Chemical sunscreens employ a potent combination of chemicals like oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and avobenzone, many of which are hormone and endocrine disruptors.
This is scary because they mimic the hormones our bodies create daily and can therefore interfere with everything from our reproductive systems to our metabolism. This is particularly bad for young children whose systems are rapidly developing.
Not to mention the problems these sunscreens cause to our coral reefs! Recent studies have found that when we go into water the chemicals from the sunscreen are decreasing corals’ defenses against bleaching, damaging their DNA and hurting their development.
Beautycounter sunscreens are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and soothing California Poppy, a mineral filter that sits on the surface of the skin as a barrier to bounce or reflect sun's rays away!
Mineral sunscreen protects from…
UVB Rays - Burning rays i.e. sunburn
UVA Rays - Aging rays are present all year round and can penetrate clouds and glass.
Blue light - High energy wavelengths admitted from the sun and technology and plays a factor in aging our skin.
Reef Friendly - Chemical sunscreens kill corals. Our sunscreen is safe to use when going into the ocean as they don’t leak toxic chemicals into the water!