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Alba Botanica® Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance Free -- 4 oz


Alba Botanica® Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance Free
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Alba Botanica® Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance Free -- 4 oz

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Alba Botanica® Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance Free Description

  • Broad Spectrum SPF 30
  • Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Biodegradable Formula
  • Reef Friendly
  • No Oxybenzone • Octinoxate or Synthetic Fragrances
  • 100% Vegetarian Ingredients

Very emollient and botanically moisturizing mineral sun protection.


Directions

Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hours. Children under 6 months: ask a doctor.

Free Of
Animal ingredients, animal testing, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and gluten.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide - 14.5% (sunscreen), Titanium Dioxide - 2.0% (Sunscreen) Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (water), caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitate, sorbitan sesquioleate, glycerin, glyceryl isostearate, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, polyglyceryl-3 ricinoleate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil(1), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil(1), vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, aloe barbadensis leaf juice(1), calendula officinalis flower extract(1), chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract(1), tocopheryl acetate, alcohol, magnesium sulfate, polyhydroxystearic acid, silica, sodium chloride, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol. (1)Certified Organic Ingredient
Warnings

For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Stop use and ask a doctor if skin rash occurs. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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How Sunscreen Hurts Our Oceans (and What You Can Do to Help!)

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, new research demonstrates that your sunscreen may be damaging coral reefs and even aquatic life. Each year between 4,000-6,000 metric tons (4400-6600 US tons) of sunscreen washes off swimmers and snorkelers into coral reef environments. This leads to significant environmental contamination. At heightened risk are reefs, where the compounds in chemical sunscreens have been found to bleach the reefs and infect the microalgae that the corals rely on for nutrition. 

Small Starfish and Bottle of Coral Reef-Safe Sunscreen Pressed into Sand at Beach | Vitacost.com/blog

 

 

It’s not a pretty picture— up to 10 percent of the world's coral reefs may be threatened by sunscreen induced coral bleaching. And while the use of sunscreen products is now banned in a few popular tourist destinations, more needs to be done to grow awareness of how destructive sunscreens can be.

The first step to becoming more sunscreen savvy is to know what to avoid. The worst offenders are the following four sunscreen ingredients know to cause coral bleaching even at very low concentrations.

  • Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) – a chemical linked to hormone disruption and potentially to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.
  • Butylparaben – Parabens, used as a preservative, mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors.
  • Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) – A hormone disruptor whose effects on estrogen can be harmful for humans, wildlife, and the environment.
  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) – A UV filter not approved as an active ingredient for sunscreen in the U.S., but listed as an inactive ingredient in some products. Linked to thyroid toxicity and hormone disruption.

Love the life aquatic

But take heart. Several companies, such as Badger, go to great lengths to make sure their products adhere to the do no harm principle and are safe for you—and the ocean. Here’s what can do to make sure that your sunscreen won’t degrade the marine environment and coral reefs.

Physical sunscreen

Use a physical sunscreen that blocks the sun whose active ingredients are zinc oxide, like Badger's, or titanium dioxide. These powdered minerals settle to the seafloor within a few hours, similar to silt, and become buried in the sediment.

Water resistant sunscreen

Choosing a water resistant sunscreen helps the product stay on your body rather than dissolve into the water.

Biodegradable

Look for a product that has been tested biodegradable—it ensures the product will break down in the water. Companies can play fast and loose with the term, however, so you may have to contact the company for verification.

Bonus tip: Don’t be fooled by a “reef safe” claim. There is no regulation for the term, so it means about as much as the term “natural.” Knowing what ingredients to avoid, and what to seek out, is your best bet. Physical sunscreens are the safest choice for you—and the environment. So do the right sunscreen. Our coral will thank you.

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