Chemicals do NOT protect against scientific sunburn. There we’ve said it and it’s because the Moondust Cosmetics® philosophy and meticulous scientific finding show that mineral products such as the natural Skin Protector Plus (SPP) works. SPP unique formulation protects the sun sensitive person age 3+ and individuals concerned about skin cancer in the family, or recovering from skin cancer.
Reasons for sun safety as you work, play or travel
SPP was the safe and reliable solution sought by Dr. Moondust for her own sensitive skin and to protect skin cancer survivors and their concerned family members. The formulation, while easy to apply, gentle on the environment and reef safe, fulfills several important protective purposes.
- Regular use reduces skin cancer risk over the long term
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and leads to millions of deaths with the #1 cause being melanoma according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The risks come from exposure to both natural and artificial ultraviolet (UV) light – the light you get from the sun’s rays and from tanning beds, but at a more intensive level than natural light.
In addition, some sun tan oils have cancer-promoting ingredients. While chemical sunscreens tend to prevent just tanning, mineral sunscreens (at least zinc oxide) prevent both tanning and scientific sunburn!
Habits of suncare help
Making suncare a regular part of your skincare routine may help to minimize the negative effects of sun exposure. This was shown in the September 2018 JAMA Dermatology publication. The study showed that regular sunscreen use in young adults is strongly associated with a reduced skin cancer risk over the long term.
How do mineral suncare products work?
While both chemical and mineral sunscreens shield your skin from the sun’s harmful effects of UV rays there are certain advantages to how mineral formulas work.
Ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are small particles that sit on the skin’s
surface, physically block UV rays from penetrating the skin. They are not as readily absorbed into
the skin and do not cause the same chemical reactions and heat response in our skin as chemical sunscreens (although, the heat eventually dissipates).
Dr. Moondust stresses that “this reaction is only effective if you are a “tanner”, though. Chemical sunscreens do not prevent scientific sunburn in sun-sensitive people (“burners”) since they allow UV light into the skin and do not prevent apoptosis (cell death)”
Also, the natural ingredients – safe both for the body and the environment in SPP are not absorbed into the bloodstream like chemical sunscreens. The May 2019 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a small randomized clinical trial that showed significantly greater levels than the FDA requires for safety of topically medications (0.5 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) to undergo safety studies to determine possible toxic effects.
What’s more, the known health risks of sun exposure far outweigh the potential risk of absorbing
small amounts of sunscreen chemicals. These include allergic skin reactions and hormone disruption.
For this reason Moondust has always reminded our community of additional ways to enjoy the sun, or to care for ourselves while working in it. Moondust promotes using the barrier of SPP and also hats, clothing and smart timing where possible for exposure.
Mineral suncare for the win – summer and winter
The two most common ingredients in mineral sunscreens, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are the only sunscreen ingredients generally recognized as safe and effective by the FDA.
Are there downsides to mineral formulations?
Breakouts in acne prone skin: The concern for those who are prone to acne may be breakouts from chemical reactions or from minerals sitting on top of their skin.
Moondust’s SPP is not associated with this problem due to the special non-greasy Moondust Skin Protector Plus formula.
Harder to apply, and leaving a white film? The presence of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and the need for regular reapplication may cause this in some mineral lotions.
You won’t have this white film with Moondust Skin Protector Plus and the special attention given to easy application and smooth coverage.
Does Sunscreen Expire?
Suncare is best used, year-round, so you should know it has a shelf life, but it’s a long one especially for mineral sunscreens. SPP remains safe and stable for years.
Choose to be safe wherever you work and play in the sun, any time.
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