Now that the sun is out again, it is also time to start using suncream. Yes, even when it's not hot outside. Because the UV radiation is powerful and can make your skin burn or age. We don't want that. The choice of sunscreen is huge, from sprays to creams, SPF, but also the choice between a chemical UV filter or a natural UV filter. We choose the latter and will explain the advantages of a natural sunscreen in this blog. Read along?
What is the difference between a chemical and a natural UV filter?
Quite simply, a chemical UV filter penetrates the skin and absorbs the sun's rays. The skin reaction that follows provides your UV protection. A natural UV filter puts a layer on the skin that reflects the sun. To do this, minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are used.
3 advantages of a natural UV filter
1. Less chance of skin irritation A chemical UV filter penetrates the skin and causes a skin reaction. This is fine, because UV protection is extremely important anyway. However, it can sometimes happen that the skin reaction also becomes a skin irritation. Think of red bumps, rashes, itching, eczema. A natural UV filter coats the skin, minimising the risk of a skin reaction.
2. Immediately protected As soon as you apply a natural sunscreen, you are protected. No exposure time of 30+ minutes, so you can go out in the sun immediately and without worries.
3. Ocean friendly Did you know that approximately 14,000 tonnes of sun block disappear into the ocean every year? Research has shown that the ingredient oxybenzone and octinoxate, used in sunscreens with chemical UV filters, are harmful to the ocean. If you travel to Hawaii, Bonaire, Palau or the Virgin Islands, as of 1 January 2021 you will no longer be allowed to use a cream that contains these ingredients. This is because the coral is affected and bleached.
What are the disadvantages of a natural UV filter?
Due to the use of zinc oxide, many natural sunscreens leave a white film on the skin. To prevent this, nanoparticles are added, which means that the zinc oxide is cut up into such small particles that they become less visible. Apparently, these particles can also be reabsorbed into your skin, so nano-free is our favourite.
Naïf natural sunscreen
At Naïf, we think it's important to protect and respect not only our skin, but also nature. Naïf's natural sunscreen is made with zinc oxide and natural oils. Ocean-friendly, non-nano, free of microplastics, 100% vegan, in a tube of bioplastic. Sun, Sea, Sorry Free!