Making sunscreen a fixture in your daily routine is the most valuable pieces of skincare advice we could offer. And with the summer season right around the corner, finding a dependable form of sun protection is crucial. With so many sunscreens on the market, with ingredient lists that are quickly becoming more difficult to decipher – finding natural and non-toxic options can be a difficult process. In the world of sunscreens, there are two core factions: Chemical and Physical formulations.

Chemical sunscreens are made up of just that – chemicals. When it comes to protecting the skin, chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays, and are reemitted as infrared rays. Common markers of chemical sunscreens are active ingredients such as: Octylcrylen, Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, and Octinoxate. Chemical sunscreens often tend to vary in texture – from thin and lightweight to creamy and “moisturizing.” And while the textures of chemical sunscreens tend to woo many who use them, the toxic ingredients can irritate skin down the line and even degrade our aquatic life.  Oxybenzone, a common ingredient found in many spray-on chemical sunscreens, has been found to poison coral – causing bleaching, deformities and ultimately what many are calling a coral “die-off.”

While Chemical sunscreens absorb and release UV rays, Physical sunscreens block UV rays from penetrating the skin, creating a protective layer that shields your complexion from sun damage. Zinc Oxide is an all-star ingredient in many physical sunscreens and is praised for its ability to provide reliable protection against the sun’s rays. However, even most physical sunscreens on the market aren’t 100% natural, as fillers, additives and other irritating ingredients are often added to make zinc more manageable on the skin. With our Zinc Oxide Powder, though, making your own physical sunscreen is easy and the process ensures that no mystery ingredients are going on your skin – bringing your chances of skin irritation down to zero. The best part? Zinc oxide is 100% planet-friendly, so you can rest easy knowing that your DIY sunscreen is just as good for the earth as it is for your skin!

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