After discovering some nasties in my sunscreen, I decided to see if what natural sunscreens were available. I bought a new one and then discovered that it contained nanoparticles. Something I’d never even heard of!
The Environmental Working Groups (EWG) says:
Mineral formulations incorporate zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in nano- and micro-sized particles that can be toxic if they penetrate the skin.
One of the most common ingredients of sunscreens is oxybenzone. It can trigger allergic reactions, is a potential hormone disruptor and penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts. This chemical should be particularly avoided with children.
So I turned to Ananda Mahony from Vitale Natural to ask for some suggestions, and she recommended these two natural and safe sunscreens:
Devita Solar Block 30+ Suncreen is 100% natural and provides full spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection utilizing pure zinc oxide, and is titanium dioxide free.
This one smells how I remember zinc sticks in high school. It’s a little thicker and heavier so if feels like it’s going to protect you from the sun.
It contains: Zinc oxide 19% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Aloe barbadensis (certified organic aloe vera gel), Water (purified), Camellia sinensis (Japanese green tea) leaf extract, Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Olea europaea (olive) oil, Lecithin phospholipid, Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Simmondsia chinensis* (jojoba) seed oil, Squalane (olive), Panthenol (vitamin B5), Tocopherol (vitamin E), NaPCA, Rosa moschata (rose hips) oil, Centella asiatica (goto kola), Copper gluconate, Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, Fucus vesiculosis (seaweed) extract, Allantoin, Sodium riboflavin phosphate, Chondrus crispus (Irish moss), Lavandula officinalis* (lavender) essential oil, Anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower essential oil, Vitis vinifera* (grape) seed extract.
Wot Not SPF 30+ Sunscreen is free from from titanium dioxide and made from 100% natural and organic ingredients.
It contains grapeseed oil, safflower oil, sesame oil, candellila wax, beeswax, carnauba wax, shea butter, gmo-free vitamin e, purified water, certified organic aloe vera*, silica, naticide (all natural preservative). Active: zinc oxide.
Better yet it’s Australian made and owned.
Wot Not is my favourite of the two. It smells nicer and has a good consistency so it’s not sticky and hard to put on. Both have very light mild fragrances and I’d forgot that I’d even put them on.