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Natural Sunscreens Healthier for our Environment and Health

Switching to a natural, non toxic sunscreen is probably one of the trickiest products to transition.   There’s extremely clever marketing that can be tricky to decipher (which I am going to admit – I got wrong and purchased a chemical sunscreen! I even had previously spoken to one of the founders who made it sound it was pretty darn natural!  It’s not!)

Then I picked up {Simple as that} natural sunscreen and it’s awesome!  I met the founder, Danielle and she’s awesome too!  Plus this sunscreen doesn’t leave you looking like a ghost.  It goes on easily and smooth.

Think of your natural sunscreen as a valuable addition to your skincare regime and invest in a quality one.  We know it works to prevent burning, stops sun damage, premature aging and fine lines along with protecting from pigmentation. But here’s a little more about how they work and why we should be choosing natural:

DID YOU KNOW?
The difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is ONLY 1.3% extra coverage BUT nearly twice as many of the crappy chemicals potentially irritating your skin – which means reapplying every 2 hours when in the sun no matter what you’re using

There are two types of sunscreen – Chemical and Physical.  The ones on the supermarket and pharmacy shelf are the Chemical ones – these work by absorbing UVR (ultra violet radiation) and then the Physical ones – these reflect the UV.

Chemical sunscreens use active ingredients to absorb or scatter UV rays but these chemicals are endocrine disruptors, can mimic estrogen, heighten the risk and development of skin cancer and increase signs of aging due to free radical damage.  Not only is it our health that is impacted BUT these ingredients are toxic to our oceans and marine life.

Physical sunscreens contain active ingredients like Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide that physically block or deflect UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) radiation.

Here’s what to avoid

  • Avobenzone or Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • Octinoxate
  • Octylcrylene
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate

These are known to be endocrine disruptors and carcinogens. They can also irritate skin and increase sun burn, signs of aging and free radical damage.  They may also increase the development of skin cancer.

The other issue with these sunscreens we’re putting on our bodies at the beach is the damage they are causing to our oceans.  Oxybenzone, along with these other UV-absorbing ingredients are bleaching coral and damaging coral DNA which is causing sterilisation.  Coral can not reproduce and our reefs are dying which is killing off other marine life, causing irreparable damage to the eco system.

In the past natural sunscreens had received a bad rap as they used to leave us looking ghostly white.  Not these days – formulations are improving all the time and {Simple as that} ticks all the boxes.  It’s a physical sunscreen to block the sun’s rays, made from pure quality natural and organic ingredients. It has good broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage and is high in antioxidants to fight free radicals which helps protect against sun damage.  Absorbs well, is non-greasy and is Australian made and owned.

Along with using a natural sunscreen, smart sun practises are invaluable.  Remember to wear a hat, sunnies, seek shade, avoid going out at the hottest part of the day and using something like a scarf works on long summer days that turn into nights – sun protection for neck and shoulders during the day and a cute shawl at night.

 

Shop natural sunscreen here.

 

To find out more about what sunscreens are doing to the ocean – read here –  http://www.haereticus-lab.org/

To investigate your ingredients go to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) website.            www.ewg.org