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Zinc Sunscreen Lotion by SunSmart

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Waterproof zinc sunscreen is your first choice when it comes to smart sun protection.

SunSmart Maximum Protection SPF 30 sunscreen lotion is a broad-spectrum, very water resistant (waterproof) product, ideal as a baby sunscreen lotion and sport sunscreen for active adults. Invisible zinc sunscreen is non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) and mineral oil-free.

Active Ingredients:
Homosalate 8.0%
Octyl Methoxycinnamate 7.5% - Sunscreen
Zinc Oxide 7.0% - Sunscreen

Other Ingredients:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Methylpropanediol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diethylhexyl Sebacate, Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Siliconyl Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Demethicone Copolyol, PEG-30, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ylang Ylang Oil, Tuberose Wax, Citronella Oil, Rose Extract, Jasmine Oil, Vetiveria Zizanoides Oil, Patchouli Oil, Ethylparaben, Decyl Polyglucose, Polyparaben.

When it comes to sunscreens, not all are created equal. SunSmart invisible zinc sunscreen lotion is a broad-spectrum, waterproof product that contains Z-COTE transparent zinc oxide, which blocks both UVB-UVA rays that may cause premature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Gentle moisturizing agents and vitamin E help protect and soothe the skin. Ideal for use as a sports sunscreen for active adults, children, and is even safe for use as a baby sunscreen. Non-allergenic, fragrance free and photo stable.

What You Should Know:

  • Long UVA produces free radicals that contribute to photo-aging and skin cancer
  • The vast majority of sunscreens on the market do not block long UVA
  • Over one skin cancer death per hour in the U.S.
  • Skin cancer kills more women in their late 20s and early 30s than breast cancer
  • 33% of adolescents never use sunscreen
  • Avoid direct exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and especially 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wear proper clothing: a broad rimmed hat, tight knit shirt, sunglasses
  • Use high-SPF sunscreen:
  • Put on before going outdoors
  • Apply generously- one ounce per full body application for adults
  • Re-apply after swimming or excessive perspiration
  • Be sure to cover nose, ears, shoulders, feet, lips
  • Use a sunscreen that blocks long UVA
  • Remember that many surfaces like sand and snow reflect UV rays

What is Z-COTE, transparent zinc oxide?
Z-COTE is a transparent zinc oxide invented by the makers of SunSmart sunscreen products. Z-COTE is a physical agent so it sits on top of the skin and is not absorbed. Because of the way it is made, Z-COTE is actually transparent on the skin as opposed to the old fashioned white zinc oxide paste, yet Z-COTE is even more effective. Z-COTE blocks both UVB and UVA including long UVA, the rays responsible for photoaging and implicated in aggressive skin cancers. Z-COTE is effective, non-allergenic, stable and very safe for use on all skin types.

Do sunscreens help or hurt?
Recent widely publicized reports imply that sunscreens are not providing the sort of protection the public expects. While medical experts still agree that sunscreens are beneficial they are concerned that most current sunscreens do not block long UVA radiation. These rays have now been linked to photoaging and may be the cause of the more aggressive skin cancers (melanoma). Z-COTE is a technologically advanced new ingredient that blocks both UVB and UVA radiation, including long UVA, also known as UVA I.

Other UVA sunscreens include titanium dioxide and two organic sun-screens, oxybenzone and avobenzone. Titanium dioxide blocks short UVA well and some long UVA but is generally considered too whitening and is thus inappropriate for many applications, especially daily care. The organic agents can be irritating, unstable or, in the case of oxybenzone, provide only short UVA protection. Z-COTE offers an aesthetically superior, stable, non-irritating and cost-effective solution for UVA protection.


Z-COTE is a new patented form of microfine zinc oxide. It blocks both UVA and UVB radiation and, with a particle size of less than 0.2. microns, it is truly transparent on the skin. Z-COTE is already being used in many daily care and beach sunscreen products.

Z-COTE blocks both UVA and UVB. It provides the broadest spectrum protection of any single sunscreen ingredient. It can be used alone or in combination with other sunscreen agents and does not require any special solvents or chemical stabilizers. Because Z-COTE blocks UVB as well as UVA, sunscreens can be formulated with fewer organic sunscreen agents. This makes for simpler, more appealing and less irritating formulations.

Z-COTE is an inorganic sunblock, also known as a "non-chemical" sunblock. It is not absorbed into the skin and does not cause any adverse reactions. Long recognized as a treatment for irritated skin, zinc oxide is the only sunscreen agent included on two other FDA monographs. It has been used for over 300 years and enjoys a singularly remarkable safety record. Some traditional organic sunscreens can cause irritation, especially the UVA agents. This is particularly important in children's and daily care products where gentleness is a must.

Sunscreens are supposed to protect the user from the dangerous ultraviolet radiation that causes photoaging and skin cancer. Recent scientific studies have questioned the photostability of some of the organic sunscreens and this problem has even made it to the popular press. According to Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, the J. Lamar Callaway Professor of Dermatology at Duke University, "When a UVA sunscreen breaks down it is no longer providing the protection it is supposed to and this may not be apparent to the user. Under these circumstances, the user could be exposed to dangerous UVA radiation that they believe their sunscreen is blocking." In contrast, Z-COTE is completely photostable. When consumers use Z-COTE, they get protection that lasts.

The SPF number is no longer the only criteria on which sunscreens are judged. Recent evidence links long UVA rays to both photoaging and melanoma. Consumers now expect sunscreens to block these rays. Z-COTE does and because Z-COTE provides UVA as well as UVB protection, products containing it can make broad-spectrum claims including "Z-COTE provides protection from UVA rays which may contribute to skin damage and premature aging of the skin."

Professional Recognition
The importance of Z-COTE as UVA blocker is well recognized by the dermatological community. "Zinc oxide is a physical block that is not absorbed, so it does not cause any allergic reactions. This is especially important to look for if you have sensitive skin or are using sunscreens on a daily basis." American Academy of Dermatology May 1998 insert in USA Today.

SunSmart sunscreens containing Z-COTE offer superior UVB & UVA protection

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