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Just because the temperature is starting to dip and you’ve retired your bathers until next summer, it doesn’t mean you can skip wearing sunscreen.
As any Dermatologist will tell you, not all UV damage happens in summer. Protecting your skin from the sun is a year-round commitment – and one that we’re not very good at. In fact, despite having the highest national rate of skin cancer in the world, less than 20 per cent of Aussies wear sunscreen in winter.
Sure, UV levels are lower during the cooler months, but it’s also true that sun damage is the biggest cause of visible signs of aging, like fine lines, pigmentation and age spots.
But before you dash off to stock up on SPF, you might wonder what’s the best sunscreen to use every single day of the year? For me, I’ll only ever wear a natural sunscreen.
What is natural sunscreen?
Traditional sunscreens rely on chemicals like Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, OxyBenzone, and Homosalate and Helioplex to absorb the sun’s harmful rays into your skin. In recent years, there has been growing concern that these chemical filters can generate free radical damage and sometimes disrupt your hormone system.
Natural sunscreens work in a very different way. They use active mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to provide broad spectrum protection that acts like a mirror and reflects UV rays away – rather than absorbing them into the skin.
What’s so good about natural sunscreen?
Here are a few reasons why I’m a big fan of natural sunscreen:
- You know you’re getting broad-spectrum coverage without exposing your body to ingredients that can cause free radical formation, which can lead to more sun damage in the long run.
- Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so I always prefer products that reduce my exposure to unnecessary chemicals, nasties, fillers and artificial fragrances.
- They are a gentler option that is unlikely to cause irritation and is perfect if you have sensitive skin – like me!
When should I apply a natural sunscreen?
Since a natural sunscreen sits on top of your skin, pop it on as your final skincare step.
It’s also worth mentioning that natural sunscreen isn’t as resistant to sweat and water as a chemical SPF so make sure you reapply as needed.
Any tips for applying natural sunscreen?
Make sure you give your natural sunscreen a good shake before applying so that all the mineral particles are evenly dispersed and you get consistent protection.
What’s a good natural sunscreen to add to your skincare routine?
My go-to is Natural Instinct’s Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen, which I’ve been using as my everyday.
It’s got an ultra-light formulation that that sinks into the skin and doesn’t leave a white, chalky residue (like lots of other natural sunscreens). Plus, it’s super hydrating thanks to a good hit of enriching oxidants including Rosehip Oil, Green Tea and Vitamin E. And the best bit? It’s lightly tinted so not only does it protect you from UVA/UVB rays, but it also helps evens out your complexion and makes you look like you’ve had a little sun.