Natural sun protection products


Chemical vs Physical Sunscreens, the differences explained

Protecting ourselves from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays is increasingly important in our harsh Australian environment. For years we’ve known to SLIP SLOP SLAP and more recently to SEEK (shade) and SLIDE (on sunglasses). We’ve been following the mantra diligently but do we know what’s in our sunscreen before we slop some on?

Types of sunscreen or sunblock

There are two types of topical applications – chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreens.

The first, a chemical sunscreen, absorbs the harmful UV rays, converts it into heat and then releases it from the skin. These sunscreens may contain synthetic ingredients which penetrate into the skin and absorb UVA and UVB rays.

A physical sunscreen or sunblock uses natural minerals such as Zinc Oxide to physically block or reflect the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays from our skin. Zinc Oxide is a mineral which is an excellent UV blocker. Natural Instinct sunscreens fall into this category.

Natural Instinct sun protection solutions

If the ingredients in chemical sunscreens worry you, you will be happy to know that Natural Instinct sun protection solutions contain Zinc Oxide and other naturally derived ingredients. Zinc Oxide is a physical UV blocker that functions like a mirror on your skin, reflecting the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays instead of absorbing them.

Natural Instinct sun protection range also contain other wonderful botanical extracts such as Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Safflower Seed Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Camellia Oil, Green Tea Extract and Rosehip Oil. These replenishing natural ingredients have skin conditioning and hydrating qualities, helping to fight free radicals and moisturise the skin.

Does Natural Instinct make a Zinc based sunscreen which is invisible?

The answer is yes! Our SPF 30 Invisible Natural Sunscreen provides UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection and delivers an invisible finish. It contains Zinc Oxide which reflects harmful UV rays and is water resistant for up to three hours. Moisturising ingredients such as Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter and Vitamin E help replenish and hydrate the skin. It is suitable for all skin types and can be used on both, face and body.

Does Natural Instinct have a sunscreen specifically for use on the face?

Yes! Our Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen is a Zinc-based broad spectrum UV blocker which blends to a natural finish delivering an even skin tone. The tint offers light coverage but is not as heavy as a foundation, hence suitable for a wide range of skin tones. It can also be used as a tinted natural moisturiser. For best results apply Plump & Renew Serum before applying the Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen.

The Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen is the perfect solution for covering up pigmentation or uneven skin tone whilst protecting your skin from further damage. It contains powerful skin conditioning ingredients such as Rosehip Oil, Green Tea and Vitamin E to replenish and moisturise the skin.

The Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen with moisturising and skin replenishing ingredients can be used under makeup or as an alternative to makeup.

Does Natural Instinct have a sunscreen suitable for young children?

Yes, Natural Kids Sunscreen is formulated specifically for children’s delicate skin with Zinc Oxide and other naturally derived ingredients. This formulation leaves a translucent white protective layer so you can see where the sunscreen has been applied. It is not always easy to follow the SEEK and SLIDE mantras with children but you can be assured that the Natural Instinct Kids Sunscreen safely provides the SLOP protection needed while they have fun in the sun.

Cancer Council recommends keeping babies away from direct sunlight as much as possible when UV levels are 3 or above, as their skin is more sensitive than adults’. Plan daily activities to ensure the infant is well protected from the sun and aim to minimise time outside during the middle of the day during the summer period when UV levels are at their strongest.

When this is not possible, ensure that babies are protected from the sun by shade, protective clothing and a hat. Check the infant’s clothing, hat and shade positioning regularly to ensure he/she continues to be well protected from UV.

The widespread use of sunscreen on babies under six months is not generally recommended.

Some parents may choose to use sunscreen occasionally on small parts of their baby’s skin – if that’s the case parents should be careful to choose a sunscreen that is suitable for babies  – they may wish to seek the advice of a doctor or pharmacist. Sunscreens for babies usually use reflecting ingredients such as zinc oxide and avoid ingredients and preservatives that may cause reactions in young skin. It’s also important to patch test first.

Application tips for Natural Instinct sunscreen’s

Natural Instinct’s range of sun protection products should be;

  • Shaken well before use to ensure the natural ingredients are combined well and to provide consistent protection.
  • Reapplied every two hours especially after swimming, towel drying or exercising.

Use a generous amount of sunscreen. The average-sized adult should apply at least one teaspoon (5mL) per exposed limb. A full body application includes 7 areas – each arm, leg, front torso, back torso, face (including neck & ear). . That is, 35 mL of sunscreen for one full body application.

Sunscreen should also be stored below 30 degrees.

While sunscreen needs to work, we want it to look good too!

Natural Instinct’s range of sun protection products are suitable for sensitive skin. They are easy to apply, unlike a thick cream and blend well into the skin leaving it feeling moisturised.

As with any new skincare product, it is good practice to patch test for sensitivities before use.

They also offer value for money and are travel friendly. The Invisible and Kids Sunscreen come in 100g and 200g tubes whilst the Tinted Face Sunscreen comes in 50g and 100g. The 100g tubes are available to purchase online. The entire sunscreen range is available to purchase at Chemist Warehouse and Priceline Pharmacy.

Check out our tips to prepare your skin for the Spring Racing season here.

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