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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

  • Nice Light Cream

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    Have tried other products but this is my current favourite SPF moisturiser. It's a nice light cream and does the job well (I know as I missed some patches on my neck one day and got sunburned in those areas!). It's not oil or thick the way some SPF creams can be so you can easily apply it and it's not noticeable or good under make up.

    Faye

    9/12/18

  • Wouldn't recommend - had to discard

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    I was looking for a natural sunscreen for my baby at a reasonable price. This product was fine to start with but has now completely separated - no amount of shaking will mix it and it's just an oil type substance that squirts everywhere now. I've had to throw it out.

    Mel

    7/12/18

  • A bit runny!

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    I like this, its a good colour and unscented but man, its runny - like liquid! The first time I used it, it went everywhere.

    Kristin

    5/12/18

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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