When living or holidaying in Australia, the use of Sunscreen is unavoidable. There is so much to consider when choosing a sunscreen:
a: will it offer the protection it claims,
b: will it be gentle on our skin,
c: is it full of harmful chemicals,
d: is it going to damage the fish and reefs?
Opting to use a Natural Sunscreen is a no brainer for me. The hard part is knowing which Natural Sunscreen is actually any good. I have tried a few over the years and I am happy to now give you my top 5.
I have to admit, it took me a while to try this one, despite hearing so many great reviews. Moo Goo is an Aussie company based in Perth and was started by a Farmer! He noticed that his Mum was using a cream meant for Cows udders on her hands and so reformulated the cream to be more suitable for Humans! (It’s a cool story, you can read more about it here!)
The cream is 24.9% ww Zinc Oxide so it is quite thick however not as thick as other Zinc based Sunscreens. Moo Goo do suggest, “Smear on some Zinc based Sunscreen, allow 30 seconds for it to warm to body temperature and then rub it in clear” I take this one to the beach as I really don’t mind that slightly “ghostly look” if it means being protected! Another bonus of this one is that it is perfect for babies as well as adults. Moo Goo claim it is also suitable for sensitive skin and I have to agree, myself and my boys all suffer from sensitive skin and/ or eczema and none of us have ever had a bad reaction to this one!
RRP: $32.50 (200g)
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Life Basics Facial Sunscreen
Life Basics is created by Nourished Life. It has over 500 reviews on their site with an average of 4.5 stars. It has been created for daily use and so is lighter and non – greasy. When I first started using this one I didn’t realise it was for the face and was using it on my whole body and it worked beautifully. As described on the Nourished Life website, this sunscreen contains “Calendula Extract for its anti-inflammatory properties, Green Tea for its antioxidants and Rosehip Oil to help nourish your skin, along with the calming scent of Rose Geranium. This is designed to leave a satin finish, ideal for applying on its own or under makeup.” This is suitable for kids and adults.
RRP: $24.95 (100ml)
This is my absolute favourite natural sunscreen!
I started using this one nearly 4 years ago when Flinn was just a baby. I was having trouble finding a sunscreen that wouldn’t flare up his eczema, especially around the back of his neck. This was the only one that didn’t cause any reaction. I also find with this sunscreen that it’s protection lasts longer and I don’t have to reapply so often. It does contain zinc but I don’t find it as thick as the others plus, it also has the highest SPF value! Plus, I don’t find this too heavy or greasy to use on my face.
As mentioned, this is my top choice for the bubbas.
RRP: $20.90 (125ml)
Caribbean Solutions Sol Kid Kare
I have added this one as it does seem to be a popular natural sunscreen amongst other chemical conscious people! This has a great texture and a gorgeous scent. However, you have to order this one from the US so shipping takes a little longer.
RRP: $20.15 (6oz)
Described on the Nourished Life website as including “a combination of natural ingredients including antioxidant rich Green Tea, Shea butter and Jojoba Oil. It is hypoallergenic and suitable for adults and children over 6 months old” this is another fantastic sunscreen. The only downside to this one is that you need a separate one for babies under 6 months and I also find that I go through it really quick!
RRP: $24.95 (100g)