3 sunscreens which are actually safe

Big brand sunscreens picked up in most of the high street stores can actually do more harm than good. They are often filled with toxic chemicals which can disrupt the hormone system and cause skin allergies.

Add to that the fact that they often don’t give the protection that’s promised on the bottle.

So what do you lather on your skin to protect you and your family from the sun’s harmful UV rays? Here are our top 5 suggestions:

incognito SPF 30 Sun Cream & Insect Repellent

Small enough to fit in your hand luggage, incognito’s new mini Mineral Suncream and Insect Repellent is broad spectrum SPF 30 has a clever tri-action formula with a built-in moisturiser. 

It was scientifically developed to contain larger octo-sized particles of zinc and titanium dioxide and is free-from nano-size particles and DEET that harm coral and aquatic wildlife.

It’s also free from oxybenzone and octinoxate – which bleach coral – and contains organic aloe vera leaf extract and geranium oil. It’s also suitable for use by children from two years and is water repellent for swimming, making it an indispensible family product.

The active-ingredient in both the suncream and spray is PMD, which is recommended by WHO, NHS and Public Health England, providing 100% protection from mosquitoes for over 5 hours and 88% after 8 hours, according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine scientific testing.

Many beauty or travel products have aromas that attract biting insects, cancelling out some of the benefits of insect repellents. But incognito products do just the opposite, working in harmony with each other and nature, strengthening your defence against biting insects. So you might be getting a buzz from using them, but you’ll be unlikely to hear the annoying whine of a mosquito!

Both incognito’s travel sized minis come packaged in the very latest, innovative renewable source sugarcane plastic, with every kilogram produced capturing and preventing 4.6kg of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. The packaging is 100% recyclable, and each product is registered with The Vegan Society and Certified COSMOS Natural*.

You can pick up incognito at various health stores, or shop online here

Green People SPF 30 Scent-Free Sun Lotion

Green People has recently launched new, plant-derived packaging made from sugar cane.

The clean beauty brand, whose sun lotion is one of only a few worldwide that’s safe and non-toxic to marine life, is relaunching its award-winning products with a new, easy-to-wear formula in sugar cane packaging.

“Green People is continually looking for alternative environmentally positive packaging solutions as we maintain our endeavours to create a business that has minimal impact on the environment,” says the company’s Ian Taylor.

Modern plastic packaging is largely derived from non-renewable fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. But Green People is looking to carbon-neutral sugar cane plastic, which comes from plants farmed on sustainable land in Brazil.

The company says the raw material is planted far from areas of rainforest, on land deemed unsuitable for food production. It claims using this degraded pasture land helps soil recover for future use as farmland.

While sugar cane is being cultivated, it captures CO2 so efficiently that sugar cane plastic is actually carbon negative. Green People says that for every kg produced, 3.09 kgs of CO2 is removed from the air.

Green People’s full-size sun lotions are the first to feature this new packaging, with the brand looking to switch all packaging, where possible, to recycled or renewably-sourced material by 2022.

Shop here

Yaoh Natural SPF-25 Sunblock

One of the UK’s original hemp companies Yaoh, founded back in 2002 in Bristol, has recently launched a number of new vegan hemp products, including a new SPF-25 sunblock, a new Body Butter range as well as a number of new exotic flavours for its Lip Balms, Moisturisers, Shampoo, Shower Gel and Conditioner. 

Yaoh’s new sunblock is a cutting-edge product containing non-nano Zinc Oxide as its active ingredient, giving a complete UVA and UVB protection, ideal for all skin types and excellent for children and those with sensitive skin.

All Yaoh products are 100% vegan, not tested on animals, as well as being free from sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harmful substances and unnecessary chemical additives. 

Find stockists or shop online here

Year-round protection

For year-round facial protection from the sun’s UV rays, which can cause premature signs of ageing, opt for a good daily moisturiser with built-in sun protection.

Holistic Scotland Magazine’s new Naturals range includes three natural Daily Defence moisturisers, which are all organic, vegan and true cruelty free with SPF 25. Choose from Rose, Neroli or Geranium for sensitive skin.

Shop the range here.

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