FAQ’s

 

Product Questions:
 
 
Do Suntegrity sunscreens provide both UVA and UVB protection?
 
Yes, Suntegrity sunscreens provide broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. They underwent both UVB testing and the new UVA in vitro testing and met the requirements for the new FDA Broad Spectrum SPF 30 labeling. If used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions on the label), these sunscreens decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.
 
 
Are Suntegrity sunscreens safe for children?
 
Yes, Suntegrity sunscreens are safe for use on children over 6 months of age.  The active ingredient in Suntegrity sunscreens is Zinc Oxide which is the same active ingredient used in diaper rash creams. While Zinc Oxide is the only active sunscreen ingredient in Suntegrity and Zinc Oxide is the only sunscreen active ingredient that is approved by the FDA for use in baby diaper rash creams, we warn you to use it on children 6 months of age only with the advice of a physician. We personally don’t recommend using sunscreens on babies under 6 months of age because they should not be in the sun at all.
 
 
Does Suntegrity use nano-particle zinc oxide?
 
 
No, we do not use nanoparticles in our products. Nanoparticles are particles defined as less than 100 nanometers in diameter, or 0.1 micron. Most nanoparticle sunscreens in the marketplace have particle sizes of 15 nanometers or 0.015 micron. The zinc oxide used in Suntegrity products are in the micron range (0.22 micron = 220nm) and are considered non-nano. This is why our sunscreens start out white. This initial white helps you see where you applied the sunscreen so you don’t miss a spot and it will quickly disappear into the skin after you rub it in.
 
 
Does Suntegrity use coated or uncoated Zinc Oxide?
 
 
Suntegrity uses uncoated zinc oxide because it is very therapeutic to the skin. Uncoated zinc oxide is the main ingredient used in Calamine lotion and baby diaper rash creams, and it also an ingredient often found in rosacea, melasma and acne treatments.
 
 
Zinc oxide has several properties which make it useful for certain skin conditions, including eczema; it is antiseptic and astringent, it absorbs moisture, which makes it particularly good for severe eczema with weeping sores and, as it’s not water soluble, it will keep the skin dry when exposed to alkaline liquids – which is why it’s used for diaper rash.
 
 
Zinc oxide is approved by the FDA as a Category I skin protectant. It is used as a soothing preparation for facial redness and steroid-induced thinning of the epidermis.
 
 
Many customers report that our sunscreens help fade their brown spots, reduce the redness of their rosacea and decrease their acne symptoms. We believe this is primarily because of the high amounts (20%) of uncoated zinc oxide that we use in our sunscreen formulations.
 
 
What is the difference between titanium dioxide and zinc oxide?
 
Zinc Oxide is a much safer and more effective sunscreen than Titanium Dioxide. Suntegrity uses Zinc Oxide instead of Titanium Dioxide because:
 
    1.Zinc Oxide is a better absorber across more UV wavelengths than Titanium Dioxide. This means Zinc Oxide provides better UVA/UVB protection than Titanium Dioxide.
 
    2.Titanium Dioxide creates more free radicals that do oxidative damage to your skin cells and contribute to skin aging.
 
    3.Zinc Oxide is the only sunscreen active ingredient that's generally recognized as safe by the FDA for use on babies under 6 months of age for the purpose of diaper rash cream.
 
    4.Titanium Dioxide contains titanium, which is a toxic heavy metal. Zinc is a critical mineral nutrient that you often find in vitamin supplements.
 
 
Are Suntegrity products cruelty-free?
 
Yes, Suntegrity products are cruelty-free. Our sunscreens are both PETA and Leaping Bunny certified. We do NOT test on animals. We DO test our sunscreens on humans per the mandatory requirements of the FDA Sunscreen Monograph for SPF labeling.
 
Are Suntegrity products vegan?
 
Suntegrity sunscreens are vegan. Suntegrity Sun Defense is vegetarian.
 
Are Suntegrity sunscreens gluten-free?
 
Yes, Suntegrity sunscreens are gluten free. However, the facility where they are manufactured does make hydrolyzed wheat protein for hair products, so it is not a gluten-free facility.
 
 
Do Suntegrity sunscreens contain soy?
 
 
Soy is not an ingredient used in our sunscreens, but there are traces of soy in sorbitan stearate (plant based) and glyceryl monostearate (plant based). 
 
 
Sunscreen Questions:
 
 
Do sunscreens block out all UV rays?
 
No, sunscreens are filters, not “blocks”.  All sunscreens let some UV radiation through at varying rates indicated by the SPF number. This is why the term “sunblock” is prohibited for use by the FDA.
 
What does SPF mean?
 
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) indicates how long you can stay in the sun without burning from UVB light. SPF does not indicate any protection from the damaging UVA rays which cause skin cancer.
 
For example, an SPF 30 product allows 1/30th of the sunburning UV radiation energy through it than wearing no sunscreen at all. Wearing an SPF 30 product will give you 30 times the protection before burning takes place.
 
 
How long will it take for me to burn if I’m wearing sunscreen?
 
 
1) Take the time you would normally burn in the sun without protection. Depending on one’s skin type and severity of the sun, it only takes 4 to 10 minutes for most people to burn from the sun without protection. Sunburn may take hours to actually appear on the skin which means damage is occurring before you can actually see the sunburn.
 
 
2)Multiply that number by the SPF of your product. For example: with an SPF 30 x 6 minutes of sun time before burning = 180 (3 hours) … this is how many minutes you can stay in the sun without burning.
 
 
Fair Skin that burns without sunscreen in 4mins
 
     Apply 30+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.
 
     You have 120 minutes of time in the sun before burning begins.
 
     Re-application recommended after 1 hour or towel drying and sweating.
 
 
Fair to Medium Skin that burns without sunscreen in 6mins
 
    Apply 30+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.
 
    You have 180 minutes of time in the sun before burning begins.
 
     Re-application recommended after 2 hrs or towel drying and sweating, this boosts
 
     the effectiveness of the sunscreen for the remaining hour.
 
 
Medium to Dark Skin that burns without sunscreen in 10mins
 
     Apply 30+ sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.
 
     You Have 300 minutes of time in the sun before burning begins.
 
      Re-application recommended after 2hrs or towel drying and sweating, this boosts
 
      the effectiveness of the sunscreen for the remaining 3 hours.
 
 
When and why do I need to re-apply sunscreen?
 
Re-application is necessary and recommended every two hours or as needed, and after swimming, sweating or towel drying. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Re-application of sunscreen only gives the first application of sunscreen a boost in effectiveness. It does NOT prolong the amount of time you can stay in the sun.
 

 

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