Fun fact: sun protection factor (commonly known as SPF) isn’t really about the potency of your sunscreen, it actually refers to how long your sunscreen will last and protect you from UVB rays. Other factors that affect this include the amount applied (half the sunscreen = half the protection) and your environment, (water and sand being your strongest opponents). The general rule is one teaspoon per body part and reapplying every 2 hours or if you go in water when in the sun. But skin experts advise that you invest in a daily sunscreen if you want to keep your skin looking youthful.

So if you’re spending all this time applying sunscreen, wouldn’t it be nice to know what your applying to your skin is not only organic and cruelty free but also effective? Me too, so I did some digging…

The best ethical suncreams – according to eco conscious reviewers:

Green People Scent Free Sun Lotion SPF30

Produced with fairly traded ingredients and contains 82% certified organic ingredients, including soothing Aloe Vera, Edelweiss, Green Tea, Rosemary extract & Beeswax. The SPF30 sun cream offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. The formula is completely biodegradable and reef safe.

The reviews are in:

“At last I have found a sun lotion that protects and does not irritate. After many years of prickly heat whilst using other sun lotions, which has meant not being able to enjoy the sunshine, thanks to this amazing lotion, i have been able to enjoy the recent heatwave. I apply it to my face, arms and legs in the morning, instead of a moisturiser and the reapply regularly through exposure to the sun. I use it on whole family, FANTASTIC PRODUCT!!!”

“My skin has recently become extremely sensitive with many allergies! I was extremely anxious to go in the sun. This product was excellent ..easy to apply and it gave me good protection ..Highly recommend this product.”

“I would normally use factor 50 but this sun lotion offers just as much protection. Plus it’s non-greasy, absorbs very quickly and is unscented. And it doesn’t make me break out in spots, unlike all the other sun creams I’ve used. I love it!”

Jason Kids Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF45

 

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So who enjoyed the weather this weekend?! 🙋‍♀️ Gorgeous wasn’t it? Here’s hoping for more weekends like that, and if we do, or if you’re planning a holiday abroad, you’re going to want to make sure your skin is protected. 🌿 At Sage’s we’ve got a really great selection of sunscreens to suit you, including these ones by Jason. Jason has a variety of creams in their range, including one for kids and a sports version too! 🌿 These suncreams are free from many chemicals you’d find in your standard versions and are vegan and cruelty free -what more could you want! . . 🌿🌿🌿Just to let you know, Sage’s Health Store will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday 5th June, back open as usual on Thursday! 🌿🌿🌿 . . #sageshealthstore #naturalhealth #naturaloptions #naturalhealthcare #surbiton #kingstonuponthames #thamesditton #surrey #surbitonsmallbusiness #crueltyfree #jasonskincare #naturalsunscreen #sunscreen #suntanlotion #healthylifestyle #naturalskincare #surreybusiness #surreylife

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Ideal for children’s tender and delicate skin, this SPF 45 provides high protection from the sun’s harmful rays.  The special formula is tear-free, water-resistant and hypoallergenic. The formula has been infused with natural chamomile and calendula extracts which gently pampers and moisturises young skin.

The reviews are in:

“Great. Works as well as non-natural alternatives. Use it on kids as well as myself and we don’t burn!”

“I did a lot of research and tried 3 different sun creams on my one year old so far this summer. One double the price of this and another just a little less. This is by far the best. It isn’t too thick and goes on beautifully, it also smells great. After two weeks in the hot Spanish sun my one year old son never had even a hit of sun burn, it gave him fantastic protection. It really was brilliant and I would highly recommend it.”

“Used this for the first time and I really like it, for myself and my husband. put it on then don’t have to worry for quite some time”

Alba Botanica Kids Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF50

Free from oxybenzone, octinoxate, phthalates, parabens, nano particles, synthetic fragrances, animal testing and suitable for vegans.

The reviews are in:

“Very easy and quick to apply, non greasy. I am glad that I could finally buy tat sort of sunscreen protector in such a packing, love it.”

“This is brilliant. I don’t have the usual fight to apply sun screen as the coverage is so quick and easy”

“I’ve been using Alba products for years now, and they never disappoint! I bought this sunscreen for my son and I because we are both fair skinned. It smells wonderful (almost like grapes to me). It wasn’t greasy or sticky. It doesn’t need to be rubbed in. Just spray and go! Perfectly protected our skin for hours. I will definitely be buying more bottles of this sunscreen all summer long.”

Organii SPF15 Anti Ageing Facial Sun Cream

This facial cream includes anti-aging extracts of argan oil, carrot seed, coconut and flax seed oils, these will help keep skin firm while deeply nourishing and protecting it too. Recommended as a daily SPF.

The reviews are in:

“Easy to apply as gorgeously light and leaves me with soft skin and a lovely glow when first applied. Used all last summer, including Spain intense sun, and protected me perfectly with a light final tan.”

“I was very pleased to find this type of product in an organic version. It definitely does the job without all the chemicals usually found it in most sun creams. It is obviously much more expensive that the run-of-the-mill sun products. That is obviously because the ingredients are of better quality”

Incognito SPF25 Sun Cream & Insect Repellent

Made with natural and organic ingredients, it also contains contains PMD which is NHS and Public Health England approved to protect against insect bites, and it is tested 100% effective against malarial and Zika carrying mosquitos. Made with reef safe ingredients.

The reviews are in:

“Something special which protects amazingly well against mosquitoes and the sun. I didn’t get a single bite in Thailand! Citrusy aroma & rubs in easily. I can not recommend this highly enough if you suffer from insect bites”

“I’m suspicious of many well known sun blocks and their chemical contents so ordered this as a safer option. It’s working well.”

“I brought this because I’m a big fan of Incognito anti-mosquito (works on insects too) and what a fab product it is! We used to in Italy for a whole family and it did what it says on the tin: zero bites & good sun protection. We had an Incognito roll-on but didn’t need it, though if I was going to Africa or India I think I need both the suncream & roll on or spray. Smells lemony, quite pleasant. Great value as 2 products in 1!”

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