March 31, 2017
If you’ve been a little lax applying sunscreen during the cooler months, it’s time to get back into habit of daily application! We know, it’s just one more step in your beauty routine, but it’s also one of the most important. The main reason we need sunscreen is to protect our skin from ultraviolet radiation, which the sun gives off at two different wavelengths: UVA and UVB. Longer-wave UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB, but both can cause sunburns and skin damage, so it’s best to slather on a product that can defend you from both types of rays.
Have you tried shopping for sunscreen lately? It can be so confusing—especially when you pull a conventional bottle from the shelf and run into a handful of ingredients you can’t pronounce or haven’t heard of before. Thankfully, Loving Naturals removes the guesswork from choosing the best sunscreen, because each bottle of SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick is chemical free and made with natural and organic ingredients. As an added bonus, the formula also hydrates skin and goes on clear (goodbye, white streaks!). Let’s take a closer look.
Zinc oxide is created when zinc—a metallic element found in nature—is heated and combined with oxygen molecules. Non-nano particles won’t enter the bloodstream, which is one of the reasons this ingredient gets high marks from the Environmental Working Group. It also provides protection from UVA rays without breaking down in the sun.
A sunflower is more than a beautiful flower—its oil is a wonderful addition to your pantry and beauty products, too! A study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science suggests sunflower oil may help smooth and moisturize skin.
Beeswax comes from inside the honeycomb, and is an amazing, natural, and non-toxic ingredient known for its ability to act as a protective barrier for the skin.
Honey is naturally antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and has beneficial enzymes and probiotics, too!
Parabens are preservatives that act as an antibacterial and antifungal agent to extend a product’s shelf life. During the 1990s it was discovered that parabens were in fact xenoestrogens, which are agents that mimic hormones in the human body and can act as endocrine disruptors.
Phthalates are commonly found in cosmetics and certain plastics and packaging. According to the FDA, health risks associated with long-term phthalate exposure are still not clear, but studies have found traces in breast milk, and phthalates can cross the placenta, potentially affecting unborn children.
Sulfates are cleansing agents responsible for creating lather in soaps and shampoos. Some are derived from sulfur- and petroleum-based products, which can irritate skin and eyes.
Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but the FDA doesn’t require them to disclose the specific chemicals and scents that comprise it. For consumers, that means it’s almost impossible to know everything that’s inside your favorite products.
If you’re looking forward to some fun in the sun this season, here’s what some of our Thrive Members have to say about Loving Naturals’ sunscreen!
“Loving Naturals not only provides sunscreen, but it is very moisturizing which was additional benefit to dehydrated skin!”
“I ordered this product because of its excellent rating by EWG. I wanted a sunblock that does not contain dangerous ingredients, and was very happy to discover that it is also very easily absorbed without leaving white traces.”
“I was looking for non-nano particle sunscreen and this was a good fit. And just a little bit goes a long way.”
Photo credit: David Kalka
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