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Natural Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an important part of our defence against both UVA and UVB rays, which are responsible for the burning, premature ageing and DNA damage to our skin. Because much of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into our bloodstream, we believe choosing a physical mineral sunscreen should be your first choice to limit your exposure to some potentially harmful chemicals.

As part of our Good Ingredients Promise and to ensure that we only stock the healthiest products, all sunscreens that HealthPost stock have had independent testing to ensure they meet the SPF label claims.

With HealthPost's strict standards, you can also be confident that what you’re putting on your skin (and your family’s) is truly natural, with no hidden nasties. 

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Natural Sunscreen Info

Sunscreen Ingredients Guide

Types of Sunscreens
Generally speaking, there are two types of sunscreens: Chemical sunscreens and physical barrier sunscreens.

Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens use synthetic compounds which create a chemical reaction in our skin to change UV rays from the sun into heat, which then is released into the air. Unlike natural mineral ingredients – which protect our skin immediately – chemical UV absorbers take around 20 minutes to provide effective protection from UV rays. Unfortunately, they have been associated with some negative health effects and have also been linked to the destruction of coral reefs.

Physical Sunscreens
Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients which work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting UV rays away. Like a mirror on the skin, they work more as a physical barrier to protect us. Choosing a physical mineral sunscreen should therefore be your first choice to limit your exposure to some potentially harmful chemicals.

Choosing A Natural Sunscreen
It’s important to note that some physical barrier sunscreens can sometimes also contain undesirable chemical ingredients along with the active mineral ingredients. We therefore always advise reading the label to ensure the product contains natural and effective ingredients that are great for you, your family and the environment.

Look for active, natural mineral UV filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are gentle on sensitive skin and work immediately on application.

For more information, read our blog on How to Choose the Best Natural Sunscreen.

Natural Sunscreen Benefits

Natural sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients that reflect the sun’s UV rays away from the skin. Natural sunscreens typically contain less irritating and potentially harmful ingredients, and because of this, they may also be more suitable for sensitive skin and to use on children and babies.

With effective but mild ingredients, natural sunscreen can nourish and soothe the skin at the same time, making it a great addition to your regular personal care routine.

Product Reviews

  • Looove that it's natural, but it is really thick.

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    Pros: It's natural, has a really nice smell, non sticky and perfect under make up!
    Cons: Really thick, so takes a while to spread. It's also really white, I also have light brown skin, so it adds a white thin layer which is not ideal! But it does sink in after a while.

    Ngaire

    9/02/19

  • LIGHT tint - perfect!

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    I bought this BB cream in the LIGHT tint. I apply it with my fingers and it spreads easily, blending in perfectly with my skin tone. (No brush or sponge is necessary for this tint.) It looks very natural, giving a nice lightweight coverage and, as advertised, a "dewy, fresh finish" or "glowing" as a male friend put it - while scrutinizing my face trying to figure out how exactly it was that I was looking more youthful! LOL :-) It doesn't settle into lines, like other foundations do on me these days (and that I'd given up wearing ages ago). So, all in all, I'm very pleased with this BB cream! :-)

    Ange

    5/02/19

  • Great for the children

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    I use this for the children and it’s been great this summer. Although it goes on thick and white, it definitely protects their skin and stays on in the water. My daughter with eczema has no problems using it. Also love that they’re protected straight away. And it smells wonderful!

    Gabrielle

    4/02/19

Wellness Blog

  • Sunscreen and My Family – Why I Choose Natural

      It’s not easy finding the perfect sunscreen. Of course, I want products that are safe and effective, but like most people, my wish list doesn’t end there. I don’t want it to be messy ...

  • Is Your Sunscreen Reef Safe?

    As if all the plastic waste wasn’t enough, researchers estimate up to 14,000 tons of sunscreen lotion enters oceans worldwide each year, killing coral reefs. Coral reefs play a fundamental role in the food chain, yet ...

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