Has every sunscreen you’ve ever tried given you a bad rush or something?
Do you want to use a real all-natural sunscreen (not that “fake” stuff full of synthetic fillers)?
Get yourself a bottle of Badger Balm Unscented Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF 30. It’s one of the gentlest, most natural sunscreen I’ve ever tried. Here’s what makes it so awesome:
Yeah, yeah, yeah, zinc oxide has a thick, white texture not everyone wants to put up with. I do because the pros far outweighs the cons.
To start with, zinc oxide protects, ON ITS OWN, from the entire UV range. Compare that to chemical UV filters. You usually need 4 or 5 to get the same level of protection. If your skin’s sensitive, that’s 4 or 5 more chances of irritation!
Not to mention, UV filters are way more unstable. Take avobenzone, for example. If you didn’t add a stabiliser like octocrylene, it’d lose all its efficacy in less than two hours.
Don’t get me wrong. You need to regularly reapply your zinc oxide sunscreen too (every two hours at the beach or if you’ve spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun). But its protection will last longer.
Zinc oxide is so gentle (yet powerful), it’s what derms recommend you use on babies. It only causes problems if you’re allergic to zinc.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, Badger Balm Unscented Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 uses non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Instead than using silicones as a base, Badger Balm Unscented Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 uses sunflower seed oil.
Sunflower oil is loaded with fatty acids: it has linoleic acid (48-74%), oleic acid (14-40%), palmitic acid (4-9%) and stearic acid (1-7%).
These acids are super moisturising: they create a barrier on the skin that locks moisture in, keeping it soft and hydrated all day long.
It also strengthens the skin’s protective barrier so your skin better withstands the attacks from the sun, pollution, germs and all its other enemiesOne more thing: sunflower oil is also rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals before they give you wrinkles.
The only drawback? If your skin is oily, the sunflower oil base can make it a little greasier. I guess nothing’s perfect.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Let’s get the “bad” out of the way first: Badger Balm Unscented Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 uses non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide.
That means its super safe. It also means the texture’s thick and leaves a white cast on the skin. You need to take your sweet time to apply it evenly everywhere and even then, it’ll leave your skin looking a little pale.
If, like me, you have resistant skin that never reacts badly to anything, you’ll think, “why do I have to use something so thick when I have so many other alternatives to choose from?” Fair enough.
But if your skin’s so sensitive, you’re struggling to find a sunscreen that doesn’t give you a rash, makes your skin itch or irritates it badly, suck it up and use it. It’s free of fragrance, preservatives, fillers and literally anything that could upset your skin. Seriously, if you’re allergic to this, then you’re not allergic to sunscreen. You’re allergic to the sun and the way it reacts with sunscreen.
Or, if you’re looking for an all-natural sunscreen you can safely apply on your child’s skin without worrying about any potentially nasty side effects, go with this. Sure, your kind will huff and puff while you take your time to put it on, but you’ll feel so much better knowing he/she’s safe while playing in the sun.
Or, if using only the purest of natural products is so important to you, you’re willing to compromise on texture, go on and give it a try.
I do find the texture a little greasy but it’s also very moisturising. Since I’ve started using it, I’m skipping moisturiser and my skin is fine with it.
Most importantly, I like I don’t have to worry about sunburns. This year, the weather has been unusually hot even in London. We’ve had 30ºC for several days. In a row. It’s unheard of, I tell you.
At first, I used this only on my face and another, “chemical” sunscreen on my body. Well, I wasn’t as quick to reapply sunscreen on my shoulders as I should have been and they got a little red (I seriously need to buy one of those bracelets that tell you when it’s time to reapply sunscreen cos who the hell bothers to track time when they’re having fun?), but my face was fine.
Let’s just say now I’m using this all over (and I’ve put a timer on my phone to alert me when it’s time to reapply – zinc oxide lasts longer but not forever!).
No sunscreen is 100% perfect. But if gentle is at the top of your requirement list, Badger Balm Unscented Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 is hard to beat.
Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract
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