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Contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for chemical-free face and body sun protection
Lightweight and oil-free, it spreads easily and blends in invisibly
Received highest rating for broad spectrum protection
Formulated to be water resistant for up to 80 minutes in the water
There is no point in using any anti-aging or reparative skincare treatment if you’re not preventing further damage by using a sunscreen.
The Chemfree Solar Defense Cream SPF 30 offers the latest in face and body sun protection technology through Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, which act as physical blockers for instant sun defense, without having to wait 30 minutes to be fully protected. The micronized ingredients allow the cream in this SPF 30 sunscreen to spread easily and blend in invisibly, even under makeup, as well as to help delay oil breakthrough. Due to the high mineral content, this a great SPF 30 sunscreen for those who have experiences irritation with other sunscreens and skincare products. Oil-free and lightweight, this sunscreen is appropriate for even the oiliest skin. And it's instrumental in combatting melasma.
Remember, you don’t have to stay out of the sun; that’s neither realistic nor possible. Instead, just make sure to protect yourself while in the sun.
Titanium Dioxide (8.4%): Provides UVB and short-wave UVA protection as soon as applied by reflecting harmful UV rays
Zinc Oxide (1.9%): Provides both UVB and broad spectrum (short-wave and long-wave) UVA protection as soon as applied by reflecting harmful UVA rays
Water, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Cetyl PEG/PGP-10/1 Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexyl Laurate, Squalane, Sodium Chloride, Polysorbate 60, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, and Methylparaben.
Apply liberally to face and/or body 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming, sweating, or toweling dry.
Protect the product in this container from excessive heat and direct sun.
WARNINGS: For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. Stop use and ask doctor if rash or irritation develops. When using this product keep out of eyes and mucous membranes. Rinse water to remove. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Keep out of reach of children. For children under 6 months of age, ask a doctor prior to use.
Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.
Is an SPF of 30 sufficient?
An SPF of 30 provides 97% protection against UVB rays. For context, SPF 50 provides 98%, and no SPF provides 100%. However, as the SPF increases, so does that thickness of the sunscreen itself. You should always use a sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 to 30, with broad spectrum protection, however, the choice is ultimately up to you and based on your preference of how the sunscreen feels on your skin compared to how much protection it provides.
What is a chemfree sunscreen?
Chemfree sunscreens contain, amongst other ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in place of chemicals such as avobenzone and oxtinoxate. Traditional avobenzone- and oxtinoxate-based sunscreens work by being absorbed into your skin, and after approximately 30 minutes, forming a layer of protection that absorbs and attempts to neutralize the harmful rays of the sun. Chemfree active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide act as a physical block against the sun's rays, to provide instant protection, without having to wait 30 minutes to be fully protected.
Why should I use a chemfree sunscreen?
Chemfree sunscreens are less irritating than traditional, chemical-based sunscreens. Additionally, the micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide particles can absorb oil, making this a good alternative for oily-skinned people.
Why should I use the Chemfree Solar Defense Cream SPF 30 for treating melasma? Can I use any other sunscreen?
Traditional, carbon-based (i.e., not chemfree) sunscreens work by being absorbed into your skin, and then soaking up and neutralizing the sun's damaging rays. Melasma is caused by your pigment cells becoming extremely sensitive and overreacting to damage. While traditional, carbon-based sunscreens do protect you from the sun's damaging rays, since they first absorb those rays into your skin, it provides the rays to chance to cause the melasma to stimulate the already sensitive pigment cells. On the other hand, since chemfree sunscreens attempt to block the sun's damaging rays prior to entering your skin, there is less of a chance of those rays setting off pigment cells. The most effective way to treat melasma is thus using, in addition to an exfoliant and skin brightener, a chemfree sunscreen such as the Chemfree Solar Defense Cream, SPF 30.
Have other questions about sunscreen? Visit our Sunscreen FAQ.
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