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The Scoop On SPF

28 May 2018
The Scoop On SPF

We've done our research and we'd like to give you a little sun science lesson.


The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer.

Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging), and suppression of the immune system. UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10AM to 4PM being the peak hours. Sunburned skin doesn’t just feel awful, it can cause permanent damage over time.


SPF stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays. The SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. Use a broad spectrum SPF of 30 or higher to protect not only against sunburn, but reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun.

What's the difference between classic and mineral sunscreens?

Classic and Mineral Sunscreens are differentiated by their active sun protection ingredients.

Classic sunscreens use chemical (also commonly referred as “non-mineral” or “traditional”) active ingredients designed to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays, while Mineral sunscreens use mineral (also commonly referred to as “physical”) active ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays.

All of the Coola formulations, both classic and mineral, guarantee broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays!


Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish Moisturizer

Ideal for combination to oily skin, or anyone who prefers a mineral sunscreen. Be cool, calm, and protected with our Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish Moisturizer. Your daytime lotion, antioxidant infused bb cream, and SPF all in one. This sheer, mattifying formula delivers lightweight hydration, helps reduce shine, and wears beautifully under makeup. 


Eco-Lux Body SPF 30 Organic Sunscreen Spray by Coola

For organic sunscreen fans who want broad-spectrum SPF protection that holds up through sweat, swimming, and sports. The Coola Eco-Lux organic Sport SPF 30 Continuous Sunscreen Sprays have your back—and every other inch of your skin—with a bottle that keeps misting even when it's upside down, making it easy to cover your entire body. This sheer, water- and sweat-resistant organic formula is packed with antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients, and absorbs fast with no greasy feel. So you can play hard without any slippery residue.


The Perfect Sunscreen™ SPF 30 by CONSONANT SKINCARE

The Perfect Sunscreen™ is a 100 percent natural, proprietary formula that’s enriched with botanicals to hydrate while it protects. A 100 percent natural sunscreen that provides optimal SPF 30 sun protection without being greasy or leaving behind a white residue. It’s not oily or heavy so that it won’t weigh down your skin. Infused with a unique, micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide blend, it delivers effective, broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection while still going on sheer, leaving absolutely no white cast or residue.


Tomato Lycopene SPF 20 Moisturizer by 100% PURE®

Full spectrum SPF 20 protects against the sun's UVA and UVB rays while lycopene, an antioxidant in tomatoes, protects against other environmental damage like smog, pollution, radiation, smoke and other damaging free radicals. Doubles as a silky moisturizer with olive squalane, coconut, and sunflower oils for extra skin comfort and protection.


Facial SPF30+ by MAD HIPPIE

Crafted from chemical-free, antioxidant-rich ingredients, this formula fights against free radicals to reduce signs of skin aging while providing safe UVA and UVB protection. Packed with anti-aging ingredients that won't harm your skin or the environment, each of Mad Hippie's all-natural elixirs is formulated to be both safe and efficient. Highlighting the naturally protective qualities of zinc oxide, this no-residue layer uses a blend of red raspberry, avocado and carrot oil to reinforce its sun-blocking, skin-nurturing capabilities.


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