We’re just like you. We love to play in the sun. The bad news is, one in five of us will get skin cancer due to sun exposure. One in five. That’s more than all other cancers combined. The good news is, we can reduce the risk by 80% simply by regularly using approved sun care products.
In 2010 we created a new high quality brand of sun care products specifically formulated for people who live and love in the sun. A brand that captures the essence of the outdoor lifestyle while protecting ourselves, and the ones we love, from the harmful dangers of the sun. We’re not a giant disconnected corporation. We’re a small company in Cocoa Beach, Florida that makes a serious sunscreen we entrust to protect our very own kids, spouses, and friends.
Sun Bum Sunscreens are also tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation. The SCF is internationally recognized as the educational leader to the public and medical communities related to skin cancer prevention. The SCF does not approve or lend its seal of approval to products that do not meet their very stringent standards.
So the next time you’re out in the sun, protect your lazy ass and grow old with us.
Since its founding in 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has set the standard for educating the public and the medical profession about skin cancer, its prevention by means of sun protection, the need for early detection, and prompt, effective treatment. It’s the only international organization devoted solely to combating the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels.
For the general public’s protection, Sun Bum always defers to the recommendation of the Skin Cancer Foundation, the CDC and the FDA when choosing active ingredients.
“In all cases we recommend a broad-spectrum sunscreen offering protection against both UVA and UVB rays… (Such sunscreens) combine several different active chemical sunscreen ingredients in order to provide broad-spectrum protection. Usually, at least three active ingredients are called for. These generally include PABA derivatives, salicylates, and/or cinnamates (octylmethoxycinnamate and cinoxate) for UVB absorption; benzophenones (such as oxybenzone and sulisobenzone) for shorter-wavelength UVA protection; and avobenzone (Parsol® 1789), ecamsule (Mexoryl), titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for the remaining UVA spectrum.” – The Skin Cancer Foundation
We are not a giant disconnected company trying to increase profits by cutting corners and quality in order to squeeze an extra dime out of you. We are a community of sun loving friends who developed a specific formula to protect our very own children, families, and friends from the harmful dangers of the sun.
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Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against the harmful effects of both UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays). To be classified as offering broad-spectrum protection, a product needs to absorb or reflect at least 90% of the UV rays. All Sun Bum Sunscreens offer broad-spectrum coverage.
UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays and are primarily responsible for premature skin aging and wrinkling. UVA rays have also been shown to cause skin damage at the cellular level. UVB rays damage the outer layers of the skin. They are the main cause of sun burn and play a key role in the development of skin cancer.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Below is the approximate percentage of UVB rays blocked depending on SPF rating. The difference is suprisingly small. A higher SPF helps if you are fair skinned or have a history of skin cancer. Remember, no sunscreen blocks 100% of UV rays.
The main thing that affects protection level is applying it correctly. Dermatologists recommend using 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to protect your whole body. SPF ratings are significantly decreased if you don’t apply enough. Most people only apply 1/3 of the sunscreen they need. Make sure you use enough and don’t neglect hard to reach and easily forgotten places like you ears, feet and upper back.
All of our sunscreens have the highest possible Water Resistance rating of 80 minutes. Waterproof is no long a claim that can be made according to the ruling made by the FDA in 2011. There are only two allowed Water Resistant ratings, 80 minute or 40 minute. Advances in research have allowed companies to formulate sunscreens that adhere well to your skin. However, regardless of the claims, you will have to reapply if you’re sweating heavily or doing activity in the water.
Yes, in all cases, Sun Bum follows the recommendations and guidelines set by he Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the FDA. The Skin Cancer Foundation is internationally recognized as the educational leader to the public and medical communities related to skin cancer prevention. Sun Bum sunscreens are stringently tested, approved, and recommended by the SCF.
When we started developing our original formula in 2010 it seemed obvious that we would make an “all natural” product, first, because we care about protecting the environment, and second, we knew we would be slathering our products on our very own family and friends. We are NOT in this for the money, we are in it to protect ourselves and the ones we love. One in five of us will get skin cancer in our lifetime, (1 in 3 Caucasians). That said, as we did the yearlong research on the subject we found that a lot of the “natural” sunscreens sounded great but didn't actually cover the sun's critical wavelength (broad spectrum). The other research that sealed the deal for us was that although everyone wants a "natural" sunscreen, most of the reviews we read were customers complaining about the way the "natural" products felt on their skin (too thick, sticky, made them look ghostly, smelled bad, had to scrub it off, short shelf life, etc…). We knew if we were going to move the needle on skin cancer in our community, we would need to create a formula that our friends and family would actually want to use, and love the way it smelled, felt on their skin, went on and came off. So, we developed a formula with as few FDA and SCF approved chemicals as possible, to give us the feel, smell, and functionality we all wanted, and took out the rest.
Sun Bum uses a mix of organic and inorganic sunscreens as recommended by the FDA, SCF, and ACS, as opposed to the recommendations of non-scientific lobbyist groups. We based our decisions on real science, on how to best protect our friends and families from the FACT that someone in America dies every minute from skin cancer.
We totally respect, understand, and appreciate your concerns about sunscreen ingredients, and we know there is much debate, so we will continue to work hard to stay informed on new “scientific” findings from around the world.
Also known as Avobenzone, Parsol® 1789 offers full spectrum UVA protection. Because of its ability to protect against a wider range of rays then other organic sunscreens it has become a go to ingredient to achieve broad spectrum coverage.
Oxybenzone is a widely used chemical sunscreen. It is approved and recommended by the FDA and Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective sunscreen and it has been in use for over 20 years. Oxybenzone is used in combination with other sunscreens to help cover the broad spectrum of UV rays.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) , a Washington DC based lobbying group, popularized claims about the toxicity of Oxybenzone. Old research on rodents suggested that Oxybenzone could interact with hormones when fed to the rodents in extremely high doses. There is no evidence that Oxybenzone poses a risk to human health.
“If you covered your entire body with oxybenzone in the concentrations that are in sunscreens and used it every day, it would take over 30 years to get to the point of what these rats were fed in these studies,” says dermatologist Darrell Rigel, MD, FAAD, who is a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
Our Original line Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotions, Continuous Spray Sunscreens and Clear Formula Zinc Oxide contain small amounts of Oxybenzone well below the amounts recommended by the FDA. If you still have concerns about Oxybenzone check out our PRO Line which is Oxybenzone free.
We no longer use Parabens or Vitamin A in any of our products. Most of our products never have contained either of these ingredients including our Original Sunscreen Lotions, our PRO line, and our Baby Bum line. A few of our products did originally contain these FDA and SCF approved ingredients, but due to consumer’s misconceptions of the scientific evidence we decided to remove the ingredients in question.
We do use Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide in our PRO products and in our Clear Zinc Oxide that are nano sized. Claims about negative effects of nano-particles and possible toxicity are not backed up by scientific research. All studies including the most recent one on the subject from January of 2012 showed that nano-particles do not enter the blood stream and do not pass the outer layer of skin. Even the Environmental Working Group (EWG) agrees on the safety of nano-particles, “we find nano-scale zinc and titanium to be reasonable choices for use in sunscreen, particularly given the known hazards of UV exposure.”
People who avoid sunscreen often do so because they leave a white or ghostly residue on their skin. Nano-Particles make it possible to make a sunscreen formula that is mineral based without the white residue. The last thing we want is for our friends and family to avoid sunscreen because it’s a pain in the ass to put on.
Sun Bum® PRO line is fragrance free. Don’t worry though it still smells good, because it contains aloe and cocoa butter.
Baby Bum® has no synthetic fragrances. It does have a vanilla scent from the natural ingredient Vanillin, an extract of Vanilla.
The Original Line sunscreens and lotions do contain our signature banana fragrance.
Many of our products are Vegan including our Original Sunscreen lotions (SPF15-50), Original Sunscreen sprays, Lip balms, and Cool Downs.
Sun Bum is cruelty-free. Our products are not tested on animals ever.
To protect the skin, sunscreens use UV filters that absorb radiation from the sun. When a sunscreen is exposed to this radiation, it can alter the chemical structure of the UV filters, thus degrading their protective capabilities. A “photostable” sunscreen is able to withstand the effects of UV exposure better, so it keeps its level of protection.
For children under 6 months old your best bet is to keep them out of the sun, cover them with clothes, a hat, and/or an umbrella. If you must use sunscreen, first consult your pediatrician. For children over 6 months old we recommend a mineral based sunscreen like our new Baby Bum® line. It uses a natural zinc oxide base to offer the same broad spectrum protection and water resistance rating (80 minutes) as our Original and PRO lines. It’s the best option for toddlers, kids and those with sensitive skin.
Our products all have a shelf life of 3 years. To get an idea of when a product was made, check out the bottom, it will either have an expiration date or a lot number. If it has a lot number the first two digits represent the year the product was filled.
Sun Bum® Original and PRO sun care products are made, tested , and filled in the beautiful sunshine state of Florida.
Baby Bum is made in Australia because they are way ahead of the U.S. In regards to developing purely natural protection sunscreens.
Mineral Sunscreens: Unlike organic sunscreens, micronized mineral sunscreens are insoluble, protect against the entire spectrum of UVA/UVB radiation and will not break down over time. This makes them the sunscreen of choice for endurance athletes and anyone who spend extended periods of time outdoors without the opportunity to reapply.
Organic Sunscreens: Organic sunscreens are soluble and therefore more resistant to wiping, sweating and abrasion. Each sunscreen targets specific wavelengths of the UV spectrum (UVA or UVB). This makes them ideal for strategic use in sports specific products as a backup for Micronized Mineral sunscreens.
“Reef-Safe” and “Biodegradable” claims on sunscreen are unregulated. Any sunscreen can claim these things and many do. Many companies make these claims without testing their products at all, and those that do test may come to completely contradictory conclusions. Here is a quick breakdown of the controversies behind these claims.
The issue of “reef-safe” came about because of a laboratory study conducted in 2008. The study showed that when sunscreen ingredients (paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone) were added directly to a plastic bag containing coral samples it caused the samples to experience coral bleaching which made them susceptible to disease.
The fact is there is no evidence that any coral in nature has been damaged by sunscreen. Robert van Woesik, a coral expert at the Florida Institute of Technology commented on the study stating, “Under normal situations on a coral reef, corals would not be subjected to these high concentrations because of rapid dilution.”
To add to the confusion you can look at what is actually “Biodegradable”. These two claims go hand in hand. The logic is that if something is biodegradable it will eventually breakdown and because it will break down it won’t harm the coral reefs. However, the ingredients mentioned in the above study do biodegrade within about 90 days. Some companies like “Tropical Seas” who distribute a sunscreen actually called “Reef Safe” use this fact to claim “Reef Safe” and “Biodegradable” even though their sunscreen contains every ingredient that was shown to cause coral bleaching in the study mentioned above.
Mineral sunscreens (containing Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide) on the other hand also claim “Reef Safe” and “Biodegradable” because they don’t contain the Organic sunscreen ingredients or preservatives mentioned in the study. Mineral sunscreens do not biodegrade though. Instead, they settle into the sediment of the ocean floor, making it unlikely that they will come in contact with reef or other aquatic life in the future.
We believe if you are swimming near reef the most important thing to do is wear a sunscreen labeled “Water Resistant (80 Minutes)” and apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before getting in the water. The fact is, given advancements in water resistance, very little of the sunscreen you are wearing will make its way into waterways.
If you are concerned about the ingredients in your sunscreen or are looking for specific ingredients, we offer a variety of sunscreens for a variety of people and lifestyles. Our original line uses organic active sunscreen ingredients. Sun Bum PRO contains a combination of organic and mineral sunscreens. Baby Bum uses only 100% mineral active ingredients.
20 minutes of daily sunlight (without sunscreen) gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, which is essential for good health.