The Ethical Sunscreen Edit
Hot weather is great but the UV ain’t. Ha ha. When it comes to SPF, gone are the days where we needed to smother ourselves in oily, thick, white-tinted lotions that left us feeling like we’d dipped our whole bodies in candle wax. We now have a lot of choice for creams that feel much more like a moisturiser but with a punch of protection and just give you that piece of mind incase you do end up sitting on the side of the bus where the sun is beating down on you (‘ahhhh so that’s why no-one is sitting here’ – been there done that). I put some ethical sunscreens to the test, and hopefully this mini guide and review will help as we start seeing more of the sun…
Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen SPF 30. This one gets a big tick for the nice packaging, and for being grey water safe (i.e. doesn’t pollute the ocean). But the formula is unfortunately quite claggy and bitsy, and feels a little too greasy for my liking. Oh and if you forget to shake it before use… hello total liquid and separation running all over your hands. I wouldn’t repurchase.
Ecological Skin Care Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+ (Body). This one is a little bit greasy, and leaves a slight white tinge to the skin initially. However, it is an excellent option for sensitive skin and once rubbed in, you’re well protected for up to 3 hours (including water). However, when doing some research behind this brand I’ve discovered that it contains untraceable palm oil!?!? - so perhaps not as ethical as it first seems! Wouldn’t repurchase.
Wotnot SPF 30 (for face). This is a great one for the face, as it’s super gentle and hydrating without being sticky, greasy or white. It does need a bit of shake as it was initially a bit runny when I first used it, but now it’s great. I would get this again, and have got my eye on their body version as well.
Sun Juice Tinted SPF 15. I mentioned this in my Autumn Season Round-Up, and it’s still my go-to as an everyday, lightly tinted cream that I layer over moisturiser. It gives such a lovely glow without feeling or looking heavy on the skin, and the packaging is fun and easy to use. Much love.
2XP SPF 50+ Hydrate. A newer discovery but one that I am loooving right now. It is super lightweight, and not at all sticky or greasy. This is the fastest absorbing one on my skin and the packaging is cool - the branding is very surf-y. I would definitely take this one travelling given the size and compactness of it. I will for sure be trying their bronzing version too.
MooGoo Cover-Up Buttercup SPF 15. I’ve loved the moogoo branding for a while now, such a great aussie company that has LOADS of info and transparency on their website. V eco-friendly and v good ingredients. Similar in feel and texture to the 2XP one, this is one that I would use more as an everyday moisturiser than specifically spending all day at the beach - it’s a lower spectrum cover, but nonetheless a hydrating formula that doesn’t leave the skin greasy or matte.
So what is the go with SPF anyway!?
Very simply: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVA and B rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%. Plenty more info here, but essentially if you’re wearing sunscreen you’re doing the right thing, and that the difference between 30 and 50 is very minimal.