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MINERAL SUNSCREEN FACTS

Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreens

“Our Philosophy is simple. Create clean and natural beauty products with only the finest ingredients. LASPA products are a safe and effective way to nourish and protect your skin – without the risks that are associated with chemical based products.”

Susan Mey, President and Founder, LASPA Naturals

Using a zinc oxide based natural mineral sunscreen such as LASPA offers the following benefits:

Zinc Oxide provides a broad spectrum protection against both UVA/UVB rays whereas chemical filters don’t necessarily provide this function

Zinc Oxide is effective immediately upon application, whereas chemical filters need approximately 20 minutes to be absorbed

Zinc Oxide reduces or eliminates the risk of allergies or skin irritation that can be caused by the chemicals used in chemical sun filters

Zinc Oxide avoids the risk of health issues that have been documented concerning the cumulative effects of chemical sunscreen ingredients on reproductive health (see below for a further discussion on Sunscreen Ingredients).

BROAD SPECTRUM UVA/UVB PROTECTION

Using a sunscreen that is labeled Broad Spectrum is critical to protecting your skin from BOTH forms of UV light that can harm your skin, and that can lead to skin cancer. An SPF sunscreen that is NOT BROAD SPECTRUM only protects you from UVB rays, and leaves you exposed to the harmful effects of UVA Rays (such as premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots). A zinc based mineral sunscreen provides Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS OF CONCERN

Consumers should be aware of the dangers of chemical sunscreen ingredients. Common ingredients of concern include Oxybenzone, Homosalate, and Octinoxate. Oxybenzone has been associated with developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity, all of which is of greater concern because it also enhances skin absorption. Homosalate is used as a sunscreen agent to absorb UV light.

REEF SAFE

Chemical Sunscreens often contain ingredients that are not only harmful to humans, but not surprisingly to aquatic life and coral reefs. Many countries around the world and some cities have banned sunscreens containing a list of common chemical sun filters in order to prevent further damage to precious reefs and marine life.

LASPA INTENSIVE GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL

LASPA INTENSIVE  GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL is a highly potent, unique and natural 10% or 30% glycolic formulation that is pleasant to apply and offers superior results. With an optimal pH of 3.5, it effectively and safely removes the dead layer of keratinized cells to speed up cell turnover and reveal a younger, more vitalized skin surface.

SKIN CELL TURNOVER

As we age the dermal matrix becomes thicker and the rate of cell turnover slows down significantly leaving the typical signs of aging: dullness, dehydration, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Exfoliating peels using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) have been proven effective in increasing cell turnover and addressing these common signs of aging.

FIRST TO USE NATURAL GLYCOLIC ACID

Glycolic acid is the most studied and effective AHA for use as a cosmetic exfoliant. Its gentle and proven anti-aging properties are suitable for all skin types. Glycolic acid is the smallest of the AHAs and considered the strongest due to its low pka value. Size and strength are relevant because it is the AHA best able to penetrate the top layers of the skin.