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Suncream is a summer essential but finding it waste free and in a formula that protects both you and the planet can be a challenge. With many beauty products a great way to overcome this is to choose to create your own formulas and you guys know we’re all about the DIY, but there is one product we would never recommend DIY-ing and that’s suncream.
To be effective a suncream must be broad spectrum, which means it will filter both UVA and UVB rays, which are both responsible for the detrimental effects of solar radiation on our skin. These are measured by SPF and UVA/UVB ratings. If you were to DIY suncream it is very hard to know the true levels of SPF and UVA/UVB in your formula. 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 parabens, silicones and synthetic fragrances contained in traditional suncreams can have a damaging effect rather than protective – for both your skin and the environment. Traditional suncreams often contain the chemicals oxybenzone or octinoxate, which have been found in high concentrations at coral reefs. So if you’re anything like us, you’re looking for a natural and organic suncream that is not only good for our own skin but for our oceans as well.
We know you’re busy people so, as we head into summer, we’ve done the work for you and curated a collection of natural, waste free suncreams to fit all skin types. 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.
Using only mineral filters and natural ingredients the guys over at Prague based Amazinc have developed a functional and nature friendly form of Sun protection.
Packed in 100% recyclable aluminium bottle ensures close to no weight and no spill in your luggage while traveling.
Amazinc Sun Stick is the strongest natural suncream out there. The sunstick formula is extra thick for the additional protection needed for extra long sessions under heavy sun light. It's long lasting and stays on even when you accidentally touch your face or wipe your nose.
This suncream from Just Skin Food is a 100% natural and organic. It is also a certified superior broad spectrum UV protection product.
It can be used for both body and face and contains no water or oil. This means no shaking is necessary to achieve even distribution with each application. Toxin free and safe for all. It is also loaded with certified organic antioxidant rich ingredients that nourish the skin while protecting it.
Perfect size for popping in your bag and topping up with throughout the day.
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.
This mineral shield suncream uses a special mix of minerals to provide sustainable and strong sun protection that is gentle to our skin and causes no harm to nature or Wild Life. It's perfect for surfers or those who spend a lot of time in the water, under the sun.
After-sun on the other hand is a product we would thoroughly recommended going DIY on. Here are some of our favourite after- sun DIY hacks
When it comes to sunburn, most people reach for the aloe vera. It’s the most common natural remedy for burned skin and not to mention…a super easy to maintain house plant.Yogurt
Spread yogurt on skin to help cool and heal. Your best bet is to use full-fat, plain, unsweetened yogurt. Let the yogurt stay on the skin until it warms then rinse off.
Pour apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, store in the fridge, then spray it on your burn.Tea
Make a pot of strong tea and then use a piece of cloth soaked in the tea by applying it to the affected area. You could also make a tea bath and soak in the tub. It’s actually the tannins in tea that help to soothe the burn and heal the skin.
A vintage remedy for sunburn is potato peel. They provide much needed moisture, additionally, they carry natural anti-bacterial properties that aid in healing.
Try applying thin slices (or a puree) of cold cucumbers directly to the affected area.
DIY aftersun not for you? Check out our ready-made, all natural and zero aftersun from Amazinc.
The most important thing to remember is that 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, avoiding excessive sun exposure and choosing a suncream that you trust.