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There is often confusion surrounding the difference between chemical and physical (mineral) sunscreens. In a recent interview with the SMH Online, Dr Natasha Cook, pioneer dermatologist at Darlinghurst Dermatology in Sydney, provided this great explanation: In Australia you can find two types of sunscreens; chemical absorbers and physical blockers. Sunscreens using chemicals absorb the sun’s UV rays before releasing them safely. According to the EWG, chemical based sunscreens can contain synthetic chemicals. Physical sunscreens on the other hand, use minerals (such as Titanium and Zinc) to deflect the sun's UV rays so they don't penetrate the skin. Dr Cook recommends a physical sunscreens in the article saying they offer a full spectrum protection and are non-irritating on the skin.
The SPF rating found on sunscreen labels is determined through a simple equation. To decide this rating, you divide the time it takes you to burn wearing sunscreen by the time it takes you to burn without wearing sunscreen.1 For example, if it usually takes you 300 minutes to burn with a sunscreen and 10 minutes without a sunscreen, the SPF will be 30.
Oxybenzone: With an EWG Hazard Score of 8, Oxybenzone has relatively high rates of skin allergy. This chemical has also been associated with hormone disruption.2
Octinoxate: With an EWG Hazard Score of 8, Octinoxate has moderate rates of skin allergy. It’s also believed to disrupt hormones by displaying hormone-like activity.3
Homosalate: Homosalate has an EWG Hazard Score of 4 and is related to the toxic breakdown of products. This chemical has been shown to disrupt estrogen, androgen and progesterone.4
There are two types of rays emitted from the sun; UVA and UVB. UVA rays are always around, no matter the weather or season. These rays can penetrate the deeper layers of our skin to cause premature ageing, sunspots and wrinkles. UVB rays on the other hand are more prevalent during the summer months and are responsible for sunburn and skin cancer.5
According to bestselling author Paula’s Choice, sunscreen should always be the final step in your skincare routine. Paula explains that any product placed over the top of your sunscreen will dilute it and reduce the effectiveness. This means that after you cleanse your face, you should apply your favourite serum or moisturiser and then your sunscreen. If you find that your sunscreen is moisturising enough however, you may like to wear it on its own.
According to Paula’s Choice, before you apply your foundation you need to wait 3-5 minutes for your sunscreen to absorb into the skin. Foundation will dilute sunscreen, however applying the product lightly and in downward motions can reduce this. You can also mix a small amount of tinted moisturiser or foundation into your sunscreen to counteract the white cast left by some.
Find the right sunscreen for you
Which face sunscreens do I recommend?
When purchasing a face sunscreen, finding the right formulation is key. I recommend looking for a product that is non-greasy and hydrating. With so many fantastic anti-ageing or tinted options available, why not reach for a BB or CC cream to blur imperfections while protecting your skin from the sun’s rays?
Life Basics SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen
Lightweight and non-greasy, the Life Basics SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen $24.95, is ideal for everyday wear beneath makeup. Vegan and antioxidant rich, this nourishing formula glides on smoothly and can be used all over the body too.
Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ $24.95, is a lightweight formulation perfect for the whole family.
Skin Juice Sun Juice Mineral SPF 15
Filled with superfood ingredients including Green Tea and Avocado, the Skin Juice Sun Juice Mineral SPF 15 $49.00, is ultra moisturising. This sunscreen offers three hours of sun protection and can be worn alone, or over the top of your regular moisturiser.
Eco Logical Face Sunscreen SPF 30+
Specifically formulated for the face, Eco Logical Face Sunscreen SPF 30+ $19.95, is rich in antioxidants and keeps skin looking youthful. This lightweight formula is non-greasy, hypoallergenic and feels silky smooth on the skin.
Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF30
The Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF30 $11.96, offers a sheer tint to the skin. Filled with nourishing ingredients including Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil and Green Tea Extract, this sunscreen doesn’t compromise on sun protection or hydration.
Swisse Natural Defence BB Cream SPF 30
Another tinted sunscreen I recommend is the Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF30 $24.99. This smoothing cream protects the skin from environmental damage and leaves a healthy sheen.
Which sports and body sunscreens do I recommend?
In natural sunscreens, ingredients including Beeswax, Lanolin and Jojoba Oil are often used for their water resistant properties. If you enjoy spending your days exercising outdoors or swimming at the beach, it’s important to look for a water resistant sunscreen.
Eco Logical Body Sunscreen SPF 30+
Water resistant for 3 hours, Eco Logical Body Sunscreen SPF 30+ $22.46, is non-greasy, non-whitening and suitable for the body. This hypoallergenic formula protects from both UVA and UVB rays, while providing the skin with antioxidants.
UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+
The UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ $16.95, is fast absorbing and is formulated with 24.8% natural zinc oxide. This smooth formula also contains nourishing botanicals including Macadamia Nut Oil and Green Tea.
Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen SPF30
Blended with hydrating Vitamin E and Shea Butter, the Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen SPF30 $15.95, leaves skin feeling moisturised. This sunscreen works to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, pollutants and free radicals.
Soleo Organics Sunscreen SPF 30+
Ideal for both the face and body, the Soleo Organics Sunscreen SPF 30+ $16.95, is a great summer option. This award winning formula combines antioxidant rich botanicals with non-whitening Zinc Oxide for broad spectrum protection.
Which kids and baby sunscreens do I recommend?
When purchasing a sunscreen for your children, it’s important to seek out gentle ingredients that won’t irritate their delicate skin. Here on Nourished Life we have a fantastic range of kid friendly sunscreens that will protect them all summer long.
WOTNOT Sunscreen SPF 30+
The WOTNOT Sunscreen SPF 30+ $19.95, is easy to apply and feels very moisturising on the skin. This sunscreen contains certified organic ingredients including Aloe Vera and Shea Butter along with Zinc Oxide to protect from UVA and UVB rays.
UV Natural Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+
Specifically formulated for your baby’s delicate skin, UV Natural Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+ $16.95, is soft and hydrating. Ideal for days at the beach, this sunscreen provides two hours of water-resistant protection.
Natural Instinct Natural Kids Sunscreen SPF30
Natural Instinct Natural Kids Sunscreen SPF30 $15.95, leaves a white layer on the skin so you can see exactly where you’re applying the product. This formulation is designed for kids and includes hydrating ingredients such as Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter to nourish the skin.
Little Innoscents Natural Sun Lotion SPF30
The Little Innoscents Natural Sun Lotion SPF30 $19.95, is water resistant for up to four hours. Perfect for sensitive skin, this sunscreen has been formulated with gentle ingredients including Cucumber and Green Tea.
(source: 1*SPF 30+ is defined as SPF 31, and SPF 50+ is defined as 60.1 as per AS/NZS 2604: 1998 & 2012, 2Janjua 2004, Janjua 2008, Sarveiya 2004, Gonzalez 2006, Rodriguez 2006, Krause 2012, 3Krause 2012, Sarveiya 2004, Rodriguez, 2006, Klinubol 2008, 4Krause 2012, Sarveiya 2004, SCCNFP 2006, 5Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (European Commission))
With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.
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