- Natural sunscreens contain the beneficial minerals titanium and zinc, these minerals act as a barrier blocking UV rays. Whereas chemical sunscreens actually absorb these rays and then neutralize once in the skin.
- Natural sunscreens do not require re-application as they sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed. However chemical sunscreens utilize chemical ingredients which need to be reapplied because these ingredients become dormant.
- Natural sunscreens contain less allergenic ingredients and therefore cause less irritation. Because of the toxic ingredients in chemical sunscreens irritation to the skin is more likely.
- Natural sunscreens help to protect the skin while soothing and nourishing at the same time whereas the pores of the skin are prone to clogging with the use of chemical sunscreens.
Chemical sunscreens contain many harmful ingredients which put our bodies at risk making them susceptible to permanent damage. The UV neutralising agents can ultimately become carcinogenic and therefore increase the risk of developing cancer as well as altering hormone levels by disrupting the endocrine system.
There are a wide variety of natural sunscreens available which contain varying ingredients and natural beneficial products. Look out for the following natural ingredients:
- Avocado oil helps to protect and soothe the skin
- Sesame oil features a high UV ray resistance of 30%
- Cocoa butter keeps the skin from drying out while keeping it moisturised and soft
- Vitamin E prevents sun damage while fighting off free radicals
- Aloe Vera features soothing and healing qualities as well as promoting the growth of new cells by stimulating the skin
- Tea tree oil acts as an antiseptic germicide providing damaged skin with essential nutrients and stimulating blood flow to the capillaries
- Green tea and grape seed oil are rich in antioxidants which help to protect skin cells
- Tocopheryl acetate is a source of vitamin E and is a natural alternative to harmful parabens. Parabens are preservatives which have been associated with breast cancer, skin allergies, and irritations.
- 4-methy-benzyldencamphor (4-MBC)
- Octyl-methoyl-cinnamates (OMC)
- Octyl-dimethyl-para-amin-benzoic Acid (OD-PABA)
- Homosalate (HMS)