Why you should make the switch to a natural sunscreen The switch that'll save the health of you and the environment

Why you should make the switch to natural face products

With Summer well and truly upon us, we here at SevenC's thought it was time we spoke about the benefits of choosing a natural sunscreen. When you purchase an all-natural sunscreen (or better yet, make your own), you aren't only benefiting your body, but also the nearby coastal environment.

Picture this 😳

You're enjoying a day on the beach, slathered in sunscreen, ready for the impending heat from the harsh Aussie sun ☀️, and you jump in the water for a snorkel. But Whilst you're swimming throughout the beautiful coral gardens found along Australia's coast, you are unknowingly releasing nasty chemicals 😮, such as Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, into the environment around you. As stated by National Geographic HERE

"These substances contain nanoparticles that can disrupt coral's reproduction and growth cycles, ultimately leading to bleaching."

Those same chemicals are harmful to you when you apply these sunscreens to your person. There is concern among health organisations that Oxybenzone is a hormone disruptor. Studies have shown that it seeps through to the bloodstream when applied to the skin. There is insufficient data to rule out whether this is harming humans internally. This article published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives some great insight into some recent studies that have been performed on the topic, and particular chemicals to watch out for.

The Earth produces all the ingredients we need to protect us from the sun, just look at elephants. There are some great DIY natural sunscreen posts on Pinterest. Still, I found this article here, an informative one to follow along with. As stated in the above article, consult your doctor and/or dermatologist to determine what ingredients and strength will be right for your skin type. Remember that the overall SPF rating of your concoction depends on how much of each component you use. The ingredients used in this recipe are almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, zinc oxide, red raspberry seed oil, carrot seed oil and shea butter. The raspberry and carrot seed oils have the highest SPF ratings of all the ingredients so definitely don't leave these two out.

As Australians, we grow up valuing the ocean. We have some of the most magnificent beaches and marine life in the world. Keeping our environment at the forefront of our mind means we can continuously make informed and sustainably-minded decisions to benefit the eco-systems around us. Let us work to stop coral bleaching and continue to enjoy what we do, fortunately, have on our doorstep.