WHY ZINC OXIDE?
ZINC OXIDE REFLECTS AND CHEMICALS ABSORB
Zinc oxide is a physical filter that forms an invisible defensive shield on the skin surface that reflects UVA + UVB rays away from the skin. Chemical filters in sunscreens penetrate the uppermost layers of the skin to absorb UV rays.
ZINC OXIDE IS SAFE + EFFECTIVE
Zinc oxide is one of the two UV filters that is recognized by the FDA and international markets as safe and effective to protect your skin against both UVA + UVB rays.
Zinc particles sit on top of the skin and are not absorbed into the skin where they may cause skin irritations. Therefore, they are safe for use on all skin types, including people with sensitive skin.
The National Eczema Association and The Rosacea Society recommend using sunscreens with zinc oxide because it is much less likely to cause flare-ups or irritation.
ZINC OXIDE OFFERS BROAD SPECTRUM PROTECTION
Not all sunscreens provide protection against UVA + UVB rays. Some only provide protection against UVB rays with a specific SPF rating. SPF is important but not enough, so look out for sunscreens that are labelled broad spectrum to protect you against UVA + UVB rays.
UVA (ageing) rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB (burn) rays and are the main cause of premature ageing, wrinkles and age spots.
All our sunscreens use zinc oxide which offers excellent UVA + UVB protection = broad spectrum.
ZINC OXIDE IS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
Unlike chemical sunscreens, you can apply zinc oxide sunscreen to the skin and go out in the sun immediately.
This is because zinc oxide sunscreen sits on top of the skin and act as a physical defence shield to provide immediate UVA + UVB protection.
Chemical sunscreens, however, need time to be absorbed into the skin for activation of UV protection, usually 20-30 minutes.
ZINC OXIDE IS REEF SAFE
Some of the most common chemical UV filters in sunscreens are highly toxic to coral reefs and other marine life. This has led to bans of certain sunscreens using UV chemical filters in places like Hawaii, KeyWest and Palau.
Chemical filters, like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene and octinoxate, are really harmful to marine life and when it washes off your body and enter into the ocean they cause bleaching, DNA damage and death to coral reefs and other marine life.
Our zinc oxide is safe for reefs and marine life and is large enough in particular size not to enter marine ecosystems.