Sunscreen products contain particulates to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. These particulates are classified as either chemicals or minerals. Chemical particulates are harmful to your health and the environment; they are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens or mutagens. Mineral-based sunscreens, on the other hand, are natural and biodegradable. The most widely used minerals are zinc oxide and titanium oxide.
Zinc oxide has been used since ancient times for its healing properties. Today, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries use zinc oxide in skin products for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and healing properties. Zinc oxide is especially found in sunscreen, face moisturizers and in products for children. It is also one of the few rare minerals authorized by dermatologists for use by pregnant or lactating women.
In addition, zinc oxide is a natural sunscreen that protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays, and it does not biodegrade in the sun. It is the only mineral particulate that offers such a broad spectrum of protection against the sun. It forms a protective barrier against harmful rays and protects your skin upon application.
In the form of a fine powder of particulates zinc oxide is good for your health and poses no danger to the environment. However, nanoparticles of zinc oxide are still being tested. Since their effects on our health and the environment’s health are yet unknown, we do not use nanoparticulates in our products.