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July 11, 2019

As the FDA revs up its review of sunscreen, we are dedicated to offer the best protection for you. With the proposed new sunscreen regulations, I am happy there will be more advocacy for physical sunscreens. Skin cancer is on the rise and sun protection is needed more that ever. You can get up to 18 hours of incidental sun a day from driving in your car, light from your phones and computers. The newer sunscreens are elegantly formulated with the most comprehensive protection you can get. Here is a breakdown of what is behind the big changes being proposed.

Physical vs. Chemical

Chemical sunscreens contain compounds (oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and aveobenzone) which works by absorbing UV rays and changing it into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. Physical sunscreens use mineral ingredients ( titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) to deflect damaging UV rays away from the skin. The FDA is taking a deeper look into how these chemicals applied to your skin are being absorbed into your body, and what are the possible effects of those chemicals. The majority of sunscreens available have some variation of chemical in them so make sure to check the ingredient list.

Reef Safe

Chemical sunscreens have been in the news lately. Hawaii, Palau and Key West have banned chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. These ingredients are contributing to the destruction of coral reefs and other marine life.


While most sunscreens protect from UV rays, the newer all physical sunscreens are elegantly formulated to offer Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection, environmental pollution protection, deflect heat, infrared and blue light defense.

I offer Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and Sente Invisible Shield Full Physical Sunscreen. These light weight formulations are the perfect coverage to meet your individual needs and provide the ultimate protection.


Physical sunscreens protect you and the environment!




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