THE CōTZ DIFFERENCE:
MINERAL VS. CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS:
ZINC OXIDE and TITANIUM DIOXIDE are the only FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients that are minerals.
Mineral sunscreens and chemical sunscreens work differently.
Mineral sunscreens (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide):
- work by reflecting harmful UVA-UVB rays away from your skin – like millions of tiny mirrors
- do not penetrate the skin
- are naturally gentle and non-irritating
- do not breakdown in sunlight
Chemical sunscreens (sometimes called “classic” or “organic” sunscreens)
- work by absorbing UVA-UVB energy on/in the skin and converting it to heat
- may penetrate the skin
- may be irritating to skin and eyes
- break down in sunlight
CōTZ MINERAL SUNSCREENS
REFLECT HARMFUL UV RAYS AWAY FROM YOUR SKIN:
CHEMICAL BASED SUNSCREENS
ABSORB HARMFUL UV RAYS ON/IN YOUR SKIN:
ALL CōTZ SUNSCREENS OFFER BROAD SPECTRUM UVA-UVB PROTECTION
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UVA & UVB RAYS
- are consistently present during all daylight hours and across the year. These rays are as damaging at 9:00 am in December as at 2:00 in July
- penetrate more deeply into the skin
- pass through window glass (yes, while you are driving!)
- responsible for signs of aging such as fine lines,wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation
- increase your risk of skin cancer
- are primarily responsible for burning the top layer of the skin.
- vary in intensity depending on the time of year
IMPORTANCE OF BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN
The SPF shown on a sunscreen only measures its effect on UVB rays. Be sure that your sunscreen offers an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF, or “Sun Protection Factor” is calculated such that SPF 30 means the product is blocking 97% of UVB radiation. SPF 50 means it is blocking 98% of UVB radiation.
SPF is important, but not enough. Choose sun protection that’s broad spectrum, which means that it protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.