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Why we love Earth's Kitchen Sunscreen

We are incredibly fussy about what sunscreen we stock, and this is the only one that passes our rigorous screening process.

We are proud to be stocking a world first for suncreen. BioGro certification means that 100% of Earth’s Kitchen sunscreen ingredients are certified natural  and full of potent healing and protecting ingredients found in nature. So you can feel confident that the protection is far more than skin deep.

The natural formula is free from nasty chemicals. Ingredients are cruelty free – never tested on animals, non-GMO, biodegradable, reef safe, made with organic and wildcrafted ingredients.
NO genetically modified or irradiated ingredients
NO parabens
NO sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
NO artificial fragrances
NO petrochemicals
NO titanium dioxide

 

You don’t need to be a dermatologist to know that protecting your skin from the sun is one of the best things we can do to prevent premature ageing and many forms of skin cancer. But before you go slathering sunscreen all over yourself and your loved ones, remember that your skin is the largest organ of your body. It protects us, but also absorbs what we put on it…and not all sunscreens are created equal.

 

What’s the difference between natural and chemical sunscreen?

There are two forms of sunscreen available out there:

  1. Chemical sunscreen – the type most readily available, works by being absorbed by our skin and in turn, it absorbs and breaks down the UV rays that hit our skin.
  2. Mineral aka. natural sunscreen – is made of naturally occurring ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxides, blitzed into tiny particles, which sit on top of the skin and act like a shield, deflecting damage instead.

The ingredients in chemical sunscreens can cause sensitivity for some skins, but more alarmingly, its active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate can be absorbed by the body and can be found in places sunscreen chemicals have no business being. In particular, oxybenzone is a known hormone disruptor and kills our coral reefs.

Mineral sunscreens are proven to be less likely to cause skin sensitivity or be absorbed into the body where they can do damage.

Are all mineral sunscreens good for you?

Not all natural sunscreens are created equally. While the active ingredients might still be zinc or titanium dioxide, it always pays to read the label and check that they aren’t mixed with other chemical nasties such as petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS) or genetically modified ingredients. Your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it can be absorbed into the body. Just as you watch what you eat, it’s important to think about what goes into your body via your skin.

How often should I apply sunscreen?

Natural or mineral sunscreens are effective from the moment they’re applied to the skin, unlike chemical sunscreens, which require at least 20 minutes to become effective. This doesn’t mean you should set and forget though. We recommend reapplying our sunscreen every 2 hours during sun exposure and immediately after swimming, sweating excessively or rubbing against surfaces that may disrupt your sunscreen barrier (like wiping yourself with a towel). As always, try to minimise extended sun exposure, especially between 10am and 2pm, when the sun is at its strongest.

Can I wear moisturising lotion under my sunscreen?

Yes, just make sure it’s fully absorbed before applying sunscreen otherwise it may dilute the effectiveness of your sun protection.

Can I wear make up over sunscreen?

Yes, you can. Earth’s Kitchen sunscreen is certified natural and contains no pore clogging ingredients like mineral oil, making it a great base for make up. Just be sure to remember to reapply sunscreen during extended periods of sun exposure.

 

We love that so many of you are asking the questions about the sunscreen we stock.
We thought we’d make it easier for you, so you don’t even have to ask!

* What brand is it?
We stock Earth Kitchen sunscreen which is formulated by medical herbalist, registered nurse and naturopath, Jules Bright. 

* Is it suitable for babies?
It comes in two types - Kawakawa & Tamanu SPF50+ certified natural sun protection for adults & children 6yrs+ and Moringa & Harakeke SPF50+ certified natural sun protection for babies – perfect for those littlies and those with sensitive skin.

* Are they officially tested?
Earth Kitchen are globally certified SPF50 and a recent post of theirs said that they just did more testing now in 2019 where the latest readings were even higher. They are the first and only certified natural sunscreen to meet the criteria with the high SPF 👍 You can always message them directly though if you want to get more info.

* How well does it rub in?
It goes on white, but rubs in well.

* How much is it?
$38 for 150ml which lasts ages (we are still on our tube from last year – Jane)

* Is it reef safe?
Absolutely.
The natural formula is free from nasty chemicals. Ingredients are cruelty free – never tested on animals, non-GMO, biodegradable, reef safe, made with organic and wildcrafted ingredients.
NO genetically modified or irradiated ingredients
NO parabens
NO sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS)
NO artificial fragrances
NO petrochemicals
NO titanium dioxide

* What about the packaging?
All packaging is was recylable when it was packaged (type 5) and sourced from sustainable forests.  They are working on finding compostable tubes to switch to.

 

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