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    Best Natural Sunscreen: Australian Product Review

    Posted by: Kelsea Bell - Gr8 Health Naturopath

    Best Natural Sunscreen: Australian Product Review

    Summer is on its way, which means it’s time to get serious about sunscreen! Here in Australia, we are very familiar with the importance of applying sunscreen, especially in the summer months. But many are still not aware of how important it is to choose the right sunscreen.

    Unfortunately, majority of mainstream sunscreens are full of toxic ingredients that can cause harm to our health. Luckily, there are more and more brands creating non-toxic and effective natural sunscreens to protect our skin.

    The benefits of natural sunscreen

    Natural sunscreen is also known as mineral sunscreen or physical sunscreen. All types of natural or mineral sunscreen will contain either one or both of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It is typically thicker and whiter than chemical sunscreen. This is because they work by sitting on top of the skin and act as a barrier to block the sun from penetrating into the skin.

    On the other hand, chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin, where they then absorb the UV rays from the sun, so your skin doesn’t. The chemicals typically found in these sunscreens include avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate. Unfortunately, these chemicals are linked to allergic reactions and irritation to sensitive skin.

    How to find the best natural sunscreen

    • Look for sunscreens with broad-spectrum protection. This means it is protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays.
    • Always opt for naturally derived sunscreens. Look for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This may require a visit to your local health food store.
    • Avoid products that contain ingredients like oxybenzone and benzene, which research shows have the potential to be problematic for health.

    Best Natural Sunscreens

    Wotnot natural Sunscreen

    The Wotnot Sunscreen is one of the most popular natural sunscreens available on the Australian market and for good reason. It provides broad spectrum SPF30+ and free from chemical UV-absorbers. You are guaranteed with total protection for the whole family. Its active ingredient is zinc oxide that works to deflect the sun’s harsh rays. Full of natural oils and ideal for those with hypersensitive and break-out prone skin.

    Natural Instinct natural sunscreen

    There are a lot of things to love about the Natural Instinct sunscreen! It’s an everyday essential to ensure your skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Formulated with skin loving oils and ingredients like grapeseed oil, shea butter, jojoba oil and Vitamin E to moisturise and soothe the skin. Designed to absorb well into the skin and leave you without the heavy feeling that some sunscreens do.  Formulated with zinc oxide and free from any UV filters and artificial fragrances and colours.

    Little Urchin natural sunscreen

    The Little urchin sunscreen also provides broad spectrum SPF30+ protection. Designed to rub in smooth, clear, and non-Greasy, providing three hours of water resistance. Enriched with natural botanicals including shea butter, jojoba, and green tea to sooth, soften and cool the skin. It is safe for young children and babies over 6 months and is ideal for those with sensitive skin.

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