Buying suncream can be confusing when considering all the benefits, such as recyclable packaging, reef safe, non toxic, no parabens, containing zinc and other minerals, effective & dosent make your face look like a ghost.
Which report says that you are supposed to spread 1 teaspoon of suncream over each area of your body, which I have never done before.
It is recommended to reapply after being in water, (some suncreams are water resistant up to a certain time), apply 15 minutes before going out, then reapply 2 hours after each application.
Suncream does go out of date and with that its ability to protect us from the sun.
SPF (An indication of how much protection you get from UVB) is how long you can spend in sun without burning i.e. SPF 30 is 30 minutes longer than no suncream up until a certain point. Foundation with SPF in is not likely to work unless you put a teaspoon of it on your face.
UVA is another type of radiation
SPF 15 – blocks 93% UVB
SPF 20 – blocks 95% UVB
SPF 30 – blocks 97% UVB
SPF 50 – blocks 98% UVB
This is what I look like when I applied a teaspoon of factor 50 sun milk. You are supposed to slap it on, not smear it, after 15 mins it had settled into the skin.
However Which does not offer this advice based on natural/mineral suncreams, which sit on your skin a little differently. One of my fav mineral suncreams, Stream2Sea offers a mini video on how to apply mineral suncream, which you can watch here – Stream2Sea.
Here are my top natural sun creams with minerals.
Natural, organic sunscreen full of plant oils & aloe, providing anti-oxidants. Water resistant up to 40-80 minutes. It has top ratings for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group & it is coral reef safe.
100% mineral sun protection, suitable for all skin types, offering waterproof protection, free from parabens, fragrance & colorants. It is effective immediately after application, the SPF 30 Sun Cream is suitable for vegans & is certified organic by ICEA.
£21.95 from BetterFoods
A hydrating, lightweight zinc oxide formula that works for everyone, from babies and sensitive-skin-sufferers to outdoor-sports enthusiasts. Water-resistant, infused with antioxidants and aloe vera. It smells faintly of tangerine and lemon.
High performance mineral-based sunscreen, containing an antioxidant blend of green tea, tulsi, wakame & olive leaf, water resistant for up to 80 Minutes of swimming. It is non-greasy & contains 8.8% (non-nano) titanium Dioxide, with eco-conscious sugarcane resin tubes.
Buy it in the UK via Baldwins
Suitable for sensitive skin & prickly heat, water repellent, contains aloe vera, green tea & edelweiss, 84% certified organic ingredients, reef-safe sun lotion, renewable sugar cane packaging, farmed on sustainable land, 30p donation to charity. It can be a little thick to apply but fine once you get used to it.
Suitable for vegans, 76% organic, no preservatives, silicones, fragrance or colour. The first ever sun screen both organically certified & approved by the Fairtrade Foundation. Immediately effective on application, it spreads easily, is non-whitening, non-greasy or pore-clogging. It contains raw shea butter, sunflower, chamomile, sea buckthorn, the packaging is recyclable packaging.
Happy sunshine time.
If you want some hydrating skin pampering after sunshine time, that feel free to contact me to book in a nourishing facial.