Before I go on with my review of GreenScreen, here is a little back story about why I went with an organic sunblock! I’ve been guilty of not wearing much sunblock in the last 3 to 4 years because I have developed some kind of sensitivity to it. I get an itchy rash a day or two after wearing sunscreen. I have tried various sprays and creams and so far I can’t pin point the ingredients that cause the reaction. So, instead of wearing sunblock, I’ve been trying to cover up with a wide brim hat and cover at least my shoulders since they burn easily. I’ve waited long enough, I felt it was time for me to find a good sunblock I can use every day.
According to the Livestrong‘s website, it’s best to avoid chemical sunscreen (the kind your skin absorbs) because it can interfere with your hormones. The Livestrong website sites:
In fact, 80 percent of chemical sunscreens contain oxybenzone, which gets into the bloodstream, may cause allergic reactions and can mimic estrogen in the body.
Kabana’s website also has an interesting article on the subject, click here to read it.
Because of this, I believe it’s important for me to use healthier sunscreens that won’t cause me an itchy rash. After some online research, I found GreenScreen by Kanana Organic Skincare and decided to give this one a try. Unlike chemical sunscreens, GreenScreen contains Zinc Oxide which sits on top of your skin. Because Zinc Oxide is white, they have tinted the GreenScreen with Iron Oxide. GreenScreen comes in different tints, Original, Neutral, Bronze and Peach. I purchased the Neutral color since I have yellow undertones. GreenScreen offers a protection of SPF 31.
GreenScreen’s List of Ingredients
Here is the complete list of all ingredients found in this product.
- 25% non-nano Zinc Oxide
- Eldorado Springs Artesian Water
- Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Certified Organic Jojoba Oil
- Vegetable Glycerine
- Organic Shea Butter
- Vegetable Vitamin E (non-gmo from sunflower seeds)
- Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF (cetearyl alcohol & polysorbate 60)
- Iron Oxides
Benefits of GreenScreen
Kabana’s GreenScreen offers many benefits. First off its an organic sunblock with broad Spectrum UVA & UVB. It’s biodegradable, so it’s safe for the environment. It is chemical-free so you don’t have to worry about toxins being absorbed into your blood stream and disrupting your hormones. GreenScreen is non-nano, and I have a whole paragraph on it’s importance if you read below. This product is also safe to use on babies 6 months or more, according to Kabana’s website.
After using and testing Green screen for over a week, I’m happy to report that IT DOES NOT MAKE ME ITCHY! For me, that’s the most important benefit of all! I also thought it blended well into my skin without making me look chalky or orange.
No Animal Testing
On of my goals this year is to source out more sustainable products, and products that are cruelty free. Animal testing is something I personally feel guilty about and I’m doing more research into the products I buy. Another great benefit to using Kabana’s products is that they are not tested on animals. Here is what Kabana’s website has to say on the being cruelty free:
Yes, Kabana does not pursue any animal testing, period. We do test our sunscreens on humans using the FDA sunscreen monograph testing protocol to generate the SPF number for labeling purposes. This process is mandated by law in the federal register.
Why is Non-nano important?
This “Non-nano” concept is new to me! I only came across it because my twin sister and I were talking about powdered sunscreen one day! Have you heard of powdered sunscreen? I hadn’t either. Some research into the David Suzuki website revealed some interesting facts. Here is what Dr. Suzuki says about it:
Mineral-based sunscreens probably contain nanoparticles. Research shows that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide do not migrate through skin, but inhaled nanoparticles enter the blood stream through the lungs. Further research is needed into the impact of these particles on the environment and into the safety of skin application so keep your ear to the ground. In the meantime, choose mineral-based creams. (While you might like transparent options, larger white particles give better UVA protection!)
If you have chance, read the full article from Dr. Suzuki about sunscreens, it’s very enlightening.
Disadvantage Of GreenScreen
Before I claim GreenScreen to be a winner (spoiler alert), I do want to point out a few, but very forgivable disadvantages.
GreenScreen might stain clothes. The sunblock does contain Iron Oxide to pigment the sunscreen. I’ll just have to be careful when applying it. White clothes will inevitably get some transfer! I think I’d rather be sun safe and lower my risk of skin cancer than worry too much about a T-shirt!
GreenScreen isn’t scented with any tropical coconut smells that flashes thoughts of beach and sand every time your open up the bottle. In fact, GreenScreen isn’t scented at all. You simply get the typical smell of unscented raw products. Sure, it doesn’t smell nice but once it’s rubbed into your skin, it disappears so it doesn’t linger with your all day. The fact that it’s not scented could be a benefit too, many people are sensitive to smells.
GreenScreen is not waterproof. The Kabana website suggest to use water resistant sunscreen in the water of if sweating. This is kind of disappointing, I might have to source out an alternative for water and when I’m working out, however, this product will be great from every day use!
The GreenScreen Verdict?
So, in conclusion, I’m happy with my purchase of GreenScreen since I’m am now able to protect myself from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays and not fear of breaking out into an itchy rash! I declare GreenScreen a WINNER! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!