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Natural Sunscreen... Simple as!

Posted on December 21 2017

Sunscreen is the bane of my existence. 

Nothing makes a day at the beach and in the sand more uncomfortable than being lathered in greasy product. I despise rubbing sunscreen all over my face and body, because it feels so sticky, greasy, and just ick. 

But after years of avoiding sunscreen I am beginning to see the side effects of too much sun.  So, while I am busy trying to ‘reverse’ this damage, I am also on a mission to avoid inflicting any more. 

This is going to be my Summer of Sunscreen!  I have been doing a bit of research on sunscreen, and since it is a product we put all over our largest organ, the skin, it is important that we aren’t subjecting our bodies to the extra chemicals found in many mainstream sunscreens. 

My research has led me to a fork in the road, because there are two different types of sunscreen that are available: chemical and mineral.  Mainstream sunscreens contain chemical filters which absorb the UV rays in a chemical reaction to reflect the heat off the skin.  Mineral sunscreens work differently by creating a reflective barrier so the UV rays are reflected from our skin. 

There are two issues with chemical sunscreens.  The first being the ingredients used to produce the filters.  Combinations of the following active ingredients are used in chemical sunscreens:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate

The EWG recently reviewed data about human exposure and toxicity for sunscreen chemicals. The most worrisome is oxybenzone, added to nearly 65 percent of the non-mineral sunscreens in EWG’s 2017 sunscreen database. Oxybenzone is high up in our No List, as it is a chemical that accumulates in fatty tissue, and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage and low birth weight.

The second issue with chemical sunscreen is the need to be applied 30 minutes before going out in the sun for it to be effective.  If your sunscreen practice is anything like mine, that just doesn’t happen.  I am ashamed to say that I don’t normally put sunscreen on until I can feel the burn beginning - and if I was using chemical sunscreen it would be too late by then. 

The main ingredients in mineral sunscreen are zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.  Unlike chemical sunscreens, mineral sunscreens are effective immediately when applied to the skin, which gives the application mineral sunscreens two thumbs up in my book!  It seems to be the perfect alternative to mainstream sunscreens.  In a recent EWG study they found sunscreens using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide tended to rate well. They found mineral sunscreens are stable in sunlight, offer a good balance between protection from the two types of ultraviolet radiation – UVA and UVB – and don’t often contain potentially harmful additives.

In my search for a mineral sunscreen I came across Simple as That.

Simple as That uses organic, fair trade and vegan ingredients.  They believe ‘less is more’ and use as few ingredients as possible.  Simple as That have formulated a 100% natural, light weight, mineral sunscreen, using zinc oxide as its active ingredient.  This sunscreen is SPF 30 and suitable for both face and body, and the entire family. This is a non-greasy sunscreen, which rubs in easily without leaving you a pasty shade of white.

Let the Summer of Sunscreen begin!   Please let me know your thoughts 


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