Sunscreen Ingredients To Avoid

Protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun is important but some of the chemicals in commercial brand sunscreens make them a hazard in themselves. So bear these tips in mind when shopping for sunscreen:

  • When shopping for sunscreen, choose a physical sunscreen over a chemical one.
  • Chemical sunscreens contain UV absorbers that absorb UV radiation preventing it from penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin. Unfortunately the molecular nature of the chemicals potentially allows them to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Not a good thing when tests have shown these chemicals can cause health issues.
  • Look out for and avoid these chemicals:
    • oxybenzone
    • octinoxate/octylmethoxycinnamate
    • homosalate
    • octocrylene
    • avobenzone
  • Ironically, new recent research has shown that avobenzone breaks down into toxic compounds when exposed to sun and water - precisely the conditions when you would normally use a sunscreen.
  • Chemical sunscreens are often the cause of rashes and skin irritations, especially for people with sensitive skin.
  • Physical sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin and act as a barrier to block and deflect UVA and UVB rays. They are not designed to penetrate the skin.
  • Physical sunscreens typically use zinc oxide as their active ingredient.
  • One of our best-selling sunscreens is Wotnot Natural Sunscreen - a multi award-winning sunscreen that also contains soothing aloe vera and hydrating shea butter and safflower oil.
  • Also extremely popular is the entire Eco Sunscreen Range range, made with skin nurturing ingredients and based on Zinc Oxide.
  • UV Natural is another great Australian brand that is very moisturising and protective of the skin.
  • For an added antioxidant boost, take a look at Simple As That and Eco By Sonya Natural Sunscreen, both of which include Green Tea and Rosehip.
  • All of the sunscreens at Naturally Safe can be used on babies but if you're after a dedicated baby sunscreen, check out Eco Natural Sunscreen - Baby SPF30+ and UV Natural Sunscreen for Baby, which have been formulated to be extra gentle and extra moisturising on your baby's delicate skin.


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And let's not forget your face:

  • Protecting your face from the damaging effects of the sun on a daily basis is a good idea, both in terms of the health of your skin and from an anti-ageing viewpoint. Wearing a facial sunscreen or moisturiser with in-built sun protection every day can help protect your skin when you're, say, driving to work, walking outside during your lunch break, hanging out the washing, etc.
  • Emma Organics Sun Protect Hydration and Eco Natural Sunscreen for Face are both very popular SPF facial moisturisers.
  • Tinted moisturisers with SPF are also a great option, like this one from Mukti. It provides sheer colour in addition to sun protection and moisturisation.
  • When spending time in the sun, always follow the usual measures to protect your skin: apply your natural sunscreen (and re-apply as necessary), wear appropriate protective clothing including a hat and don't forget to protect your eyes with sunglasses.

And, finally, if you're after a tan - remember, the only safe tan is an organic tan - and we have lots of options for all skin types and tones in our range of Eco Tan natural self-tanning products. These are not sunscreens - simply a great way to get gorgeous colour without risking sun damage.