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Before you go outside: You should not rely on sunscreen alone.


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Ingredients

Ingredients from label Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 9.0%, Zinc Oxide 7.0%; Inactive Ingredients: WATER, ISOHEXADECANE, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, CETYL DIMETHICONE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, OLIVE OIL POLYGLYCERYL-6 ESTERS, SORBITAN OLIVATE, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL OLIVATE, CETYL PALMITATE, SORBITAN PALMITATE, DIMETHICONE PEG-8 LAURATE, CERAMIDE NP, CERAMIDE AP, CERAMIDE EOP, CHOLESTEROL, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BISABOLOL, DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE, PROPANEDIOL, XANTHAN GUM, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, CARBOMER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, STEARIC ACID, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLSILANE, CITRIC ACID, MALTODEXTRIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE, UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE

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Ingredient Name & Details

BENZYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (high), Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Occupational hazards (high)

PHENOXYETHANOL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high), Occupational hazards (high)

DIMETHICONE PEG-8 LAURATE

Concerns: Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

Concerns: Cancer (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

TITANIUM DIOXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE) active ingredient 9%

Concerns: Cancer (moderate), Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low), Occupational hazards (high), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

ZINC OXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE > 100NM) active ingredient 7%

Concerns: Cancer (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Occupational hazards (moderate), Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)

BISABOLOL

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate)

PROPANEDIOL

Concerns: Cancer (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Endocrine disruption (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

CITRIC ACID

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

ISOHEXADECANE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low)

BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

OLIVE OIL POLYGLYCERYL-6 ESTERS

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

CETEARYL OLIVATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

CETYL PALMITATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

CHOLESTEROL

Concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)

DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE

Concerns: Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

DISODIUM EDTA

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption

CAPRYLOYL GLYCINE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

UNDECYLENOYL GLYCINE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Before you go outside: You should not rely on sunscreen alone.


Wear clothes

Plan around the sun

Don't get burned

Wear sunglasses

Find Shade

Bring Shade
 
 

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