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January 29, 2020
What are your strongest childhood memories of sunscreen? Mine involve greasy, thick, chemical ponging formulas that left my skin feeling yucky! And for those of us with sensitive skin, sunscreen would often lead to itchy rashes, red blotches, dry patches, and even acne outbreaks. Oh, what joy!
Being active outdoors means we exposed our skin to UV rays and risk the chances of burning, but using sunscreen to shield us used to come at the expense of our sensitive skin. It was a Catch 22 situation! Wearing sunscreen was a last minute resort. It wasn’t part of my morning beauty routine like suncare should be, and I’d do everything to avoid it until the last minute before we hit the beach, boat, trail etc...
Sunscreen for sensitive skin is hard to find, especially when the majority of products on the market have chemical-based formulas. Luckily for all of us sensitive skin types, natural and soothing skincare products do exist, such as the wonderful SunButter Sunscreen!
Sensitive skin can happen to all skin types - oily, dry, combination and even well balanced skin! SunButter Sunscreen is formulated to be kind to all of these, whilst providing you with the best protection from UV radiation. Here’s why:
Chemical sunscreens work by penetrating the skin. Once inside, they protect your skin by absorbing UV rays. Whereas chemical-free sunscreens sit on top of your skin and reflect the rays.
At first, this sounds like chemical sunscreens are better for sensitive skin because they don’t sit on the surface and clog your pores. In reality, they often have lots of other ingredients that make the overall formula oily and greasy. Moreover, chemicals can wreak havoc on your skin which tries to eliminate them from your system by causing allergies and nasty reactions, such as rashes, red and blotchy skin, itchiness and general irritation.
It’s for all of these reasons and more that SunButter Sunscreen is chemical-free.
So, if SunButter Sunscreen doesn’t use chemicals, how does it protect us from the sun? Well, our formula uses just one active ingredient - non-nanoparticle zinc oxide. This single ingredient is made from a naturally occurring mineral and offers broadspectrum protection, meaning that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Ok, it protects us from UV radiation damage, but how is it better for sensitive skin? Zinc oxide has plenty of benefits, including its abilities to soothe and reduce inflammation, treat acne outbreaks and heal damaged skin.
We use castor oil in our SunButter Sunscreen formula, which has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and moisturising abilities. Furthermore, castor oil is a non-comedogenic ingredient, meaning that it won’t clog your pores and lead to acne outbreaks. Fantastic for oily and combination sensitive skin types! In fact, castor oil helps to soothe and repair sensitive skin, actively reducing acne.
We’ve added vitamin E to our SunButter formula. Why? Where do we even begin?
One of the biggest benefits of using vitamin E on your skin is its ability to hydrate. If your sensitive skin is a little on the dry side, then vitamin E will help by preventing moisture from escaping. Additionally, it can work as an antioxidant by neutralising harmful radicals and preventing the oxidation of sebum oil (produced by your skin), which in turn decreases the likelihood of acne outbreaks. So vitamin E is also amazing for normal, oily and combination sensitive skin types. Pretty cool, right?
A vegan substitute for beeswax, Candelilla Wax is both protective and softening on the skin. In using Candelilla Wax SunButter Sunscreen can create a protective barrier for your skin and keep a similar texture to that of beeswax. Perfect for vegans!
Last, but not least, our SunButter formula uses various derivatives of coconut oil, which work by strengthening your skin’s barrier to external pollutants, whilst promoting the growth of healthy and natural flora (good bacteria). Additionally, coconut oil helps to retain your skin’s moisture without irritating it, which is great for dry sensitive skin.
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