Top 3 reasons to use a natural sunscreen.

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YGTR. You need to use a sunscreen, all day, every day. UV damage can make your skin age rapidly and can have even more serious effects, such as skin cancer. Sun exposure comes in many forms. Even now, during quarantine, whether it’s your daily stroll to the supermarket, you lurking out of your window or sun bathing in your garden, it’s the #1 thing you can do for your skin. That being said, why opt for a natural one? Well, here’s a few things you might wanna now.

// 1. They’re toxin-free

First, let’s clear up the fog around the label ‘natural’ here. There’s no legal standards for the term ‘natural’ when it comes down to cosmetics. Related to sunscreens it’s used to refer to mineral sunscreens instead of chemical ones. Mineral sunscreens use mineral based filters like Zinc Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide. Chemical sunscreens use active ingredients like Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Homosalate and Octinoxate. Studies indicate, while filtering UV rays, chemical filters may disrupt hormone activity and also cause allergic skin reactions. As we’re all about skincare without the nasties, we have every reason to opt for minearal suncreens here. But there’s more.

// 2. They do not seep into your bloodstream

Several studies show chemical ingredients in sunscreen may be absorbed through the skin, and into the body. Taking into account ‘point 1’, we assume you don’t want those chemicals to enter into your bloodstream. Mineral based sunscreens protect the skin by creating a physical barrier rather than penetrating the skin. They actually sit on top of your skin and reflect the rays away. 

// 3. They’re reef safe

Oxybenzone - the most common chemical filter used in sunscreens -  is toxic to coral reefs and marine life. There’s many studies linking oxybenzone to coral bleaching. You may have heard a thing or two in the news regarding Hawaii’s ban on sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Luckily, there’s some alternatives. Mineral based sunscreens aren’t linked to coral bleaching. For suncreens to be reef safe, they must be ‘non-nano’, so that they cannot be ingested by corals.

LBH. Even for mineral sunscreens, It's not all sunshine and rainbows. As they sit on top of your skin they're more likely to leave a white cast, but there's really good alternatives nowadays. The super lightweight Aloe Mineral Sunscreen by Aromatica for example, doesn't leave any white residu plus is full of moist. The Salt & Stone SPF 50 face stick glides on smoothly with a natural tint to enhance your skin tone. And you're gonna love this one by Madara: they came up with this invisible nude Age Defying sunscreen that doesn't leave a trace.  

What else? Well, while we’re at it. Always look for a ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen. This means it’s a full-spectrum sunscreen, protecting your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for prematurely aging your skin, while UVB rays burn your skin. Both type of UV rays can cause cancer over time.

Of course, you can count on us to have done the work for you. All our sunscreens are broad-spectrum, mineral sunscreens, using non-nano Zinc Oxide, including a whole lot of moisture as well. Good for you, good for the earth. It’s a win-win situation.

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