I see you are looking for different green/eco-friendly/natural sunscreens. I know this a long post but I have alot to say
. As a Mom of three kids and the co-founder of KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen.
I fully agree that in this chemical laden world that we should find alternatives if possible, that is why KINeSYS Sunscreen is a Proud signer of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics. The problem is that "natural" doesn't always mean better and the reality is there is no such thing as truly "natural" sunscreen (mud works but doesn't look so good).
Sunscreen ingredients are regulated and are broken down into two groups: organic ingredients- chemicals- that are designed to absorb UV light; and inorganic ingredients- minerals, which reflect UV light. KINeSYS technically is “organic”, but doesn’t and won't market it as “organic”. The ingredients have been in the market since 1939 and have been extensively researched, tested and documented.
Inorganic ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect radiation (which are often marketed as “natural, organic or chemical free”) but to micronize or nanosize these minerals takes an aggressive chemical process to make the minerals small enough to go into a cream or powder and a mechanical process- still using energy. One of the issues with these ingredients is their opaqueness - they leave an unattractive white colored film on the skin. New technology has been developed that can eliminate this disadvantage. The processing of the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide into nanoparticles allows formulation of a product that is transparent, yet reflects all components of UV radiation. The jury is still out on the safety of nanoparticles. The EPA & FDA are looking into new studies on nanoparticles in skin care, as they've been around for less than 10 years. I have read numerous articles and I really don’t know what to believe in terms of the long term safety of nano-particles.
Someone posted earlier about the KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen.My husband and I started the company in Canada in 1994. As a Mother of three kids, I am very proud of our products.If you go to our website (www.kinesys.com
) on the opening page you will see a video, scroll over it and you will see CBS. Click on that to see the Vice President of Research at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), calls out KINeSYS on the CBS- The Early Show (#1 spray sunscreen for high efficacy and low hazard ingredients). In July 2009, the EWG updated it's site and even though KINeSYS formulas only changed by adding Vitamin E, the scores went from a #1 & #2 (with fragrance) to a #3 & #4. We were very taken back and have spent months in conversations with the EWG. Bottom line, from their emails, is that the EWG doesn't test ANY products. They rely on the information on the packaging and MSDS (material safety data sheets) on each ingredient. One of the problems the EWG recognizes is that ingredients with no MSDS sheets, are then classified as having "data gaps". The problem is the more data gaps the product has, the better it scores, as there is no information on these ingredients. I am a supporter of the EWG, but sunscreens are very different and efficacy isn't properly accounted for in the scores. I do know they are looking at some of the studies on nano-minerals right now.
All of the KINeSYS products are Dermatologist tested and used. They are the only Oil, Alcohol, PABA, Preservative, and Paraben Free spray sunscreen products on the market (they don’t contain oxybenzone or BP3). They are hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, very water & sweat resistant, offer photo-stable broad- spectrum UVA/UVB protection and contain topical anti-oxidants to scavenge free radicals. KINeSYS has received accolades and awards including iParenting, MOM’s Best and PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved).
We take pride in our environmental stewardship since our inception in 1994 in Canada, we have always cared and been aware of the environment, using recyclable packaging including soy based inks, recyclable non-pressurized aerosol pumps, so when the bottle is empty, it can go right in your recycling box. All our products are produced using sustainable wind energy and we purchase carbon offsets for all the other energy used, ie. office power, cars and travel, making KINeSYS Inc. carbon neutral.
I hope you find some information you can use. The key to sun safety is common sense and moderation - cover up, limit time in the sun during peak hours and find a sunscreen that you will use and reapply frequently.