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After an amazing day-trip to Hastings on Sunday, armed with my trusted Organii SPF 15 suncream, I realised I had NO IDEA what makes a product good. Yes, natural sun creams are more expensive, but what else should I look at apart from price? Maybe you feel like me?… A little confused, but determined to find out what should or shouldn’t be on the label … Hoping to guarantee that you’re investing in a product that works best for you.

Quite literally, I’ve got you covered. Follow these top tips, think “1-2-3”, and you can confidently go forth to salute the sun!

What’s the difference?

Sun cream is designed to protect your skin from UVA rays (the type which causes wrinkles and cancer) and UVB rays (the type which causes sun burn). Natural products use minerals to reflect light, all the others use synthetic chemicals which allow light rays to penetrate the skin before they’re absorbed and neutralised through a chemical reaction. That’s why natural sunscreens are good to go as soon as they come out of the tube, instead of the normal 15-30 minute delay.

⛱ I recommend you pick a BROAD SPECTRUM product which guarantees at least SPF 15 for both UVA and UVB.

Why switch to a natural product?

Did you know some companies mix their minerals and chemicals, allowing them to claim their product is ‘natural’. Right! ‘Natural’ despite still being crammed full of some dubious chemicals, which accumulate in fatty tissues and breast milk, and may be potential hormone disruptors. I believe there are enough of those in the environment without squirting them on your skin whenever you want to relax in the sun.

Fortunately you can get round this in 3 simple steps:

🌍  1. Keep an eye out for 100% ORGANIC or ORGANIC on the label, as only these products contain more than 95% of organic ingredients. They’ll ideally be free of synthetic colours, parabens and mineral oils too.

🥀2. Check the ingredients for AVOBENZONE, OXYBENZONE, HOMOSALATE, OCTISALATE, OCTINOXATE and OCTOCRYLENE – these are the synthetic chemical filters you’re hoping to AVOID

🌺 3. Don’t be surprised to see ZINC OXIDE or TITANIUM DIOXIDE, these are natural mineral sunscreens which should be listed.

Why am I thinking “1-2-3”?

How frequently do you apply your sunscreen, and how much do you actually use? I bet it’s nowhere near enough, either in time or quantity! I’ve developed this simple  rule which guarantees you’ll be using enough sunscreen to properly protect your skin on the hottest of days.

☝🏾Just think “1-2-3” whenever you reach for your sunscreen. Take 1 tube; squeeze out 2 tablespoons (this is the amount you should use to cover your body from head to toe); repeat every 3 hours (this is the maximum amount of time between each application). Simple.

What’s your top tip?

I really dislike buying a new product, especially if I’m not sure if it will leave a strange white or lilac cast on my skin. Here’s my favourite tip of the day:

💁🏾 If you want to avoid that opaque quality then use a natural sun cream that’s made for your face – facial sunscreens tend to be less greasy, and less likely to leave a white cast.
That’s it! Now go forth and enjoy the sun!!

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