Nature inspired science to renew and protect the human body's biggest organ... was the dominant theme for skincare ingredient companies.
As big users of physical sunblocks (a laymen's term)-we noticed quite a few enhanced zinc oxide and titanium oxide -aka inorganic ingredients-amped up with "actives"
Mineral sunscreens- notably are tested and labelled correctly- for all the different global requirements (like FDA Category 1 Sunscreens).
The big deal breakthroughs: environmentally safer, added protection vs blue light + infrared rays, non-irritating, and imo-better efficacy- longer lasting (our experience)-than toxic chemical equivalents and formulations. (Cue the power of the EWG).
AND physical sunblocks don't leave a white pasty film-making them suitable for more skin tones...and aren't as pricey vs those nasty chemical sunscreens-anymore.
KOBO's -four in one multi-purpose sunscreen which won the CEW's Supplier Award -with the company's Zinc Oxide Dispersion OMQP50XZ4.
Croda has several safe effective ingredients -in its mineral based UV filters - Solaveil™ collection. To amp up environmental protection-the Optisol™OTPI-an uncoated titanium dioxide based filter-with manganese oxide (reduces photoactivity)- protects vs environmental pollutants better than any UV filter commercially available according to the company (wow).
Another Croda physical shield formula-Infraveil™ IT-100 offers "skin protection beyond the UV"-achieves IRA protection (infrared rays-emitted by the sun's spectrum)-without leaving a pasty white film...using patented TiO2 technology.
Vizor Super Zinc® Natural "Sunscreen Re-Invented"-works with the company's patented proprietary coating technology with no SPF boosters or film formers..is non-nano (a very good thing)-and lowers viscosity (makes sunscreens easier to spread)--and the company claims is superior to silane coated zinc oxide.
Added Plus: With recent articles highlighting the FDA study that sunscreen chemicals avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule (not reef safe either) are found in users' bloodstreams (without studies on long term impact)...the research done on different sized zinc oxide nanoparticles-is interesting. Size does matter when it comes to safety aka cytoplasmstoxicity, etc. (Micron+naNo better than nano...).
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