We’re sure you’ve heard of the ingredients that supercharge our SPF formula. Our brightening agents, vitamin C and vitamin B3, boost tattoo vibrancy while also exfoliating and balancing your skin tone. Antioxidants green tea and aloe vera pack in hydration and keep your skin nourished all day long. And of course, our sunscreen shields your ink from harsh UV rays with Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB.
But what did we choose to leave out of our SPF? While traditional sunscreens include ingredients like parabens, sulfates, silicones, petroleum, oxybenzone, and octinoxate, we’ve designed an SPF formula to fight the fade without these harmful chemicals. Your skin, ink, and the environment will thank you for choosing to go clean with your sun protection.
What’s the deal with parabens?
Many health and beauty products use parabens to increase shelf life. Once you apply these preserving agents to your skin, they are able to penetrate your skin and enter your body. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer, as they are able to mimic the hormone estrogen and trigger tumor growth and breast cell division. Our marine life suffers, too, when these chemicals leak into sewage systems and oceans. It’s about time we (safely) throw out our paraben sunscreens!
What about sulfates?
Sulfate is a cheap but powerful cleanser and detergent. While it effectively strips your skin of oily substances, it also attacks your skin’s natural protective lipid barrier, which can cause irritation, redness, and rawness. Like parabens, sulfates can slip into our oceans and disrupt the balance of our marine ecosystems. Even at low levels, sulfates are highly toxic to coral reefs. Our SPF formula says “no” to this cheap solution. We’re here to protect your skin’s natural shine and tattooed art without the heavy, greasy feel of traditional sunscreen.
Do it for the reefs
Did you know that over one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have died off in just the past few years? The newest culprit: sunscreen. Specifically, sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate. These silent killers attack developing reefs, bleach corals of their natural vibrance, and damage polyp DNA. To help save the dwindling reefs, Hawaii has even banned the sale and distribution of sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate. Good riddance!
So next time you fight the fade with our SPF, take heart that you’re brightening our coral reefs too.