Sun cream is a summer essential, but finding eco friendly sunscreen and in a formula that protects you can be a challenge. With many beauty products, a great way to overcome this is to make your own. As you guys know, we’re all about the DIY, but there is one product we would never recommend DIY-ing and that’s sun cream.

To be effective a sun cream must be broad spectrum, which means it will filter both UVA and UVB rays. Both are responsible for the detrimental effects of solar radiation on our skin. These are measured by SPF and UVA ratings. If you were to DIY sunscreen it is very hard to know the true SPF and UVA level in your formula. (Proper SPF and UVA tests cost thousands as they have to be tested on real people in controlled conditions.) If you don’t know what your SPF is, you don’t you know how long you can safely stay in the sun.

Yet, the silicones, UV filters and synthetic fragrances in traditional sun creams can have a damaging effect rather than protective – for both your skin and the environment. Traditional sun creams often contain chemicals like oxybenzone which have been found in high concentrations at coral reefs. And most sun screens are packaged in plastic bottles or tubes which wind their way up into our oceans.

So if you’re anything like us, you’re looking for a natural and organic sunscreen that is not only good for our own skin but for our oceans as well.

We know you’re busy people so, we’ve done the work for you and curated a collection of the best plastic free and eco-friendly sunscreens available in the UK. Whether you're a sun worshipper or a shade chaser, enjoy the summer months with these natural and ocean-friendly alternatives for you and your family. All are UK-made sunscreens.


 Top 3 UK-Made Eco Friendly Sunscreens


SPF30 Sunscreen from Odylique

UK sensitive skincare specialists Odylique make an exceptionally pure, eco-friendly sun screen which is vegan, hypoallergenic, reef safe, and ideal for all the family.

It offers skin-caring minerals and nine organic antioxidant botanical extracts including karanja oil and raw shea butter, for unique triple protection for face and body.


Scence Sun Cream

 SPF30 Natural Zinc Sunscreen from Scence

Scence’s eco friendly sunscreen has been long in the making and we’re delighted to be among the first retailers to list it. From the 100% recyclable card tube, it offers silky and easy to spread application.

The balm, rich in nourishing mango butter and coconut oil, has a soft texture and is non-whitening.

Scence also offer an SPF 30 Lip Balm.

 Shade suncream

SPF25 Suncream from Shade 

Shade's SPF25 Suncream is made with just 4 ingredients that moisturise and protect skin your from the broadest spectrum of damaging UVA and UVB rays. Shade™ keeps your skin  healthy whilst damaging blocking rays that can cause sun damage. It uses non-nano zinc oxide - the safest and most effective sun block available. 


The most important thing to remember is that eco friendly sunscreen should be just one of the sun protection strategies you use to protect your skin. While you are out in the sun protect yourself by wearing clothes and a hat and avoid excessive sun exposure, particularly between 11am-3pm.

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