Are natural sunscreens effective and do they provide the same level of protection as regular sunscreens?
Typically, sunscreens labeled ‘natural’ contain no chemical actives – they contain pure mineral based actives like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. You should not find parabens, polyethylene glycol (PEG) an ingredient commonly found in cosmetics, synthetic dyes, fragrances or petrochemicals in natural sunscreen products.
The best advance in the new natural sunscreens is that their zinc oxide or titanium dioxide formulas no longer leave the skin looking white – new formulas are light, non-greasy and absorb fully into the skin without leaving a bright white residue.
There are two products we like – both provide effective broad spectrum protection from the sun with proper application, and both products are ideal for adults, babies 6 months+ and people with sensitive skin.
This all natural, eco-friendly sunscreen was rated #1 in Sport Diver Magazine. According to reviewers: “True Natural has an appetizing scent, great coverage, and the lowest ghost effect (non-whitening)”, “our favorite scent”, and “one of the most water resistant”.
True Natural also has an all natural, unscented, extremely gentle sunscreen suitable for babies and those prone to skin allergies. Made with ultra-moisturizing Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Coconut Oil, and zinc oxide, this gentle blend provides an instant, invisible shield against damaging UVA and UVB rays for the face & body.
If you are looking for an all natural product, always check labels thoroughly – here is the list of ingredients in True Natural’s SPF 40 Active Sunscreen.
All True Natural products are certified cruelty free – we all like that!
Babyganics manufactures a sunscreen that has been rated safe for the sensitive skin of newborns. This is a plant-based and certified organic product with ingredients that both defend against harmful rays and nourish delicate skin.
This natural mineral, broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. The product is unscented and contains no additives, PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances, or nano-particles
Not just for babies, this product is ideal for anyone looking for an all natural sunscreen or for those with sensitive skin. Perfect for high exposure areas and targeted protection
Their trademarked NeoNourish® Seed Oil Blend is a special blend of their “own blend of tomato, sunflower, cranberry, black cumin and raspberry seed oils.”
Babyganics is tear free & non-allergenic. Pediatrician & Dermatologist tested.
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Selecting a good quality, natural sunscreen can be a daunting task given the myriad of options available to consumers. SELF recently tried several mineral sunscreens that are safe even for sensitive skin – read their recommendations – 7 Natural Sunscreens That Feel Great on Sensitive Skin
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