With Cécile, our guest blogger from Les Confidences de Lizzie
You run wild, you’re rugged and free, you're afraid of nothing. It’s obvious you’re a Tiger! But summer is coming and it’s time to focus on an absolute beach bag essential: sunscreen. And though ALL TIGERS doesn’t offer sunscreen, it's still important to share a few basic tips. We know that even if we looooove the sun, too much exposure can be risky business for our health and lead to sunburn or much, much worse. So, we don't take protection lightly.
ALL TIGERS, created by and with its community, stands by its convictions of natural as our number one rule. You’re then probably not surprised to learn that when it comes to protection, we go for all-natural and chemical-free. Organic isn’t the be-all and end-all for our sunscreen selections. However, they do need to make our protection, our health, and our environment a top priority. So, we’re going to help you pick out your clean skincare solar protection. Let’s go!
Tips for Choosing a Sunscreen
How do you choose a sunscreen?
First off, forget about the pretty packaging that often catches your eye on shelves but serves little to nothing at all once you're on the beach. What really counts? The sun protection factor, otherwise known as the SPF.
What does SPF 20, 30, 50 really mean? The SPF indicates the level of protection against UVB rays. UVB rays can be toxic for the skin in the short term, so if you aren't well protected it is hello, sunburn!
But watch out for UVA rays, too. This kind of ultraviolet ray penetrates more deeply into the skin and causes the destruction of collagen and elastin. If you’re not careful and lack proper protection, you can say goodbye to your youthful-looking skin. What’s more, UVA rays also play a role in skin cancer formation. And while the UVA factor is not indicated on the bottle, it is implicit. European standards require manufacturers to guarantee a UVA that is at least equal to one-third of its UVB protection. So, the higher the UVB, the higher the UVA.
To make the best choice for you, it’s best to ask yourself a few questions:
- What type of skin do I have?
- Do I have a lighter or darker complexion?
- How long will I be exposed? Where will I be exposed (in the mountains, at the sea)?
There are 4 kinds of sunscreen according to their SPF. There's low protection (under 10), medium protection (10-30), high protection (30-50), and very high protection (50+). I use SPF 50 in early summer and eventually switch to SPF 30 once my skin’s been used to the sun and has a base tan. But each their own!
Sunscreen is available in various types and textures, such as lotions, creams, oils, and sprays. However, it’s important that your clean sunscreen be spreadable in order to make application easy. It should also be water resistant, so be sure to check for that on the bottle.
Another tip: don’t forget to throw out your sunscreen once it has reached its expiration date, since protection can weaken over time. (And then buy a new bottle, of course!) The normal expiration date for sunscreen is about 9 months. If you’re putting on your old sunscreen from last year, you risk getting sunburned.
Why should you opt for a clean sunscreen?
Natural sunscreens are made up of minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It should be pointed out that titanium dioxide nanoparticles are a subject of controversy when it comes to their impact on our planet. However, you can find sunscreens with no nanoparticles, to guarantee both a healthy Earth and a healthy you! Besides boasting an effective natural barrier, clean sunscreens are generally enriched with antioxidants to provide you with even better skin protection.
Is natural protection as effective as chemical protection? Yep! Like chemical sunscreens, clean (or natural) sunscreens must meet standards set by European legislation. This means that they are subjected to the same type of tests to guarantee they work just as well as classic (chemical) protection.
Natural Formulas Gaining Ground
Natural sunscreens were often criticized for the white residue they left after application. But thanks to enormous progress in cosmetics, this is now long behind us.
And, to respond to today's standards and norms, sunscreen specifications prohibit formulas from containing crude oil (which ALL TIGERS has never been about at all). Clean sunscreens are made up of natural active ingredients like plant oils.
Respect for the environment is something that natural sunscreens hold near and dear. Not only is the packing for clean sunscreens held to a particular standard, but their formulas are created to minimize their impact on our planet. This definitely counts in today’s world.
Taking a Look at 3 Clean Sunscreens
SEVENTY-ONE, Thought and Built by Surfers
Our friends from the French Beauty Lab by Monge! Thought up by surfers who’ve spent countless hours in the water and under the sun, Seventy-One has become the brand of the moment. This rad range of sunscreen is gracing the pages of magazines with its cool look and trendy packaging. But it's more than that. The brand is all about clean sunscreens for your face and body that are good for your skin and the environment. Plus, Seventy-One’s formulas cannot be beat, with organic mineral ingredients and SPF 50+ protection.
In addition to its classic block, Seventy-One also offers a range of colored sun sticks. They fade as protection diminishes—a helpful reminder of when it should be reapplied!
ACORELLE, A Tradition of Organics
Acorelle is a renowned organic cosmetics brand that has come into the spotlight since being affiliated with many beauty box subscriptions. One of this brand’s must-haves is the 100% natural Tinted SPF 30 Organic Sunscreen.
It is rich in titanium dioxide and Api OléoActi (AOA), an antioxidant active ingredient containing pollen and propolis. This natural ingredient keeps skin rejuvenated and fresh. Acorelle’s sunscreen is also loaded with plant oils such as argan and karanja. Smooth and silky, it spreads on easily and leaves no greasy or oily film on your skin. Acorelle even has little ones in mind for a clean and safe sunscreen adapted specially for babies.
MIMITIKA, Sunscreen in Vogue
Mimitika’s enduring philosophy is one that we hold in very high regard: a sunscreen for sun lovers that is natural, protective, and trendy.
With a simple and elegant range of products, Mimitika’s mantra is natural and high-quality care. This ultra-moisturizing sunscreen packed with antioxidant vitamin E is just beckoning you to lounge on a deckchair by the pool...
What’s my favorite? The Mimitika sunscreen lip balms that protect my mouth from UVB and UVA rays. Yeah—you can’t forget about your lips!
But even if you're protected, don't overdo it. Remember that the sun can be harmful. So, take care and stay safe, Tigers!
Cécile, from the blog Les Confidences de Lizzie
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