Get to Know: Protect Sunscreens

Who knew that trying to keep our families safer could be so dangerous? We’ve been educated to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays during outdoor summer activies. What we didn’t know as consumers is that sun protection is oftentimes veiled behind false claims. Many chemical-based sunscreens aren’t actually blocking dangerous UVA and UVB rays at all. In fact, they contain chemicals to simply prevent a burn so that we’re mistakenly led to think that we’re being protected. No burn, no problem, right? Wrong.

The Environmental Working Group, a consumer protection agency and one of our Trusted Non-Profits, has released their incredibly well-researched Sun Safety Campaign that rights the ship for many sunscreen myths that the general consumer deserves access to. Sections of the report include “The Problem with High SPF“, “Nanoparticles in Sunscreen“, and “Getting Enough Vitamin D“.

It was such a labor of love for us to launch Protect All Over. Our formulas are made with broad spectrum, mineral blocking, non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier from UVA and UVB rays – no toxic chemicals. We think this is the safest protection under the sun. The EWG thinks so, too: Protect has been selected as one of 2014’s safest sunscreens. Read on for an ingredient-by-ingredient look at some of the super-hero ingredients we love in Protect.

Mineral Nontoxic Protect Sunscreen Beautycounter

Protect All Over Sunscreen

Zinc Oxide 19% Sunscreen: The broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA, and is completely photostable.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Natural moisture-binding agent; natural protectant against moisture loss and inflammation.

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract: Rich in antioxidants, green tea helps sooth and calm the skin.

Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract: Chamomile is reach in alpha-Bisabolol, that promotes granulation and tissue regeneration as a natural anti-inflammatory compound.

Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil: Skin-Conditioning Agent.

Citrus Limon (Lemon) Oil: Emollient and  used as a skin protectant.

Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil: Used as a Skin-Conditioning Agent and a fragrance ingredient.

Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil:  Skin-conditioning agent.

Citrus Sinensis (Blood Orange) Fruit Extract: Protects against the large amounts of free radicals that are formed when our bodies are exposed to pollution and UV radiation.

Hydrogenated Castor Oil: Ricinoleic Acid, a potent Fatty Acid, helps to protect the skin against invading viruses and bacteria.

 Metha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil:  Refreshing skin conditioning agent.

Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract: Has an antimicrobiotic effect that helps to keep down bacteria growth on the skin.

Protect Face Sunscreen

Zinc Oxide 10.5% Sunscreen: It is the broadest spectrum UVA and UVB reflector that is approved for use as a sunscreen by the FDA, and is completely photostable.

Titanium Dioxide 1.2% Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide is found in almost every sunscreen with a physical blocker because of its high refractive index, its strong UV light absorbing capabilities and its resistance to discoloration under ultraviolet light. This advantage enhances its stability and ability to protect the skin from ultraviolet light. 

AllantoinSpeeds up wound healing by stimulating new skin cell growth.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: Aloe protects the skin from UV damage. The herb contains aloin, which can block up to 30% of ultraviolet rays when applied to the skin’s surface.

Beta Glucan: A complex sugar derived from baker’s yeast, oat, and barley fiber, and certain mushrooms. It promotes healing of superficial micro-cuts and protects and moisturizes skin.

Bisabolol: Bisabolol is a scent ingredient naturally occurring in chamomile.

Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract: Rich in antioxidants, green tea helps soothe and calm the skin.

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes: Safflower seed oil contains beneficial fatty acids, primarily linolenic acid, that can help repair skin’s barrier and are of particular value to those with dry skin.

Geranium Maculatum (Geranium) Extract: This non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient is known as an excellent astringent and to encourage new cell growth. It has been found to increase circulation thus promoting healing. It is also found to help balance oil production creating a more even looking appearance.

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein: Composed of various protein substances derived from vegetables and broken down by water to form a new complex with properties different from the original source. Used as a water-binding agent.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract: Lavender Flower Extract is soothing and calming to skin.