There are two types of sunscreens, chemical and mineral. There is a lot of evidence showing mineral sunscreens to be a safer choice than the chemical options. Chemical sunscreens have ingredients like oxybenzone as their main active ingredient. Oxybenzone is a known hormone disrupter in people and is causing damage to the reefs when it is rubbed off of skin damaging ocean life.
The two active ingredients in mineral sunscreens are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Of these two, zinc oxide has been found to be effective in combating both UVA and UVB rays while titanium dioxide is strong against UVB rays but less effective against UVA rays. Because of this, I prefer a mineral sunscreen with non-nano zinc oxide as the active ingredient in my recipe. Non-nano zinc oxide is well known for its full spectrum effect of protecting the skin from the sun’s rays. In addition to zinc oxide, I like using a combination of fats and oils that each uniquely provide their own nourishing skin benefits.
Homemade sunscreen cannot be lab tested and regulated in the same way that commercial products are. However, by using ingredients that are known to be sun protective AND are safe and even beneficial for the skin, I feel much more confident in the safe and effective use of this homemade sunscreen.
Our Natural Sunscreen has a SPF of around 40 according to my research. It is waterproof, safe for babies, and safe for marine life!🌿🌿💚