Blok™ (soon to be called Umbra™) Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 was developed out of my desire for a "chemical sunscreen-free", non-whitening, non-irritating, full-spectrum sun block that I would want to reach for every single day. I couldn't find anything like that. I would buy different brands and use them for a short time, but I never found one that really excited me and that I had an interest in wearing. One of my challenges was finding one that my husband and children would get hooked on too! Another challenge was to get it to work with every skin tone, which is no easy feat. Darker skinned people have a really hard time with physical block because it turns gray-ish on their skin. We went through many formulations and re-formulations to get to the current version. I think that as annoying as I was to the chemists who were formulating this for me, it turned out to be worth the trouble. Here are some of the star ingredients that make this sunblock really special:
-Sunflower Sprout Extract: A powerful anti-aging ingredient that neutralizes oxidative damage and exhibits strong anti-glycation properties. Preserves the energy of the cells and inhibits production of MMPs.
-Astaxanthin-rich Algae Extract: DNA protective carotenoid that is able to prevent the oxidative damage to skin after exposure to UVA radiation due to its potent antioxidant properties.
-Raspberry Seed Oil: Offers the skin broad spectrum protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays. The SPF of red raspberry seed oil has been found to be equal to that of titanium dioxide.
-Virgin Marula™ Oil: Hydrating oil that protects, heals and rejuvenates skin. High in Antioxidants and Omegas 6 & 9.
-Sea Water: Has a high mineral content and benefits tired, dry skin.
-Aloe Vera Leaf Extract: Moisturizes, calms and heals the skin.
-Grape Juice Extract: Aids in healing and is an anti-inflammatory. Has anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antioxidant properties and acts as a natural UV absorber.
It's finally all that I set out for it to be. I hope your skin will love it like mine does!