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    Sharkbanz will donate 100% of proceeds from the sales of reef and skin friendly Hippo Sweat sunscreen directly to the Coral Reef Alliance to help save coral reefs.
    DID YOU KNOW? Studies have shown that even very low concentrations of oxybenzone (a common ingredient in most sunscreens) can affect the growth rate of baby corals, lead to deformities and even cause death.
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    In the wild, hippos secrete a two part compound from behind their ears that turns red once it hits oxygen, and people used to believe that hippos would sweat blood out of their heads. After some research, scientists discovered that the substance was not blood, but two compounds that are unique to hippos. Hipposudoric acid and norhipposudoric acid are both used by hippos as an antiseptic and a sunscreen of sorts to keep their skin healthy and free of disease causing bacteria and sunburn. We strive to keep our product as natural as we can in order to do the most for your skin's well being.
    Hippo Sweat was started for the sole purpose of being an awesome, all natural, and long lasting form of skin protection from long days in the sun. We were inspired after a trip to Bali where the warm water and hot sun was no match for the local sunscreen compounds. After years of experimenting and research, we found the combination that suited our goal of a very durable yet skin friendly formula. With the support of our families, friends, and the local community, we have been able to roll out two new products. Hippo Sweat sun screens are based on the idea that natural formulas work just as well, if not better than their synthetic counterparts, and they don't leave nearly the carbon footprint.
    Non-Nanoparticle Zinc is used in our sun protection because of its effective properties as both an SPF and Broadband coverage. The smaller the particles, the better SPF zinc provides, but the larger particles, the better broadband coverage, so manufacturers have had to find the best size to make both SPF and Broadband protection as effective as possible.
    Non-Nanoparticle Titanium Dioxide – When used together with zinc, we’ve found that our UVA/UVB broad spectrum wavelength protection increased significantly. While Titanium Dioxide doesn’t have the skin clarifying characteristics that Zinc Oxide does, the marriage of the two greatly improves our standard of protection.
    Coconut Oil is a great antioxidant and has wonderful antimicrobial characteristics as well. It has anti-aging qualities that stem from the saturated fats in the oil, and leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother. Honestly, there are too many awesome traits that coconut oil offers.
    Candelilla Wax is a natural, non-animal based wax with superior quality. It has a smooth feel and keeps the Hippo Sweat on your face for long lasting protection.
    Shea Butter is another moisturizer that we use because of its protective and regenerative quality. In addition, shea butter is non-comedogenic, which means that it will not clog your pores like cocoa butter.
    Red Raspberry Seed Oil is one of the most recently proclaimed ‘super’ oils. With Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Linoleic, alpha linoleic, and oleic acids, the oil helps reduce the damaging effects of free radicals on the skin, while replenishing moisture. Red raspberry seed oil also has the highest naturally occurring SPF of all essential oils with anywhere between 25 and 50 SPF.
    Cocoa Butter is high in antioxidants, which help fight off free radicals. This helps protect skin from stressors such as the sun which can damage collagen and create dark spots. Cocoa butter is also a great moisturizer because of its high fatty acid content.
    Cucumber Seed Oil holds a high vitamin B1 and C content which can help detoxify the skin's pores.
    Vanilla has been used for centuries as an antioxidant and cognitive enhancing agent, and for good reason. Vanilla contains chemicals called vanilloids that activate receptors in a similar way to capsaicin, which is well known to reduce inflammation and improve mental performance.
    Jojoba Butter works as a great carrier for minerals, proteins and many tocopherols all working together to lubricate and protect the skin and collagen.
    Coffee helps in more ways than just a quick pick me up in the morning. Reduce eye puffiness, increase circulation and brighten your skin.
    Cocoa Powder is packed full of antioxidants, but a couple of the reasons that we use it in our recipe is the tint that adds to SPF, as well as the amazing smell. Cocoa powder can also be used as a mood changer and to help satisfy chocolate cravings simply by its scent.
    Avocado Oil is very high in vitamin E, potassium and lecithin which help to fuel and nourish the skin.
    Which Hazel is a natural astringent that can help to remove excess oil from skin and provide protection from environmental contaminants. Also acts as a nice cooling agent in our Sun Kissed.
    Lime Butter stimulates the circulatory system and can help reduce inflammation. Also smells amazing.
    Watermelon Seed oil contains omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids as well as linoleic acid which all work to maintain healthy, glowing skin.
    Lavender is known for its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.
    Green Tea Butter helps protect the skin from aging prematurely by blocking UVB rays.
    Agave Nectar is a strong bacteria fighter that also adds sweetness to our lip balms.
    "The U.S. National Park Service for South Florida, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa recommend using 'reef friendly' sunscreen."

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    In the past few years, the FDA has taken steps to clear up any confusion about what SPF numbers stand for, and what companies can claim on the label of their sunscreens. After much research of our own, we've found that a combination of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide contains protection from both UVA and UVB rays, which is what Broad Spectrum protection refers to. Coupled with our other all natural ingredients, we have a product that is good for your skin in a variety of ways.

    To put it simply, UVA rays cause early aging and are potentially cancerous, and UVB rays cause sunburn and are potentially cancerous.
    The best way to keep your skin as safe as possible is to look for a sunscreen that says it delivers UVA/UVB protection or Broad Spectrum protection, both of which are recognized by the FDA for containing ingredients capable of reflecting or absorbing the damaging rays.

    Sunscreens with Zinc and Titanium are known as physical sunscreens because the minerals actually reflect the harmful rays, preventing them from getting through to your skin. These types of sunscreens will last as long as they are not wiped, sweated, or washed off because they do not lose their effectiveness.

    Chemical sunscreens must be applied to the skin before exposure to the sun because they need to be absorbed into the surface of your skin. Once absorbed into your skin, they work by absorbing sunrays and then converting the energy to heat. Depending on where you do your research, it is sometimes thought that chemical sunscreens can negatively effect your endocrine system, and potentially facilitate growth of cancer. Sounds kinda backwards, doesn't it?
    All sunscreens are susceptible to wearing off, but Hippo Sweat has been tested for the maximum amount of time required for water/sweat resistance. The sunscreen is applied to a test area on a willing subject, and then they are submerged in a room temperature whirlpool spa for 80 minutes. Then the area is tested for UVA and UVB resistance to get their final SPF and Broad Spectrum numbers.
    Here is where the numbers game comes into play. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the SPF is determined by the amount of time you can spend in the sun before you get burned compared to how long it would take you to get sun burned without sunscreen. For example, if you were using a sunscreen with 15 SPF, you would be able to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you normally could without being burned. If it normally takes 20 minutes for you to burn without sunscreen, multiply that by 15 and you get 300 minutes before the burn.

    Now the interesting part. Of course we all know that there are many different types of sunscreen, but how different are they really? Take the chart above into consideration as far as SPF protection, and maybe it will be a little easier for you to choose your next sunscreen based on what you want to put on your skin, and not what the numbers lead you to think.

    What is the difference between natural sunscreen and chemical sunscreen?

    Natural sunscreen creates a reflective barrier between your skin and the sun, which is why the color of the sunscreen is visible when on your skin. Chemical sunscreen (what most stores sell) is absorbed into your skin and when sunrays reach the skin, they are converted into heat and dispersed throughout your skin.

    What if my Hippo Sweat looks like it is drying up?

    Hippo Sweat may dry up over time because we use all natural oils and butters to suspend the mineral that reflect sunrays. What we like to do is keep the Hippo Sweat in a pocket or leave it in a sunny place so that it warms up to room temperature and makes application easy.

    Is Hippo Sweat "hypoallergenic"? Will it cause breakouts?

    It's import to note that the term "Hypoallergenic" is a term that the FDA cannot regulate with regards to skin care products so be aware that the term can be added to any product, without any actual evidence to back it up.

    That being said, all the ingredients in Hippo Sweat's products are considered "hypoallergenic" because we don't use any ingredients that are known to irritate skin. This includes any added fragrances or chemicals.

    In addition, both sunscreens utilize oils (coconut oil in the cocoa paste and sesame seed oil in the lotion) that are proven to fight inflammation in the skin further adding to the "non-comedogenic" factor.

    Can I eat my Hippo Sweat?

    Hippo Sweat IS all natural, but we do not recommend eating it. There is no added flavor and the cocoa powder is 100%, so it is mainly just for the smell and tint, not for the flavor.