Skip sunscreen as part of your daily beauty routine and you’ll be on the fast track to wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin and worse. You’ve heard it before but we’re saying it again: daily sun protection is a must, no matter the season!
It’s a bit of a jungle out there when it comes to choosing a sun protection formula that works best with your skin type while protecting it in both the short and long term.
With hundreds of different options available; both chemical and natural, organic skin care products, things can get confusing. To keep it simple and help you make the right choice here’s our crash course in the basics of sun protection.
Natural vs chemical sunscreen
We bet you can tell natural and chemical sunscreens aren’t the same, but do you know the difference in the way they protect your skin?
Natural sunscreens use natural mineral ingredients to protect your skin from the sun while chemical sunscreens guard your complexion with chemicals like dioxybenzone, oxybenzone and cinoxate.
In chemical sunscreens, the active chemical ingredients absorb the UV rays (UVA and UVB) preventing them from entering your skin, this is how they provide sun protection. The downside is, these chemical ingredients are also absorbed into your body.
Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, contain natural ingredients that create a physical barrier on the skin that reflect, scatter and block the sun’s rays without any nasty toxins.
Zinc oxide is a natural sun blocking ingredient and thanks to technology, zinc can now be micronised. This means using natural sunscreen is no longer drawing white and pink stripes across your nose at the beach, hello summer 1980!
We use zinc oxide in our non-greasy, quickly absorbing Kelapa SPF15 Face Moisturiser. We’ve also included coconut oil (of course!) in the moisturiser which means it does a beautiful job protecting your skin from the sun while keeping it hydrated at the same time. When it comes to sun protection, it’s clear organic beauty products, not chemical formulations are the way to go!
The damage caused by UVA and UVB rays
UV light is broken down into two categories. There are UVA and UVB; both responsible for wreaking different types of havoc on your skin. UVA penetrates deeper into the layers of the skin and is responsible for destroying structural protein - that’s collagen.
Damaged collagen means skin loses its elasticity and leads to something most of us want to avoid: wrinkles. Most of the visible signs of ageing you see on your face; sagging, wrinkles and sunspots are due to UVA damage.
UVA’s partner in crime; UVB; is considered the primary source of sunburn. UVB rays don’t penetrate as deeply into the skin but will leave your skin red, dry and super painful touch. Too much exposure to UVB will heighten your risk of skin cancer, especially melanoma.
Why you need broad-spectrum protection
When choosing a sunscreen that’s right for you, it’s super important to opt for broad-spectrum protection. Broad spectrum, or full spectrum, sunscreen protects you from the damage of both UVA and UVB rays.
Here’s the thing; the SPF (sun protection factor) you read on the label relates only to the amount of protection provided against UVB rays, not UVA.
Pay attention to whether or not the sunscreen is broad spectrum, not just the SPF
rating, so you know you’re covered for both types of rays; the burning kind and the ageing kind!