SunClear Natural SPF 40 Sunscreen (vegan) uses microfine zinc oxide with no chemical UVA / UVB filters. We get asked all the time about the whitening effect of Zinc on the skin, well we are excited to say that SunClear goes on the skin clear! We also have one of the best formulas on the market as do not use water in our formulation, we are preservative free and we only use ingredients that helps to protect you from the suns harsh rays. SunClear is 2 hours water resistant so you can be in the water for up to 2 hours and still be protected. This formula is especially developed for those with sensitive, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and it suitable for all ages.
What Are UVA and UVB?
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. The wavelengths are less than visible light, it is invisible to the naked eye. Ultraviolet A (UVA) is the longer wave UV ray that causes life long skin damage, skin wrinkling, and can cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet B (UVB) is the shorter wave UV ray that causes skin burns and damage, and also skin cancer.
What is the difference between a SPF 40 and SPF 50?
We get asked this question all of the time! The difference between a SPF 40 is you block out 97.5% of UVB radiation and SPF 50 blocks 98%. This is a very small difference for the cost of purchasing a SPF 50. More important than using a super high SPF is using enough sunscreen.
What Is SPF?
SPF is the abbreviation of Sun Protection Factor – it measures the sunscreen's ability to prevent UVB from damaging your skin. Here's an example of how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen in all probability should prevent your skin from becoming red 15 times longer – about five hours. We have a very handy and useful guide on our blog here.
A higher SPF rating requires a lot more sunscreen chemicals for diminishing returns. SPF 15 blocks 94% of UV radiation while SPF 40 blocks 97.5%, SPF 15 will provide protection for 4 hours for someone who would normally burn in 15 minutes. SPF 40 provides protection for 8 hours of sun. The amount of protection, in reality, depends upon both the SPF rating and the thickness or amount which is applied.
How does sun protection work?
There are two main types of sunscreens. Firstly, natural sunscreens that use Zinc Oxide as a physical barrier that reflect UVA and UVB away. The second type is "UV Filters" that absorb high energy UV radiation and emit low energy radiation. These are always synthetic, which is why we choose to use Zinc Oxide to provide natural sun protection.
Isn’t Zinc normally white?
Yes, Zinc Oxide would normally be white on the skin. We use a special type of Zinc Oxide that is made here in Australia that is dispersed within Jojoba Oil which helps make it clear and non-greasy. The Iron Oxide in our formula gives the cream its tint and also helps it blend in nicely to the skin. It is also responsible for the colour in Australia’s red, fertile soils.
What are UV filters?
These are various chemicals that absorb high energy UV radiation and re-emit it as low radiation. These are always synthetic, which is why we choose to use Zinc Oxide to provide natural sun protection.
Is your Natural Sunscreen SPF 40 water-resistant?
This formula is 2 hours water-resistant but make sure to reapply immediately after activity and swimming.
Are your products reef-friendly?
Absolutely! Our SPF products are proudly reef friendly as we don’t use any of the synthetic ingredients that are known to damage and harm coral reefs.
Can I use SunClear on a newborn?
We get this question a lot. But the answer is YES! All of our products are suitable for newborns, but we suggest you always patch test first to check for allergies to any natural ingredients.