and the Suntribe Solution.
At Suntribe we believe in the constant advancement of our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. We cannot fault anyone for doing things which they did not know were bad. But when we know better, we need to change. Sunscreen research conducted over a period of 50 years is pointing in an alarming direction: Sunscreens that have been sold all over the world during this period of time are causing our earth and human bodies a great deal of damage.
Research from Lund University has established that 63% of the ingredients used in conventional sunscreens in 2016 are listed on the EU portal of dangerous ingredients. This percentage still amounts to 48% for organic sunscreens. This means that the chance is alarmingly high that your current sunscreen has a negative impact on your skin, health or the environment.
Let’s have a closer look.
The Current State of Sunscreen Research
Research shows 63% of the ingredients in the average sunscreen harm both the environment and humans.
Oxybenzone – the most commonly used chemical UV-filter – can lead to coral bleaching, threatening an estimated 10% of the world’s coral reefs.
In humans and animals consequences include hormonal and endocrine disturbances which can affect reproductive organs. Perfumes and additivies lead to skin irritation and allergies.
The mineral UV-filter Zinc Oxide is recommended as the safest option for humans and the environment by the scientific community.
Mineral sunscreens are more effective than their purely chemical counterparts when it comes to UVA/UVB protection and water resistance.
Our sunscreens are proven safe for humans and animals. Natural fragrances such as coconut oil and cacao butter replace dubious “perfumes” – and smells great!
Research has established beyond the speck of a doubt that conventional sunscreens pose a threat to human and environmental wellbeing. A summarizing quote from the Environment Agency’s report on sunscreen (2008):
“Several scientific studies suggest that some UV-filters might interfere with the endocrine systems that control reproduction and growth, and may have a potential link to breast cancer (Schlumpf et al. 2001; Seidolva-Wuttke et al. 2005; Hamann et al. 2006). UV-filters have also been linked to coral reef bleaching (Donavaro et al. 2008).”
For more reading our references are provided in our FAQ section.
It’s about time to do something about this, don’t you agree?
Keep it simple
We only use what’s absolutely necessary to make great sunscreens. Adding ingredients not related to the primary purpose introduces unnecessary risks so we use a maximum of seven ingredients compared to an industry average of 27.
Know the facts.
We always conduct rigorous research and consult with formulation, environmental and health experts before introducing a product. Most of our research and quality control is done in conjunction with the esteemed Lund University, Sweden.
Our sunscreens work, without a shadow of a doubt.
We have conducted independent clinical testing on our products, which have repeatedly established that our sunscreens protect against 97% of UVB rays (SPF 30), provide even more than the required UVA protection and resist water and sweating.
Keep it going.
We continually and systematically quality control our products. Follow our work flow in the pictures below, where our products undergo tests in the Lund University labs to ensure homogenised particle dispersion and other awesome things.
The processes starts by collecting samples of the sunscreen batch from different places in the tin / bottle, this is to make sure the UV filtering is the same at the top as in the bottom of the container.
After that we dilute the samples we have collected in a liquid to be able to measure the UV-filtering quality of the samples.
The diluted sunscreen is run through a UV-Spectrophotometer. This machine shines UV rays on our sunscreen and measures how much of those rays are filtered away. This way we know that the dispersion of Zinc Oxide particles is homogeneous and every bit of our sunscreen protects you the same.