Broad Spectrum - UVA & UVB
The two most important words in sun protection are BROAD SPECTRUM. The sun emits 2 types of rays: UVA Rays, associated with aging, and UVB Rays, associated with burning. While all sunscreen protects from UVB rays, only broad spectrum sunscreens protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. There are only 2 ingredients that can shelter you from UVA rays, Zinc Oxide and Avobenzone. Zinc Oxide provides a natural, mineral barrier to UVA Rays, while Avobenzone creates a chemical defense to help protect from UVB rays. By utilizing each of these ingredients, Beyond Coastal is proud to offer two formulas for Broad Spectrum coverage.
Active ingredients simply refer to the ingredients that provide sun protection. Beyond Coastal offers a Natural formula that uses Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide to provide a natural, mineral broad spectrum protection. Our Active sunscreen formula uses Octinoxate, Octisalate, Octocrylene and Avobenzone which together create a chemical defense against both UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreen products are 80% choice, and at Beyond Coastal we choose to use only the best quality, hardest working, natural inactive ingredients. These are ingredients that work for you. Ingredients you can feel good about rubbing into your skin. Not diluted or thinned with alcohols or other synthetics, Beyond Coastal offers the best protection with the best ingredients.
Ingredients to Avoid
Not all sunscreen products are created equal, and as we learn more about what chemicals and minerals can do to our body with direct exposure, the list of ingredients to avoid has grown. Here’s a cheat sheet of ingredients to avoid in your sunscreens, creams, and lotions and why.
- Oxybenzone — linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cell damage, and low birth rate.
- Parabens — mimic estrogen; have been found in breast cancer tumors.
- PABA — a common allergen, might increase UV damage.
- Petroleum — toxic to the human body, unsustainable for the environment.
- Vitamin A — studies claim an increased risk of skin cancer when applied to skin exposed to sunlight.
- Artificial Fragrances — no way to know what the exact chemicals are behind these vague labels.
- Benzophenone-3 — linked to bleaching in coral reefs and interferes with the reproductive system of fish.
Understanding Reef Safe
It is estimated that over 14,000 tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers and into our oceans annually, damaging and even killing coral reefs. There are specific sunscreen chemicals that have been linked to bleaching and eventually killing coral reefs, including Oxybenzone, Octinoxate and Octocrylene.
To be reef safe, it is best to avoid any chemical sunscreens that use Oxybenzone, Octinoxate or Octocrylene and opt for non-nanoparticle mineral sunscreens. A natural, mineral based formula, like Beyond Coastal’s Natural Formula is safer for the environment and safer for your family.
At Beyond Coastal, our continued commitment to offering the best and healthiest protection for you and for the environment is leading to big changes in our Active Formula. Starting in 2018, we’ll be proud to offer a Octinoxate-free Active formula, making the Beyond Coastal Active formula a healthier and better environmental choice for a chemical sunscreen.