Why Is Natural Sunscreen Better?
You don’t need to be a dermatologist to know that protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best things we can do to prevent premature ageing and many forms of skin cancer. But before you go slathering sunscreen all over yourself and your loved ones, remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body. It protects us, but also absorbs what we put on it…and not all sunscreens are created equal.
What’s the difference between natural and chemical sunscreen?
There are two forms of sunscreen available out there:
Chemical sunscreen – the type most readily available, works by being absorbed by our skin and in turn, it absorbs and breaks down the UV rays that hit our skin.
- Mineral aka. natural sunscreen – is made of naturally occurring ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide, blitzed into tiny particles, which sit on top of the skin and act like a shield, deflecting damage instead.
The ingredients in chemical sunscreens can cause sensitivity for some skins, but more alarmingly, its active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate can be absorbed by the body and can be found in places sunscreen chemicals have no business being. In particular, oxybenzone is a known hormone disruptor and kills our coral reefs.
Mineral sunscreens are proven to be less likely to cause skin sensitivity or be absorbed into the body where they can do damage.
Are all mineral sunscreens good for you?
Not all natural sunscreens are created equally. While the active ingredients might still be zinc or titanium dioxide, it always pays to read the label and check that they aren’t mixed with other chemical nasties such as petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS) or genetically modified ingredients. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it can be absorbed into the body. Just as you watch what you eat, it’s important to think about what goes into your body via your skin.
Why we recommend Earth’s Kitchen
The world's first BioGro certified natural sunscreen
Earth's Kitchen has produced the world's first BioGro certified natural sunscreen. It's an SPF 50+ sunscreen that uses natural ingredients from New Zealand making it feel wonderful on your skin. But most importantly, it has no nasties.
BioGro certification means that 100% of EK sunscreen ingredients are certified natural and full of potent healing and protecting ingredients found in nature. So you can feel confident that their protection is far more than skin deep.
NO genetically modified or irradiated ingredients
NO sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
NO artificial fragrances
NO titanium dioxide
One of the best things we have found with EK Sunscreen here at Anotherway is that not only does it apply beautifully, but there are also no stingy eyes once you get in the water (or start perspiring!) Our team is made up of a bunch of avid surfers, swimmers, cyclists and runners so this is a huge perk in our opinion.
Simon even completed a 21km open ocean swim over the course of 7.5 hours in February this year with only one application of EK (although we strongly recommend following the guidelines set out below), and arrived safely with no burnt bits!
How often should I apply sunscreen?
Natural or mineral sunscreens are effective from the moment they’re applied to the skin, unlike chemical sunscreens, which require at least 20 minutes to become effective. This doesn’t mean you should set and forget though.
EK recommend reapplying their sunscreen every 2 hours during sun exposure and immediately after swimming, sweating excessively or rubbing against surfaces that may disrupt your sunscreen barrier (like wiping yourself with a towel). As always, try to minimise extended sun exposure, especially between 10am and 2pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
Can I wear moisturising lotion under my sunscreen?
Yes, just make sure it’s fully absorbed before applying sunscreen otherwise it may dilute the effectiveness of your sun protection.
Can I wear makeup over my sunscreen?
Yes, you can. Earth’s Kitchen sunscreen is certified natural and contains no pore clogging ingredients like mineral oil, making it a great base for makeup. Just be sure to remember to reapply sunscreen during extended periods of sun exposure.
So there you have it! Natural sunscreens are the the no-brainer alternative to toxic chemical versions that are both harmful to you and to our environment, and ee wholeheartedly recommend Earth's Kitchen.
Our oceans desperately need your help on this one and your health will thank you for it.