We know healthy for your skin products are important to you, that's why you're here, right? Well, that's why we put so much effort into formulating the best, paying close attention to getting things done, a natural way!
So, you want sun protection as an added benefit to your foundation? We've got that covered and I'd like to share with you some of the great skin protection benefits of 4phive's Fortified Radiance Liquid Mineral Foundation.
First, let's talk about why we choose all-natural when it comes to sun protection:
Avoid Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals
Many non-natural sunscreens contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as oxybenzone. If you are concerned about rising cancer rates, I would think a base-line value is to preserve and strengthen the endocrine system, not disrupt its good nature. At 4phive, we LOVE the endocrine system and how vital it is to over-all health, which is why we make such a big deal out of our use of CBD, an endocrine warrior!
We prefer to rely on natural methods in place of chemicals such as oxybenzone, and instead use a physical mineral barrier that stays on the surface of the skin rather than penetrating through as most chemical sunscreens do.
Protect the Coral Reefs
You may or may not be aware of something called "swimmer pollution", an estimated 5,000 metric tons of sunscreen that washes off swimmers each year and essentially threatens coral and ocean life. This "pollution" refers to compounds that may awaken dormant viruses in symbiotic algae called zooxanthellae. This algae is a food source which provides food and color to the coral, and can become degraded and even killed.
Soak Up Some Vitamin D
We already know that oxygenzone, as an example, is a hormone-disrupter– an endocrine enemy. And we know that our bodies need some exposure to the sun to formulate vitamin D, a necessary building block for correct hormone function. Let's say you're already dealing with a vitamin D deficiency, and further couple that use of endocrine-degrading ingredient(s) found in non-natural sunscreens. Yep, we thought so, too, not a good idea!
No wonder there's a rise in cancers all the while sunscreens are being marketed as protectants. They are not necessarily working for your best interests, which is to strengthen and preserve your body's natural ability to remain in healthy homeostasis. A strong endocrine system will help to protect you from the inside out!
4phive foundation's all-natural SPF ingredients
- Jojoba oil: SPF 4
- Carrot seed oil: SPF 35-40
- Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide: SPF 2-20
- Lavender: SPF 5
Keep in mind the total SPF is determined by the total complex blend of combined ingredients.
A few finer details…
- Jojoba oil: Contains medicinal properties and is very effective at treating dry skin and serving a purpose similar to that of sebrum, also known as the natural oils our skin produces. It contains myristic acid, a fatty acid naturally occurring in plant oils that provides the skin with some sun protection.
- Carrot seed oil: Has anti-oxidant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, and fragrant properties with high levels of vitamin A, plus offers a healthy dose of sun protection.
Do you wonder if natural is safe? Is it enough?
Perhaps the only reason I can think of is that it's tough to determine and verify the exact SPF. That said, rest assured we are using the best of all-natural ingredients, and formulating with some truly wonderful and natural sun protectants. Not only that, but we're quick at work, prioritizing necessary lab testing so that we can tell you just exactly how much SPF our foundations do offer.
So, there's no need to disrupt your endocrine system or add to the "swimmer pollution". If you are looking for an exact SPF, hang tight and know we're working on it, until then, here are a few additional sun protection tips:
- All-natural likely won't be water-proof, and so you'll need to reapply after swimming or sweating.
- You should also always use sun shades or light and breathable clothing to cover-up during high sun hours.
- Limit your time in the sun– but keep in mind the sun is also vital, so make sure your getting some!
This is how strongly we feel about putting love into our foundation, just wait, we'll be introducing an all-natural full-body sunscreen in due time!