REVIEWING NATURAL SUN CREAM
Sun protection is spoken about a lot within the beauty space, and this is due to the damage that the sun can do. However, some of the harsh chemicals within conventional SPF products can do damage too. Natural sun cream is something that I really wanted to try. I haven’t always been vigilant with this step as I hadn’t thought too much about it as a teenager. Also, my skin is very acne prone, and the thought of using sun cream just brought back all the childhood memories of being smothered in the greasy layer as a child. Anyway, for the sake of my skin and how I’m in my 20’s now, I bought some sun creams to try. Admittedly, I am quite lazy when it comes to additional layers so I do mix it in with my moisturiser, but I have been happily impressed by these products, and my skin didn’t freak out either.
BIOSOLIS SPF 30
“Pure, Natural & Organic Sun Protection. To nourish, hydrate and protect skin against UVA and UVB, using entirely natural mineral filters. Free from Nano-particles. The quality of manufacturing guarantees non-whitening of the skin. Suitable for all types of skin and children over 3 yrs.”
The brand Biosolis is a Belgium based company, so most of the writing on the packaging is in that language. However, this product is very easy to buy within the UK. Just a quick Google search brought up many options, and it can also be bought from a local health food shop. I have to say, the packaging is pretty beautiful. So bright and inviting, and just looks like a Summer holiday. That reminds me; it may seem a bit late me posting about Sun cream in November. However, it is important to wear an SPF year round. The sun still shines bright sporadically throughout this season.
As mentioned above, Biosolis is a brand from Belgium. They are the first Organic Suncare brand that are certified organic. The brand offers sun protection for both adults and children, for both face and body. According to their website, 100% natural organically produced vegetable oils, aloe vera gel and 100% naturally produced mineral sun screen is what makes these products possible. The packaging uses recyclable bottles and vegetable ink for a greener solution. Biosolis do not use petrochemicals and their products are free from: silicone oils, paraffins, and synthetic fragrances. Learn more about Biosolis here.
“Aloe Barbadensis gel *, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Pongamia Glabra (Karanja) Seed Oil* , Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate ,Cera alba, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxyde, Propanediol, Sodium Chloride, Brassica Campestris ( Rapeseed ) Oil *, Daucus Carota Sativa(Carrot)Root*Extract /Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower)Seed Oil*, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Tocopherol.”
- *Ingredients from Organic Farming.
- Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by ECOCERT.
- 99 % of the total ingredients are from natural origin.
- 43.70 % of the total ingredients are from organic farming.
TEXTURE & SCENT
The texture of this product is very thick, creamy and smooth. When I hear the word “thick” in terms of skincare products I automatically thick “heavy” but this product isn’t overly heavy. As long as only a small amount is applied, it is lightweight and the skin still breathes. I love that it is very easy to rub into the skin, and although the colour is very white it does not leave a white cast on the skin. The product soaks in quickly but, due to how moisturising the product is, leaves a shine which starts to show through make-up throughout the day. As for the scent, it is subtle and barely there. There is a floral hint, but I think it just smells fresh. It definitely isn’t potent or overpowering, and doesn’t irritate the skin.
- The product is white in colour but doesn’t leave a white cast over the skin.
- Is very moisturising, and applies like a thick moisturiser.
- Blends easily into the skin when rubbed and soaks in quickly too.
- It does leave a shiny layer on the skin, and is greasy when too much is used.
- I recommend using a very small amount as too much can sit on the skin feeling thick and greasy.
- When a small amount is used, this product is comfortable on the skin.
- It can be used under make-up, however, gives more of a glow. I don’t mind this, especially in winter when my skin has a dry texture. But it depends of preference.
- Skin can still breathe with this on the skin.
- Doesn’t block or clog pores, and doesn’t create spots on my skin.
- Doesn’t irritate the skin, and I find it gentle.
- Organic certified product.
- Vegan ingredients.
Sun cream is a product that won’t always be fully natural in terms of the ingredients list. However, there are companies, such as Biosolis, making great improvements to sun care products. I highly recommend this product to someone with drier skin, or who has acne prone or irritated skin from chemical laden products. I really like it.
GARDEN GODDESS SPF 30
“Goddess Garden Facial Natural Sunscreen is packed with nourishing and natural antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients including aloe vera, shea butter and immortelle essential oil. Easily worn with makeup or without, this is our most sheer formula. Non-greasy and lightly scented with lavender essential oils, this gentle formula works well with dry and sensitive skin types.”
This was the first natural sun cream that I bought, and my first impression wasn’t that great. At first I tried it a couple of times and then didn’t reach for it. It wasn’t until a few months later as the weather got warmer that I decided to give SPF another go. I really like to ethos of the Goddess Garden brand and how easy it is to buy where I am in the UK. This sun cream is sold in my local health food store, so I knew it was a good natural option to go for. The price is good too, and less than £10 in most places.
As early environmentalists in rural Oregon, Nova and Paul developed an understanding of what nature and the great outdoors can do. After working corporate job, they became aware of the skincare industry and what really needed to change. “Nova, with an herbalist background, and Paul, with a nutrition science degree, were inspired to develop safe skincare solutions, using the pure minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active agents for sun protection. From there, Goddess Garden began to grow.” Find out more about Garden Goddess here.
Garden Goddess uses Zinc Oxide in their products to create safe sun protection, and this is the only ingredient listed under the ingredients on the packaging. This product is also naturally scented with lavender essential oil, and uses anti-aging ingredients shea butter and aloe vera. The brand has a whole ingredients glossary on their website which you can check out here.
TEXTURE & SCENT
The texture of this product is very thin and feels slightly waxy. Because of this, it takes some rubbing in before it soaks into the skin, and is noticeable and sticky to touch. If it isn’t rubbed in properly, then a white cast is left on the skin. However, once this product has been rubbed in properly it does eventually soak into the skin it is virtually unnoticeable unless touched. I find that it takes around 15 minutes to soak in, which can be inconvenient if worn under make-up.
Once fully dried, the product is unnoticeable on the face and feels like a lightweight moisturiser. If you touch your face with it on, it has a greasy and slightly sticky feeling. However, the face doesn’t feel like it has anything on, and the skin can still breath. Also, a shiny layer is left on the skin and gets greasy when the face is warm or sweating. The scent is very light and smells like lavender essential oils.
- Product takes a while to be rubbed in, and initially leaves a white cast.
- Thin and waxy texture which leaves a sticky feeling on the face before product has fully soaked in.
- Takes around 15 minutes to full soak in.
- Unnoticeable when fully soaked onto skin.
- This product is a much better alternative to conventional toxic skin care.
- It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause any blocked pores. I also find that it is good for acne prone skin like mine.
- Can be worn under makeup, but can feel it on the face if it doesn’t soak in properly first. I prefer it when I’m not wearing make-up.
- Good level of SPF: 30.
- Affordable product and easy to buy online or in health food stores.
- Vegan and cruelty free.
- Water resistant.
- Would be better for holiday use and can be used on children too.
I recommend this product to be worn without make-up as it is a stickier choice. I also prefer it during cold weathers and not during exercise as it gets stickier when the face is warm. However, I do recommend this product. Give it a go and see what you think.