Getting out in the sun is good for us – when done in moderation and while wearing sunscreen – as natural sunlight stimulates vitamin D production in our bodies. Over-exposure to the sun rays however can lead to premature ageing, skin damage and even skin cancer.
Why Natural Sun Care?
What you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. If you wouldn’t eat synthetic ingredients, then why apply them to your skin?
Chemical sunscreens do not act the same way in which natural sunscreens do. Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin to protect it from UV rays from within. Synthetic Sun Ingredients are absorbed by the skin and accumulate in our bodies.
Some Synthetic sun ingredients can act as xenoestrogens : that means that they can mimic oestrogen in the body and may contribute to hormonal imbalances. Such ingredients include Oxybenzone, methyl cinnamates, and PABA.
Natural sunscreens are physical sunscreens: they form a barrier that protects your skin from the effect of UV-A, and UV-B sun rays. They are not absorbed and do not disrupt hormonal balance.
Chemical sunscreens can irritate sensitive skin, especially ones that contain PABA. Natural sunscreens are natural minerals (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide mainly) that are gentle to the skin. Safe for the whole family including babies & children age six months.
Because chemical sunscreens need to penetrate the skin to work, people should apply them 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Natural sunscreens are effective as soon as applied.
SPF refers to the length of time the product will protect you from the sun. SPF 15, for example, prevents your skin from reddening 15 times longer than if you were not wearing sunscreen at all. Chemical sunscreens come in higher SPF levels than natural sunscreens. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, most people are fine using SPF 15. Skin cancer patients or people at high risk of developing skin cancer may want to use SPF 30 or higher.
UVB rays are what cause sunburn and can lead to skin cancer and melanoma. UVA rays are also harmful though and are behind the ageing effect on skin. Not all chemical sunscreens protect against UVA rays, so consumers need to check the label for “broad spectrum”. All our natural sunscreens protect against both UV A and B rays.
Natural Sun Creams also include plant ingredients that help soothe, heal and improve skin texture. Some creams are also rich in anti-oxidants which help to fight the damaging effects of sun rays and fight the signs of ageing.
- Apply sun screen carefully and generously. Re-apply after swimming.
- Apply sun protection even whilst in the shade; you are still exposed to 40% of the sun’s UV radiation.
- At the start of the summer, choose a high factor (SPF 30 and up), and only stay out in the sun for short periods so as to acclimatize your skin gradually.
- For the best protection under make-up, use Anti-Aging Sun Screen SPF20 Face for two in one moisturization and sun care. Use a small amount and allow a few minutes for the light fluid to absorb before applying make-up.
- Take particular care of babies and children in the sun, and always ensure they are wearing clothing and a hat for extra protection. Pediatricians recommend babies under 6 months stay in the shade and receive minimal exposure to direct sunlight.
- Sunlight is strongest between 11 am and 3 pm. Avoid direct sun exposure at these times.
- When traveling, remember: if you are bound for snow or water, they reflect sunlight, intensifying its UV rays, so you will need to choose a higher sun protection factor – SPF 30 and up. Near the equator and in mountainous areas, the sun’s rays are also more intense, so again, use SPF 30 and up.
- Swimming and sweating will remove sun screen, always re-apply after exercise.
- After sunbathing, treat skin to a generous application of After Sun Lotion. With organic jojoba and vitamin E, it works to re-nourish and nurture sun sore skin.