Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane is a white or pale yellow synthetic compound. It is used as a UVA absorber in sunscreen products. It has been safely and extensively used in cosmetics and sunscreens for decades.
We include it with ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, a UVB screening compound. Combined, these compounds are highly effective in protecting from sun damage.
Different frequencies of UV light can cause varying types of damage to our skin. UVA exposure penetrates the skin and causes degradation of collagen and elastin fibres, causing the skin to be damaged from the inside out. If you are not sufficiently protected, UVB exposure causes burning and redness. It also encourages skin to produce the pigment, melanin, which the body produces to protect itself. A tan is a sign of damage related melanin production.
Our products are tested for UVB to give the sun protection factor (SPF) and also for UVA by an independent laboratory in New York.
Since we are against animal testing in every form, we have found it difficult to secure suppliers of sunscreen ingredients that conform to our standards; now, however, we have established our products with excellent materials from ethical companies against animal testing.
The sun is important for our health, helping us to produce vitamin D. However, we must enjoy it in moderation and avoid extensive exposure. Sun exposure has been linked with cancers and ageing.
We use sunscreens with care and consideration in our products. They are combined with natural and fresh ingredients - such as fresh seaweed, green tea, witch hazel and St. John's wort, softening organic oils and fresh fruits to gently revive. The skin is encouraged to respond to any damage with the help of these lovely ingredients.