Natural sunscreen v.s. chemical UV filters
With that lovely weather outside and the addition of a new sunscreen to our webshop, we thought it was time to update you on natural sunscreen. Why is it so important to avoid those chemical UV filters?
When it comes to sunscreen, you can distinguish between a natural and a chemical variant. A natural sunscreen contains mineral filters, a chemical sunscreen contains chemical filters. What is the difference?
Chemical filters in sunscreen
Chemical filters in sunscreen penetrate your skin, creating a skin reaction that provides sun protection. The disadvantage of chemical filters is that the skin reaction for children and people with sensitive skin can create an allergic reaction, such as a rash or itchy skin. You can recognize a chemical filter by the following ingredients on the label: oxybenzone, octyl methoxcinnamate, octocrylene and avobenzone.
Mineral filters in sunscreen
Sunscreen with mineral filters are made with minerals such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients do not penetrate your skin, but put a layer on your skin. The UV radiation is then reflected. The chances of a bad skin reaction are very small and your skin is immediately protected. Ideal for sensitive skin, but also for babies and children.
But, there's a catch. The disadvantage of mineral filters is that you are left with a white haze on the skin. To prevent this, pay attention to the following ingredient on the label: Zinc Oxide (nano). This means that the ingredients are cut into super small particles (nanoparticles), which prevent you from lying on the beach looking like a ghost. If these nanoparticles are not in a sunscreen, only 'Zinc Oxide' is on the list of ingredients.
For animals and planet
So, the use of a natural sunscreen is a lot better for your skin. But you also do animals and the planet a favor by not using any more chemical sunscreen. Did you know that more than 14,000 tons of sun block disappear into the sea every year? The harmful ingredients in it, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, are known to make marine organisms such as coral and fish sick. Chemical UV filters are therefore banned in more and more countries, such as Bonaire, Hawaii and Palau.
These four products from our webshop are 100% natural and do not contain any chemical UV filters.