We chatted with Kari Gran, the founder of the eponymous (and always elegant) clean beauty line, about her new broad-spectrum sunscreen. Move over, Lip Whip. There’s a new daily favorite in town.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE IT?

While the clean beauty industry has made so much progress since my initial dive into the patchouli-adorned aisles of my local health food store, the mineral sunscreen category still had a long way to go. I was inspired to create Three Sixty Five, a broad-spectrum facial sunscreen designed to be used every single day. The irresistible silky texture, experience, and thoughtful formulation will make you think twice about going a day without it.

WHY BROAD-SPECTRUM?

Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects the skin against damage from UV-A(GING) rays, as well as UV-B(URN) Rays, so your beautiful skin is shielded from age-accelerating photo-damage––rain or shine! I was committed to creating a sunscreen that ensured maximum broad-spectrum protection using a physical UV filter, such as the mineral Non-Nano Zinc Oxide. The trouble with Zinc Oxide, as many of you have likely experienced, is that too much of it in a formula can give an undesirable white-cast. I worked closely with my Biochemist to meticulously modify different percentages to deliver the SPF protection that blended effortlessly into all skin tones. We found that magic ratio at 17% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, which translates to an SPF of 28.

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SPF?

It’s worth noting that according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, SPF 15 blocks approximately 93% of UVB rays. That rate jumps to 97% for SPF 30 and 98% for SPF 50, but nothing blocks 100%. This is the part that bears repeating: the SPF rating only pertains to UVB (burning) rays, which are present when it’s sunny, but those pesky UVA (aging) rays are the ones present during ALL daylight hours at almost equal intensity and are those responsible for accelerating photo-aging.

TALK INGREDIENTS TO US.

I suspended the Non-Nano Zinc Oxide in ultra-protective and antioxidant-packed non-GMO oils, such as UV-filtering Red Raspberry Seed Oil and deeply moisturizing Organic Avocado and Jojoba oils. I really wanted an SPF that felt like a seamless extension of my skincare ritual, so it made sense to house it in the MIRON glass packaging that we use for the rest of our line.  This provides the ideal environment to protect the ingredients from light and air.

HOW SHOULD I WEAR IT?

After giving your favorite moisturizer some time to absorb, simply shake and apply at least one full pump of Three Sixty Five by pressing gently onto the face.  It also acts as an incredible make-up primer––just make sure to stick to one pump! Our necks and décolletage often get neglected so be sure to apply additional pumps to those delicate areas if they are going to be exposed.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

Three Sixty Five can also be combined with a loose mineral foundation to create your perfect tinted SPF. My favorite trick is to mix 1 to 2 pumps of this universal wonder with a small amount of mineral foundation in the palm of your hand and apply like a moisturizer.  True to the essence of my whole range, this method is completely customizable! For those who desire more coverage, try increasing the ratio of mineral foundation powder to Three Sixty Five.

SHOP THREE SIXTY FIVE