Sunscreen is an important part of our defence against both UVA and UVB rays, which are responsible for the burning, premature ageing and DNA damage to our skin. Because much of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into our bloodstream, we believe choosing a physical mineral sunscreen should be your first choice to limit your exposure to some potentially harmful chemicals.
As part of our Good Ingredients Promise and to ensure that we only stock the healthiest products, all sunscreens that HealthPost stock have had independent testing to ensure they meet the SPF label claims.
With HealthPost's strict standards, you can also be confident that what you’re putting on your skin (and your family’s) is truly natural, with no hidden nasties.
Types of Sunscreens
Generally speaking, there are two types of sunscreens: Chemical sunscreens and physical barrier sunscreens.
Chemical sunscreens use synthetic compounds which create a chemical reaction in our skin to change UV rays from the sun into heat, which then is released into the air. Unlike natural mineral ingredients – which protect our skin immediately – chemical UV absorbers take around 20 minutes to provide effective protection from UV rays. Unfortunately, they have been associated with some negative health effects and have also been linked to the destruction of coral reefs.
Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients which work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting UV rays away. Like a mirror on the skin, they work more as a physical barrier to protect us. Choosing a physical mineral sunscreen should therefore be your first choice to limit your exposure to some potentially harmful chemicals.
Choosing A Natural Sunscreen
It’s important to note that some physical barrier sunscreens can sometimes also contain undesirable chemical ingredients along with the active mineral ingredients. We therefore always advise reading the label to ensure the product contains natural and effective ingredients that are great for you, your family and the environment.
Look for active, natural mineral UV filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are gentle on sensitive skin and work immediately on application.
For more information, read our blog on How to Choose the Best Natural Sunscreen.
Natural Sunscreen Benefits
Natural sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients that reflect the sun’s UV rays away from the skin. Natural sunscreens typically contain less irritating and potentially harmful ingredients, and because of this, they may also be more suitable for sensitive skin and to use on children and babies.
With effective but mild ingredients, natural sunscreen can nourish and soothe the skin at the same time, making it a great addition to your regular personal care routine.