Why Love Sun Body
There are hundreds of sunscreens on the market today, while marketed as safe and effective:
- Many sunscreens provide inadequate UVA & UVB protection.
- Chemical sunscreens are hazardous for humans, the environment, marine life and coral reefs.
- Many sunscreens contain hazardous ingredients including petroleum-based ingredients.
Many sunscreens lack sufficient broad spectrum protection
UVA rays are responsible for skin damage and can lead to skin cancer. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. 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.
The trouble with chemical sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens were developed for their ease of use and inexpensive ingredients. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation. This means UVA rays, the type responsible for more serious damage, reach deeper layers of skin. Also, most chemical UV filters protect from UVA or UVB rays and not both, so chemical sunscreens have a mix of several chemical filters.
These chemicals in sunscreen don't just sit on top of the skin, they absorb in the bloodstream. Many of these sunscreens are ineffective and studies have shown in addition to hormone disruption, skin penetration, skin allergies, cell damage and other concerns.
According to studies by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration after a single application, a total of seven chemicals commonly found in sunscreens can be absorbed into the bloodstream at levels that exceed safety thresholds.
Two ingredients PABA and trolamine salicylate are not GRASE (Generally Regarded As Safe and Effective) for use in sunscreens due to safety issues and there are twelve ingredients for which there are insufficient safety data to make a positive GRASE determination at this time. The ingredients requiring additional investigation are cinoxate, dioxybenzone, ensulizole, homosalate, meradimate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, padimate O, sulisobenzone, oxybenzone, and avobenzone.
Chemical sunscreens are damaging our coral reefs
The National Park Service says that 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen enter reef areas each year, and studies have found that the chemicals they contain can damage coral reefs, contributing to “bleaching” and death. The chemicals get into seawater through wastewater and from swimmers wearing chemical sunscreen.
Mineral sunscreens are recognized as safe and effective
The FDA has stated only two active ingredients – zinc oxide and titanium dioxide – can be marketed without approved new drug applications because they are recognized as safe and effective, do not penetrate and are not absorbed through the skin.
The issues with nano zinc oxide and nano titanium dioxide
When zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are manufactured as a UV filters, they are made as either small particles, named “nano” or larger particles, named “non-nano”. A nanoparticle is a particle smaller than 100 nanometers (nm), or 100 billionths of a meter. Many sunscreen manufactures use nano zinc oxide and/or nano titanium dioxide because they are clear, making it less whitening when the sunscreen is applied. The nano mineral filters are not as effective as the non-nano mineral filters because many of the UV rays pass through the smaller nano sized particles. There are studies showing that very small nanoparticles (smaller than 35nm) of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can be harmful to the environment by being toxic to marine life.
Non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide minerals filters are safe, effective and environmentally friendly
Love Sun Body only uses non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide. The range for "non-nano" is 100 nanometers (nm) or greater. The larger size non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide are opaque and absorbs, scatters and reflects UV rays and converts the energy to infrared heat, which radiates safely away from the skin surface. Extensive research has concluded that non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide are the safest ingredients for protecting your skin from UVA + UVB rays and blue light and the only truly reef safe sunscreen UV filters.
Inactive sunscreen chemicals that pose health hazards
Inactive ingredients typically make up 50 to 70 percent of a sunscreen. Dimethicones and silicones are petrochemical based functional ingredients that can be found on the label of almost every single mainstream personal care product. There are even silicone derivatives where they attach the dimethicone to a "natural" ingredient such as beeswax or plant oils. Dimethicones and silicones trap debris in your pores. Like plastic wrap, silicones form a barrier on top of your skin. That barrier can lock in moisture, yes, but it can also trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris along with it. Apart from the fact that there are petrochemicals involved in manufacturing dimethicones, even if they are attached to plant oils, they are bioaccumulative and build-up in the environment.
The safest, most advanced natural sunscreens
“At Love Sun Body, we developed revolutionary sunscreens, Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens. Love Sun Body sunscreens are the first and only sunscreens in the United States that have been certified by Ecocert Cosmos Natural, meeting and exceeding the FDA OTC Monograph System, the European Commission’s recommendation on UVA protection and Health Canada Natural Health Products Regulations. All Love Sun Body formulas are biodegradable and our packaging is recyclable”. - Dr. Terry Zickerman, Founder & CEO, Love Sun Body
Love Sun Body face, body and tinted mineral sunscreens are made with 100% natural origin sustainable minerals and plant-based ingredients. Our SPF 30 formulas contain over 20% non-nano zinc oxide and our SPF 50 formulas contain over 20% non-nano zinc oxide and over 7% non-nano titanium dioxide.
Love Sun Body sunscreen formulas are certified Cosmos Natural, PETA Cruelty Free and Vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, with no eye stinging ingredients.
Love Sun Body formulas are reef safe and have been given the best score for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Given the lack of global regulation on natural sunscreens and cosmetics and the misleading marketing from many companies, Love Sun Body has pursued Cosmos Natural Certification as a way of proving to consumers and retailers that our products are truly 100% natural origin and environmentally responsible. Many companies use the phrase “natural” even when chemical ingredients co-exist with natural ingredients in a formula. The unregulated use of “all-natural” devalues the notion that a product is completely natural. Having Cosmos Natural certify that our formula is of 100% natural origin – may prompt explanation – but it gives us an opportunity to educate consumers and ensure they know that our product is sourced and produced responsibly, with an understanding of where our ingredients come from and are truly 100% natural origin and free of any harmful chemicals.
Third-party certification means that an independent organization has reviewed the manufacturing process of a product and has independently determined that the final product complies with specific standards for safety and quality. This review typically includes comprehensive formulation/material reviews, testing and facility inspections. Most certified products bear the certifier’s mark on their packaging to help consumers and other buyers make educated purchasing decisions.
The highest standards
- BDIH (Germany)
- Cosmebio (France)
- Ecocert Greenlife SAS (France)
- ICEA (Italy)
- Soil Association (Great Britain)
COSMOS stands for "COSMetic Organic and Natural Standard", which sets certification requirements for organic and natural cosmetics products in Europe. The standard is recognized globally by the cosmetic industry.
The Cosmos standard is the global certification for natural and organic cosmetics. These standards are used by over 1600 companies manufacturing and selling over 25,000 products in more than 45 countries worldwide – some 85% of the certified cosmetics market. COSMOS-certified products are produced to the highest standards for organic and natural cosmetics, and are safe, effective and good to use.
- No chemical filters
- No petroleum-based ingredients
- No GMO ingredients
- No parabens and phthalates
Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are the first and only sunscreens in the U.S. certified by Ecocert Cosmos Natural.
Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Formulas
Following ten years of research & development, we created sunscreens that are more advanced than anything else on the market.
100% of our sunscreen total ingredients are from natural origin, are safe and effective, blends evenly, moisturizing matte finish, water resistant and luxurious.
- All SPF 30 products are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide
- All SPF 50 products are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide
- All inactive ingredients are plant based that have not been genetically modified (GMO), grown without the use of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides
- No parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, animal-derived ingredients, petroleum-derived ingredients, paba, hexane, gluten, phthalates, silicones, sulfates and ureas
- Meets European standards for UVA and UVB protection
- All formulas water-resistant 80 minutes, sweat-resistant
- Moisturizing sunscreens rub in very well and dry quickly
- Hypoallergenic (relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction)
- Non-comedogenic (formulated so as not to cause blocked pores)
- Cruelty-free & Vegan
- Coral Reef Safe
- Safe for adults, children and babies 6 months or older
- The most stringent regulatory, third-party testing and certification
- No eye-stinging ingredients
- Patent Pending
- Made in the USA
Broad spectrum protection
Love Sun Body formulas offer truly effective sunscreens, meeting and exceeding the regulatory requirements of the FDA OTC Monograph System, the European Commission’s recommendation on UVA protection and Health Canada Natural Health Products Regulations.
Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are reef safe, with no chemical filters or nano particles. Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are made with the safest UVA and UVB filters - our SPF 30 sunscreens are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and our SPF 50 sunscreens are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide.
Safe for children’s and baby’s sensitive skin
Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens are recommended for adults, children and babies 6 months or older, anyone with sensitive skin and for consumers that want safe and effective natural products.
Sustainability and traceability
When it comes to sustainability and traceability, all aspects of our operations come into play: sourcing ingredients, packaging, labeling, manufacturing and waste reduction… all in the name of protecting the climate, forest, wildlife, freshwater, oceans, coral reefs, marine life and people.
Each plant and mineral ingredient that we source is certified Cosmos natural. We source ingredients from manufacturers that start with natural raw ingredients sourced from sustainable practices and use methods that are environmentally sound and good for communities.
All of our products are biodegradable, all of our packaging is recyclable, minimized and is environmentally friendly.
Our manufacturing incorporates natural cleaning ingredients.
Love Sun Body was conceived as a green company and is committed to environmentally conscious business practices including recycling, manufacturing, socially responsible investments (SRI) that focus on conservation of natural resources, manufacturing and implementation of clean air.
Love Sun Body is proud to have the highest standards in sunscreen and cosmetic sunscreen.