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- By Karole
The sun feels great and is the best source of vitamin D. However, we know that exposure to the sun without protection can lead to skin damage and skin cancer. That's why it's important to protect your skin with sunscreen. Traditional sunscreens contain chemical filters like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate, which can penetrate the skin and cause side effects. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives to sunscreen that are just as effective and not harmful to health or the environment.
Ingredients in natural sunscreen
Natural sunscreens contain ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are mineral filters. Mineral filters sit on the skin and reflect the sun's rays instead of absorbing them. This prevents harmful UV rays from penetrating the skin and protects against sunburn and skin damage.
Other natural ingredients commonly used in natural sunscreen are beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. These ingredients help to keep the skin hydrated and can aid in soothing.
Benefits of natural sunscreen
Using natural sunscreen offers many benefits compared to traditional sunscreen. Firstly, mineral filters are much less irritating to the skin than chemical filters, making natural sunscreen also suitable for people with sensitive skin. In addition, protection against UV radiation is at least as good as with a chemical sunscreen.
Coral reefs are incredibly important for the health of our oceans and play a crucial role in supporting the marine ecosystem. Unfortunately, studies have shown that some chemical sunscreens, such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, can cause serious damage to coral reefs. When people swim or snorkel in the ocean, sunscreen can end up in the water. If this sunscreen contains chemical filters, these filters can end up in the water and damage the coral. Research has shown that some chemical sunscreens can bleach coral reefs, weakening them and making them more susceptible to diseases and other harmful effects.
It is important to note that it is not just about direct exposure to sunscreen in the water. Because most sunscreens with chemical filters are not biodegradable, chemical filters can end up in the water through sewage, rainwater, and other sources. This means that the harmful effects of chemical sunscreen on coral reefs extend far beyond just the people directly swimming in the sea.
Natural sunscreen is biodegradable and does not contain harmful substances, making it safe for you and ocean life.
In some parts of the world, certain chemical sunscreens are banned because of their potentially harmful effects on the environment and health. For example, in 2018, the state of Hawaii passed a law banning the use and sale of sunscreens containing the chemical filters oxybenzone and octinoxate. Other popular tourist destinations such as Palau, the US Virgin Islands, and Key West, Florida, have enacted similar laws to ban the use of chemical filters.
The sunscreens from Amazinc! are reef safe and do not contain polluting ingredients such as heavy metal nanoparticles, microplastics, and parabens. The products are made from natural ingredients. The packaging has also been given a lot of attention, they are made of aluminum and cardboard. Easy to recycle, lightweight, and strong (ideal for traveling).
If you want to protect and care for your skin, body or face optimally, but also be environmentally conscious, choose Amazinc! products.