Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only two active ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective by the FDA.
You may have heard the rumors being passed around the pools and beaches that sunscreen is bad for you. Maybe you just want to find out why sunscreens with non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are safer and more effective. Whatever the case, we’d love to help you learn more about the ingredients in your sunscreen and how to best protect you and your family!
HOW DOES SUNSCREEN WORK?
To break it down simply, an effective sunscreen needs to have at least one active ingredient that enables it to protect your skin from being damaged by the harmful UV rays put off by the sun. Many popular sunscreens carried by large retailers use chemicals like avobenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene as their active ingredients. These chemicals are absorbed into the skin (and the bloodstream – yikes!) where they take in the UV rays, convert them into heat, then release the heat from the skin. Did you know that when avobenzone reacts with chlorine it breaks down into toxic chemicals, which can result in kidney and liver dysfunction as well as nervous system disorders?
The alternative to chemical sunscreens is to use a mineral sunscreen, like TropicSport, that uses ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. In mineral sunscreens, the active ingredients create a physical barrier on top of the skin, rather than being absorbed into it. This super shield deflects UV rays away from the skin before they can hurt you.
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TropicSport sunscreen's only active ingredients are non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It is not only safe for you and your family, but safe for the coral reefs as well. Our natural and eco-friendly sunscreens are also water resistant for up to 4 hours! Since many other skin care products contain harsh chemicals as well, we’ve also created a line of natural face and body cleansers and moisturizers. Check out our collections and try TropicSport mineral sunscreens today!