Most of us concern about UVs (UVA and UVB rays) and we apply a sunscreen to protect our face and body from them. We are worried about UVs, getting sunburns and skin cancer, however, have you ever wonder what kind of chemicals are used in a sunscreen product? Have you ever wonder whether these chemicals are safe to put on your skin?
A conventional sunscreen which are used chemical filters is one of the products that contain harmful chemicals. Don’t you want to apply something you know it is safe? Don’t you want to have something you are confident to put on your baby or kid’s skin?
I would like to introduce you to one of the safe and natural sunscreens I found, “Badger’s All-Natural Sunscreen Cream SPF30“. I have been searching for it for a while mainly looking at the ingredients used in the products and the chemicals are not used in the products. A catch copy of a product can be a trick but a list of ingredients is not.
Product: Badger All-Natural Sunscreen Cream – SPF30 Lavender
Rank: 4.5/5 @Well.ca
Price: $21.99 @Well.ca
Weight: 87ml/2.9 fl oz Tube
Features: Broad Spectrum Protection from UVA/UVB rays
100% Certified Natural by NPA
98% Organic Ingredients Certified by NSF
Water Resistant 40 min
Top safety rated 1 (out of 10) by EWG*
*=Environmental Working Group
Active Sunscreen Ingredient: Zinc Oxide18.75%
Base Ingredients: *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract. *=Certified Organic
Two Active Ingredients Used in a Sunscreen
There are two forms of active ingredients in sunscreens, mineral and chemical filters. Badger’s sunscreen above is contained Zinc Oxide which is mineral filters. On the other hand, many sunscreens in the market are used one of the disturbing active ingredients called Oxybenzone. This is one of the chemical filters that can cause allergic skin reactions. EWG recommends that consumers choose a sunscreen without Oxybenzone.
It’s Hard to Make An All-Natural Sunscreen
It seems like it is not that easy to make an all-natural sunscreen that works.
I went to Living Green Show last year where I saw a couple of organic/natural skincare/cosmetic companies/makers. At that time, I was looking for a natural/organic sunscreen before the strong sun arriving for the season, I asked the staff whether they had natural sunscreen for sale.
A few of them replied to me the same that they had attempted to make one, but it was difficult. Depends on what they mix to make a sunscreen it may be categorized as a drug, not a natural health product, was their challenge.
I have looked into Health Canada website to find out the categorization.
Only three ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, and Para-Aminobenzoic acid are under Natural Health Products Medicinal Ingredients table within its source of materials and concentration (quantities).
Other chemicals like Oxybenzone, Homosalate and much more are in the separate table under Drug Medicinal Ingredients.
In order to make all-natural sunscreen and following regulations have the limitation of the ingredients that makers can use.
EWG’s first choice for sunscreen ingredient is Zinc Oxide as its stability under the sunlight and good protection from UVA rays. Badger’s Sunscreen Cream SPF30 only use this as active ingredients which is rare. Also, the list of ingredients is not epic nor full of toxic chemicals as a conventional sunscreen. It is all-natural, 98% organic ingredients, and lavender smells really nice.
It is creamy and thick when applying so it may take a little time to spread on the skin. I do not mind this as the most concern I have for a sunscreen is the toxic chemicals used in a product. I simply think that this thick creamy thing is just the nature of natural ingredients.
Badger Sunscreen Cream – Other Aroma
Prices: $19.54 – $22.99, they are found @Well.ca
Since I could not get any natural sunscreen at the Green Living Show last year, I have been searching for it for a while. And I found some options and narrowed it down to this Badger Sunscreen Cream SPF30 Lavender.
And one day I went to a health store to get it and I was told it was sold out. As I remember correctly, it was in May before the summer starts. It seemed like many health-conscious people were thinking the same as me. The store person said to me the day that “Many moms bought the sunscreen this week for their kids”. I see.
Hope it helps!
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