Lucy Rose's Guide to Sunscreen 2016
The sun is finally out to play, for now, coinciding with the EWG’s publication of their guide to Sunscreen for 2016. To guide you through the selection process of your best sunscreen, we’ve put together these helpful tips, and a roundup of our SPF products that met the EWG’s benchmark in the “Best Sunscreen to Use for Beach and Sport” category.
5 Top Tips to Consider When Choosing and Using Your Suncare
1. What does the SPF number mean, and does it really matter?
The SPF number does not mean the strength of the sunscreen overall, it in fact relates to your burn time. Let’s say you can stay out in the sun for 10 minutes without burning with no sunscreen on. If you then apply an SPF 45 in theory you should be able to stay out in the sun for 10 x 45 = 450 minutes! Which is a whopping seven and a half hours. There are however other factors which come into play, which we’ll come to in a moment.
2. What about babies and kids, do I need a sunscreen especially for them, or can I use the same one for me as them?
The answer is yes and no, it depends what you are using on yourself. If you are using a natural/organic sunscreen then this is going to be better for use on your child than a mainstream non-natural product. The thing you have to remember with children is their skin’s surface area is much bigger compared to their mass than ours, so all the more potential for chemicals (and their are some not-so-nice chemicals in many mass market products) to be absorbed into their bloodstream.
3. When should I apply my sunscreen, and how often?
Many people make the mistake of applying their sunscreen when they are already out in the sun, however you should apply thirty minutes before venturing out. Back to the SPF point; although in theory we said you could stay out in the sun for seven and a half hours without burning in point one, your sunscreen bottle will always tell you how often to reapply. This is more often than not every 90 minutes, and always after exercising or swimming.
4. How much sunscreen should I apply?
This is probably going to surprise you. An adult should apply around 35ml for an all-over application of sunscreen. This is slightly over a shot glass full. Whilst many of us like to go and sunbathe, remember sunscreen is supposed to be a last resort for sun protection. We are supposed to stay out of the sun when it’s at its strongest and stay covered up too.
5. Physical or chemical sunscreens, which one should I choose?
Physical sunscreens are also known as mineral sunscreens. These utilise zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide which act as a barrier and reflect the UV light away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens contain chemicals which absorb the UV rays. These are several ingredients utilised for this - oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
The problem with these chemicals is that there have not been all that many in depth studies carried out, with the exception of oxybenzone, which the EWG recommends consumers avoid. Many of these chemical filters are suspected hormone disruptors and allergens, but until more research is carried out the jury is still out.
5 Top Sunscreens from Lucy Rose, According to the EWG
If you’re looking to stock up on your sunscreen, check out our EWG approved products below. The following five sunscreens met the EWG’s benchmark and made their list “Best Sunscreens to Use on the Beach and for Sport”.
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Fragrance Free Sunscreen SPF30
Alba Botanica Very Emollient Fragrance Free Sunscreen SPF30 is a mineral-based botanically moisturising sun lotion. This natural sun lotion is water resistant, fragrance free, gluten free, cruelty free, biodegradable and paraben free.
JASON Mineral Sunscreen SPF30
Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF30 is an all-mineral fragrance-free sunscreen which provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and creates a natural barrier to protect skin against sunburn.
It has an easy-to-rub in formula won’t leave a white film on skin like other mineral sunscreens, and is hypoallergenic making it ideal for sensitive skin. It is also safer for use on babies over six months of age.
It’s also cruelty free, vegan-friendly, biodegradable, and reef safe. What more could you want from a sunscreen?!
TruKid Eczema Sunscreen SPF30
If your kids (or even you!) suffer from eczema, we have just the sunscreen for you. TruKid Eczema Sunscreen SPF30 is designed for eczema-prone and sensitive skin types. It gently moisturises with aloe vera, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid.
This product was the highest rated for any kid’s sunscreen by the EWG, offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, if reef-friendly, and PETA certified cruelty-free.
Goddess Garden Everyday Sunscreen SPF30
Goddess Garden Everyday Sunscreen SPF30 is made with plant-based ingredients and natural minerals, and provides powerful broad-spectrum sun protection. Certified organic, reef safe, and biodegradable this sunscreen is good for you and the world around you. The product itself is sheer and non-greasy, and contains nourishing plant-based ingredients such as red raspberry, coconut oil and green tea.
Earth’s Best Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF30
Earths Best Mineral Sunscreen SPF30 is an all-mineral sunscreen that is chemical and fragrance free, provides UVA and UVB protection and creates a natural barrier to protect skin against sunburn.
The easy-to-rub in formula is hypoallergenic making it ideal for sensitive skin. It is also safer for use on babies over six months of age.
Let us know your tips on protecting your skin this summer, we would love to hear from you.