A Simple Guide to Selecting Safe + Effective, Canadian Made Sunscreen
Every consumer, particularly expectant or nursing mothers, parents of young or adolescent children, and couples trying to conceive- deserve to make an informed choice: Either use sunscreens with soluble filters of small molecular weight that give incomplete protection and pass into blood, tissues and brain, and are implicated as hormone disruptors and carcinogens, with adverse effects on lower species and the environment/Or to use insoluble particle based UV filters with large molecular weight or particle size that give better protection against skin cancer and photo-aging, and remain on the skin without any risk to human health or the environment.
Absolutely avoid– avobenzone, oxybenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, Mexoryl XL™, Eusolex™ (4-methylbenzilidene camphor), octinoxate (un-encapsulated)- some are known or suspected hormone disruptors, photoallergens, and carcinogens. The fact that they all attain levels in your blood is reason enough to avoid them even without considering risks, particularly for expectant or nursing mothers, young or adolescent children, and couples trying to conceive.
Select – large molecular size insoluble particles or engineered filters: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, encapsulated octinoxate, Mexoryl SX™, Tinosorb S™, Tinosorb M™, Parsol SLX™, iscotrizinol, octyl triazone, and bisdisulizole disodium. They have no entry into blood and none are hormone disruptors or photoallergens. They give balanced protection without any risks to human health or the environment. Only the first four are available in N. America.
- Select a particle based product with adequate concentrations to provide an accurate SPF and enough UVA protection. A SPF of 30 and a UVA-PF of at least 10 is attainable with zinc oxide alone 22-25%,zinc oxide 15% plus 5% titanium dioxide or encapsulated octinoxate. I like Mexoryl SX ™ is but it is usually combined with undesirable soluble filters. Combinations of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in adequate concentrations are hard to find. Some products that fly off the shelves in health food stores have inadequate concentrations of these filters- e.g. 1.2% and 3.8% respectively. This cannot have the SPF 30 claimed on the label and likely contains boosters (anti-redness agents) that diminish your erythema reaction from sunburn without actually reducing the UVB radiation passing through the sunscreen to your skin. The filters are safe but at that level cannot provide adequate UVA protection- likely has a UVA-PF < 5 and would be a FAIL in the EU and cannot deliver adequate photoprotection.
Higher UVA-PF values are possible with the use of either more zinc oxide up to 25%, or the addition of innovative filters like Tinosorb S™, Tinosorb M™ – approved everywhere in the world – except N. America. Most sunscreens here have UVA-PF values of 3-8, despite being labelled as “Broad Spectrum” under our rules that do not actually require this measurement, and rely on an indirect estimate. Most still fail to reach EU standards. The ideal sunscreen would combine 3 or 4 particle filters – encapsulated octinoxate, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, Tinosorb S™ (bemotrizinol), or Tinosorb M ™ (biscotrizole). Only the first 3 are available to us in ideal combinations. These combinations in optimal concentrations can achieve UVA protection values > 30, and achieve 3-5 X more protection in the UVA1 range than our typical UVB-biased N. American sunscreens.
For daily or recreational purposes, use SPF 30 – but if you are extremely fair, if you have a condition with extreme sensitivity to sunlight like lupus, or if you have an outdoor occupation, use a SPF 50. Bear in mind that the true SPF may only be 10 and adjust your behaviour accordingly – calculate your safe exposure time from the label SPF and divide by 5. Particle sunscreens appear to come closer to their label values in sunlight. Use the other elements of a photoprotection strategy – avoid sun exposure, wear UV protective clothing, wear head gear and UV protective sunglasses to the extent you can, and use a sunscreen with UVA filters like zinc oxide in adequate concentrations.
Most zinc oxide sunscreens on the market have low levels that cannot provide optimal UVA protection. Our new sunscreens will provide UVA values > 15-40, unmatched anywhere. Remember to look for 20% or more of zinc oxide. Many of these products have poor esthetic qualities- whitening on skin, oily or greasy feel on skin, and funny odors.
Every Morning Sun Whip™ with 15% zinc oxide and 7.5% encapsulated octinoxate applies in a transparent film with a matte finish perfect for daily use under make-up. It receives widespread acclaim : “As The Editor of New You, I have been asked to try numerous sunscreens over the years. I reviewed the material provided by Dr. Dudley in preparing my article. I appreciated his concepts and after using the CyberDERM Every Morning Sun Whip, I became a huge fan of the formula that I now use exclusively – I feel it is a Goldilocks formulation – not too thick and not too thin – just right. I am loving the CyberDERM sunscreen- it feels so good on the skin and I now trust his ingredients.” - Ruchel Louis, Executive Editor, NEW YOU, The Voice of Health and Beauty.
Simply Zinc ™ with 22% clear zinc oxide was named as sunscreen of the year 2015 by The Beauty Editor. “I prefer to use mineral sunscreens, not chemical ones, and Cyberderm Simply Zinc Sun Ship SPF 30 is the best one I’ve ever found.“ It was also selected by ELLE and Canadian Living magazines as a favourite product. http://beautyeditor.ca/2016/01/01/favourite-beauty-products-2015
Both Every Morning Sun Whip™ and Simply Zinc™ are preferred for photosensitive disorders “Zinc oxide has long been on my radar of excellent sunscreen ingredients. I waseager to try CyberDERM’s Sun Whips – I am now a huge fan of Every Morning Sun Whip. I tested their products in the blazing New Mexican sun. I have a medical photosensitivity due to lupus, nearly translucent skin that if unprotected burns in a few minutes and freckles in mere seconds. I live at high altitude, nearly a mile above sea level, in the New Mexican desert. Because of lupus, I require the utmost in UV protection for the sake of my overall health. Patients with photosensitive lupus demand and deserve a truly high-performance sunscreen, and as we need to wear it religiously, it ought to be pleasant to use. With CyberDERM, I have finally found my Holy Grail sunscreens. They have achieved the rare feat of preventing me from freckling, making it the one and only North American sunscreen company I have tried that keeps me from freckling. Although freckles are cute, they indicate a degree of sun damage. With all this in mind, CyberDERM Sun Whips have exceeded my hopes and expectations. They provide powerful, lasting and balanced UVA/UVB protection I trust, combined with an unexpected, but delightful blendability and aesthetic elegance. In my vast sunscreen experience to date, CyberDERM Sun Whips are unparalleled. I also exclusively use CyberDERM Sun Whips on my young daughters, to protect their delicate skin with efficacy and purity I trust. Simply Zinc Sun Whip is a joy to use. These are simply the best zinc based sunscreens I have ever found and I use them daily.”
We recommend Cyberderm Sunwhips to our clients at DermaEnvy Skincare, A Canadian Made quality medical grade sunscreen line with no fillers - It retails for $40 which is comparable to other medical grade sunscreens on the market with high percentages of zinc oxide with is also great should you get a sunburn to help heal and sooth the skin
Cyberderm is available at all DermaEnvy Skincare clinics, including Moncton / Dieppe and Saint John New Brunswick, Halifax and Dartmouth Nova Scotia, Mount Pearl / St John's, Newfoundland - Visit www.dermaenvy.com to locate the nearest clinic to you!