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Strictly no animal testing
Lush sun care products are tested to industry standard at a pioneering external lab in New Jersey, which uses non-animal testing methods to assess their UVA and UVB sun protection factor. Vegetarian scientist, Doctor Shyla Cantor, measures the SPF of Lush’s sun care products with paid human volunteers in order to provide you with an ethical and accurate result. The products being tested use a combination of three safe synthetic ingredients (Octyl methoxy cinnamate, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane and Octocrylene) as well as natural materials like calamine and zinc oxide to create a protective barrier from the sun, and nourish the skin.
When it comes to testing in the lab, Doctor Cantor grades each product’s effectiveness against UVA and UVB rays. A human volunteer has a grid drawn on their back and numbered, before having patches of skin exposed to UVA and UVB light. Scientists measure exactly when their skin responds to the rays in order to determine their natural protection, and then see how much longer an SPF product prevents them from having the same response.
The numbers ascend in increments of five (which could represent, for example, five seconds or minutes, then ten and so on), which is why these factors appear on your sunscreen. Applying a cream with an SPF of 30 will allow you to remain protected in the sun for 30 times longer than normal, as long as you have used the same amount tested during assessment. In the Lush labs, this is 2mg/cm2 (two fingers worth per area of the body). Effective application will depend on your own knowledge of how your skin copes with the sun (bear in mind some damage can only be seen in a lab), which is why it’s advisable to reapply regularly and generously.