What essentials should you add to your beach bag this summer?
Don’t worry about sharks or jellyfish, if you’re unprotected on an Aussie beach this summer it’s the sun that will get you. Cancer Australia report that melanoma skin cancer was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2014 and estimate it will remain at that figure in 2018.
So, along with clothing, a hat and sunglasses your beach bag must contain a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen suitable for body and face. And if you’re taking the kids to the beach a suitable sunscreen for their young skin is essential too.
Natural Instinct have got you covered this summer with a selection of natural, zinc-based sunscreens you will love. Our easy to apply, non-greasy sunscreen range includes Invisible Natural Sunscreen, Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen and Natural Kids Sunscreen.
What is the best sunscreen for your face?
The best sunscreen for your face is one that is unobtrusively providing a high level of protection without being too heavy or greasy. Ideally, sunscreen for your face should be a lightweight formula suitable to wear alone or beneath your makeup.
Our Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen is a lightweight formula that offers hydrating, non-greasy, SPF30 protection. It is broad spectrum which means it adequately protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent the signs of ageing while the tint provides a natural finish suited to most skin tones. The radiant tint makes it ideal for wearing on its own for a fresh, sun-kissed look. It also works as a sun protective moisturiser when worn beneath your makeup.
This is an everyday summer essential item for protecting your face from the damaging effects of both UVA and UVB rays. Containing Rosehip Oil, Green Tea extracts and Vitamin E, your face will not only be protected but deeply moisturised for a healthy, youthful glow.
What SPF do I need in my sunscreen?
Experts recommend a sun protection factor of 30 or higher in conjunction with a hat, shirt and sunglasses. Chemical-free broad spectrum sunscreens like the Natural Instinct range have the ability to filter out both UVA and UVB rays. The active ingredient is Zinc Oxide which is a naturally sourced mineral capable of reflecting, rather than absorbing, UV rays.
If you are wondering what the difference between SPF30 and SPF50 is, then this is what you need to know. For a sunscreen to provide SPF50 protection it needs to contain chemical UV filters. Natural sunscreen formulas are zinc-based and can only achieve a maximum of SPF30. However, an SPF50 sunscreen only delivers a 1% improvement in protection when compared to an SPF30 sunscreen. An SPF30 sunscreen has an effectiveness of 97% vs 98% for a chemical based SPF50 sunscreen.
Tips on how to use a natural sunscreen
To ensure your skin remains protected whilst outdoors, sunscreen should be applied generously onto dry skin 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapplied at least every two hours, especially after swimming, exercising or towel drying.
Natural sunscreens need to be shaken thoroughly to ensure all the natural ingredients are combined and provide even coverage.
A good rule of thumb for application is 1tsp (5mL) per exposed limb (arms, legs, front torso, back, head/neck) which works out to be 7tsps (35mL for a complete body application.
Which sunscreens can kids use?
As Natural Instinct products contain only natural ingredients and are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, they are safe to use on young skin. As with any skincare product, it is recommended that you test the product on a small patch of skin first. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Our Natural Kids Sunscreen is a chemical-free way to protect your children’s delicate skin from sun damage. As with our other sunscreen products, the Natural Kids Sunscreen is a broad spectrum, three hour water resistant sun protection product. It contains Zinc Oxide UV blockers which reflect harmful UV rays.
The particles of Zinc Oxide in the Natural Kids Sunscreen are larger, making it less transparent than Zinc Oxide formulas with smaller sized particles. This means when you apply it to your children’s delicate skin it goes on with a white translucent appearance, so that you can easily see where it has been applied.
The natural formulation makes it necessary to shake the product well before every use to ensure consistent protection.
Experts recommend that children’s primary sun protection comes from protective clothing and hats as well as avoiding the sun when the UV levels are highest. The Natural Kids Sunscreen SPF30 should be applied to areas of skin which may receive exposure while children under 12 months should avoid sun exposure without full protection or clothing.
With no chemical nasties present our sunscreens represent a healthy sun protection choice for your family.
What are the benefits of natural sunscreens?
Natural sunscreens use Zinc Oxide as a reflective barrier to prevent sun damage whereas sunscreens that use synthetic chemicals absorb the UV rays at a deeper level and release it as heat.
Natural Instinct sunscreens are free from sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours plus over 400 man-made, potentially harmful chemicals which can be absorbed through your skin. Using a 100% oil-based formula means Natural Instinct sunscreens require no added preservatives.
When choosing a zinc-based natural sunscreen you are opting for the best sunscreen protection for healthy skin.