Frequently Asked Questions
What is Skinnies?
Skinnies is a sunscreen revolution. It uses waterless Organogel technology, so it goes on clear, dries fast, isn’t white or greasy and feels amazing on your skin.
No water? why is this so great?
Normal sunscreens contain 50-70% water (which doesn’t protect you from the sunshine!). Having water as the main ingredient in sunscreen means you have to slop lots on, it’s white and greasy, you have to wait 15-20 minutes for the water to evaporate and you need to reapply often.
Skinnies is not diluted with water so it’s like a concentrate. It’s super effective and a little goes a long way.
What is this Organogel?
Skinnies Organogel forms a thin layer on top of your skin holding the UV filters in place so Skinnies does what it should, where it should. There’s no wait time for dry down or evaporation. It provides instant broad spectrum UV protection.
How do you use it?
Skinnies is great for face & body. Use Skinnies thoroughly and sparingly for instant long lasting UV protection. A pea size blob will cover your face, neck and ears.
The industry recommended amount of normal sunscreen for your whole body is a shot glass (30ml). With Skinnies you use a teaspoon amount (around 6ml) for your body - 5 times less than typical sunscreens!
Check the water resistance rating and reapply if you’re in the water for extended periods or if you towel dry yourself.
What’s in it?
Skinnies is made with minimal ingredients for maximum efficacy. All ingredients rate well on EWG and Paula’s Choice. There are no ingredients of animal origin so it’s safe for vegans.
We’ve opted for chemical UV filters as well as physical to make sure Skinnies protects you from UVA and UVB rays (it’s broad spectrum) and leaves your skin clear and not white.
Product specific ingredients are listed below, and any questions feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
A note on Oxybenzone. When we reformulated Skinnies in New Zealand in 2012 (to meet the new sunscreen regulations) Oxybenzone didn’t have the bad PR rap it has now with regard to coral reef bleaching. While there is only one piece of research using Oxybenzone at 1,000 times the concentration found in the ocean, at Skinnies we have decided not to use Oxybenzone in new Skinnies products and we are phasing it out of all products.
What’s not in it?
Skinnies does not contain: water, parabens, preservatives, alcohol, thickeners, emulsifiers, nano-particles, fragrances, mineral or paraffin oil, di-methicone or silicones.
Is Skinnies good for sensitive skin and babies, and what about people with acne or eczema?
Skinnies is good for sensitive skin and babies (we recommend a patch test). It’s non comedogenic for people with acne and oily skin and we use it directly over our kids’ eczema without complaint.
By removing the water we’ve eliminated a lot of ingredients that cause skin irritation!
A lot of people tell us they can use Skinnies when they react to other sunscreens.
We always recommend a patch test for sensitive skin types and especially for little people!
Skinnies is suitable for pregnant women too.
Is it natural?
Skinnies range of products are made with natural ingredients but are not 100% natural.
Skinnies Cleansing Oil is 100% natural.
Is Skinnies tested on animals?
Absolutely not. For the record, we test on humans who are both willing and happy about it!
Bonus fact: when water resistance is tested, the people sit in a warm spa pool for up to 4 hours.
Is Skinnies tested to make sure it works?
Skinnies is a TGA listed medicine and complies with the AU/NZ standard 2604:2012.
Skinnies is independently tested for SPF efficacy, broad spectrum and water resistance by Eurofins.
Where is Skinnies made?
Skinnies is made in Auckland, New Zealand in a GMP facility.
Is Skinnies a friend of the environment?
Heck yeah! We don’t use water in our products, coz we believe it’s one of the planet’s most precious resources. We manufacture Skinnies as close as possible to the market where it’s sold to keep carbon miles down, down, down.
Skinnies donates to water charities and melanoma foundations around the world.
Packaging is minimal and recyclable. Ingredients are biodegradable.
We’re an environmentally friendly lot at Skinnies and encourage you to be as well. There are many ways our oceans are polluted and impacted, not least by rubbish, plastic, run off, emissions and global warming contributing to rising ocean temperatures. This temperature change and rubbish causes most of the damage to coral reefs in our precious oceans.
SKINNIES PRODUCT RANGE – NEW ZEALAND
Skinnies SPF30 Sungel 80 minutes water resistant
Everyday lifestyle product
Organogel base, Avobenzone 30mg/g, Bemotrizinol 30mg/g, Octocrylene 45mg/g, Oxybenzone 50mg/g, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E.
Skinnies SPF50 CONQUER 4 hours water resistant
Pro protection for extreme and water activities
Organogel base, Octocrylene 50mg/g, Bemotrizinol 50mg/g, Zinc Oxide 25mg/g, Uvinul A Plus 50mg/g, Vitamin E, Manuka Oil.
SKINNIES LOOKS SPF30 BeautyGel 80 minutes water resistant – Light & Dark tints
Everyday UV protection with light tint for face – protects, tints, moisturises, repairs
Organogel base, Avobenzone 30mg/g, Bemotrizinol 30mg/g, Octocrylene 45mg/g, Oxybenzone 50mg/g, Titanium Dioxide, Vitamin E, Mica tints, CoQ10, Vitamin B.
SKINNIES SPF50 KIDS 120 mins water resistant
UV protection for adventure loving youngsters
Organogel base, Octocrylene 45mg/g, Bemotrizinol 45mg/g, Uvinul A Plus 45mg/g, Coconut Oil, Aloe Leaf Extract.
Skinnies 100% natural CLEANSING OIL
Everyday 1 step cleanser for balanced skin
Sunflower seed oil, Polyglyceryl 2 Sesquioleate, Linseed Oil, Polyglyceryl 3 Caprate, Kiwiseed Oil,
Manuka Oil, Vitamin E Oil.