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Sun Protection Ingredients for Daily SPF 15

Understanding the active ingredients in sunscreen is a bit like learning a foreign language that uses a different alphabet. Suffice it to say in short that sunscreens are made up of a combination of two types of ingredients: those that reflect ultraviolet (UV) rays and those that absorb UV rays. Although that might sound simple enough, there are also two types of rays: UVA rays and UVB rays. UVB causes sunburn at the outer layers of skin, but UVA causes sun damage that reach deeper layers of skin. Both UVA and UVB radiation can contribute to the development of serious health conditions. 

The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) scale is not linear: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays. Although our products are great protection against sun UVB/UVA rays, it is more for everyday use, rather than a replacement for a sunscreen.

Octinoxate 7%

Octinoxate has a solid record of safety (decades of research and thousands of studies establishing its safety in sunscreens as indisputable). There are no studies that demonstrate octinoxate, when and as used in SPF products, is harmful. In the sole studies cited when such claims are made, the conditions are completely inapplicable to how sunscreen ingredients are used in skincare products. For example, such “studies” use extremely high concentrations of octinoxate (much higher than would ever be used in sunscreens) or even fed to lab animals.

Octisalate 5%

Octisalate (octyl salicylate) is an organic compound (colorless liquid with an oily consistency and a slight floral fragrance) that is used to absorb UVB rays and also add water-resistant properties to the formula. It is not a particularly strong absorbent, so it usually appears along with other ingredients. Octisalate degrades when exposed to sunlight, which means it needs to be reapplied frequently. The FDA has determined that the levels used in cosmetic and beauty products would not cause any adverse reaction and has approved octisalate for use in sunscreen with up to 5% concentration . Keep in mind that a sunscreen’s Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a gauge of how well the formula protects the skin from UVB rays. It does not gauge protection from UVA rays.

Homosalate 3%

FDA-approved sunscreen active ingredient that provides primarily UVB protection. Its UVA range is very narrow, and so it is not used alone in sunscreens. Homosalate is internationally approved for use in sunscreens, up to a maximum concentration of 15%. It’s considered non-sensitizing, and is most often seen in sunscreens rated SPF 30 and greater.

5 Plant Based Botanicals

The formula is enriched with 5 Plant Based botanicals specifically chosen to ensure the best natural hydration for delicate skin. These include Arnica Flower, Yarrow, Chamomile, Aloe Vera, and Comfrey. 

The formula, when compared to other cosmetic hydrators such as glycerol, offers 6 X the hydrating factor. 

Other Important Ingredients:

Deionized water (Aqua)
(purified water/demineralized water)

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Cyclopentasiloxane

Methyl Gluceth-20 (Glucose Moisturizer)

Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan)

Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Sorbitan Oleate

Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

1,2 Hexanediol

Butylene Glycol

Caprylyl Glycol

Phenoxyethanol

Butylene Glycol