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Not All Mineral Sunscreens are Created Equal - Low Concentrations of Mineral Ingredients do not Provide Effective UVA and UVB Protection

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It is important for sunscreens to contain adequate concentrations of the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. An issue that was illuminated as the EWG researched its 2017 guide, is growing SPF values with mineral sunscreens and very low concentrations of active ingredients in many of them. The majority of mineral sunscreens do not provide effective UVA and UVB protection due to low concentrations of active ingredients.

Recommendations for high concentrations of zinc oxide in a product are growing, ranging from over 15 percent to 20 percent. 

Less Than 15% Zinc Oxide

15-20% Zinc Oxide

More Than 20% Zinc Oxide

SPF 24 or less

SPF 24 to 32

At least SPF 32

 

It is best to avoid any sunscreens that are less than 20 percent zinc oxide. At low concentrations, the UVA protection is insufficient. A 15 percent zinc oxide formula is only about SPF 24, ideally, we want a minimum of SPF 30. For every one percent of zinc oxide, you get 1.6 SPF units. Every one percent of titanium dioxide gives you 2.6 SPF units. You want a zinc-dominant sunscreen to protect from UVA.

In the nations regulated by the European Commission, manufacturers voluntarily comply with a recommendation that broad spectrum protection by the ratio of UVA to UVB protection, requiring one third of the SPF number to be UVA protection. This provides a significantly greater amount of UVA protection than many American sunscreens, ensuring adequate UVA protection.

Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are made with the safest UVA and UVB filters - our SPF 30 sunscreens are formulated 20.4% non-nano zinc oxide and our SPF 50 sunscreens are formulated with 21% non-nano zinc oxide and 7.2% non-nano titanium dioxide, meeting and exceeding the regulatory requirements of the FDA OTC Monograph System and the European Commission’s recommendation on UVA protection.

Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are the first and only sunscreens in the U.S. certified by Ecocert Cosmos Natural and have been clinically tested hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic with no eye stinging ingredients.

Love Sun Body was also recently given the best score for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Love Sun Body sunscreen formulas are certified PETA cruelty free, vegan and reef safe.

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