Most of the sun creams sold on the market turn out to be very polluting. How to protect yourself from UV rays while respecting the environment, we tell you everything!
Australians are paying more and more attention to the composition of the products they consume, particularly with regard to cosmetics. Yes, but some products are closely linked to a dubious composition, such as deodorant, mosquito repellents or… sunscreen. This makes the process more complicated. During the summer holidays, we are looking at ecological alternatives to sunscreen!
What are the ingredients in my sunscreen?
In theory, sunscreen is good for you. In fact, it protects you from the harmful effects of the sun, such as skin cancer or premature skin ageing. But one of the components of these creams, oxybenzone, can be dangerous. It can cause allergies and can even behave like oestrogen once absorbed into your skin.
Another important point is that this component is not at all environmentally friendly! It is one of the ecotoxic sunscreen components. It is directly linked to coral bleaching and the massive coral mortality worldwide.
Protecting yourself without polluting
The chemical filters used in the composition of sun creams are of petrochemical origin. They are therefore potentially toxic and polluting. It is possible to find sun creams on the market that use mineral filters. Made from natural materials, these filters are just as effective, but softer on our skin and our planet.
As with organic shampoos, which foam less, mineral filters do not spread as well as their chemical versions and can leave whitish traces on the skin. But that’s changing…
Solution n°1: Forgo sun cream
The best ecological alternative to sun cream is not to use any! If you don’t use sun cream, you must scrupulously follow a few instructions to avoid the harmful effects of the sun:
Use a parasol;
Wear light-coloured clothing with good coverage;
Wear a large hat or cap;
Do not expose yourself to the sun in 11am and 5pm.
Ecological sun creams
By definition, organic sunscreens contain mineral, not chemical, filters. Some brands have come up with the idea of incorporating vegetable oils to facilitate their application and nourish the skin. Here is our selection:
The best way to find out what’s in your cosmetics, including sunscreen, is still to make it yourself!
The ingredients for 100 ml :
25 ml of carrot oil or olive oil;
10 ml jojoba oil ;
40 ml coconut oil;
10 g of shea butter;
30 g of zinc oxide;
5 g beeswax ;
15 ml of hydrolate (to be chosen according to your taste or skin type);
3 drops of lavender or peppermint essential oil;
10 drops of vitamin E;
20 drops of Cosgard preservative (effective for 3 months).
You can find all these ingredients in organic shops, herbalist’s shops or on the Internet.
Preparation steps :
Heat the oils, shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler. Once all the ingredients have melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the zinc oxide. Stir. Then add the hydrolate and actively whisk the mixture. Add the essential oils, then vitamin E and finally the Cosgard. Mix well and pour into a 100 ml bottle. Choose a model with a sprayer for added convenience!