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Your Guide to Natural Sunscreen for the Whole Family

When it comes to protecting your family's skin from sun damage, there's nothing more important than applying a good layer of sunscreen whenever you're spending time in the sun, so I've put together this guide to the best natural sunscreens for the face, body and for the kids too.

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We all know the importance of thoroughly applying sunscreen before spending time in the sun, but when it comes to choosing the right sunscreen for everyone in the family it can be hard to know where to start. Natural and organic sunscreens are designed to form a physical shield on the skin to prevent sun damage, and come in a range of different formulas to suit the face and body as well as kids' delicate young skin, great for providing year-round protection from the sun's harsh UV rays. In Australia, natural sunscreens over SPF 15+ have to undergo the same strict testing as mainstream chemical sunscreens.

Benefits of natural sunscreen

Designed to provide a physical, protective barrier, natural sunscreens contain active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide to reflect the sun's harmful UV rays. Unlike mainstream chemical sunscreens, which absorb and filter UV rays, natural physical sunscreens utilise natural mineral extracts to scatter rays away from the skin, helping to provide greater protection against sun damage while nourishing plant-derived ingredients such as Rosehip and Green Tea ensure a smooth application. Another really important benefit of choosing a natural sunscreen is that it won't end up polluting our waterways. Chemical sunscreens can be damaging to the environment, particularly coral reefs, so if you're applying a chemical sunscreen before a swim, chances are its ingredients will end up washing away into the ocean and could potentially contribute to coral bleaching.1

Natural facial sunscreen

Life Basics SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen
For easy, everyday wear, the Life Basics SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen is perfect beneath makeup. Lightweight and non-greasy, it contains Zinc Oxide to reflect UVA and UVB rays away from your skin, while soothing Calendula, Green Tea and Rosehip nourish and hydrate. With a fresh scent from Rose Geranium, this Vegan formula leaves a satin finish and can be used all over the body too.

Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen
Another favourite of mine is the Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen, as it has a subtle tint to it so you can use it in place of foundation or BB cream. Gluten Free and made in Australia, this antioxidant rich formula also contains nourishing Grapeseed, Jojoba, Vitamin E and Cucumber to hydrate skin while providing UV protection.

Natural body sunscreen

Soléo Organics Sunscreen SPF 30+
The Soléo Organics Sunscreen SPF 30+ is ideal for all-over body protection. Water resistant for up to 3 hours, it's a beach or pool day essential and is non-greasy and fast absorbing. With non whitening natural Zinc Oxide, it also contains a hydrating combination of botanicals and antioxidants including Macadamia Oil, Beeswax and Green Tea to protect the skin and lock in moisture.

Eco Logical Body Sunscreen SPF 30+
Another great option is the Eco Logical Body Sunscreen SPF 30+, which is hypoallergenic and suitable for all skin types. Non-greasy and water resistant, this gentle, hydrating formula contains Green Tea, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil and can be used on children 6 months and older, making it a great all-rounder for the whole family.

Natural kids sunscreen

Eco Logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+
For delicate, sensitive young skin, try the Eco Logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+, which provides the same level of UV protection as the Eco Logical Body sunscreen, but has been especially formulated for babies and children and is packed with skin-loving, nourishing and very gentle ingredients. A great option for those with very sensitive skin, this lightweight formula contains replenishing Beeswax, Shea Butter and Carrot Oil to care for easily irritated skin.

Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
The Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 is another winner for babies over 6 months, containing Certified Organic Green Tea, Cucumber and Rosehip for a soothing and cooling effect. Water resistant and fragrance free, it can be applied to the face and body for reliable protection.

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With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.

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