Keeping our body healthy requires work. Being that our skin is the body’s largest organ, we want to do our best to protect it, right?
We all know that our relationship with food reflects our health from the inside out. But what often falls through the cracks in our relationship with the everyday skincare products we buy, pushing us away from the healthy, self-sustaining ecology we are capable of living in.
In the last decade, we’ve seen an upward trend in consumer choice and awareness in terms of health when it comes to the everyday products we purchase. We’ve become more aware of the importance of ingredients and the reasons why we should shop local and organic. By taking the time to read the ingredients of what we’re buying, we empower ourselves to know what’s out there.
When we begin to examine the landscape of sun care, it’s evident that chemical sunscreens dominate the market, making it challenging to choose simple solutions.
It’s our due diligence to know where our food comes from, the kinds of ingredients we are purchasing and how our choices make a difference. By choosing a more sustainable sun care product, we take a step in the right direction toward a healthier body, community, and planet. Thankfully, MANDA makes this easy.
What we buy is only as good as its ingredients
We nourish our bodies with food and minerals from the sun, so why not nourish our skin with high quality, simple ingredients too? After all, our skin (and face) is our most precious asset, and protecting it is vital to a healthy life.
MANDA Organic Sun Paste contains only 8 ingredients
Using the highest quality organic and food-safe ingredients, we ensure that MANDA Organic Sun Paste uses the good stuff, that is, ingredients you can picture in their raw state.
MANDA utilizes the nourishing health properties and benefits of organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic Shea butter, organic cacao butter, organic cacao powder, cinnamon oil, and Thanaka, all of which protect and enrich our skin.
Thanaka is nature’s sunscreen
Thanaka has been chosen as the chief ingredient in our organic sun paste for a number of reasons. Traditionally, the Burmese have used Thanka to protect and beautify the skin for over 2,000 years. Ground from tree bark in Myanmar and commonly pulverized on a stone slab, it is then mixed with water to form a paste. Thanaka works as a topical formula for sun protection and also contains high levels of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, which protects our skin against free radicals and polluted air. We found that by using Thanaka, nature’s best solution for sunscreen, we are able to use a more sustainable and regenerative ingredient, thereby reducing our environmental footprint.
Why ingredients matter
We want to protect what we love most. As surfers, not only do we want sun protection that is good for us and maximizes our time in the water (and works!), we want something that reduces our ecological footprint so we can continue doing what we love.
In our previous blog, we discussed how chemical sunscreens contribute to the destruction of our world’s coral reef systems. From an ecological standpoint, our coral reefs play a vital role in the health of our oceans. By choosing non-toxic ingredients such as those in MANDA, we protect our most valued and diverse ecosystem on Earth.
Many fail to realize the environmental impact of mining for sunscreens’ mineral ingredients. Mining for minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide cause erosion, the formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity and chemical contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water. By using non-toxic ingredients, we’ve found that nature has the answer.
One step back, two steps forward
By choosing MANDA, we take part in traditional practices, regressing toward a healthier community. As food brings us closer to the land we inhabit, so too do skin care products in their simplest form. By making simple choices, we practice a more holistic approach to knowing where our ingredients are sourced and their impact.
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Simple ingredients also teach us to work with nature, not against it, reminding us of how pure our connection to our environment can be. By applying native inspirations with modern applications, we elevate the effectiveness of proven traditions to create the purest, most cost-effective product on the market.
May the power of MANDA be with you!