Coola Sun Care Plant UV Sunscreen Body Moisturizer Unscented 30 SPF 3 oz. (50 ml)
Coola Sun Care Plant UV Sunscreen Body Moisturizer Unscented nourishes delicate facial skin while shielding it from damaging UV rays. Developed with naturally protective plant cells of the Buddleja Davidii stems and the Lilac Leaf, which have been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, this formula is preservative-free and made with 70% organic inactive ingredients. Beet Root and Cordyceps Mushroom Extracts can help protect the skin and defend against premature aging while Orazanol and organic Beeswax boost natural sun protection. Also infused with organic emollients like antioxidant-rich Olive Oil and Omega-3 enriched Linseed Oil to moisturize, smooth and soften skin.
- Plant Stem Cells boost SPF protection
- Transparent application
- Zinc only actives
- Most advanced sunscreen available
- Water resistant (80 minutes)
- No Nano Sized particles
The future of sunscreen, featuring Coola's trademarked Plant Protection technology. Both the Face and Body formulations contain recently patented SPF enhancing plant stem cells (derived from Buddleja Davidii stems and the Lilac Leaf), as well as non-nano sized Zinc as an active ingredient. These transparent lotions are preservative free, reef-friendly and water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
Coola's Sun Science Lesson
What's Behind Your Tan
Coola Suncare wants to be straight with you - there really is no safe way to tan. When the skin feels direct sun exposure, it screams, "HELP!" In scientific terms, this means ultraviolet light is penetrating the epidermis, causing the skin to react by producing melanin, AKA your suntan. In your mind, a tan may give you that young, healthy glow, but over time it causes just the opposite: a change in skin texture, wrinkling, age spots or worse - the big C.
Coola has done their research and would like to give you a little sun science lesson. This is important stuff that could save your life, or at least keep you looking younger - and who wouldn't love that?
UVA + UVB: The Long & Short Of It
The sunlight that reaches us is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). Basically, UVA rays can age us and UVB rays can burden us. Overexposure to either can damage the skin. There's also a third type of ray, UVC - these are the shortest and strongest, but thankfully, they're absorbed by the ozone layer and don't typically reach the Earth.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin's thickest layer. Unprotected exposure can lead to premature skin aging and suppression of the immune system. And when your skin's defenses are down, you're at risk for skin cancer.
UVB rays will usually burn the superficial layers of your skin. The intensity of UVB rays vary by season, location and time of day, with 10 AM to 4 PM being the peak hours. Sunburned skin doesn't just feel awful, it can cause permanent damage over time.
This is why keeping your skin protected is imperative. The next question is what type and level of SPF to use, and what's the difference between sunscreen and sun block, anyway?
Classic vs. Mineral: Which is Which?
The active sun protection ingredients are the main difference between the two. Coola's Classic Sunscreens use organic active ingredients (also commonly referred to as "chemicals") designed to absorb and dissipate UVA/UVB rays, while Mineral Sunscreens use mineral (also commonly referred to as "physical") active ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays. These Classic Sunscreens and Mineral Sunscreens are blended into luxurious, moisturizing bases which make up about 90% of the product, and 70% of this includes certified organic ingredients.
Remember this - Coola classic sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, while the mineral sunscreens are effective right after application. All Coola Suncare formulations, both classic and mineral, guarantee broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays!
Sunscreen Goes Au Natural
The people at Coola Sun Care like natural. So their Mineral Sunscreens incorporate their unique method of independently suspending Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide actives in an organic ultra moisturizing base. When applied, these natural mineral blockers are evenly spaced, creating the most effective application on your skin - imagine a screen or net. You get the same protection that a lifeguard gets when their nose is white, only Coola products are transparent! And, Coola does NOT use Nano-Particles in their sunscreens.
Coola's unique and recently reformulated Classic Sunscreens include Hydresia O technology derived from eco-certified and USDA certified organic Safflower Oleosomes. This just-patented plant technology is rich in moisturizing Vitamin E and enhances sun safety by time-releasing UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protecting active ingredients - resulting in 75% less actives!
Coola Sun Care is really serious about sun protection, and follows the recommendations of the CDC, FDA, American Cancer Society and the Skin Cancer Foundation. In addition, COOLA manufactures in small batches. As a result, they're fortunate to be able to reformulate often, and take advantage of the latest developments in sun science!
Tomato, tomotto. Some prefer Classic Sunscreens, others prefer Mineral Sunscreens. COOLA is happy to offer the healthiest versions of both so you can decide which is best for you and your family. That way, no one ends up looking like a tomato.
The SPF Scoop
SPF stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are classified by an SPF number which refers to their ability to deflect UVB rays. SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to burn sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. So if a person who might typically burn after 10 minutes in the sun puts on SPF 2, they have double that time before a sunburn, so 20 minutes. Skin protected with SPF 15 would take 15 times longer, or 150 minutes for a sunburn to occur.
Keep in mind though, the increase from 20 to 45 level SPF provides only 2.8% more UV protection.
Give Your SPF A Big Squeeze
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. More than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths each year. 1 in 5 Americans and 1 in 3 Caucasians will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. More than 90% of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. A person's risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. So love your SPF, it could save your life.
Seek Skin Refuge
Unless you live in a cave, exposure to the sun is inevitable. But you can take precautions and protect you and your loved ones from sun damage. Generously apply a water-resistant sunscreen with minimum SPF 15 and UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun each day. Reapply every 2 hours if you're in direct sun. A sufficient amount for your entire body is 1 ounce, or about 2 tablespoons. Don't forget those kissable lips, be sure to use a lip balm that's SPF 15 or higher! Cover up! Use a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirt or pants. Don't be shy, fashion comes second here. Seek shade between 10AM and 4 PM, when the sun's burning rays are strongest. And don't worry, no one will think you're a wimp. Use extract caution near the water, sand and snow, as they can reflect and strengthen the sun's rays. Can you say double ouch? You may claim the Vitamin D defense when sunbathing. But you can still get Vitamin D safely through diet and supplements without putting your skin at risk. Keep newborns out of the sin. Sunscreens should only be used on babies over the age of 6 months. Examine your skin from head to toe every month and see your physician annually for a professional skin exam, because early detection is best.
No Red, Go Green
Coola Sun Care's quest is to spoil your sometimes finicky, always worthy skin with the most pure, eco-conscious products possible. After all, you may obsess over what you put in your body, but think about what you put on it. Coola has thought about it quite a bit, actually, and they consciously chose to develop their line using ingredients that are organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods you prefer to eat. Green, yet still luxurious, each of their products will protect and nourish your skin with vitamins, natural phyto-protectors, and age-defying antioxidants, all without the use of PABA, paraben, petroleum or phthalates. Because in the end, who needs that in, on, or even near their body?
A Personal Vision
Eco-entrepreneur Chris Birchby was inspired to create COOLA in 2004 after facing melanoma scares in his family, which were a result of inadequate protection from the sun's harmful rays. After obtaining an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Chris spent the next five years researching sun science and developing formulas. It was important that Chris helped formulate products that were not harmful or used smelly ingredients found in traditional sunscreens. With an elite team of industry professionals - including several top FDA experts on sun protection - he created a hot new sunscreen monograph, no pun intended.
Today, Coola continues to pave the way in the sun care industry. And because they produce in limited quantity batches in California, they're able to reformulate often, taking advantage of new developments in sun science. Persistently striving to make every customer a satisfied one, Coola offers high performance suncare products are still both delicate and luxurious enough to compliment anyone's daily skincare regimen, no matter how fussy.
COOLA invites you to stay in the glow while you stay in the know.