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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.

As part of our Good Ingredients Promise and to ensure that we only stock the healthiest products, all sunscreens that HealthPost stock have had independent testing to ensure they meet the SPF label claims.

With HealthPost's strict standards, you can also 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

  • The smell makes me remember to put

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    Lightest mineral natural sunscreen ever. The smell is to die for beautiful and so makes me want to put on before my morning runs. It lasts a very long time so worth paying a bit more you won’t regret.

    Kelly

    18/11/18

  • Did not protect from sunburn

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    Very disappointing. Did not protect from the sun. First use - both family members who used it got sunburn, one of which had it on so thick it was like a white mask but it still didn’t protect. 2nd use - kept reapplying but still got bad sunburn. Also this is very greasy, thick and white. Have gone back to Oasis which was unavailable.

    Jacqui

    13/11/18

  • Not for sensitive skin

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    I was hopeful when I ordered this sunbalm that it might be a solution for summer wear on my face. Unfortunately it has left my cheeks feeling warm, tingly, red and blotchy. Being that I have sensitive normal/combination skin, this isn’t the first time my skin has reacted to sunscreen.
    However, here are the pros:
    - reasonably neutral smell
    - rubs in easily and the faint white/pink tone fades in a minute or less
    - not overly greasy and leaves a subtle healthy glow
    -sat well under make up
    - Did protect me from bright afternoon sun while outside
    - Didn’t appear to clog poors or create breakouts.
    I will happily use this on my body, just not my face.

    Kelly

    7/11/18

Wellness Blog

  • Sunscreen and My Family – Why I Choose Natural

      It’s not easy finding the perfect sunscreen. Of course, I want products that are safe and effective, but like most people, my wish list doesn’t end there. I don’t want it to be messy ...

  • Is Your Sunscreen Reef Safe?

    As if all the plastic waste wasn’t enough, researchers estimate up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion enters oceans worldwide each year, killing coral reefs. Coral reefs play a fundamental role in the food chain, yet ...

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