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We modern creatures are - thankfully - all too aware of the dangers of baking our skin under the sun. "Slip, slop, slap" is second nature to most of us.
But what if the sunscreen we're slapping on our skin -- sunscreen we apply to protect our skin from cancer -- could be just as harmful to our health?
Unfortunately, numerous studies link commonly-used sunscreen chemicals to a buffet of medical conditions.
And that's just the start ...
Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers each year into coral reef environments. And it’s horrifying to think that up to 10 per cent of the world's coral reefs are now threatened by chemicals found in many sunscreens. It's sad, and entirely unnecessary.
Fortunately, there are alternative solutions. LITTLE URCHIN was founded on the conviction that sunscreen should be not only dependable, but natural* and safe for everyday use.
Sunscreen is a unique product in that it is applied to a large proportion of the body. Too often, sunscreens contain potentially harmful ingredients that can be directly absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. These ingredients can also be inhaled when using sunscreen sprays or swallowed by hand-to-mouth habits (hello toddlers!) or lip-licking.
Because sunscreen’s intended purpose is to protect the skin against dangerous UV rays, many sunscreens contain ingredients that act as “penetration enhancers”, thereby helping the product adhere to skin – but this increases the body’s absorption of and exposure to these toxins.
LITTLE URCHIN Natural* Sunscreen and Natural* Tinted Sunscreen do not contain any UV absorbers, titanium dioxide, parabens, synthetic preservatives or synthetic fragrances. The active ingredient in these Sunscreens is Zinc Oxide, typically derived synthetically from the mineral zinc, which works by reflecting UV rays off the skin and doesn’t absorb into the skin. Zinc Oxide is also safe for the all-important marine environment.
It's certainly alarming to consider that toxic chemicals are not only readily available off the shelf, but promoted as safe-to-use (ugh!)... ...
BUT we know knowledge is power, so we wanted to share a list of commonly used sunscreening chemicals and why you might want to kick your reliance on them:
LITTLE URCHIN provides high protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays while being 3-hours water resistant and offering essential skin protection. It is free of toxic chemicals, meaning it is suitable to use on your own and your little one's skin. The active ingredient in our product is Zinc Oxide, which is safe to use on sensitive skin and doesn't disrupt marine environments.
Convinced to try a natural*, dependable alternative?
* Little Urchin uses the term ‘natural’ because the ingredients in our products are ones found in nature that are unharmful to the body and used in their natural form or are refined, purified or transformed in the laboratory from sources in nature. The refinement, purification and transformation processes of certain ingredients are chemical processes required to make the underlying, natural ingredients suitable for use in a sunscreen or moisturiser product. These processes do not involve the use of synthetic chemicals.