Natural Sunscreen and Why You Should Make the Switch
When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN your body. In the same way that we digest the foods we intake, our skin absorbs the products we apply to it. If you are conscious about the sun’s effect on your skin, you probably use a lot of sunscreen, so take a moment and look at the label on your sunscreen. Especially for people with sensitive skin, ingredients found in chemical sunscreens such as oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause painful allergic reactions and should be avoided. It was a mother’s quest to avoid such allergic reactions with her daughter’s sensitive skin that inspired the Goddess Garden natural sunscreen product line.
In addition to the immediate allergic reactions some people’s skin has to ingredients in conventional sunscreens, there are long-term health risks associated with active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens. Studies have shown that oxybenzone, as well as phthalates and parabens, can cause hormone disruption and reproductive health issues among other potentially harmful effects.
Natural sunscreens don’t contain harmful chemicals, so how do they work? While chemical sunscreens absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays into your skin, the mineral ingredients in our natural sunscreen, namely zinc and titanium, act as physical barriers and bounce the sun’s rays off your skin like a mirror. This method of sun protection has an added benefit of being effective immediately; you don’t have to wait for any chemicals to be absorbed before becoming effective.
Here at Goddess Garden Organics, we pride ourselves on our dedication to an organic product line that is free of chemical sunscreens. Goddess Garden sunscreens are made to protect from the sun while nourishing sensitive skin, with natural ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, aloe, radish, and lavender. Even the most health and environmentally conscious consumers can feel satisfied: our products are free of gluten and wheat-derived ingredients, vegan friendly, cruelty free, and reef safe.
In general, sunscreens are the most effective when used correctly. To avoid sun damage, sunscreen should be worn even on days when you aren’t in the direct sun for a long time, and remember that sunburns can happen even when it’s cloudy. Broad spectrum sunscreens such as Goddess Garden will even protect you from the sun’s aging rays (UVA rays) that cause wrinkles over time. In terms of quantity, apply about a teaspoon of sunscreen to your face and about a palm-full (1 ounce) to your whole body. Be sure to reapply sunscreen to your dry skin immediately after swimming and sweating excessively. With a consistent and natural sun protection routine, your skin will avoid the aging effects of the sun and long-term health risks that come with chemical sunscreens.