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With the weather warming up, it’s probably time to throw out the old bottle of sunscreen in the back of your cupboard and buy a new one for the summer! Before you reach for the cheapest and/or biggest bottle at the chemist, have you ever thought about the chemicals in your sunscreen?
When it comes to sun protection – especially in Australia – we need to be extra vigilant about the strength and quality of the product we are applying to our skin.
Conventional sunscreens are 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.
Every time you apply sunscreen, you have a chemical reaction taking place on your skin. However, while this is happening, there is the possibility that your skin will absorb chemicals that are linked to cancer and hormonal issues.
Ingredients to avoid in the more common sunscreens include Oxybenzone and Octyl Methoxycinnamate. These chemicals 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.
So, what’s the solution?
Natural, mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide – both of which are generally recognised as safe and effective (GRASE) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These natural minerals work immediately and don’t seep into your skin like other chemicals in conventional sunscreens.
Here at F&F, we believe that there’s no need to apply harsh chemicals to your skin to protect yourself from the sun’s rays; we stock some wonderful natural sunscreens for the face and body – and yes – they actually work!
If you’re looking for:
A great all-rounder (for face & body)
The SunButter SPF 50 Sunscreen is new to F&F and we love it. SunButter is a great all-rounder sunscreen for the whole family. It’s water-resistant for 4 hours, high protection, reef safe, palm oil free, cruelty-free, vegan, and comes packaged in a handy little plastic-free tin which is perfect to pop in your beach bag! This sunscreen uses zinc oxide as its active ingredient and is free from oxybenzone's and other harsh chemicals.
We also love the Simple As That SPF30 Sunscreen due to its non-greasy finish! This sunscreen has been specially formulated by a pharmacist to provide high protection from the sun, using zinc oxide as its active ingredient. This sunscreen contains Green Tea and Rosehip Oil as well as Raspberry Seed Oil – perfect for the whole family to use on the face & body.
An everyday facial sunscreen
Our Wotnot Facial Sunscreen is a great option for everyday use. It’s a sunscreen, primer, and moisturiser in one. It’s SPF30, free from chemical UV absorbers, PEGS, parabens, artificial fragrances, and is made with Certified Organic Ingredients. With zinc oxide as its active ingredient, it also enriches the skin with aloe vera, jojoba oil and green tea extract to brighten the skin.
We also have the wonderful UV Natural SPF30+ Sunscreen which is 2 hours water-resistant, non-greasy and perfect to use on a daily basis.
Sunscreen for the little ones
The Simple As That Sunscreen For Children was specially formulated for the delicate skin of children to provide high protection from the sun. Babies shouldn’t spend too much time in direct sunlight, but this wonderful sunscreen is gentle enough to use for them as well. This gentle sunscreen is made with zinc oxide, green tea, rosehip oil, and chamomile oil to nourish the skin.
As well as doing the slip, slop, slap routine, it’s important to seek shade whenever possible. Try to avoid being out in the harsh sun during the middle of the day – and if you are – wear a hat, sunnies, and long sleeve shirt.
The Cancer Council states that most people do not apply enough sunscreen, resulting in only 50-80% of the protection stated on the product; make sure you re-apply sunscreen every 1-2 hours if you have been swimming, sweating or have towel dried your body.
If you’re considering buying a new sunscreen, think natural and mineral-based first – your skin and long-term health will thank you for it.