Welcome to Sun School!

What is a mineral sunscreen?

Sunscreens use either chemical active ingredients or minerals. Our formulas contain mineral active ingredients (zinc oxide and titanium oxide). The mineral ingredients reflect the sun's rays like a mirror to protect exposed skin. 

What does Broad Spectrum mean?

There are two types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both.

What are the active ingredients in Sunscreen, Sunstick and Mineral Mist?

+ Zinc Oxide 7% (Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide 20% (Sunstick), Zinc Oxide 15.7% (Mineral Mist)

+ Titanium Dioxide 5% (Sunscreen) Titanium Dioxide 3.4% (Mineral Mist)

+ Titanium dioxide is an Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, ingredient in sunscreen. It protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation and is considered no risk of skin sensitivity.

+ Zinc oxide is a powdered mineral that sits on top of the skin, scattering, reflecting, and absorbing UVA & UVB rays.

How often should I be putting sunscreen on?

Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure to allow the ingredients to fully bind to the skin. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every 80 minutes.

What times of day should we put sunscreen on?

Seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. 

What is the best SPF to be using?

Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays.

Where should my sunscreen be stored?

To keep your sunscreen in good condition, we recommend that sunscreen containers should not be exposed to direct sun. Protect your sunscreen by wrapping in a towel or keeping them in the shade (cooler) while outside for long periods of time.

Mineral Mist should also not be exposed to direct sun or excessive heat. This innovative packaging does not contain propellant gasses like traditional aerosol cans, but contains highly pressurized air so be careful to store in a place where the can cannot be punctured or incinerated.

How old should my baby be to use sunscreen?

Younger babies should use other forms of sun protection. If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen.

Are these sunscreens safe for faces?

Yes! Both our Mineral Sunscreen and Sunstick are safe for faces, but Sunstick makes the application even easier! Make sure to rub both sunscreens all the way in to avoid getting it in the eyes. 

Mineral Mist is also safe for the face, but should be sprayed into the hands and then applied instead of spraying directly onto the face.

How do you apply sunscreen?

+ Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure

+ For best application, rub, rub rub!

+ Reapply after 80 minutes of sweating & swimming OR every 2 hours 

Are your sunscreens water resistant?

Tubby Sunscreen, Sunstick and Mineral Mist are water resistant for 80 minutes.

Are Tubby SPF Products Reef Safe?

Tubby Sunscreen, Sunstick and Mineral Mist are Coral Reef Friendly. Sunscreen washes off your body when swimming and enters the marine environment. Common chemical sunscreen ingredients, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, can kill coral and damage coral reefs. Tubby SPF products do not have any of these harmful ingredients and they are safe for coral reefs.

What is the difference between adult and child sunscreen?

The difference between a sunscreen made for children and adults and a regular adult sunscreen is the ingredients used to prevent the effects of the sun's rays. Baby sunscreen uses titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to form a physical barrier against the sun's rays; these ingredients are not absorbed into the skin and are better for little ones.

Does the Sunscreen, Sunstick or Mineral Mist have a scent?

No, there is no scent to our sunscreens. 

Do Mineral Sunscreen and Sunstick rub in?

In order to create an effective safe barrier between your little one and UV rays, we have created three safe mineral sunscreens. The good news is after years of formulation and testing, we have come up with formulas that will not leave your little ones' skin white and sticky. For best use, squeeze a dollop of Sunscreen in your hand and rub, rub, rub. For our sunstick, apply liberally to little faces and use your hands to rub it in (avoiding the eyes). Mineral Mist rubs in easily as well and can be sprayed directly onto arms, legs, chest and back, leaving no white cast and no sticky residue. Remember to spray into the hands before applying to little ones' faces.

What is the shelf life?

All Tubby Todd products have a shelf life of two years.

What does it mean that Mineral Mist is in a non-aerosol can? What is a continuous spray?

Traditional spray sunscreens rely on propellant gasses like aerosol to dispense the formula from the packaging. Mineral Mist’s innovative “bag on valve” packaging means that the actual sunscreen is stored in an airless bag surrounded by pressurized air that pushes the product out the dispenser when applicator button is pressed. This specific packaging is extra hygienic, offers an even mist/spray for easy application AND ensures you get to use every last drop of sunscreen!

How should I store the Mineral Mist?

Even though Mineral Mist does not contain any aerosols, the air is still pressurized within the can and should be protected from excessive heat, direct sunlight, and should not be stored in a place where it can be punctured or incinerated.

Why does the Mineral Mist contain Titanium Dioxide?

Zinc Oxide as a raw ingredient is a larger molecule than Titanium Dioxide, and thus more difficult to propel. Supplementing Zinc Oxide with Titanium Dioxide allows the formula to disperse more evenly from the can without risk of clogging, which would occur if we used just Zinc Oxide by itself. Both Zinc and Titanium Oxide in this formula are non-nano.