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Total Block Lotions are the most protective sunscreen products offered, formulated to include photoprotective and cellular protective agents from every category of beneficial substances for the skin. Total Block is fragrance free, and PABA free. The Clear SPF 65 is water-soluble and combines protection from multiple forms of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), along with cellular oxidation reactions and even atmospheric environmental damage. Total Block SPF 65 Clear offers total protection for continuous use.

Total Block SPF 65 is unique in its ability to protect the skin from the full light spectrum and prevent cellular environmental damage to the skin, regardless of the source of these pollutants. Total Block SPF 65 incorporates eight forms of mill-dispersed solids, ranging in controlled particle-size from 10 microns down to a few nanometers. These particles are suspended homogeneously to achieve maximum protection throughout the entire UVB/UVA range. Micro-dispersed particles shield the skin from atmospheric damage and trauma. Eight forms of micronized and sub-micronized particles of titanium dioxide, sub-micronized zinc oxide, along with ultra-micronized iron oxide form the foundation for a wall of reflection and refraction.

Physical Blockers in Total Block

Titanium Dioxide
Two forms of titanium dioxide were selected for Total Block. First is an opaque, cosmetic form that reflects and scatters most wavelengths of UVB, plus some UVA. Second is sub-micronized "transparent" titanium dioxide. This form of titanium dioxide allows for a much higher percentage of protection while retaining cosmetic elegance, and achieving an increase in UVB protection. Together, these two titanium dioxides (differing only in particle size) obtain excellent UVB protection (High SPF) plus moderate UVA protection.

Zinc Oxide
Zinc Oxide has been used topically for centuries as a skin protectant and wound healing adjuvant. It is a recognized mild antimicrobial agent. Zinc oxide absorbs, rather than scatters most UVA (titanium dioxide primarily scatters). Therefore, ultrafine zinc oxide "closes the window" in the UVA range, left open by titanium dioxide.

More than 50 years ago, zinc oxide was indicated as a potential block for ultraviolet light (UV-A). It also reflects infrared from the skin, as does titanium dioxide. However, its ability to protect in the long UVA range is much higher than titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide absorbs, rather than scatters, most UVA while titanium dioxide primarily scatters these wavelengths. Therefore, ultra-fine zinc oxide "closes the window" in the UVA range, left open by titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide works to both complement titanium dioxide's protection and extend photoprotection to the skin where titanium dioxide is insufficient. The optimal particle size range for ultraviolet-blocking zinc oxide (without blocking visible wavelengths) is approximately 80 to 150 nanometers (1,000 nanometers = 1 micron).

Supplementing the opaque and "transparent" titanium dioxides in Total Block is "transparent" sub-micron zinc oxide (Z-Cote ™). Its protective abilities cover UVB and a majority of UVA radiation.

Iron Oxides
We commonly see iron oxide in cosmetics to give the cover-up color desired. Cosmetic iron oxides are man-made to very high purity, color, and particle size. Research has demonstrated that these cosmetic pigments not only add color to the lotion, but also contribute significant protection of the skin. Equally important, these metal oxides act as a "heat-sink" to lower the heating action of infrared rays on the skin. Iron oxide pigments are micronized powders that, by controlling the temperature and rate of drying during manufacture, are available in a number of shades and tones of red, yellow, black and brown (and blends of these basic colors). These cosmetic pigments (if incorporated at adequate concentration), when properly dispersed in well-designed vehicles not only add color to the lotion (or cream, powder, etc.), but contribute significant protection of the skin from all "light" forms (UVC, UVB, UVA, Visible).

Indirect Physical Blockers in Total Block
To boost the effectiveness of the various "oxide" particles in Total Block, special ultra-flat particles are incorporated. They themselves are very small, pleasant feeling particles but much larger than direct physical blockers. These overlapping particles increase protection on the skin.

Polymers
Polymers are the skin protective compounds in Total Block that assure all of the "light" protective materials bond to the skin surface in a multi-layer film, giving increased and uniform overall protection. Total Block Lotions' myriad of "light" absorbers and blockers are further enhanced by still another unique material, caramel. Emolliency is extended by a patented SPF (UVB) booster, Elefac™I - 205 [octyldodecyl neopentanoate].

Total Block SPF 65 contains:

Three soluble organic non-PABA sunscreen UV absorbers to assure continuous uninterrupted UVB absorption coverage.

Elefac™ I-205, a proven, patented UV protection factor booster, plus two special polymeric materials that enhance both the UV protection factor and strengthen its atmospheric skin-shield effectiveness.

Six antioxidants/trace element additives that both augment the lotion's UV protection activity and reduce acute oxidation damage to the skin cells.

A series of antioxidant free-radical scavengers that provide direct cellular protection via the addition of Tocopherol and Tocopheryl acetate (two forms of Vitamin E), which are recognized antioxidants, and effective topical cellular protectants. Pycnogenol™ (Maritime Pine extract), reported to be one of the most potent free-radical inhibitors, a Vitamin C derivative, and Beta-Carotene, are also solubilized into Total Block lotions.

Selenium protein complex: Topical application of organic selenium complexes have been demonstrated to increase Minimal Erythema Dose response (MED) while reducing acute skin cell damage due to UV exposure.

Ultra-micronized iron oxide (unique to Total Block), which acts as a radiation protectant by absorbing and scattering all wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation (UV, visible and infrared).

A. Total Block Clear SPF 65 Ingredients
FDA APPROVED ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
INGREDIENTFUNCTION
Benzophenone-3UVB/ UVA Sunscreens
Octyl MethoxycinnamateUVB Sunscreen
OctocryleneUVB/UVA Sunscreen, SPF aid
Titanium DioxideUVB/UVA Sunscreen
Zinc OxideUVB/UVA Sunscreen
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS:
INGREDIENTFUNCTION
Acrylate /octylpropenamide copolymerWater repellent film former
Aluminum starch octenylsuccinateEnhances SPF & skin feel
Ascorbyl palmitateVit "C" derivative (antioxidant)
5-Bromo-5nitro-1, 3 dioxane (&) propylene glycolPreservative
Caramel (burnt sugar)Color toner & SPF aid
CaroteneVit "A"precursor,(antioxidant) & SPF aid
Cetearyl alcohol & cetearyl polyglucoseSkin protectant, emulsifier (binder)
Dimethicone*Emollient, water repellent
Disodium EDTAColor protectant, preservative aid
Iron OxidesColorant
Isopropyl/isobutyl/butyl parabensPreservative
Linoleamidopropyl dimethylamineSkin adhesive, emulsion aid
Maritime Pine Extract (Pycnogenol™)High potency antioxidant
Octyldodecyl neopentanoateSPF booster and emollient; Patented
Polysorbate 20Emulsifier (binder)
Propylene glycolHumectant (maintains moisture)
Purified waterRefined water
Selenium yeast derivativeCell protectant & SPF aid
SimethiconeAntifoam & water repellant
Sorbitan laurateEmulsifier
TalcDispersion aid (for solids)
TocopherolVit "E" (antioxidant)
Tocopheryl acetateVit "E" (antioxidant), SPF aid & free-radical absorber/scavenger.