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Are Natural, Organic, and Clean Sunscreen the Same?

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Sunscreen is an integral part of your skin and health regime. However, not all sunscreens are created equal. In recent years, there has been a rise in demand for natural, organic, and clean sunscreen options. This article will explain the differences between these three types of sunscreen to help you make the best choice for you and your family.

Natural Sunscreen

Natural sunscreen is made with ingredients that come from natural sources, such as minerals (like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) and plant-based oils and extracts. These ingredients provide physical sun protection by sitting on top of the skin and reflecting or scattering UV rays. Natural sunscreens are often preferred for their gentleness and lack of chemical ingredients. Still, it's important to note that just because a product is labeled as "natural," doesn't guarantee that it's free from harmful ingredients.

Organic Sunscreen

Organic sunscreen is made with ingredients grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). These products may also contain natural ingredients, but the focus is on using ingredients that are grown organically. FDA regulations state that if a product says it is organic, it must contain at least 70-95% of organic ingredients, with the remaining percentage being non-organic. While the term "organic" often refers to chemical sunscreens, physical sunscreen can fall into this category as well. This is because most physical sunscreen only use 20% or less of active ingredients.

Clean Sunscreen

Clean sunscreen describes natural herbs and oils that are organic, organic-derived, or pesticide-free and finished with very low preservatives. Clean sunscreens are non-toxic, so they are better for your health. Clean Sunscreens contain natural ingredients like aloe vera, zinc oxide, and vitamin E. They don't contain chemicals or artificial ingredients. Clean sunscreens tend to have shorter ingredient lists and often prioritize using ingredients that are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.

Understanding the difference between natural, organic, and clean sunscreen is important when considering how to protect your skin. We know the terminology can be really confusing! This is why we made sure our formula encompassed all three attributes.

ZINC IT OVER is the best clean and natural face mist that provides effective sun protection. It contains zinc oxide as an active to deliver powerful physical sun protection and is formulated with organic ingredients that hydrate and nourish the skin. Our unique mist makes it easy and fun to reapply throughout the day with no yucky chemicals. 

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