Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance Free

3 ounces
Hypoallergenic sunscreen with 19% zinc oxide made with skin-soothing certified organic oils that are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. The fragrance-free formula is excellent for sensitive skin.
Best For
Skin health [1]; Protection from sun exposure [6, 10]
Ingredients of Concern
Active Ingredient Zinc Oxide 19.0% (Non-Nano)
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Vegan

  • Pros:
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen for areas where the skin is extra sensitive
  • Fragrance-free
  • Water and sweat-resistant
  • Lasts for 80 minutes
  • For face, body, kids, babies & adults
  • Designed for extra sensitive skin
  • Goes on clear
  • Lightweight
  • Non-greasy
  • Lotion rubs in well
  • Hypoallergenic formula
  • Non-Nano Zinc
  • UVA/UVB protection
  • Reef safe
  • Free of Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Peanuts, Almonds, Walnuts, SLS, Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Synthetic Fragrances, Dyes, Sodium chloride, Formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA, and most common allergens

Ingredients Concern:  Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) peel oil can cause irritation in some

Cons:  This is a great cleanser for sensitive skin although EWG rates orange peel as a potential irritant for some
Overall EWG score is 4
Pearl exfoliator takes longer to rinse off

Founder Kate Solomon worked at top skincare brands like L'Oreal, Avon, and Redken. When she had a baby, she went looking for baby products that were safe and natural, but couldn't find products that met her standards. She ended up creating her own company and named it after her little boy's security bunny, Babo. She remembered how safe and comforted her son felt with Babo in his arms, and wanted parents to feel that security and comfort with Babo Botanicals products. Her mission is to create the highest quality, purest family hair and skincare products.
Zinc demonstrates anti-inflammatory activity that is linked to its ability to target skin problems such as acne and it also speeds up the body's natural wound healing capabilities [1-4]. Zinc oxide is frequently added to sunscreens as an inorganic physical sun blocker and a zinc-deficiency is associated with oxidative stress-induced aging due to free radicals and oxygen reactive species, which are skin-damaging particles that zinc targets [13, 14]. Avocado oil contains oleic acid and essential fatty acids that promote wound healing by stimulating the synthesis of collagen [5]. It has also been shown to ease sunburn [6]. Beeswax and Tamanu oil have been shown to help target various skin problems through their ability to enhance natural wound healing [7, 9]. Rice bran oil has been shown to target UVB radiation-induced skin injuries [10]. JoJoba oil is frequently added to skin products (e.g. sunscreen) and it helps reduce the signs of skin aging as well as the occurrence of skin infections [12].
Skin health [1]; Protection from sun exposure [6, 10]
Zinc supports skin health by promoting detoxification and it also has anti-inflammatory properties that heighten the wound healing process [1-4]. Zinc oxide is frequently added to sunscreens as it targets free radicals, thereby preventing them from damaging fibroblasts and lipids (fats) that play a role in protecting the skin from UV exposure or skin irritants (e.g., pollution) [13]. Zinc oxide is also linked to anti-aging due to its ability to protect collagen-producing fibroblast and lipids in the skin [14]. Zinc oxide creates a protective layer on the skin that blocks UV light and in doing so, it hinders UV rays from penetrating the skin. The structure of zinc oxide helps it mix easily with other topical agents and zinc does not absorb deeply into the skin [15], which reduces the occurrence of skin irritation and is one of the reasons why it is added to sunscreen for individuals with sensitive skin. These properties make zinc oxide a strong UV-blocking shield. Avocado oil has been shown to support the growth of new connective tissue in skin by promoting collagen synthesis [5]. The lecithin, protein, vitamin D, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and beta carotene in avocado oil help ease sunburn due to their soothing and wound healing properties [6]. Beeswax disrupts the growth of bacteria that may harm the skin or cause skin issues [7]. It also has wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, and it contains vitamin A, which enhances skin health [8]. Furthermore, it promotes the natural healing of cracked skin, including the lips [8]. Tamanu oil is easily absorbed by the skin and it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-itch properties, among others [9]. Rice bran oil and cocoa butter contain various vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, and proteins that promote skin health by helping repair free radical skin damage [10]. Cocoa butter also has anti-inflammatory properties [11]. JoJoba oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and wound healing properties that support skin health [12].

Key Ingredients:  Active Ingredient Zinc Oxide 19.0% (Non-Nano)

All Ingredients:  Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice*, Aqua (Deionized Water), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Calendula Officinalis Extract,* Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Caryodendron Orinocense (Kahai) Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract*, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Hexylene Glycol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Nasturtium Officinalis (Watercress) Extract*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Extract*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract*, Sodium Bicarbonate, Spiraea Ulmairia (Meadowsweet) Extract*, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Zemea (Corn) Propanediol.

Apply liberally to exposed areas 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours, after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel-drying. For children under 6 months of age ask a doctor before use. If sunscreen gets in the eyes, rinse with water to remove.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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