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Why Choose Natural Sunscreen over Chemical Based Sunscreens?

natural sunscreen

More people than ever are turning to natural sunscreens over chemical based sunscreens, but why? Most natural sunscreens protect the skin by using acting as a barrier, rather than chemical based ones than penetrate the skin and can cause unwanted health implications.

Ingredients to be wary of include:

  • Retinyl palmitate

  • Oxybenzone

  • Parabens

  • Octinoxate

  • Homosalate

  • Avobenzone

  • Methylisothiazolinone

Check your sunscreens for any of these ingredients as they can play havoc with our health. Symptoms may include:

  1. allergic skin reactions

  2. hormonal disruption

  3. reproductive toxicity

  4. alter thyroid activity

  5. disruption of oestrogen, progesterone and androgen activity

  6. pollution of coral reefs

Zinc oxide or titanium oxide are the natural alternative active ingredients to these chemical ones. They work by absorbing both UVA and UVB rays, and an organic sunscreen is preferable. Natural sunscreens are much less likely to aggravate eczema and other skin conditions. If you have sensitive skin, or suffer from prickly heat or other skin complaints, use a fragrance-free natural sunscreen.


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