Sunscreen Info

Sun Safety Tips

Storage & Application Tips

Sunscreen Q & A

 

Sun Safety Tips

Seek Shade: Seek frequent breaks indoors or in the shade of a tree or umbrella.
Sun Intensity: Be mindful of sun intensity, reflection and level of shade. Avoid direct sun exposure between 10am and 4pm, and especially between 12 and 2pm.
Remember that you will burn much quicker in Aruba closer to the equator where the sun is more intense than the sun in Maine for example.
Also, sun reflects off water, sand, pavement etc. and can penetrate through some umbrellas and tree shade, so although it will take longer, a burn can still be achieved in the shade depending on angle and intensity of the sun.
Age: Check with a physician before using sunscreen on babies under 6 months. Mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide and safe, natural ingredients are ideal for young children and babies. Remember that children’s skin are far more sensitive and prone to burn. Burns in childhood can significantly increase risks of skin cancer later in life.
Reapply! Reapply sunscreen frequently, every 1-2 hours and every 40 minutes when swimming or sweating. Consider setting a timer on your phone. If you or your child hasn’t been out in the sun much you will be more sensitive to burning. Reapply at least every hour at first and see how you do before waiting up to 2 hours for re-application.
Remember that babies and kids especially tend to rub their faces and this will rub off some of the protection.
If you are wiping away perspiration or water from your skin, you are also wiping away sunscreen and you will want to reapply.
Keep hydrated! Be sure to provide babies, kids and yourself with plenty of fluids.
Cover up: with hats, sunglasses, and light breathable clothing or SPF rated fabrics. Make sure clothes are not too shear. Sunlight can penetrate some fabrics.
Take a break: If you or your baby or kids are extra fussy or seem to be getting color or your skin feels like it is burning, get out of the sun and heat. Apply a cool wet washcloth or give a lukewarm bath and drink more water.
In the car: Don’t forget to wear sunscreen for long car rides or use shades on windows. UV rays do penetrate glass.

 

Storage & Application Tips

Prolong Shelf Life: Keep it in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving in a hot vehicle or directly in the sun for long periods. The consistency of this product will be thicker in a cold environment and thinner and more fluid if very warm. This sunscreen is all-natural and if sitting for a long period of time, may separate slightly. If this occurs, let it warm up a bit either out in the sun or nearby another heat source. Shake bottle vigorously and the oil will reincorporate easily.
Easy Application: For easy application squeeze sunscreen onto the back or palm of your hand.  Dip your finger into the sunscreen, dab sunscreen in several spots and then spread and gently rub onto skin area evenly, being sure not to miss any spots. Don’t forget the hairline, ears, and between fingers and toes. Avoid getting in eyes. Rinse out immediately if eye contact occurs to avoid irritation.
Don’t rub too much. The sunscreen is supposed to sit on the surface of your skin, you don’t want to rub it in to the point where you may be actually wiping it off.
Apply sunscreen before sun exposure. Although you may intend to get the sunscreen on right as soon as you get outside, time flies and distractions abound. By the time you do get it on, you may be already on your way to a burn.
Try a sunscreen stick! Using a sunscreen stick in combination with lotion is useful for areas that tend to be touched more frequently or stick out more such as the nose, cheek bones, collar bones and shoulders, as this product is thicker and stays on even better.
After sunscreen: wash sunscreen off in the evening and apply a moisturizing lotion or oil such as one our 100% Organic Argan Oils.
 
 

Sunscreen Q & A

 

Why choose Loving Naturals?
Our skin care products including our sunscreens contain 100% natural and when possible organic ingredients. We research our suppliers carefully and seek out high quality, fair trade, sustainable ingredients. Every ingredient we use carries a low hazard score by the EWG making our products a safe choice for your skin and the environment. Our sunscreen in particular has been among the safest rated sunscreens going on 8 years and was formulated by a mom and dad team who wanted to create an ultra safe and natural product they could fully trust to use on their own babies delicate skin.
 
Why do you use zinc oxide?
Zinc Oxide is a physical sunscreen. Unlike chemical sunscreens which react and absorb UV rays, zinc oxide reflects UV rays. It is the safest and most broad spectrum sun protective ingredient known to man and is the only one to protect against UVA1, UVA2 and UVB. It is a common ingredient used safely and effectively as a skin soother and protectant in baby products such as diaper creams, and has been found to help improve skin conditions such as acne and eczema. The zinc oxide we use is non-nano and uncoated eliminating any concerns about absorption and photo-reactivity.
 
Is your product earth friendly and reef safe?
Zinc Oxide, our only active ingredient is one of only two sunscreen actives that are frequently accepted at resorts and locations where reef safe restrictions apply. All of our ingredients are 100% natural and  contain low hazard scores by the Environmental Working Group, making them healthier, safer choices for your body and the earth. Our products containers are recyclable and BPA free. We are committed to earth friendly practices that minimize waste in the manufacturing, packing and shipping processes. We do not test on animals and have obtained our Leaping Bunny Cruelty Free certification.
 
What does SPF mean to me?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is a measure of the Ultra Violet (UV) rays your skin absorbs when exposed to the sun while wearing sunscreen. This measure is compared to when not wearing sunscreen. After applying an SPF 30 sunscreen your skin should only absorb 1/30th or .03% of the suns UV rays. It is often explained that you can determine the amount of time you are protected while wearing sunscreen by multiplying the SPF by how many minutes you can be exposed to the sun without sun protection and without getting burned. This is not a safe or completely accurate explanation because there are different circumstances that impact and change how quickly you will get burned, such as weather, location and sun intensity.
 
What is the best SPF?
Higher SPF’s tend to give people a feeling that they can put less on and still be appropriately protected and stay in the sun longer. Although SPF 50 sounds much higher than SPF 30, you should know that SPF 30 protects you from 97% of UV rays and SPF 50 protects you from 98%, not a huge difference. Remember that no matter how high the SPF you still need to reapply just as frequently.
 
How often should sunscreen be reapplied?
It is widely recommended that sunscreen of any SPF should be reapplied every 2 hours, but it is also important to pay attention to individual circumstances and overall health. If you or your child has very fair, sensitive skin or generally burns quickly, you will want to pay extra attention to how you are feeling while in the sun and consider applying sunscreen more frequently, use other forms of protection such as a hat, umbrella, clothing, rash guards etc. and seek intermittent breaks from the sun.
 
Is there anything I can do to improve my sun tolerance?
Diet has been found to impact the bodies ability to tolerate the sun better! Eating healthy fats like hemp seeds, coconut oil and salmon as well as foods high in caretenoids and/or lycopene such as carrots, cooked tomatoes, cooked asparagus, sweet red peppers, guava, grapefruit, papaya and watermelon has been proven to do this! Be aware that some medications or health conditions can minimize your sun tolerance.
 
Does a "healthy tan" exist?
There is a trend in thinking that all sunscreen should be avoided and getting some color or a tan is healthy. The outdoors absolutely should be embraced, explored and enjoyed and the sun brings warmth and life and Vitamin D. Along with that, unfortunately is damaging UVA/UVB radiation which leads to skin aging and increases the serious risk of skin cancer. Freckles, tans and of course sunburns are signs of skin damage.
 
Does wearing sunscreen cause a Vitamin D deficiency?
The amount of time you need to be in the sun for your body to produce Vitamin D depends on skin type, the angle and intensity of the sun and the amount of skin exposed. For many geographical locations much of the year there is not sufficient sunshine for Vitamin D production and very little can be consumed from food so a supplement is often recommended. In the summer months or in tropical locations getting enough Vitamin D isn’t usually a problem even when wearing sunscreen fairly consistently, because people generally do not apply or reapply frequently enough to prevent Vitamin D production. If Vitamin D deficiency is a concern, you may want to speak with your healthcare provider and consider a supplement.
 
What is the difference between Adorable Baby products and other Loving Naturals products?
Adorable Baby by Loving Naturals is our baby line designed specifically for babies and children’s sensitive skin. Some of our Loving Naturals products are also great choices for baby like our Clear Body SPF 30, 100% Organic Argan Oils and 100% Organic Unscented Hemp Lip Balm.

 

 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunscreen
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