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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

  • Great product

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    Really like this sunscreen, it was easy to apply for all the family and lasted well even while swimming. Would purchase it again.

    Sarah

    5/07/18

  • seemed effective

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    Used this on myself and my 3 1/2 yr old while on holiday in Fiji to protect against dengue fever mosquitos. A very thick sunscreen but the white layer disappeared after a while. I am normally the first one to get bitten if any mozzies are within miles, and I didn't get bitten once. Nice to be able to apply the sunscreen and insect repellent in one go. Also used the spray on Badger insect repellant at night and its not too stinky and worked a treat without any Deet.

    Kelly

    20/06/18

  • Not perfect but quite acceptable.

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    I use this on my face. The rest of my skin is generally covered. As it is thick to apply and greasy and the greasiness seems to travel easily to my glasses and I get frustrated at having to clean them all the time I have adapted it. It is SPF30. I reason that if I dilute it by mixing with moisturizer about 40/60 it will still protect at perhaps SPF 15. I do not lie in the sun but I do garden (wearing a hat) and walk (without a hat) and this has worked. It spreads more evenly this way, is not so caked on or white, and after 5 mins I can apply a light makeup and I don't have a gleam about my skin. I have had one full-on day at the beach and my face and neck did not burn. I will continue to use this.

    Carol

    14/03/18

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