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Organic Natural Sunscreens, what is SPF?

Spring is finally here and in few months it will be summer. In my country the weather isn’t that hot yet and it often rains but it is getting warmer and warmer week by week so it means, that it is time for me to buy a new sunscreen for the summer. I think I’m not alone with this so I collected the best natural organic sunscreens for you and I also wrote about sunscreens in general, how to use them and what does SPF mean and so on and so forth.

So let’s get started.

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organic natural sunblocks spf

[1. 100% Pure – Yerba Mate mist SPF30, 2. Beauty by Earth – Facial Sunscreen SPF20, 3. Josh Rosebrook – Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF30, 4. Raw Elements – Tinted Facial Moisturizer SPF30, 5. 100% Pure – Everywhere Bodystick SPF30, 6. Kari Gran – Three Sixty Five SPF28, 7. Raw Elements – Eco Tint Stick SPF30, 8. Eir – Surf Mud SPF30]

What is UV radiation?

We distinguish 3 types of UV radiation:

UVA (320-400 nm), UVB (280-320 nm), and UVC (100-280 nm) rays. We don’t really have to care about UVC rays because they cannot reach the Earth’s ground because the ozone layer filters it out.

What we should care about are the UVB and UVA rays.

  • UVB rays are those that burns your skin if you are careless and stay too much time under the sun.
  • UVA rays are those that are aging your skin, causing wrinkles and fine lines and also in the long term they cause skin cancer too.

What does SPF mean?

It means Sun Protection Factor. Its value shows us that the particular product how much percentage of sun rays can filter out, so how effectively it protects us against sun rays. There is no 100% protection so please don’t believe in those marketing adverts when they say, their product can filter out 100% of sun rays. The highest percentage is around 95-98% and I think it is quite good. πŸ™‚

Thus simplifying:

  • An SPF5 sun protector can filter out around 80% of UV rays.
  • An SPF15 sun protector can filter out around 93% of UV rays.
  • An SPF50 sun protector can filter out around 98% of UV rays.

How many hours of protection do they provide?

On average, an SPF5 sunscreen provides at least 50mins – 1 hour protection so it means that we should reapply it after every 1 hour. You can stay under the sun with an spf15 sunscreen at least 2,5 hours, with an spf30 at least 5 hours while with an spf50 at least 8,5 hours.
(Correct me if I’m wrong guys, I know these things as a fact but I can make mistakes.)

organic natural lip conditioner sunblocks

[1. Ilia Beauty – Balmy Rays Lip conditioner SPF15, 2. 100% Pure – Sweet Mint Lip balm SPF15, 3. Hurraw! – Sun Protection lip balm SPF15 ]

Physical sun blocks vs chemical sun blocks. What is the difference?

Physical sun blocks will not be absorbed into your skin, it’ll stay nicely on your skin. This is how it reflects the UV rays. When you apply a physical sun block on your skin it will leave a little bit of white texture on it. The main ingredients in physical sun blocks are the titanium-dioxide and zinc-oxide.

Only buy physical sun blocks with NON NANO practices so they really can’t be absorbed.

Chemical sun blocks ingredients are going to absorbed into your skin. They absorb UV rays. I do not recommend using chemical sun blocks since their ingredients are chemical compounds, that aren’t the best for your body and will cause you allergic reactions and hormonal changes. These will not leave any white texture on your skin but will leave problems within your body. Think about it twice. πŸ™‚

Main ingredients in chemical sun blocks:

  • Oxybenzone – experiments actually have shown that it is easily absorbed throughout the skin and there it can interfer with normal hormonal function and can cause sun allergy like reactions.
  • Octocrylene – Exposed to UV light, it can form free radicals in your body.
  • PABA (PABS: Para-amino-benzoesav) – according to multiple experiments it damages the DNA structure, potentially carcinogen and makes your skin light sensitive.
  • Octinoxate, Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) – makes your skin light sensitive and sensitive in general. It also interferes with hormonal functions.

What about Vitamin-D?

Well, yes. The big question that everybody avoids. Let me tell you, that Vitamin D is very essential for our body. We need it so much, we die without it and we can ONLY get it from the sun when it meets with our skin. [There are some foods contain vitamin D but the sun is the best.] When the sun rays reaches our skin, our body is starting to make vitamin D automatically. Did you know that 78% of people actually have vitamin D deficiency? This percentage is HUGE and really scary. Many researches have shown that vitamin D deficiency killed more people than skin cancer. omg! This is something that can NOT be avoidable.

It is HEALTHY if you stay at least 10-20 minutes under the sun without sunscreen or any sun protector. Let your skin, your body meet with the sun rays so your body can produce you enough vitamin D. πŸ™‚ It is a fact, that you must protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays but they will not cause you any problems if you stay under the sun only 10-20 minutes. You can do this in the morning during your morning coffee or breakfast or from 5PM when the sun’s rays are less strong. If you have very pale skin and your skin easily burn then stay at least 5-10 mins.

Your body is going to produce enough vitamin D under those 10-20 minutes. Do this every day or when you can. πŸ™‚ If you are really afraid, you can also eat food that contain vitamin D but they can’t give you enough as the sun can. You can also buy vitamin D supplements but don’t get fooled and only pick organic ones.

Can I use a sunscreen on my face that was mainly recommended to use for the body?

Yes, you can, but make sure that the sunscreen you’ve picked is not contain alcohol, chemicals, synthetic fragrances and any other ingredients that can irritate your skin.

Which step should applying sunscreen be of my skincare routine?

It will be the last part of your skincare routine, right before makeup. I think if you use a foundation that has an SPF in it, it will be enough. There are others who may recommend you to use a sunscreen + a foundation with spf but for me it would to much, so it is up to you. I like to use a sun protector and right after a foundation without spf so surely it will not leave any white spots on my face.

If you have oily skin I think you should do the same. Pick a sunscreen and a matte foundation because matte foundations are really good for oily skin.

Action steps:

  • Stay under sun at least 10-20 minutes daily so you will let your body make enough vitamin D. Of course, do not go outside without a sun protector at high noon because your skin will burn.
  • Eat a lot of food packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants since they are known as great sun protectors.
  • Be sure to wear sunscreen if you are out in the long run.
  • Always wear soft, light clothing and hats in summer.
  • If for some reasons you skin burned, apply aloe vera, vitamin E, coconut oil, rose water or green tea on that area. These will help your skin calm down and regenerate. πŸ™‚ I love aloe vera it
    helps a lot and last summer I used shea butter on it and it helps really good too.

DIY sunscreen:

  • 10 g beeswax
  • 10 g cocoa butter
  • 50 g coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup of almond oil
  • 1 tbs non nano zinc-oxide
  • 1 ts raspberry seed oil
  • + You can add some essential oils too but make sure to pick that is not photoactive like citrus oils (lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit). Rather choose eucalyptus or lavander.

That’s all for this post my beauties, I hope it helps and you liked it. πŸ™‚

What kind of sunscreens do you use? πŸ™‚ Which one do you like the most? Do you have a favorite product? Let’s chat about in the comments below!

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Thanks for the info! I’m trying to go the more natural route this year when it comes to sunscreen (not yet confident enough in my home apothecathy skills to make my own), so this was super helpful!

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