EWG 2015 sunscreen list just came out and we made the top again. Their rating criteria has also changed to 1,2,3 and so on eliminating 0. 1 being the best, which we received. Not only did we get a 1 we were also reviewed and based on their modeling our product provides EXCELLENT UVA protection and an EXCELLENT balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF. We use 35% of non-nano uncoated zinc oxide. They examined about 1700 sunscreens on the market and only 21 percent rated a 1 or 2 and we made that list. 80% of what is out on the market according to EWG is inferior and contain harmful chemicals. You can read more about it here…. http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/executive-summary/
The warmer weather has finally arrived! You want to be able to head out with your friends and family to enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer but it can be stressful to think about sun protection. A lot of these products are often made with a number of harmful chemicals or ingredients that are quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. Luckily, Just Skin Food has a number of products that provide sun protection and can be used to help keep your body and skin safe during the spring and summer months.
Currently you will hear all about the need for sunscreen in order to protect your skin from the sun and to prevent skin cancer. Unfortunately, you can also read about studies that are suggesting sunscreen can actually be contributing to an increase in skin cancer among our population. This is likely due to the toxic ingredients contained in commercial sunscreen products that actually contain endocrine disrupting chemicals and promote free radical production in the body. Oxtinoxate, Oxybenzone and Homosalate are all common but very dangerous ingredients in a number of sun protection products on the market right now.
Just Skin Food has a much safer but still effective form of sun protection available. With safe and skin-nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E, you can pair our Natural & Organic Sunscreen with common sense to stay safe. It is important to avoid the sun in the midday when it is at its strongest and also use hats and other protective clothing to keep the sun at bay when you are going to be outside for longer periods of time. Don’t forget that there are indeed benefits of sun exposure in moderate amounts you just don’t want to allow your skin to burn or become damaged from the sun. Vitamin D has many benefits in the body including:
-Helping protect against disease,
-Normal growth and development of bones and teeth
-Allows for normal immune system responses
It is easier for the body to absorb vitamin D straight from the sun rather than taking an oral supplement which is often chemically-created and hard to absorb.
Using an oil to protect your skin seems counterintuitive, but several oils not only provide your skin with nourishment but also a dose of UVB ray protection as well.
• Coconut oil – Has an SPF of 4-6
• Shea Butter - It naturally protects and conditions the skin when it has been damaged and offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF 6).
• We use mango butter, cocoa butter as well to nourish the skin.
Zinc oxide - Truly a broad-spectrum blocker, protecting from UVA, UVB and even UVC rays. We only use non-nano, uncoated versions of zinc, as other types will absorb into the skin instead of providing the physical barrier on the outer layer of the skin. Our zinc-oxide is graded a 2 which means larger particles. Its grade is UPS -2 Zinc Oxide which has a mean particle size of .33 μm / 330 nm and it does not penetrate the pores. For more information CLICK HERE for Mesh / Particle Size.
100 nm is generally considered the upper limit for nanoparticles so our zinc oxide would NOT be considered a nanoparticle.
Science overwhelmingly shows that particles of zinc oxide greater than 30nm, when applied to the skin, do not get absorbed into the body, do not enter the bloodstream, and are not a threat to human health.
Zinc oxide should be at least 20% of the sunscreen formula in order to get an SPF 30, we use 35%. Adding more zinc for more protection is just common sense, it will make the sunscreen cream a bit thicker and last longer.
One of our happy customers actually had this to say about our sunscreen:
“Thank you for making a natural, organic sunscreen with no harmful chemicals! Since it's so nourishing, I've actually replaced my moisturizer completely and just use your sunscreen on my face. Love it!”
After you have been in the sun you should nourish the skin with a product such as our Whipped Fluffy Vanilla Bean Cream that includes ingredients such as organic mango butter, organic, raw unrefined cocoa butter, organic, virgin, raw coconut oil, organic, herbal infused aloe leaf oil and more. We also offer Simplers Botanicals Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil which is nourishing and moisturizing thanks to rose hip seed oil, and is naturally rich in antioxidant vitamin C, retinol and essential nutrients. You can use this product to help calm redness and irritation while improving the skin’s texture.
Simplers Organic Tamanu Oil is also beneficial to keep on hand during the summer months because of the cold pressed from the fruit kernel of a Polynesian tree known as Beauty Leaf, which is naturally high in skin-supporting nutrients that soften and moisturize dry skin, calm redness and rejuvenate aging or sun-damaged skin.
Just Skin Food was lucky enough to be featured on Organic Authority’s website last year as one of the top twenty-one safest and natural sunscreen brands for swim and sport. This was attributed to the UVA protection and UVB/UVA balance that our organic sunscreen product provides with a low hazard EWG rating. Our production process does not include water or liquid as part of the solution, which helps keep the end result a thick and long lasting stick.