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Natural Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an important part of our defence against both UVA and UVB rays, which are responsible for the burning, premature ageing and DNA damage to our skin. Because much of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into our bloodstream, we believe choosing a physical mineral sunscreen should be your first choice to limit your exposure to some potentially harmful chemicals. With HealthPost’s strict standards, you can be confident that what you’re putting on your skin (and your family’s) is truly natural, with no hidden nasties. 

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Natural Sunscreen Info

Sunscreen Ingredients Guide

Types of Sunscreens
Generally speaking, there are two types of sunscreens: Chemical sunscreens and physical barrier sunscreens.

Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens use synthetic compounds which create a chemical reaction in our skin to change UV rays from the sun into heat, which then is released into the air. Unlike natural mineral ingredients – which protect our skin immediately – chemical UV absorbers take around 20 minutes to provide effective protection from UV rays. Unfortunately, they have been associated with some negative health effects and have also been linked to the destruction of coral reefs.

Physical Sunscreens
Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients which work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting UV rays away. Like a mirror on the skin, they work more as a physical barrier to protect us. Choosing a physical mineral sunscreen should therefore be your first choice to limit your exposure to some potentially harmful chemicals.

Choosing A Natural Sunscreen
It’s important to note that some physical barrier sunscreens can sometimes also contain undesirable chemical ingredients along with the active mineral ingredients. We therefore always advise reading the label to ensure the product contains natural and effective ingredients that are great for you, your family and the environment.

Look for active, natural mineral UV filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are gentle on sensitive skin and work immediately on application.

For more information, read our blog on How to Choose the Best Natural Sunscreen.

Natural Sunscreen Benefits

Natural sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients that reflect the sun’s UV rays away from the skin. Natural sunscreens typically contain less irritating and potentially harmful ingredients, and because of this, they may also be more suitable for sensitive skin and to use on children and babies.

With effective but mild ingredients, natural sunscreen can nourish and soothe the skin at the same time, making it a great addition to your regular personal care routine.

Product Reviews

  • Wouldn't use again

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    Did not like.
    Was very greasy, hard to spread, so pulled the skin while applying and left a white casting.
    Do not recommend

    Monique

    14/11/17

  • very effective sunblock

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    I took this sunblock on a recent holiday to Fiji where we spent hours in the water snorkeling. This sunblock was very effective. Take the time to put in on properly as it is quite thick, but it does stay on. I have very fair skin and I didn't get any sunburn.

    Katherine

    14/11/17

  • Really disappointed

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    Really disappointed with this product considering how much it costs. The instructions say to shake well before use but the packaging doesn't really allow for this. You have to squeeze it out into another container and then mix it. Even then it is still very oily and leaves slick film on everything. Seems more like it attracts the sun rather than blocks it out. I have very sensitive skin and it makes mine sting slightly. Sorry but I do not recommend using it.

    Gabby

    5/11/17

Wellness Blog

  • How to Choose the Best Natural Sunscreen

    When the sun comes out we all reach for the sunblock, knowing the risks for ourselves and our children if we don’t have ‘sun smart’ behaviours during peak UV times. But knowing what to look […]

  • Shed some Light on UV Protection: Sun Cream and Beyond!

    Our sun has been shining on Earth for the last 6 billion years. It wasn’t until around 30 years ago that we actively started paying attention to how it was affecting us. In 1978, the […]

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