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What is the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50?


SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%, and when you jump up to SPF 50 – that blocks 98%, only 1% more. It is not simple math, 30 is not twice as strong as 15. SPF 30 is a good and common SPF level. Higher SPF levels provide little added protection and can actually give the uninformed consumer a false sense of greater sun protection and/or coverage that lasts longer.




How do you verify your SPF? How are Summer Lotion customers assured of getting the SPF they pay for?


When our sunscreen products (spf lotion, spf lip balm) are manufactured in an FDA certified facility – we are using a formula that has been created and tested to achieve the desired SPF level, in our case SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB Protection in the sunscreen lotion, and SPF 15 for the Lip Balm. When the production run is completed the product is then re-tested by a third-party laboratory for its SPF level. This extra step gives our customers the assurance they can rely on our SPF numbers. With this process, there is no such thing as a ‘Bad Batch’, the Summer Lotion Sunscreen Lotion that you put onto your body has been tested and the SPF has been verified.




What is non-nano zinc oxide?


Our formula uses non-nanoparticle zinc oxide. Nanoparticles can enter our bloodstream, and there is currently controversy about the safety of using a ‘clearer’ version of zinc oxide which is nanoparticle in size. If the zinc oxide is truly non-nanoparticle the sunscreen lotion will be white, even when properly and thoroughly applied you will be able to see a light white cast, some white shadowing. What you are seeing is the light (and UV rays) reflecting off the non-nano zinc oxide. The white shadowing is your friend, it is there protecting you!




Why isn’t your SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Lotion and SPF 15 Lip Balm listed as 100% organic?


We cannot legally claim "100% organic" because zinc oxide is not something that is certified organic. Furthermore, there are different standards and regulations that vary between countries, and states like California even have their own regulations. When you review the ingredients list for our products you will see they are almost exclusively certified organic.




Are your products Coral Reef Safe and approved for Hawaii and other destinations that ban oxybenzone and other chemical sunscreens?


Yes, all Summer Lotion products are Coral Reef Safe. Summer Lotion sunscreen products are oxybenzone free, our SPF 15 Lip Balm and SPF 30 Sunsceen Lotion contain no oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreen. Our Summer Lotion sunscreen and SPF lip balms are approved for use in Hawaii.




Are Summer Lotion products free of artificial fragrances?


Yes, there are no artificial ingredients in any of our Summer Lotion products.
Our SPF 15 Lip Balm with Zinc Oxide has a natural coconut aroma, and our organic vanilla lip balm has an attractive natural fragrance of vanilla.




Are your products biodegradable?


Yes, everything except the Zinc Oxide, which is a mineral. Our organic sunscreen products are better for your body and they are better for the environment.




Sun Safety Tips:


We reference the EWG (Environmental Working Group) often. They have a very informative website that contains good sun and sunscreen tips. View here.




Made in USA:


With something that is as important as a topical sunscreen product you can be assured the production quality standards are high, and all of our Summer Lotion products are made in an FDA inspected and certified facility. The lip balm sticks also all have safety seal tops for your protection.




Is Zinc Oxide the best sunblock/sunscreen?


Yes. Zinc oxide is EWG’s first choice for sun protection. It is stable in sunlight and can provide greater protection from UVA rays than titanium oxide or any other sunscreen chemical approved for use in the U.S.” - Environmental Working Group




Where can I learn more about sunscreens?


Sunscreen 101 – by Environmental Working Group
Please note that Summer Lotion products did not yet appear on the 2019 EWG lists simply because we were new, but we expect to have our products reviewed by EWG in 2020.




How is Zinc Oxide different than chemical sunscreens?


Zinc Oxide is a mineral (physical) sunblock/sunscreen that works by sitting on top of the skin to reflect, deflect and scatter damaging UVA and UVB rays away from the skin. Some chemical sunscreen penetrate into your skin then have a chemical/heat reaction within your skin.




Are you GMO free?


Yes, our ingredients are non-gmo - like all organic ingredients, but unless an entity pays for non-gmo certification you are not supposed to advertise as non-gmo on product packaging.




What are the pros of zinc oxide?


Zinc oxide provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It protects your skin from the sun immediately upon application, no waiting time. It lasts longer in sunlight. Is better for sensitive skin. Better for your skin. Longer shelf life than most chemical sunscreens.




What are the cons of zinc oxide?


Zinc oxide sits on top of your skin so it can rub off, sweat or rinse off easily, so you may have to reapply more frequently. True non-nano zinc oxide will leave a little white shadowing on your skin, which some people find unappealing. It is not ideal for physical sport due to sweating.
Zinc oxide formulas are thicker than most chemical sunscreens, not as easy/convenient to apply.




How do chemical sunscreens work?


They contain carbon-based compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These ingredients create a chemical reaction that changes UV rays into heat within your skin.




What are the pros of chemical sunscreens?


Easier to apply, thinner consistency and convenient because chemical sunscreens are available everywhere.




What are the cons of chemical sunscreens?


Could cause an increase in existing skin brown spots and skin discoloration due to the higher internal skin temperatures that are generated by the chemical reaction within your skin. You may need to wait up to 10 minutes for chemical sunscreens to be fully effective. Chemical sunscreens can be irritating and are not good for sensitive skin types and can clog pores.


UV protection provided by chemical sunscreens fades away faster when in direct UV light, so you may have to apply more often if in direct sunlight. They may also increase skin redness for rosacea-prone skin types resulting from higher skin temperatures which are caused by the chemical sunscreen reaction within your skin. Many chemical sunscreens will sting the eyes. Also, oxybenzone has been banned in Hawaii and other locations due to the risk of damaging coral reefs.




How to store your Summer Lotion sun and skincare products:


Keep your containers out of direct sunlight and excessive heat. All Summer Lotion products have clearly posted best-by dates on them.




Are you products safe for children?


Yes, our formulas use (almost exclusively) certified organic ingredients, all are common ingredients (nothing rare), and there are no artificial ingredients. For children under six months always consult a pediatrician before use.




What if a child ingests (eats) this product?


All of our ingredients are natural (mostly organic), they are gentle and safe, but if one of our products are ingested by a young child you should always contact your pediatrician. If unable to reach your pediatrician, you can call to the national Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 as a precaution. Our ingredients lists are clearly posted on every product.




Ordering and payments options:


We accept all major credit cards. Ordering online is our preferred method for efficiency.




Are your products Vegan?


They contain Beeswax, and to my surprise the hard work of bees is categorized as an animal product. So no, anything with beeswax cannot be called Vegan.




Can I use Summer Lotion Sunblock Lotion and SPF Lip Balm in Hawaii?


Yes! We are oxybenzone free! Our formulas use natural zinc oxide sunblock.




How 'THICK' is your natural sunscreen lotion with zinc oxide?


This is a thick formula, but when you begin rubbing and blending the lotion onto your skin it quickly softens for easy application. If your tube of sunscreen has been sitting on the shelf for awhile you can knead the contents of the tube so that it squeezes out easier.

A few customers have commented on the initial thickness, and we hear you, but this is a professionally formulated recipe - it is designed to be thick at room temperature and thin at body temperature for application. If the 'formulator' simply added more natural oils - it would in fact be thinner at room temperature, but would then be more 'oily' on your skin after application.




Did your Summer Lotion natural sunscreen products make the Environmental Working Group 2020 Sunsreeen List?


Yes! Our Summer Lotion Natural Sunscreen Lotion with Zinc Oxide - SPF 30, it received the highest score/ranking of "1". A prestigious list, there are only 103 suncreen lotions that received a score of "1".

And, two of our lip balms made the 2020 EWG List. Only 15 lip balms with SPF made the list this year and two of them are ours - Summer Lotion, our Coconut and Pina Colada SPF 15 lip balms.





Natural Sunscreen Lotion

Does zinc oxide in your sunscreen lotion leave a white shadow?


Yes, but the white shadowing affect can be greatly minimized with proper application. All sunblock/sunscreens that truly use non-nano zinc oxide have some white shadowing. In fact, it is inevitable because that is how mineral sunblock works. This is part of the tradeoff for using this proven effective sunblock that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

Chemical sunscreens are popular with some because they are practically invisible, readily available, less expensive, and go on super-fast, but there is a tradeoff. There are some health concerns associated with the common ingredients in these sunscreens. I think of chemical sunscreens like fast food - you’re grateful for the convenience but you know there are consequences.




Does your sunscreen provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection?


Yes!




Is it more time consuming to apply a natural Zinc Oxide sunscreen versus chemical sunscreens


Yes, you do sacrifice some convenience, but the benefits of using a natural product are worth it.




What is the texture/consistency of your zinc oxide sunscreen Lotion?


The zinc oxide does make the consistency thicker than lotions that use chemical sunscreens. We do have a thick consistency just like the majority of those natural/organic sunscreen products using zinc oxide.




Should I do a skin patch test first?


Only if you have a history of allergies, so review our ingredients list before application. Our ingredients are common, and you should know if you are allergic simply by looking at our label. We don’t use ingredients that commonly provoke allergic reactions or skin irritation. We do NOT use any synthetic fragrances, which may contain phthalates and other skin irritants.




What is the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50?


SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%, and when you jump up to SPF 50 – that blocks 98%, only 1% more. It is not simple math, 30 is not twice as strong as 15. SPF 30 is a good and common SPF level. Higher SPF levels provide little added protection and can actually give the uninformed consumer a false sense of greater sun protection and/or coverage that lasts longer.




How do you verify your SPF? How are Summer Lotion customers assured of getting the SPF they pay for?


When our sunscreen products (spf lotion, spf lip balm) are created – we are using a formula that has been created and tested to achieve the desired SPF level, in our case SPF 30 Broad Spectrum UVA & UVB Protection in the sunscreen lotion, and SPF 15 for the Lip Balm. When the production run is completed the product is then re-tested by a third-party laboratory for its SPF level. This extra step gives our customers the assurance they can rely on our SPF power #’s. With this process, there is no such thing as a ‘Bad Batch’, the Summer Lotion Sunscreen Lotion that you put onto your body – this batch has been tested and the SPF has been verified.




What is non-nano zinc oxide?


Our formula uses non-nanoparticle zinc oxide. Nanoparticles can enter our bloodstream, and there is currently controversy about the safety of using a ‘clearer’ version of zinc oxide which is nanoparticle in size. If the zinc oxide is truly non-nanoparticle the sunscreen lotion will be white, and even when properly and thoroughly applied you will be able to see a light white cast, some white shadowing, and what you are seeing is the light (and UV rays) reflecting off the non-nano zinc oxide. The white shadowing is your friend, it is there protecting you!




Why isn’t your SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen Lotion and SPF 15 Lip Balm listed as 100% organic?


We cannot legally say 100% organic because zinc oxide is not something that is certified organic. Furthermore, there are different standards and regulations that vary between countries, and even states like California have their own regulations. When you review the ingredients list for our products you will see they are almost exclusively certified organic.




Are your products coral reef safe?


Yes, all Summer Lotion products are coral reef safe, none contain Oxybenzone or any other chemical sunscreen.




How 'thick' is your natural sunscreen lotion with zinc oxide?


This is a thick formula at room temperature, but when you begin rubbing and blending the lotion onto your skin (body temperature) it quickly softens for easy and smooth application. If your tube of sunscreen has been sitting on the shelf for awhile you can knead/massage the contents of the tube so that it squeezes out easier.




Is your SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion for the body AND face?


It is a full body sunscreen lotion. It is formulated for use on the body, but can be used on the face. Facial specific suncreen formulas are different.








Natural Sunscreen Lotion is expensive, your sale price is so low, how?


2019 was our first year, production of our sunscreen lotion just missed the 2019 summer seaon 'launch'. Every (all) natural suncreen lotion has a 2 year expiration date, and our first lotion production run expires the summer of 2021 so we need to sell this inventory this summer 2020. - I mean no disrespect to my competitors with this sale pricing, its just a small business that is managing its inventory.





Natural SPF Lip Balm

Does the zinc oxide in your lip balm leave a white shadow?


Yes, a very light one. For our formula to achieve an SPF 15 rating it requires less zinc oxide in the formula. One particular ingredient (the Polyhydroxystearic acid - it is natural and safe) is added especially for the zinc oxide, it suspends and disperses the zinc oxide evenly minimizing any white shadowing effect.




The natural lip balm formula is great, but how does it look, feel, and work?


It is smooth and glides on nicely and it moisturizes, it lasts, and it is SPF tested. The light coconut aroma is pleasant but far from overwhelming, and it truly leaves very little white shadowing from the zinc oxide. It feels good on your lips. Appearance is smooth with just a slight sheen. No glossy shine or strange colors.




What about viscosity – thickness of your lip balm?


The zinc oxide does make the consistency slightly thicker than a natural lip balm without zinc oxide, or a lip balm with chemical sunscreens, but it is still smooth. Never too thick, chalky, dry, or pasty. It glides on smooth at room temperature or at body/pocket temperature.




Does your lip balm provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection?


Yes




Does your lip balm use non-nano zinc oxide?


Yes, non-nanoparticle!
“Nanoparticles in lip sunscreens can be swallowed and might damage the gastrointestinal tract,” - Environmental Working Group




Is your SPF 15 Lip Balm Vegan?


No, only because they contain beeswax, and it was a surprise to learn that the hard work of bees is categorized as an animal product. So, anything with beeswax in it cannot be called Vegan.





Organic Vanilla Lip Balm

Does your organic vanilla lip balm have sunscreen protection?


Our Organic Vanilla Lip Balm is USDA Certified Organic, it is smooth and smells delicious, and it lasts. However, this product does not contain an SPF sunscreen.





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