Make The Change: Sun Screen

With the sun finally making an appearance (it’s taken a while), thoughts begin to turn to products which contain and SPF, so in the last of my five days of Make The Change posts, I am looking at sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a product which we many of us use over much of our body and often repeatedly for prolonged periods of time thought the summer. Protecting your skin from the sun is vital, if not only to help prevent signs of ageing however the amount of potentially harmful ingredients which go into many of the mainstream brands is somewhat scary.

Some of the most commonly used ingredients (including Octocrylene) have been found to be at the root of allergic reactions and some (such as Oxybenzone) have even been linked to hormone disruption. Organic sunscreen is formulated without any of these ingredients, instead relying on Titanium Dioxide and Zinc oxide to create a natural barrier which physically block or reflect the broad spectrum rays rather than absorbing them – a much better idea in my book!

Here are some suggestions for you sun lovers out there…

If you need something for all the family…

Neal’s Yard Remedies Lemongrass Sun Lotion SPF50 (£20.00)

This water resistant SPF50 sunscreen protects from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Perfect for all the family and suitable for use on the face or body this lemongrass infused sunscreen nourishes the skin with a blend of organic shea butter and conditioning beeswax.

If you have sensitive skin…

Odylique Natural Sunscreen SPF30 (£25.00)

This is my current favourite sunscreen. Suitable for even the most sensitive of skins, this all all natural cream  contains 76% organic ingredients and offers broad spectrum UVA, UVB to SPF 30 and a heap of powerful organic Antioxidants to boot. It doesn’t leave a white cast either!

If you just need something for your face…

Neal’s Yard Remedies Wild Rose Moisturising SPF30 For Face (£25.00)

With an SPF30 this beautifully scented sun cream protects your face from damaging UVA/UVB light. With a blend wild rosehip oil and nourishing shea butter and baobab oil, it also helps keep your skin moisturised for up to 12 hours.

Have you considered changing your sunscreen?


Images: (1) Soil Association; (2, 4) Neal’s Yard Remedies; (3) Odylique


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