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WHY USE MINERAL SUNSCREEN
You Eat Natural Foods, So Shouldn’t Your Sunscreen Be Natural, Too?
In today’s world, it seems like we constantly hear messages about “going natural,” but what are the actual benefits of a natural mineral sunscreen? The conventional chemical sunscreen you’ve used for ages works just fine at preventing sunburn, but take a look at the ingredients on the bottle of last summer’s sunblock. If you find chemical ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, or even isobutane, you should consider purchasing a mineral sunscreen like Goddess Garden instead.
The Difference Between Mineral and Chemical Sunscreens
We only use ingredients that we want to use to protect our own families. That means our formulas are full of organic plant-based ingredients like sunflower seed oil, coconut oil and aloe vera in our formulas, and we’ll only ever use the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as actives. Minerals are every bit as effective as the chemical actives found in conventional sunscreens, and in many ways, they’re actually more effective. Here’s why:
Minerals Are Safe for the Environment
Some of the most common chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone and octinoxate, have been linked to the destruction of our coral reefs. This damage can occur even at very low concentrations of these chemicals in the water. Because of this, they’ve even been banned in placed like Hawaii, Key West, Bonaire and the Republic of Palau. Minerals, on the other hand, are reef safe, so do not harm reef environments and the vast life they support.
Minerals Reflect, Chemicals Absorb
Because minerals sit on top of your skin, they act like a mirror and reflect UV rays away from your body. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens actually absorb into the skin, where they disperse the UV rays in your body as less harmful energy. They can also be found in the bloodstream following use, so the FDA is conducting research to ensure those ingredients are safe for use. At the same time, proposed rules from the FDA recognized zinc and titanium dioxide as being safe and effective. Because minerals aren’t absorbed, they’re safe for sensitive skin and do not end up in your bloodstream.
Minerals Are Effective Immediately
When you apply mineral sunscreen, you can go out into the sun immediately without worrying about sunburn. With chemical sunscreens, you need to wait 15 to 20 minutes before it protects you from the sun. This is because it takes time for the chemicals to absorb into the skin and become “active.” Since our minerals sit on top of our skin, they’re effective immediately!
Our Mineral Sunscreen Doesn’t Have Any Harsh Chemicals!
We want to make it easy to protect both people and the planet. That means creating formulas that don’t irritate sensitive skin, pose threats to our health or harm our marine environments!
Just take it from Nova, our founder: “I started Goddess Garden because my daughter Paige was allergic to conventional body care products. Because of that, we only ever use the most effective and gentle ingredients to create our products. You will never find chemical actives like oxybenzone or octinoxate in our sunscreens, because our families deserve better and our environment does, too.”