Sunscreen: 5 of the top natural sunscreens to try
So you’ve decided to switch your skincare habits to the more natural approach and with summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about how you are going to tackle sun protection. You may have always reached for the more traditional chemical sunscreens, with natural sunscreens (physical sunscreens) not being on your radar. Allow us to come to the rescue with some of our favourites as well as some of the facts around taking the natural approach to keeping safe in the sun.
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What is chemical sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreens are made up of synthetic compounds, which work by creating a chemical reaction in our skin which changes UV rays that come from the sun into heat, which then is released into the air.
What is a natural (physical) sunscreen?
Physical sunscreens contain active mineral UV filters (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), which work differently in the sense that they sit on top of the skin and deflect UV rays off the skin surface – as the name suggests they are a physical barrier. It’s for this reason that many people are opting for a physical sunscreen as it avoids chemicals being absorbed into the skin and modern technology means that unlike the fluoro versions that some of us may remember wearing, these formulations rub in easily and don’t leave a white cast on your skin.
What do I need to look for on the packaging?
This Instagram post explains it simply for us with the left hand side showing the ingredients that are commonly found in chemical sunscreens versus the right hand side which shows the two ingredients used in physical sunscreens.
Five of the best
While there are many on offer, these are some of our favourites for you consider switching to:
bh loves: Oasis Sun SPF30 Family Sunscreen, $39.99; Coola Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 Tropical Coconut, $55; Natural Instinct Invisible Natural SPF Sunscreen, $15.99; Eco Tan Eco by Sonya Natural Rosehip Sunscreen SPF30, $44.95 and My Sunshine Sunscreen SPF30, $24.90.
Do you use a chemical or physical sunscreen?