Raw Love Sunscreen

Raw Love Sunscreen uses 100% all natural plant-based ingredients using organic farming methods. The beeswax works as a water resistant agent on your skin when doing active things like like running, diving, gardening and so on! It is suitable for any water activity and suitable for any age. We have hand-selected ingredients to give your skin and or tattoos the moisture, antioxidants and glow that you deserve!

Our main active ingredient is Zinc Oxide—one of only 17 active ingredients currently approved by the FDA for use in sunscreens.

Zinc oxide particles sit on the outermost layer of your skin, the stratum corneum, where they scatter, absorb, and reflect ultraviolet radiation, protecting your living skin below. Zinc oxide is unique among sunscreen ingredients in that it is truly a broad-spectrum blocker, protecting from UVA, UVB, and even UVC. We’ve determined that zinc oxide is the safest, most effective active sunscreen ingredient available.

New to organic zinc based sunscreens?

Please note that this is not your average drugstore sunscreen! There are not many formulas containing even the smallest amount of zinc on store shelves so many people are not accustomed to using natural alternatives but we don’t want anyone to be surprised! With our sunscreen a little goes a very long way, please do not lather on loads of your sunscreen as it will be difficult to rub in and you will most likely be wasting product. The consistency is different than the runny lotions you find at most stores and your skin will turn a slight shade of white but nothing that is unsightly or embarrassing, just rub it in clear!  We believe it is just the right amount to provide long lasting protection without turning the person using it into a ghost. For best results, apply a small amount to fingertips and rub onto the skin until evenly distributed. You will be amazed just how long your product lasts!

How to Choose a Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Make sure to always only use a water resistant, mineral-based sunscreen!!!

WHY? The sunscreen that washes off your body when swimming may affect aquatic life. Some commonly used chemical sunscreen ingredients cause coral bleaching and may be affecting coral reefs.

Raw Love reef safe sunscreen does not use any of these damaging ingredients in our sunscreens so they are safe for coral reefs and you.

Coral Reef Research & News

You may have read that sunscreens can damage coral in such news stories as “Sunscreen Killing off Coral” by National Geographic and “Sunscreen Wipes Out Corals” by NatureNews. These and all other reports of the sunscreen/coral connection were based on one prominent scientific study by Roberto Danovaro and his colleagues at the Marche Polytechnic University in Ancona, Italy. Their paper, Sunscreens Cause Coral Bleaching by Promoting Viral Infections, was published in the peer reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2008.

Each year between 4000-6000 metric tons (4400-6600 US tons) of sunscreen washes off swimmers and snorkelers into coral reef environments. Four common sunscreen ingredients were shown to cause complete coral bleaching at very low concentrations.

AVOID THE 4 REEF-HARMFUL SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS:

  • Oxybenzone (benzophenone-3) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

  • Butylparaben – Preservative with several suspected human health effects.

  • Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects.

  • 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) – Sunscreen with several suspected human health effects. Allowed in Europe and Canada, not in USA or Japan.

Up to 10% of the world’s coral reefs may be threatened by sunscreen induced coral bleaching.

Other factors such as global warming, pollution, and human activities are likely a far greater threat to coral reefs than sunscreens. However, that is not a reason to ignore the results of this research. There has been limited criticism of this study but it is good peer-reviewed science, and the results should be taken seriously.