When I started doing these reviews it was to share the good and bad of natural cosmetics with my friends and students. They are often quite expensive and who wants to waste money on an unsuitable product? I never imagined I would end up including something like sunscreen into the mix but this summer I realised just how important it is to protect your skin and to try and avoid bad tan lines. Of course, I knew it was important to protect your skin from too much sun but I have been out and about more this year and the sun has not been kind to my fair skin. Covering up tan lines so you still look professional in your costume is just plain tedious!
As always – scroll down for the summary if you don’t have time to read it all.
What’s wrong with ordinary sunscreens?
There seems to be 2 main risks
- Many sunscreens do not protect against both UVA and UVB
- Many contain ingredients that are carcinogenic or hormone disrupters. (As wearing sunscreen is to avoid skin cancer then the addition of these ingredients is ludicrous!)
UV Natural Sunscreen sport SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum
It comes in a 125g tube with a lid broad enough that it can stand up in your cupboard. The tube makes it easy to squeeze out the cream and apply it.
I trailed this sunscreen at 2 swimming carnivals I was helping out with.
- No artificial Fragrances
- Non greasy formula
- Preservative Free
The fragrance was pleasant! I had children asking what the nice smell was and wanting to use my sunscreen instead of the cheap ones offered for free by the schools. Regular readers know I am pretty sensitive to synthetic fragrances and I had no trouble with the scent of this at all – over all it was very nice.
It was definitely moisturising and hydrating in that it seemed to sit so heavily on the skin there is very little chance of any kind of evaporation of moisture from the skin. I have to strongly disagree with it being non greasy. I tried to rub it in but it just didn’t seem to absorb at all. 5 hours later my legs still felt sticky and fluff etc stuck to them. My skin felt suffocated. I had to scrub thoroughly with soap to get it off in the shower.
It lasted well in the water however and no one that used it got burnt despite being in the Australian sun through the heat of the day and it being summer. It was less sticky at the end of the day when swimming was involved as I guess some of it washed away.
This is a product I would recommend for someone that is going to be doing some serious swimming or sport and wants a natural product. It worked well as a sunscreen.
I would not recommend this to any dancers that are likely to be performing on the same day that you apply it. It takes some effort to get off and you don’t want to miss a bit and have your chiffon skirt sticking to you while you dance. It would also be a poor choice for outdoor day time performances, it was just too sticky and definitely not appropriate to wear under make up.
The EWG gives this product a 1 ie very low toxicity rating and gives it a good rating for UVA/UVB balance. Overall it has excellent safety credentials.
· zinc oxide 24.8%
· zinc stearate
· grape seed oil
· macadamia oil,
· natural vitamin E
· green tea extract
· grape seed extract
· colloidal silica
· Australian sandalwood
· iron oxide
My summary: 4/5
– but not good for dancing!
Product: UV Natural Sunscreen sport SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum
Suitable for day wear: yes, but better for swimmers than anyone else
Suitable for stage: NO!
Price: $33.95 AUD online or instore from Kombu
Where can I buy it: Locals can buy it instore at Kombu wholefoods in Bellingen or online at http://www.kombuwholefoods.com.au. It can also be purchased through numerous other sellers. Internationally you can find other stockists through the UV Natural webpage at http://www.uvnatural.com
I have no affiliation with UV Natural.
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