As we get into the warm summer months, it’s easy to gravitate toward the pool or beach. These outdoor activities are fun for the whole family, but not for your skin. Although we should be wearing sunscreen year-round, the summer months are when we spend more time outside, so it becomes even more important. This is when sunscreen steps up and plays a major role in your skincare routine… hopefully. Here are some of my favorite natural products to use that are not only going to protect you from sun damage, but are not full of toxic elements.
Why is Sunscreen Important?
We all know that sunscreen is important even on cloudy days, but many do not know the actual reasons why. There are different different types of rays that are present in sunlight. The one that causes the most damage to our skin is Ultraviolet Rays, or UV. The rays that hit the earth’s surface can be categorized into two parts, UVA and UVB. (1)
UVB rays are the ones that generally are the cause of sunburns. They also play a huge role in skin cancer. It is important to always check your moles, especially ones that are deeply black or have an abnormal shape. If you have any concerns, please seek a dermatologist.
UVA rays can also play a role in skin cancer, but these rays are the ones that penetrate deeper below the surface and can cause premature aging. There are also about 500 times more UVA rays than UVB in a ray of light.
Natural Skincare Product Review of SPF Sunscreens
#1. Josh Rosebrook Day Cream
The ingredient list of Josh Rosebrook Day Cream includes organic natural plants and herbs such as sea buckthorn, neem, burdock, rosehip, chamomile, non nano micronized zinc oxide. It comes in SPF 30. This moisturizer also has a slight tint that can give a nice glow to the skin. This day cream is offered for men and women, anyone can use it in their daily routine. You can purchase this amazing day cream with SPF here.
#2. Kypris Pot of Shade Sunscreen
This product is a heliotropic broad spectrum SPF 30, which means it can protect from all UVA and UVB rays. This cream product is beneficial because not only is it a sunscreen, but it can be used as a makeup primer as well. Kypris is organic and vegan, containing natural elements from sunflower, sweet iris stem cell, tamanu, and sea algae. It is extremely beneficial in protecting against sun damage and premature aging, while still plumping up the skin with the natural herbs that it is infused with. You can get your own pot of Kypris here.
This sunscreen was ranked #1 on the EWG scale, which is the Environmental Working Group. Oil-free Suntegrity natural mineral sunscreen can go all over the body including the face. It contains 20% zinc oxide, which is a solid amount of protection against the sun. (The higher the amount of zinc oxide, the greater the protection will be.) Similar to the other products this contains so many wonderful natural ingredients such as green tea, coconut oil, and sweet orange grapefruit. You can purchase Suntegrity here.
You might also like to know that Suntegrity offers a Sport Mineral Sunscreen that is water resistant, perfect for pool and beach days, even while working out. Both protect against UVA, UVB. If you wish to purchase the sport sunscreen, you’ll find it here.
#4. Earth Mama Kids SPF
If you are looking for something a little more gentle on the skin that is great for kids, Earth Mama Kids SPF is the way to go. Not only is it a sensitive mineral sunscreen, it is also a broad spectrum SPF 30, protecting against UVA/UVB rays. It is recommended by dermatologists and pediatricians, and you can find it here.
No matter which product or sunscreen you choose, make sure to reapply it every hour. Remember to get your face (into the hairline), neck, ears, tops of feet, and the decollete area. Those are some common spots that are missed when applying sunscreen. It’s also helpful to wear a hat to give your face as much protection as possible.
Sunscreen is important to wear all year round, but especially when we are outside in the summer. Make sure to choose a natural sunscreen as it does penetrate through the skin and you don’t want anything toxic going into your body.
If you would like to learn more about sunscreen, skin cancer, skin health or if you have interest in learning more about naturopathic care, you can schedule a virtual appointment with me here.