We’re in the midst of a heatwave here in the UK, and it looks like many summer festivals are going ahead. So it’s time to get on that sun cream! Don’t just get the first brand you spot on the shelf though, as if you’re looking to be eco-friendly there are a few things to consider when choosing sun screen.
Many sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters such as oxybenzone and homosalate. They may prevent the rays of the sun from reaching our delicate skin, but many of them contain chemicals which can cause damage to coral reefs – including bleaching and coral death.
They can also penetrate the skin, and can cause allergies, and hormone disruption. There are however, more natural alternatives which use minerals to block UV rays, and don’t contain oxybenzone. Look for the ingredients ‘zinc oxide’ or ‘titanium dioxide’ when selecting a mineral sunscreen. Iron oxide is often added to mineral sunscreens to give colour, but also protects the skin from UVA and visible light, particularly blue light.
I love Organii’s SPF 50 Mineral Sun Milk, which is cruelty free, vegan, and suitable adults, children and babies alike. The minerals sit on top of the skin, reflecting the suns rays and creating a protective barrier. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and it doesn’t clog the skin like some heavy creams, it absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling really soft and moisturised, as it also contains several nourishing oils, including argan and jojoba.
I’m really pale skinned and with lots of freckles, and burn really easily, so the high factor gives me all the reassurance I need to enjoy the sun without putting myself at risk of burning, or increasing my risk of developing skin cancer in the future. I never tan, so keeping myself protected from the sun is vital.
This lovely lotion also contains extracts of organic calendula keep the skin from over-drying, chamomile for its’ anti-inflammatory properties, and mallow leaf plus vitamin E to defend the skin against radicals.
So, while you’re keeping yourself save from Covid, don’t forget to be safe in the sun too.
Thanks for reading!