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A mineral sunscreen uses Zinc oxide or Titanium Dioxide as the active ingredient to block the UVA and UVB rays before they penetrate the skin. A chemical sunscreen uses chemicals that are absorbed into the skin tissue and interact with the UVB rays after entering the body. Not all chemical sunscreens offer Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection, whereas mineral sunscreens offer immediate Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection. UVB rays are the ones associated with sunburn; whereas UVA rays are associated with skin damage such as dark spots, dryness and skin aging. Both UVA and UVB rays are now known to cause skin cancers.

All Mineral Sunscreens provide Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection upon application – which is important because both UVA and UVB are known causes of skin cancer. Not all Chemical Sunscreens offer Broad Spectrum protection.

People with allergies and skin sensitivities are often not able to use a chemical sunscreen because of the harsh ingredients contained in them. In addition, many of the chemical sun filters have identified health risks. More information on the health risks of these chemicals can be found on www.EWG.org. Using LASPA mineral sunscreens eliminates or reduces these health risks.
Many people with allergies cannot use a fragranced product. LASPA products are all fragrance free and certified hypoallergenic.

Because LASPA uses a barrier method of sun protection, the product will usually be thicker and uneven due to the zinc oxide in the lotion. Despite its appearance, the product should spread evenly on the skin.

LASPA uses a high quality very fine zinc oxide that goes on the skin in a non-whitening formula. Only a small amount of the product is needed to rub onto the skin surface.
Sometimes the initial extraction of product is difficult due to the zinc oxide near the opening of the tube, but future applications should be easier, and the product will become more fluid in warmer temperatures. Keep the head of the unit clean to avoid drying of the lotion on the outside of the orifice and blocking the tube.

We do use a nano sized zinc particle, however, it is bound together with a non silicone based material so that it essentially has a ‘non-nano’ effect.  Therefore it does not absorb but sits on top of the skin to provide Broad Spectrum protection. The result is a non- whitening smooth product.

There has actually been a lot of needless scare about nano particles since an article 30 years ago in Australia. Since then there have been numerous European studies on health risks of nano particles which conclude that, except in an aerosol (airborne) application where the particles may get into lungs- there are no known health risks.

In conclusion, even though we don’t have to worry about nano-particles in our sunscreen because of the specially patented zinc formula we are using, we do not believe there are any health risks for topical use in any event.

The physical sunscreen barrier in LASPA, zinc oxide, is a thicker substance then a chemical compound. This affects the texture and consistency of the sunscreen lotion.

An SPF30 sunscreen filters 96.7% of the sun’s harmful rays whereas a SPF50 filters out 98% of UV rays. So, wearing an SPF50 offers only marginally better protection (1.3%) than an SPF30. People often have a false sense of security with an SPF50 thinking they are getting much more protection, or that they do not need to re-apply as often. Both SPF30 and SPF50 need to be re-applied every 2 hours!

LASPA products have all undergone FDA approved allergy testing and are clinically proven to be hypoallergenic. This means that the product has a lower risk of causing issues to those with allergies or skin sensitivities. This does not necessarily guarantee that the product will be able to be used on problem skin areas. If in doubt, consult your dermatologist or skin care practitioner.

Yes, because of the fact that LASPA is a mineral based sunscreen that is fragrance free and sits on top of the skin, it is less likely to cause skin irritation than a chemical based sunscreen. People with specific concerns should speak with their doctor or skin care practitioner.

LASPA SPF30 was designed for skin being exposed to the sun for prolonged periods, and for people with allergies, skin sensitivities or wanting a safer option of sun protection than chemical based sunscreens. It targets areas such as face, neck, hands but can be used anywhere that will be exposed to the sun.

LASPA SPF20 is designed as an everyday lotion that moisturizes and protects but also provides a base level of sun protection as well. Sunscreen should be part of a daily regimen to protect the skin, prevent age spots, and signs of early aging in addition to the health risks associated with sun exposure.

Glycolic Acid is the smallest alpha hydroxyacid acid (AHA) and is capable of penetrating the top layer of the skin and removing the matrix that binds dead cells together at the top layer of the skin. As these dead cells shed, it begins to stimulate the renewal of new skin cells. These new skin cells give a fresh, youthful look to the skin. Because of its very small size and low pH, pure glycolic acid is the preferable choice in AHA’s when trying to exfoliate and renew the skin.

Glycolic Acid is a naturally occurring substance made by plants. It is found in citrus fruits, sugarcane, kiwi and even grapes!

However, while glycolic acid is naturally occurring, almost all glycolic acid on the market is synthetically made. That is because it is very expensive and time consuming to extract a pure glycolic acid from a natural source. Instead, most cosmetic brands use a glycolic acid that is made from a synthetic process.

The typical process for producing glycolic acid today uses formaldehyde or monochloroacetic acid from oil (petrochemicals) as the starting material. This process leaves behind potentially harmful and measurable impurities like formaldehyde in the finished product. Because the outcome is a synthetically derived glycolic acid, this is not required to be disclosed on the label!

The skin is the largest organ, and therefore the health of the skin is of paramount importance to overall health. In the United States, 8-9% of the population are allergic to formaldehyde, but more importantly for everyone, it is damaging to the skin’s delicate microbiome.

The difference between a naturally occurring glycolic and a naturally derived glycolic acid depends on both the origin of the source, as well as how the ingredient is made.

Unless a chemical is manufactured, produced, or extracted from a natural source, it is actually considered a synthetic compound according to the USDA. As most if not all glycolic acids on the market are made from formaldehyde or petrochemicals as their starting material, the glycolic acid is considered synthetic.

Look for Third party certifications from USDA or enquire about the source of the Glycolic from the brand owner.

Although fruit acids are natural, they contain a mixture of organic acids as well as other organic material, which means they are not pure. These acids other acids (fruit, lactic, citric, malic acids) are not as effective as pure glycolic acid as an exfoliant. These other acids have larger molecules and are weaker in strength, which impacts their effectiveness at breaking down the glue that holds dead skin cells together.

Yes, they do! Using a glycolic acid as a regular part of your skin care routine is an important way to look after your skin and address surface level imperfections.

Best for Skin Health: It is the only way to ensure a pure ingredient that does not contain any formaldehyde.

Better Potency: A pure glycolic acid with a high free acid content means optimum potency for the same amount of acid from conventional sources.

Better for the Planet: Glycolic Acid that is made from a natural source reduces our impact on the environment.

A lower pH means that the product is more acidic, which is very important when choosing a glycolic acid. The optimal level is a pH of 3.5. Look for this on the label!

Dermatologists have been reported as saying that people with any skin tone, from pre-teens to older men or women, can use a glycolic acid safely. The regulatory limit for a home use solution is 10% glycolic acid, and 3.5pH, so make sure you stay within these limits and consult your doctor if you have skin conditions such as rosacea or allergies before use.