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Grateful Body's position towards UV protection and Sun Exposure. . .
Do your products contain sunscreens or have a SPF value?
We make no products with industrial sunscreens or sunblocks. However, our Moisturizers and Serums contain SunSense, a naturally supportive formula developed by Grateful Body. SunSense is a collection of botanical oils and plant extractions that have proven to be a valuable aid to help the skin deal with UV exposure. Although our products do not have an official SPF value, the addition of SunSense does impart a helpful support in relating to the sun.
Despite the fact that the skin care industry maintains the position that sunscreens should be applied daily, Grateful Body argues that substances strong enough to actually block light from entering the skin invite far too much mischief - from cancer-related toxicity to the unknown hazards of their ingredients - including nano particles. Sunscreens chemicals are synthetic, hazardous, and are implicated in various health problems including the rise in skin cancers. Mineral sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) have so far been marketed as a safer alternative to chemical sunscreens, but due to our concerns about the manufacturing processes of mineral sunscreens, including the toxic chemicals needed to process them, Grateful Body does not use these ingredients.
Humankind has always had to contend with the effects of the sun. It is, after all, a huge glowing fireball in the sky. Yet, our physical and emotional health requires a distinct amount of sunlight shining directly on our skin. For thousands of years, humans have needed to pursue a natural, instinctual relationship with the sun based on common-sense. Only in the last fifty years or so, with the advent of the 'miracles of chemicals' age, have we entertained the notion that we are exempt from this practical necessity.
Various practices like wearing protective clothing, moderating your exposure to the sun's rays (especially during peak hours), drinking plenty of water, eating a diet rich in antioxidant-filled fruits and vegetables and using truly botanical skin care products are part of this common-sense relationship.
Spreading fear about the sun is very profitable - to the tune of billions of dollars a year. But Grateful Body products are formulated with gratitude in mind, not fear. Our innovative formulations holistically support skin exposed to the sun by delivering powerful antioxidants, preventing inflammation and providing excellent re-hydrating action of the surface skin tissues. Our wish is that these benefits, coupled with a common-sense approach to sun exposure, may support a healthier relationship with the sun - the benevolent, life-giving source of all biological existence on our planet.