The Quest for Mineral Sunscreens & Non-Nanoparticle Zinc

Chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone, avobenzone, parsol 1789, homosalate, octyl methoxycinnamate, etc.) and mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide) are not the same level of protection.

Recent studies have surfaced showing that chemical sunscreens can actually break down in the sun and cause free radical generation – the exact opposite of what sunscreen is intended to do! Environmental Working Group tested 2000 brands and ranked them according to effective protection and safety. Check out their test results here.

Miessence mineral sunscreen Reflect Outdoor Balm is a water-free nourishing balm with natural minerals that help reflect damaging ultraviolet radiation without the use of chemical sunscreens or any other synthetic ingredients. Microfine and non-nanoparticle zinc oxide offers protection from harmful rays whilst organic olive oil keeps the skin supple. Potent antioxidants including natural vitamin E, beta carotene and polygonum extract, protect the skin from premature aging and prevent damage caused by the elements.

What type of mineral is used in Reflect?
Zinc oxide is the mineral used in Reflect. It has over a 300 year history of safety with no known adverse reactions (which is why it is often used to treat babies). Miessence Reflect Outdoor Balm uses Non-nanoparticle zinc (sized at over1.3 microns), it protects against UVB and most of the UVA spectrum and is the closest thing to a total sunblock on the market today. No other sunscreen ingredient provides broader protection (1).
(1) Excerpt from:
Dr. Pinnell, The J. Lamar Callaway Professor of Dermatology at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, is a consultant for sunSmart, Wainscott, NY, and SkinCeuticals, Dallas, TX. Dr. Madey is the medical/scientific liaison for SkinCeuticals, Dallas TX.

Why Do We Need Natural Sun Protection?
We all know that getting sunburnt is not a good idea and that sunscreen is the way to prevent sunburn… but what are those chemicals in commercial sunscreens? Latest research has begun to discover some serious problems in the most popular and widely used chemical sunblocks:
● Octyl-methoxycinnamate – produces free radicals (singlet molecular oxygen) known to be toxic to cells (1)
● Titanium dioxide – causes DNA damage (the cells genetic material) due to superoxide radicals, active oxygen radicals and hydroxyl radicals when exposed to light (2) (3) (4)
● Oxybenzone – is rapidly oxidised in the presence of light and inactivates important antioxidant systems in the skin (the skin’s natural protection system) (5)
● PABA – produces free radicals in the presence of light (1)
● Cinoxate – causes DNA damage (sister chromatid exchanges) (6)
Medical Research Papers
1) Chem Res Toxicol 1996 Apr-May; 9(3):605-9; 2) Mutat Res 2000 Mar 3; 466(1):1-7; 3) Free Radic Biol Med 1999 Aug; 27 (3-4);294-300; 4) FEBS Lett 1997 Nov 24; 418(1-2):87-90; 5) J Invest Dermatol, 1996 Mar 106(3):583-6; 6) Mutat Res 1989 Jun 21;2(2): 213-21

Why does an SPF 30 Outdoor Reflect Balm Not Exist?
The Reflect Outdoor Balm is actually tested to 29.5 SPF.

“Due to regulations in Australia for SPF ratings, ONE Group would have to have this product manufactured in a licensed SPF facility (instead of their own manufacturing plant) to claim an SPF higher than 15. ONE Group submitted it for third party testing which gave it a rating of SPF level 29.5”

So, the product has an SPF of 29.5, it has been tested to this level but it’s not labeled that way.


1 Comment

Stefani - October 3, 2012 9:24 am

I am fair skinned and light eyed as are my husband and my precious 6 year old boy. I have had pre-cancerous moles removed, and my husband had a melanoma removed (he is totally fine caught very early). I will totally be researching this topic! As always I totally appreciate your blog, your passion and your ability to deliver such important things to consider Thank you for looking out for all of us! xo

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