Does natural sunscreen work?

Does natural sunscreen work?

First of is why should you wear sunscreen in the first place.

Protecting oneself from the sun’s harmful rays is something many regret not doing once they enter their 40’s and begin seeing their sunbathing years manifesting into age/dark spots sagging skin and wrinkles.  

Sun damage is something we have control over. Wearing hats, protective clothing and sunscreen can indeed help our skin look healthier and younger.

We encourage a healthy 15 minutes in the sun without protection for a good dose of Vitamin D (or Vitamin D supplements), however, any longer in the sun can result in damaged skin cells, breakdown of collagen and elastin. UV damage has also been known to cause skin cancer.

Please consult a doctor or health professional if you have questions about unprotected sun exposure or proper Vitamin D doses.


Mineral "Natural" Sunblock: 

What ingredients block the sun? Mineral sunscreens contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

How does it block the sun? Zinc and/or titanium dioxide act as a physical block. They sit on the surface of the skin and deflect harmful rays from the skins surface. 

How effective is it? Minerals protect from UVA & UVB rays, begin working instantly and last longer in direct sunlight. Mineral sunscreens are also the preferred type for sensitive skin and for those who are prone to redness. 

Is it safe for the skin? Minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are safe for the skin as they do not enter the blood stream. Zinc oxide & Titanium dioxide may cause allergenic effects if airborne and inhaled. 

Pros: Safer for the skin and blood stream. Less frequent re application.

Cons: Can be white, thick and difficult to rub in, may be more expensive. 


Chemical Sunblock: 

What ingredients block the sun? Chemical sunscreens contain carbon based compounds such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone.

How does it block the sun? Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing rays and converting them to heat, then relating the heat from the skin. 

How effective is it? Chemical sunscreens are effective and actually require a less precise application over mineral sunscreen. However, chemical sunscreens may not protect the skin as long, and must be applied often. 

Is it safe for the skin? Chemical sunscreens tend to be irritating and drying. The chemical Oxybenzone is not safe for the body. Oxybenzone may cause photoallergic reaction, disrupt hormone system and effect the reproductive system.

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Pros: Easier to rub in. No white cast, can get away with a less precise application. 

Cons: Chemicals not safe for our system, More frequent application, not ideal for the health of our environment. 


What to use?

You can find Mineral & Chemical sunscreen blocks at The Green Beauty Collective:

CyberDERM Simply Zinc SPF 30: slightly heavier in texture. For the purist. Zinc Oxide 

CyberDERM Everyday Sun Whip SPF 25 (with encapsulated octinoxate): slightly lighter in texture and more easily absorbable  Zinc Oxide and Octinoxate

*Octinoxate: This chemical is rated a 6 on EWG database, however CyberDERM's technology to encapsulated the octinoxate prevents skin permeation. This makes it a large particle that sits on the surface of the skin (but does not come into actual contact) while remaining in protective silica bead. Octinoxate will not enter the blood stream. 

by Jacqueline Parker
What is exfoliation?

What is exfoliation?

We love asking our clients if they exfoliate, mostly because we typically get the most confused looks from them. Many are quick to answer that they can barely wash their face and take off their makeup before rolling into bed at the end of the day.

Today we are going to explore the mysterious world of exfoliation and find out who it's for and if it is really all that necessary.

What is exfoliating?

Exfoliating is the process of using a chemical, or manual product to loosen and remove dead skin leaving the surface soft, smooth and perfect for makeup application.There are 2 different forms of exfoliation...being manual, or physical.

Manual exfoliation this is typically a gritty scrub or textured cloth or sponge to slough off dead, dry skin. A commonly used manual exfoliant would include ingredients such as almond meal, corn meal, ground oats.

Keep in mind, if your product says “microbeads” stay far away. Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic that enter our water systems and are never broken down. It is also important to avoid any type of hard shell such as “apricot scrub” as the rough edges scratch the skin, causing inflammation and redness.

Chemical exfoliation involves using a chemical AHA or BHA to release the dead skin. Chemical exfoliators can be used more often depending on the percentage of BHA or AHA.

AHA is a glycolic acid or lactic acid. AHAs are tiny molecules that penetrate the upper layer of your skin and help dislodge and dissolve dead skin cells.

BHA is a salicylic acid. BHA’s do the same thing, but it can also penetrate into your pores themselves (AHAs can’t do this). This means BHA treatments are often good for people with oily or breakout prone skin, as these are often symptoms of clogged pores.


So which type of exfoliation is better?

Well, this is totally up to a) the results you want for a certain skin issue b) how clean you want a product to be.

Technically speaking, BHA’s and AHA’s are synthetic chemicals made in a lab and can have irritating qualities to them, however, they are extremely effective especially for acne-prone skin and aging skin because they penetrate deeper into the skin’s surface and work on a deeper level.

We are huge fans of the Okoko Skin Brightening L'ÉLIXIR DE CLARTÉ with 5% alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), naturally sourced from blueberries, sugar cane, and citrus. This is a clean AHA product.

If you are more of a purist, you will be satisfied with a manual exfoliator such as the Viva Amaze Gel, Wild Hill Nootka Rose Cleansing Clay, or Wyld Konjac Sponges.

Who is exfoliation for?

We are believers that everyone should be exfoliating once a week, especially if your skin is maturing. As we age, our skin cell turnover process slows down, and we need a little bit of help. For this reason, we recommend those with dry and mature skin to ensure exfoliation is apart of their weekly skincare routine.

Anyone who wears makeup will notice that their face makeup sits much better after they have exfoliated their skin. It creates a smooth and beautiful base for any foundation or tinted moisturizer. Exfoliating also helps your skincare products to work to their highest potential by allowing them to dive deeper into the skin, rather than into the dead cells sitting on top of the skin.


How often should I exfoliate?

We recommend exfoliation 1-2x week. If you are just starting out with exfoliation and your skin is quite dry, try out 2-3x a week, and slow down to 1-2x a week once your skin has sloughed the skin and softened.

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You can shop cruelty-free, eco-friendly and vegan exfoliation products at and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at


Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.

by Jacqueline Parker
What is activated charcoal? (with video)

What is activated charcoal? (with video)

Activated Charcoal is popping up all over the place. We have both been using activated charcoal in various ways over the past two years and have recently introduced an activated charcoal skin care line to our curated beauty collection. Let’s dive in right away so we can help you understand the magic of activated charcoal.

What is activated charcoal?

You may be wonder what exactly activated charcoal, or activated carbon is. In short, activated carbon is wood or coconut shell that has been heated to high temperatures with very low oxygen concentrations to create a porous charcoal. The charcoal is then steamed to eliminate the non-carbon elements. This is an important step as it gives the charcoal a large surface area, allowing liquids or gases to pass through the charcoal and bind with impurities.

Charcoal is not metabolized, adsorbed or absorbed by the body, however, it is best to choose an activated charcoal that has gone through a steaming activation process, over a chemical activation process.

If you are interested in learning more about the science and chemistry behind activated charcoal, we have attached a link to ( We will stick to the beauty facts.

What does activated charcoal do?

Activated charcoal is most commonly used to filter water. It has the ability to filter out impurities and contaminants, such as chlorine, odors, and pigments.Activated charcoal has translated its filtering and detoxifying properties into simple skin care that performs.

Activated charcoal powders in skin care can also act as filters to pull out dirt, oil and other skin impurities.

However, use activated charcoal sparingly…

Because activated charcoal can bind with impurities, it also has the potential to bind with nutrients and vitamins in the skin. Here are some tips for using activated charcoal sparingly.

  1. Use an activated charcoal product that has been blended with other ingredients
  2. Mix your activated charcoal with a hydrating or soothing base such as yogurt, honey or aloe gel.
  3. Use activated charcoal products only 1-2x a week.


Who should be using activated charcoal in their skincare routine?

Not everyone needs activated charcoal in their skincare. It is a great ingredient to keep in the cupboard for a rainy day DIY mask, but not a crucial part of a 3 step skin care routine if you have dry to normal skin.

The people that will benefit most from activated charcoal skin care products are those with oily & acne prone skin. Some may say that activated charcoal can help shrink pores, however, we believe it only has the capability to clean out pores.


Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal powder, or by mixing it with your toothpaste can help whiten your teeth.

Make sure not to inhale the powder when using. This can damage the lungs.


Add some charcoal to your body care, this will help to draw out impurities from the skin. If you suffer from acne on the body, try a charcoal soap, gentle scrub or even a mask applied to the chest and back.

Gas & Bloating

We have all experienced gas and bloating especially when traveling. Whether it’s the average airplane food, a case of Bali belly or perhaps the street food you enjoyed isn’t agreeing with you, charcoal can help.

Taking charcoal internally will help to reduce bloating, gas and stomach bugs by binding with the gas producing elements, toxins, and mold.  Keep charcoal in mind for mild stomach bugs but be sure to seek a doctor if symptoms persist.  

Taking charcoal internally may also help with

  • Bad breath and body odor
  • Skin irritations like insect bites, poison ivy
  • Hangovers

If you learned something from this article, or feel inspired to share this information, please share the article or video on your facebook with your friends and family! We also encourage you to subscribe to our Youtube channel for weekly green beauty videos.

You can shop cruelty-free, eco-friendly activated charcoal beauty products from Midnight Paloma at and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at


Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.


by Jacqueline Parker
Why switch to natural cosmetics? (with video)

Why switch to natural cosmetics? (with video)

It has definitely already crossed your mind a few times, because here you are, researching about making the switch to natural beauty products. To be honest, we are not surprised you are here either. In 2016, the natural beauty market was valued at approximately 11.06 billion U.S. dollars worldwide and is forecasted to grow to 21.78 billion U.S dollars worldwide by 2024. This means people just like you are also interested in making the switch.

We understand that you may not need any convincing as to why it is important for you to switch, however, we thought this may come in handy when you are talking to friends and family about why natural beauty products are important for humans, animals, and the planet!


For the People

Studies show that 60% of everything that touches our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream within minutes. Think about every product you use in a day, Do you know what is inside of those concoctions? I bet you never really thought about it.

Unfortunately, many of the ingredients found in your favorite face cream, lipsticks and perfumes are in fact toxins, allergens or carcinogens. Going natural means you are eliminating ingredients that are contributing to health problems, reproductive complications, acne and allergic reaction.

Switching to natural cosmetics is typically the last thing most women think about when choosing healthier lifestyle options. Why? because it is the most daunting and difficult tasks of all. "Where can I find products that actually work?", "...but I have always used this face's all I've ever known", "Your right, I have no idea what is inside my products". It really doesn't have to be difficult anymore. With new technology, research and resources, natural cosmetics are more effective, more colorful and healthier than ever. And luckily for you, we have already done most of the hard work.

Imagine making healthier choices for yourself without compromising the fun, playful and effective side of cosmetics.


For the Planet

Mindless sourcing, packaging, and ingredients are quickly causing detrimental effects to our environment.

Large companies must meet the high demand, so they are sourcing large quantities of ingredients quickly. This means they are using more pesticides, exploiting human rights and disrupting our ecosystems & depleting non-renewable resources. If sourcing was done sustainably, these farming and mining practices would not damage our environment.

Plastic and non-degradable packaging are thrown out in mass quantities every single day. This waste is piling up on our earth and is even finding its way into our waters. Most cosmetic companies use much more plastic, wrapping, labels and boxes than necessary as a marketing tactic.

Toxic ingredients are being flushed into our water systems every time you wash your face, shower and brush your teeth. Many of these ingredients are incapable of breaking down. This is not only hazardous to aquatic life, but it also transfers into our earth water cycle ( vaporizes, re-accumulates in clouds, then rains toxicity onto our soil).

By purchasing natural products from smaller local businesses, you can feel good about ethical sourcing, sustainable and reusable packaging as well as conscious and safe ingredients for our waters and soil.


For the Animals

"Each year, more than 100 million animals—including mice, rats, frogs, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, monkeys, fish, and birds—are killed in U.S. laboratories for biology lessons, medical training, curiosity-driven experimentation, and chemical, drug, food, and cosmetics testing." - PETA.

This animal testing includes burning, crippling, poisoning and abuse, all in the name of beauty? In our opinion, this is all the information you need to know to understand why animal testing is NOT ok.

Our physical beauty will not thrive at the cost of an animal's life. This is why The Green Beauty Collective will always exclusively stock cruelty-free makeup products.

If you learned something from this blog, or feel inspired to share this information, please share the article on your facebook with your friends and family! We also encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly green beauty videos.


You can shop cruelty free, eco-friendly and vegan beauty products at and if you have ANY questions, please comment below or shoot us an email at

Thank you for reading and we hope you tune in again next week.

by Jacqueline Parker