Mineral sunscreen: Protecting your skin, protecting the earth
You can be sitting in the sweltering summer sun or getting refracted rays off snowy slopes—no matter how you’re playing in the sunshine, one thing is vital: protecting your skin. Having a natural sunscreen you can count on means more fun outdoors without worrying about sunburn or the intrusion of toxic chemicals into your bloodstream.
How does sunscreen work?
Mineral sunscreen SPF 50 | Young LivingSunscreen protects your skin by blocking UV rays. Watch this video for a complete breakdown, and check out our simplified explanation below.
Many chemical sunscreens contain avobenzone, oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, PABA and 1, 4-dioxane, UV chemical absorbers, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances. These work by chemically absorbing UV light, but they also present the potential for system toxicity.
The FDA recently ran an exploratory maximal usage trial measuring just how much of topical sunscreen products our bodies absorb when following correct usage instructions. Words like avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene already sound intimidating; it’s even scarier to find out that they are the chemicals found in most common sunscreens and cosmetics. These chemicals are active ingredients in most commercially available products. In a recent study published in a peer-reviewed journal, researchers found that after using sunscreens with these ingredients as active compounds, those chemicals were detected in the bloodstream.
Using ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, barrier sunscreens block UV rays rather than absorbing them. However, in attempts to make these more appealing to the consumer, many so-called “natural sunscreens” end up using nanoparticle-sized zinc oxide in their sunscreen formula, which means they contain particles so small that they can enter your bloodstream.
When the scientists at Young Living formulated our Mineral Sunscreen, they wanted to develop the very best—for kids, adults, for everyone in the family. To create the right sunscreen, they knew blocking UV rays was the right path, so a zinc oxide sunscreen—a barrier approach—was the right formulation. But Young Living’s scientists, bound by the Seed to Seal® commitment to create the absolute best products available, developed a sunscreen that uses non-nano zinc oxide, which means when you wear this sunscreen, you won’t absorb the chemicals into your bloodstream, however benign they may be. To learn more about nanoparticles and why you should steer clear, check out this blog post.
- formulated by Gary Young with a special blend of skin-loving essential oils that includes 100 percent pure Helichrysum,Lavender, Myrrh, Carrot Seed, and Sacred Frankincense.
- over-the-counter, lightweight, fast-absorbing, and provides your skin with added protection from UVA and UVB rays.
- safe for adults and kids alike with powerful sun protection, free from harsh chemicals.
- provides a non-greasy finish and can easily be used under makeup.
- reef safe: free of chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which cause coral bleaching
- non-nano formula: coral cannot ingest the zinc oxide particles
- sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes: your workout or time at the pool is well protected.
- made with pure, naturally derived ingredients
- free of avobenzone, oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, PABA and 1,4-dioxane, UV chemical absorbers, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances.
- has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval for daily use.
- dermatologist reviewed to smooth onto skin without a white residue. No more blue tinge or white cast to your zinc sunscreen!
A little bit about SPF:
What do you know about Sun Protection Factor (SPF)? This oft tossed-about term can be confusing, with the assumption that high numbers mean more protection. Well, that’s only sort of true. SPF is a measure of protection from UVB rays, which can cause cancer. If your skin would burn after being in the sun for 10 minutes, an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun for approximately 150 minutes—a factor of 15 times longer—without burning. SPF is not meant to help you determine duration of wear.
The SPF scale isn’t linear. For example, SPF 10 blocks 90 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVB rays, and SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of UVB rays. Super-high SPF such as 75 or 100 do not offer significantly greater protection.
Even the most diligent sunscreeners can forget to reapply or miss an awkward spot. When that happens, try LavaDerm After-Sun Spray to help soothe, cool, and temporarily relieve the itching and pain that show up alongside your pesky sunburn.
Hydrating face mask with Helichrysum: Glow alongside the sun with a glistening complexion!
¼ cup aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Mix together, apply to your face and wear for at least 10 minutes to get maximum moisture. Rinse and shine!
Switch to a lighter moisturizer for summer to prevent oil and grease buildup on those T-zones. The ART Renewal Serum is my favorite. Just a little goes a long way. Follow with the ART Light Moisturizer if more is needed or use separately.