Why Choose a Natural Sunscreen?
Author: F&F Date Posted:9 January 2019
When it’s hot outside and you’re reaching for the sunscreen, have you ever stopped and questioned what's actually in it? Australia has one of the harshest summers in the world, so when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, it’s important to do some research.
Read on as we explain what to look out for so you stay protected from the rays.
If you’re um-ing and ah-ing about trying a natural sunscreen, you’re probably thinking, does natural sunscreen really work? The answer… You betcha. Natural sunscreens are quickly becoming the sunscreen of choice as they are effective, kinder to your skin and the environment.
I remember last year I ran a fun run in NSW and was handed a tube of sunscreen at the end. I quickly scanned the ingredients and shook my head in disappointment. Full of nasty chemicals that wouldn't mean a thing to the average person; 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Octocrylene, Oxybenzone, bemotrizinol to name a few.
Your standard, and most common, sunscreen is designed so that when UV rays hit the sunscreen the molecules in the compounds absorb the radiation through their chemical bonds. The components of the sunscreen then slowly break down and dissipate heat. In summary, you have a chemical reaction taking place on your skin! Whilst this happens there is the possibility that your skin, your biggest organ, absorbs some of these chemicals and this has been linked to cancer and hormonal issues.
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) in the US has hit out pretty hard at several manufacturers and common sunscreens. They also mentioned that as these sunscreens break down they become quickly ineffective so you need to keep reapplying. Ingredients to watch out for, in the more common sunscreens, include Oxybenzone and (Octylmethoxycinnamate); these can be absorbed by the skin and have been linked to hormone disruption. Oxybenzone is also damaging to our oceans and coral and has been banned in places like Hawaii.
On the other hand, natural sunscreen works differently. These use Zinc Oxide, amongst other natural ingredients, as a reflector to sun rays. These work immediately and your skin isn't absorbing the products of a chemical reaction. The EWG believes these to be effective with no adverse reactions.
Here at F&F we stock some wonderful natural sunscreens for the face & body, suitable for the entire family. If you’re looking for an everyday facial sunscreen with SPF, our Wotnot Facial Sunscreen is a great option. It is a sunscreen, primer and moisturiser in one and better yet, it’s SPF30. It’s free from chemical UV absorbers, PEGS, parabens and artificial fragrance, and it is made with Certified Organic Ingredients.
Another great sunscreen we have at F&F, and one we also use in the office, is the Simple As That Natural Sunscreen. It’s suitable for the face and body and is non-greasy. It has been formulated by pharmacists to provide high protection from the sun (SPF30) and contains green tea, rosehip oil and raspberry seed oil. The Simple As That Sunscreen for Children is also a great option for little ones as it has been specifically formulated for the delicate skin of children, so it’s overall, it’s a great brand for the entire family.
UV Natural also have a great range of natural sunscreens available for the whole family. They are committed to using high quality, natural ingredients that are moisturising for the skin. They have three variations of sunscreen available:
- Everyday - UV Natural Sunscreen SPF30+
- Sport UV Natural Sunscreen Sport SPF30+
- Baby UV Natural Sunscreen Baby SPF30+
So, if you are using sunscreen, think natural first. If you are using more common, chemical based, sunscreens, look at the label.
Of course there are key things you can do to help…
- Stay out of the sun at midday (ideally 11am-3pm)
- Wear a hat, a pair of sunglasses and cover up
- Remember to apply a liberal amount of sunscreen
- The Cancer Council states that most people do not apply enough sunscreen resulting in only 50-80% of the protection stated on the product
- Reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours especially if you have been swimming, sweating or have towel dried your body
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun
- Always seek shade wherever possible
Stay safe and remember to slip, slap, slop, seek & slide! Shop our natural sunscreens here.