Before the beginning of each summer, I always have the same thoughts, the same dilemmas. What kind of a sunscreen should I choose this year? I believe that I have been brainwashed about the conventional sunscreens. What I mean is that despite the fact that I am a strong and passionate supporter of natural and organic products, when it comes to sunscreen I feel torn between the two types of sunscreens. Even though I know deep in my heart that I should definitely choose a natural one and experiment with it, I feel afraid to be exposed under the strong summer sun, without the technology a conventional sunscreen has to offer.
So far, I have no clear answer to my dilemma. The last few years, I have compromised myself with Apivita and Korres sunscreens, since they are a bit more «natural» and less toxic than every other product you can find on the shelves of supermarkets and cosmetic stores. But still, they contain Disodium EDTA (preservative), parfum (it comes from petroleum) and nano (too bad for health) Titanium dioxide..
However, this year I seriously think of ordering a really natural sunscreen that I recently discovered by some nice bloggers, whose minimal ingredients are based on minerals.
In fact, the most known natural ingredients (minerals) that do offer sun protection (without being toxic to our body) are (non-nano) Zinc oxide and Titanium dioxide. Indeed, the more the content of the above-mentioned substances, the higher the SPF index. The natural ingredient Zinc oxide at 18.8% corresponds to SPF 30 & it is the only natural material known that gives so full sun protection across the UVA + UVB spectrum! Here are the proofs…
But the more Zinc oxide in the sunscreen, the more white the mark it leaves on our skin when applied (see the picture below)! You should definately choose a non-nano Zinc oxide sunscreen, it is the only healthy option of it that you can have.
However, there is still a dilemma. Even if I choose a purely natural sunscreen, scientific research has demonstrated the toxicity of Zinc oxide in the marine ecosystems and as an environmental specialist, I am sensitive towards the environment and its protection.
On the other hand, conventional sunscreens contain, in any case, super cocktails of toxic chemical components that damage both marine ecosystems and the human body!
So, choosing a sunscreen is not an easy task anyway. Choosing a natural sunscreen might be a good idea, if you are in the mood of experimenting its effectiveness on your skin.
Some other natural ideas for sun protection could have been the organic vegetable oils, which in practice (ie during sun exposure) do not provide enough protection. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of them do not cover the whole spectrum UVA+UVB. Raspberry seed oil is considered to be the most powerful of them all, yet this is not proven in the following pictures…
The results are not at all encouraging! Do not rely solely on your vegetable oils to protect yourself from the sun, be it coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil etc …!
And now I will tell you which natural sunscreen I am thinking of buying for this year due to its minimal natural ingredients…
I would really appreciate it if you could recommend me some other natural sunscreens that have worked well for you and that contain organic & natural ingredients, by leaving me a comment !!!
p.s. This article does not substitute / replace in any way any medical opinion, knowledge, diagnosis or prescription! It includes the author’s personal views & only.
Friendly advice: Before you decide on your sunscreen, consult your dermatologist first.
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