 or even more active chemical ingredients to either a) cover the entire UV spectrum and/or ...
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Is Octinoxate Safe?

Is Octinoxate Safe? Chemical sunscreen ingredients are confusing, hard to pronounce and difficult to keep straight. If you’re wondering if octinoxate is safe, you’ve come to the right place. In thi...
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You got eczema? These 3 sunscreens will soothe your skin!

Got eczema? If you have eczema, you know how hard it is to calm your skin and find a good sunscreen that won’t cause a painful flare-up. In this post, you’ll learn. 3 ingredients to look for in ec...
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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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