Everything you need to know about natural sunscreens
We choose to wear sunscreen to avoid sunburns and prevent skin damage by UVA and UVB rays, that much is clear. But is it worth it? I would say yes, absolutely, but be sure to choose one that adds protection with a physical barrier rather than chemicals that add potential hormone and endocrine disruptors and have estrogenic effects on the body. Some key ingredients to avoid when choosing sunscreens, or any product, are parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils, phthalates and retinyl palmitate. To help you figure out which product is best for you, here’s the lo down on all things sunscreen:
What about a loose mineral powders or spray sunscreens? In our research, we have found that minerals delivered in a cream form will not penetrate the skin, however when inhaled in large quantities, they may cause harm. Not to mention, every time we see someone using a spray, we see so much product miss the body, this seems like a waste to us!
Here are a few of our favourite (mostly local) natural sunscreens.
SUNSCREEN FOR THE FACE
Cyberderm – Cyberderm was founded in 2008 by Canadian physicians, based in Ottawa. There are two options, Pure Zinc and the Daily Sun Whip. Both are fantastic for daily use on the face, and both formulas are lightweight and won’t leave a white cast. We had been on the hunt for a good face sunscreen for ages that didn’t cause breakouts and wore well alone or under makeup. Shop here.
Badger Face Stick – Badger is a small family owned business out of New Hampshire. If you are active or water lover, the face stick is a thicker formula that will withstand activity more than a regular mineral sunscreen.
SUNSCREEN FOR THE BODY
Green Beaver Company – A lightweight formula for a mineral based sunscreen, spreads quickly, does leave a very slight white cast but not much. Ideal for adults and kids.
Badger – This is a thicker formula, what I do like about a thicker formula is that I find its stays a bit longer if I’m swimming or sweating.
Goddess Garden – Based out of Boulder, Colorado, the creators of the brand have connections to Oregon and BC, and have an awesome selection for every need.
There are many brands and formulas out there, we encourage you to scan over the ingredients. Some natural brands are “cleaner” than others, but choose what works best for you and your lifestyle.
I wanted to add a quick note about making DIY sunscreen or using coconut oil or raspberry oil as sun protection. While these antioxidant rich oils may offer some protection, there is no way of knowing the SPF rating. If you want to block UVA and UVB rays, you either have to cover up, seek shade or choose a broad spectrum SPF rated sunscreen. We wouldn’t want to risk damaging our skin with a DIY sunscreen. Antioxidant-rich serums like the Blackberry Serum from Wild Hill Botanicals are amazing to use under your sunscreen or in the evening to fight free radical damage.