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Natural Sun Care Fact Sheet
Why Badger SPF?
Badger Sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays - a good way to help protect your family’s skin from harmful rays that cause skin cancer, 90% of which are caused by sun exposure.

They don’t contain many of the common sunscreen ingredients that are suspected or known carcinogens and/or hormone disruptors, such as diethanolamine, triethanolamine (DEA, TEA), padimate-o, octyl dimethyl PABA, benzophenone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octyl-methoxycinnamate (oxtinoxate), salicylates, and parabens. Many of these chemicals also have other properties, such as benzophenone, which appears to be a free radical generator, or TEA, which can combine with nitrate (used as a preservative or present as an environmental contaminant) to cause formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines. And nitrates are not always disclosed on cosmetic labels.
Badger contains only ingredients that you (and we) can pronounce.

With the exception of the coating on our Zinc Oxide, all of our ingredients are all-natural, mostly organic and wild-crafted when possible. We spend a lot of time making sure that each and every ingredient is processed without chemicals and we look for fair trade products whenever possible. We understand that no sunscreen can offer complete protection, and that there are questions about the safety about “micronized” zinc products. Please see below for more information on small particles and Zinc Oxide, and feel free to ask us questions! Badger sunscreens do not contain fragrances, preservatives or dyes, and they are water resistant.We truly feel that our products are some of the safest you can get.

What are SPF, UVA and UVB, anyway?
SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is a measurement of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn and some skin cancers. If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, for example, wearing an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun for approximately 150 minutes (15 times longer than if you hadn't applied sunscreen) without burning. This is a rough estimate, however, and may give you more or less safety depending on your skin, the intensity of sunlight, and the type of activity you are doing in the sun. SPF ratings are also confusing - the scale is not linear: SPF 30 doesn't prevent burns twice as long as SPF 15, and actually only blocks 5% more UVB radiation than SPF 15 (according to the EPA and American Association of Dermatology). Most experts do recommend an SPF rating of at least 15, and applying sunscreen generously and frequently for the best protection.
The SPF rating only tells you only about UVB protection, but nothing about protection from harmful UVA rays. The sunlight that strikes your skin is composed of both UVB and UVA radiation. UVA is the wavelength of sunlight that penetrates deeper into the skin without causing surface burning, but instead has the potential to release free radicals and cause skin melanomas, photoaging and more. You should always choose sun protection that is "broad spectrum" which means it blocks both UVB and UVA wavelengths. Badger SPF sunscreens are broad spectrum: strong enough to prevent burning for a reasonable length of time with the power to block UVA radiation -- something that many higher SPF products cannot match! This is due to our unique combination of Zinc Oxide, with naturally protective oils and butters like Shea, Cocoa, Jojoba and Extra Virgin Olive. We've also added Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, a natural cell restorative. And Natural means this is the right stuff for safely and effectively protecting you and your family from the damaging rays of the sun.

UVA Protection

What is the difference between “Physical Barrier” and “Chemical” Sunscreens?

Physical Barrier Sunscreens form a film on top of the skin that reflects or scatters UV light. UV light is divided into three wavelength bands – UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA and UVB are the two that reach the earth and Physical Barrier sunscreens are effective at blocking both. Most physical barrier sunscreens contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which have been used for many years and are minerals.

Zinc Oxide is a mineral that provides UVB/UVA protection, has anti-inflammatory properties and is considered a safe sunscreen ingredient. The regular form of zinc oxide leaves a strong white residue on the skin, while micronized zinc oxide creates the same barrier in a clear color instead.

Chemical Sunscreens absorb UV rays before they can do any damage. Usually, the ingredients protect against either UVA or UVB, so for broad-spectrum protection, you would need to choose a chemical sunscreen containing more than one active ingredient, most often two or three. Chemical sunscreens can be absorbed into the skin, are more likely to cause irritation or allergy, and can degrade over time (at a year old, they tend to be less effective).

Do Badger sunblocks contain nanoparticles that can be absorbed into the skin and cause damage?

The short answer is that our sunscreens contain micronized zinc oxide, which uses micro particle technology, which can be measured in nanometers and microns. Based on the studies we have seen (from multiple sources), history, and the information available, we do not believe that micronized zinc oxide is absorbed into the skin, but instead sits on the top layer, offering board-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, our micronized zinc is a larger size than in many of the other products on the market, and is considered to be larger than what is classified as the “nanoparticle” you hear about in the news.