The burning sunscreen questions of many Coolibar Facebook fans were answered today by Soleo Organics Sunscreen experts Dr. Tony Kovacs and Rick Sample during our live forum. Here are a few highlights in case you weren’t able to make it.
Q. What is the consistency of your sunscreen product like? I have tried other brands that don’t spread or absorb well.
A. Soleo is designed to absorb into the skin within a few minutes of applying, if it hasn’t done so within 2-3 minutes, you may be applying too much.
Q. Is there really such a thing as applying too much sunscreen? I thought you could never have enough.
A. You can apply too much, but with Soleo there is no toxicity issue. (But also make sure you apply enough sunscreen. Approximately one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly.)
Q. I have a 5 month old baby, is it OK to use sunscreen on him?
A. Absolutely, Soleo is safe for babies of all ages.
Q. Since I’m a wearer of Coolibar and use it for scuba diving in also, I am wondering if it is necessary to wear a sun block under clothing with an SPF rating?
A. If you’re in your Coolibar gear you’re covered. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas such as hands.
Q. I have extremely sensitive skin (post skin-condition) and my doctor recommended I wear SPF 100+ every hour while in the sun, but everyone seems to think there’s no point in anything over 50. Is there really an difference? Or was my doctor just being over-cautious?
A. SPF 100 etc. is just a myth and it will not give you any more protection than a true SPF 30+
Q. What are the main UVA/UVB blocking ingredients and what are their differences?
A. Zinc is the only sunscreen ingredient that offers complete block for UV A, B and UV C
Q. Why are there any additives added to sunscreen/sunblock?
A. Additives are used to preserve aqueous sunscreens. Soleo does not have additives or preservatives.
Q. Are Soleo products not aqueous? What does that mean with regard to sunscreens anyhow? How would Soleo products be described, comparatively?
A. Soleo is an oil base, but non comedogenic, it is water resistant and absorbs into the skin. Water based sunscreens generally don’t offer a great deal of water resistance and need to be applied more frequently, and they contain preservatives, often parabens, benzoates, tec. More chemical cocktails for your body to deal with.
Q. Does the product expire or break down if not used within a certain time frame? I know main stream sunscreens say to replace them after a year.
A. Our product has a two year shelf life. Chemical sunscreens are unstable and break down very rapidly, as opposed to zinc oxide. If our product comes out clear, just knead and shake it up like you would a salad dressing, you want to make sure the product comes out white.
Q. Does that mean it’s not effective after the expiration date or just less effective?
A. Soleo will actually remain stable for a least a year after the expiry date, but we cannot legally sell it once the date has lapsed.
Q. Can zinc be absorbed by the skin/body? If so, is this a concern?
A. Yes, zinc can be absorbed, but Soleo’s formula only absorbs into the skin and not into the bloodstream. Zinc is safe for the body as opposed to the chemicals found in traditional sunscreens.
Q. There has been a lot of controversy about sunscreen ingredients over the past year. What is the benefit of an all natural sunscreen such as Soleo?
A. The benefits are: non chemical, safe for all ages, zinc only, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, organic. Google “sunscreen side effects” and sit back and be shocked. You will see what the chemicals in sunscreen can do.
Q. What is Soleo tested for? Water/Sweat resistance, etc?
A. Up to 4 hours in the water and up to 4 hours in the sun, depending upon skin type. Non allergenic, non comedogenic, no eye sting, safe for babies
Q. How often do you need to reapply sunscreen? And how long do you need to wait for it to take effect?
A. Sunscreen should be applied one half hour before going outdoors. Even water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often, about every two hours or after swimming, drying off or perspiring.
If you have more questions regarding Soleo Organics Sunscreen or sunscreen in general, let us know on Facebook or our Blog’s comments section. To purchase Soleo Organics Sunscreen from Coolibar, click here.