Editors note 01/05/17: the information below pertains to an older formula (2015) that has since been changed. The new and improved formulas are SPF 25, and can be found here. We are currently working on an update to this post, but until then please visit the sunscreen lotion product pages for the most up-to-date information. If you have any questions, drop us a line in the comments below!
Back by popular demand, we are thrilled to re-introduce our fabulous SPF 20 Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen in Original and Sheer Tint! Like all of Badger’s sunscreens it provides broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays using only non-nano zinc oxide – a safe and effective mineral. These sunscreens are organic and natural: certified by the NSF to contain organic ingredients, and certified natural by the Natural Product Association. But what makes Badger’s Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen so special? Read on to learn more!
Lotion v. Cream
Badger’s Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen is in a lotion base, whereas the Active and Sport sunscreens are based in a sunflower oil cream base. Since ‘lotion’ and ‘cream’ are sometimes used interchangeably I thought we’d take a moment to look at the difference.
Lotion is a term used to describe a mixture of oil and water. The consistency is often lighter than a cream, and it absorbs into the skin much more quickly. Creams can contain oil and water too, but tend to be thicker. Badger Sunscreen Creams are “anhydrous” meaning that they do not contain any water, which is why they are water resistant for 40 or 80 minutes. The Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen is not water resistant – so if you’re heading to the beach or the pool choose a cream. However, if you’re not anticipating swimming or sweating too much a lotion is a fine option.
Because lotions contain water they require a more robust preservative system than creams do. This is why the Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen contains more ingredients than the cream sunscreens. Ingredients such as Phenethyl Alcohol (from rose), Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate (from radish), and Denatured Alcohol (from lavender) are safe, effective, and meet the Badger Standard for natural preservatives. In addition, the formula contains Sodium Gluconate and Sodium Phytate, which are NSF certified organic preservative boosters. We rigorously test all of our sunscreens and these natural preservatives provide a 2 year shelf life for an unopened tube, and a 12 month shelf life after being opened.
Non-Comedogenic & Hypoallergenic
Speaking of rigorous testing… since Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen is designated for the sensitive face area we’ve had both versions third-party tested (and approved!) non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic means that these sunscreens will not clog pores nor contribute to breakouts. Hypoallergenic means that the sunscreens are non-allergy producing, and are suitable for the most sensitive skin.
Why did we do this? Because we want you to have peace of mind each time you apply this sunscreen that not only is it protecting your skin, but also not causing any undesirable outcomes such as pimples or irritation.
“Anti-Aging” – Is That For Real?
Fun fact: broad spectrum sunscreens are the only true anti-aging products out there. This is because broad spectrum sunscreens, such as our Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, block a substantial amount of UVB and UVA rays. Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays are the same strength all year round, and penetrate deeper into the skin causing photo aging. This is why we chose to put “Anti-Aging” front and center on the product label, because with regular use you can slow the aging process caused by UVA exposure.
You might be thinking to yourself: “only an SPF 20?!” For most folks, an SPF 20 is all you might need for days of mild to moderate sun exposure.
SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) is not a linear scale – meaning that double the SPF does not offer double the protection. An SPF 15 sunscreen (when applied according to the directions) blocks 93% of UVB rays. When you move up to an SPF 30, you are getting 97% protection. Bump that up to an SPF 50 and you’re getting 98% protection. After that, the % increase is negligible.
There’s been a lot of hype, and a number of sunscreens that offer really high SPF numbers. But this can be misleading and contribute to a false sense of security, since no sunscreen will protect you 100% from UV exposure.
Badger’s Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen was developed for daily wear: days when you may be in the office, or in school, and not in direct sunlight during peak hours (between 10am and 2pm). Since shade and glass from windows filter UVB radiation, an SPF 20 is often all you really need! (Note: UVA rays are not deflected by clouds, shade, or windows – and all of Badger’s sunscreens, including our Damascus Rose Face Sunscreen, offer outstanding UVA protection.)
Original & Sheer Tint
Since Badger uses a large-particle zinc oxide our sunscreens leave a little bit of a white cast after application. The whitening effect can be lessened by rubbing the sunscreen in really well, but this year we’re offering a sunscreen cream and a sunscreen lotion with iron oxide pigments added, to offset the whitening effect of the zinc oxide.
It doesn’t offer coverage like makeup, and it is not designed to match your skin exactly. Adding the iron oxides creates a really sheer pigment that simply minimizes the whitening effect of safe, mineral zinc oxide sunscreen, and should work for most skin types. While this isn’t a makeup, in my personal experience, it works wonderfully under makeup.
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