BADGER SUNSCREEN HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.
Badger proudly presents all natural, chemical free sunscreens. Badger SPF formulas are water resistant, safe for children of all ages, block both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturize while they protect your skin. These natural, physical barrier sunscreens are made with zinc oxide instead of chemicals.
Water resistant means that it retains SPF after 40 minutes activity in the water or prespiring. For optimum protection reapply sunscreen frequently, especially when in and out of the water.
Why Badger Sunscreen?
According to the Environmental Working Group's Safe Cosmetics Database, Badger makes one of the world's safest and most effective sunscreens. Most recently, we were recently rated in the top 1% out of over 900 commonly available products. Not bad!
Badger is a performance sunscreen. By this we mean:
- Stays on the skin when you sweat or play in the water
- Won't run and drip into your eyes when you sweat
- Allows your skin to breathe
- Is strong and effective enough to protect you from extreme conditions
- Low to no irritating ingredients.
How Is Badger Sunscreen Made?
Badger Sunscreen uses micronized zinc as its sunscreening agent. Zinc wxide is a mineral that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. It is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties and is considered the safest and most protective sunscreening ingredient. While non micronized zinc oxide leaves a strong residue on the skin, like white paint, micronized zinc oxide creates the same barrier in a form that appears far more transparent and less whitening when rubbed in.
The micronized zinc oxide in our sunscreen is produced by high temperature processing of minerals that contain zinc. Currently, our micronized zinc oxide is coated with triethoxycaprylylsilane, an inert ingredient derived from silica. The rest of our sunscreen ingredients are 100% natural and most of the ingredients are USDA certified organic. Our unique combination of micronized zinc oxide and naturally protective ingredients - Extra Virgin Olive and Jojoba oils, & Shea and Cocoa Butters - protect your family from the sun's damaging rays.
The product Development Badgers work hard to ensure that every ingredient we use is processed without chemicals. Badger sunscreens do not contain fragrances, preservatives or dyes, and they are water resistant for 40 minutes.
Other sunscreens on the market contain chemical agents that do not provide broad spectrum protection, and many even contain chemical ingredients that are known toxins. We don't use any of this bad stuff!
Why is Badger Sunscreen Formulated With Citrus Essential Oils?
Many of you have asked us why our sunscreen has citrus oils in the formulation when citrus oils are known to be photosensitizing. The simple answer is that we use very small quantities of the citrus essential oils and the percentages are so low that the oils are not considered photosensitizing. In addition, Lime Essential Oil, which is of particular concern, is no longer photosensitizing when it is Steam Distilled. We only use Steam Distilled Lime Essential Oil. In the very low percentages that we use (>.032% each by weight), the citrus essential oils can safely be used to enhance the fragrance of the product without any photosensitivity concern.
What is the difference between “Physical Barrier” and “Chemical” Sunscreens?
Physical Barrier Sunscreens (like Badger's) form a film on top of the skin that reflects or scatters UV light. Most physical barrier sunscreens contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. We choose micronized zinc oxide for our sunscreens because we feel it is the safest & most effective option - and has been used successfully for hundreds of years.
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.
Chemical Sunscreens differ from physical barrier sunscreens as they absorb UV rays before they can do any damage. Usually, single chemical ingredients protect against either UVA or UVB, but not for both. 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.
Retains SPF after 40 minutes activity in the water or prespiring. For optimum protection reapply sunscreen frequently, especially when in and out of the water.
Active Ingredient: Micronized Zinc Oxide 20.5%
Other Ingredients: *Extra Virgin Olive Oil, *Golden Yellow Beeswax, *Jojoba Oil, *Cocoa Butter, *Wild African Shea Butter, CO2 Extract of *Seabuckthorn Berry, and Essential Oils of *Lavender, Moroccan Blue Tansy, *Ylang Ylang, Lime & *Sweet Orange.
* = Certified Organic
Contains at least 60% Certified Organic Ingredients