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SPF Myths…Busted

by Mollie Jensen April 03, 2018

We’re here to dispel a few myths and misconceptions about sunscreen. Because, you know, sunscreen is important.

Myth #1: Sunscreen is sticky.

It doesn't have to be! Our new Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 combines mineral-derived sunscreen agents and reflectors with weightlessly hydrating squalane to help the product glide on, and once massaged into the skin, becomes transparent and feels weightless. You won’t even know it’s there…Check out these application tips.

Myth #2: I only need sunscreen for beach days.

Sun damage is cumulative, which means that just 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure a day causes damage to your skin. Another thing to think about is that, even if you don’t feel it, up to 80 percent of the sun's rays can pass through clouds. And did we mention that the sun is the number one cause of skin aging and can lead to skin cancer? Keep yourself protected and make Squalane + Mineral SPF 45, an essential part of your daily routine—whether going to and from the car or out for a morning run.

Myth #3: Sunscreen and makeup don’t get along.

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 reflects light in multiple directions to blur the look of fine lines, pores and other imperfections, making it the perfect primer for flawless makeup. These two make a beautiful pair!

Myth #4: All sunscreen is bad for the ocean and marine life.

The answer is…it depends on what type you use. Chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as oxybenzone, have been found to have a toxic effect on coral, causing endocrine disruption, DNA damage, death and coral bleaching. Mineral sunscreens are definitely a safer option, though again it depends on the type you use. The issue is with nanoparticle, non-coated zinc and titanium dioxide. This is because of their tiny particle size, which allows them to interact with the cells of phytoplankton and stunt their growth. Both the coral reef and phytoplankton are important in sustaining a healthy ecosystem for marine life. Our Squalane + Mineral SPF 45 uses coated, non-nano zinc and titanium dioxide, making it safe for the sea and keeping our ocean friends (and our skin) happy.

Myth #5: I don’t need anything higher than SPF 15.

You may…or you may not. SPF stands for “Sun Protection Factor” and refers to how long you can theoretically stay in the sun before burning occurs. Another way to look at it is in terms of percentages: SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 45 keeps out about 98 percent. This may not seem significant, but for those with ultra-fair skin, sun sensitivities or a history of skin cancer, those percentages can make a difference.

Time to let go of those mythunderstandings and seize the day, comfortable in the knowledge that we’ve got you covered!

P.S. Got more questions about sunscreen? Our Cosmetic Chemist has answers. Watch the video below to bust even more SPF myths.

Mollie Jensen


Mollie Jensen
Mollie Jensen

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My lifelong obsession with the world of beauty started at an early age and kicked off right out of high school as a makeup artist. My dreams of being the next big thing in Hollywood took a detour as I discovered esthetics and became fascinated with how the skin functions. From there I worked post-operatively with patients in a burn trauma unit, helping them care for their skin and conceal their scars. This led to product formulation and the world of aromatherapy where I began my career in product development. As a consultant for several years working with many startups, I quickly became the go-to in helping launch and rebrand product lines, my specialties in product formulation, regulatory compliant copywriting and building cohesive brand personalities. My love of natural and sustainable beauty led me to Biossance, where I happily reside as Senior Marketing Manager for new product development.


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