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    “She fought valiantly, wielding the umbrella with expert precision, desperately trying to shield her children from the sun's relentless assault. But the sun was strong, and the umbrella, though mighty, was but a mere mortal weapon in the face of its power…” Is this how you feel trying to keep your children safe in the sun without using the traditional chemical products?

    A chemical free life doesn’t need to feel like an epic, playing out in your backyard.

    In this article, we’ll show you eight important things to look for, so you can choose a sunscreen, that really is all natural, and keep your family safe in the sun without all the struggle.

    1. Ingredients

    Obviously, a chemical free sunscreen is made up of chemical free ingredients. Most people only really look at the active ingredients. That is the ingredients that protect you from the sun. However, to really know if a sunscreen is completely chemical free, you would need to look at all the ingredients. Unfortunately, there are a couple of problems here. Most sunscreens don’t list all their ingredients, and you would need to be able to recognize naturally derived and synthetically derived ingredients by their name.

    We therefore have a simpler solution for you. Look for a sunscreen that advertises itself as chemical free. Sunscreens are regulated under governing authorities like the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia and can’t make direct claims like this unless they are true. Words like ‘natural’ may only refer to the active ingredients. So, look for a claim like ‘chemical free’ or ‘all natural’ to keep your family chemical free.

    1. Broad Spectrum Protection

    There’s not much point in buying sunscreen that doesn’t protect you properly. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects you from both Ultra Violet A radiation, which penetrates deeply into the skin even in the shade or under an umbrella, and Ultra Violet B radiation, which only shallowly penetrates in direct sunlight but burns the skin. Without being labeled broad spectrum, sunscreen only protects from the Ultra Violet B radiation. Even if it’s SPF 50 or 100. Choosing a sunscreen labeled broad spectrum is very important.

    1. Hypoallergenic

    Babies have very sensitive skin that is much thinner than adults. So it’s very important to choose a sunscreen that is hypoallergenic and suitable for even the most sensitive skin. Most sunscreens that are chemical free, will be hypoallergenic, but not always. So it’s important to look for sunscreens that are listed as hypoallergenic or suitable for sensitive skin.

    1. Nano / Non-Nano Ingredients

    The research isn’t fully in on this one. However there is some questions being raised about natural sunscreens that have the particle size of the active ingredients low enough to be considered nano particles. Nano particles are small enough to absorb through the layers of the skin and potentially into the bloodstream. While questions are still be raised about whether this happens or not, until the research is fully in, you may wish to consider going with a sunscreen that is considered non-nano or micronised instead. Or if you prefer go for a sunscreen that uses zinc as an active ingredient, which is an essential mineral in the body anyway.

    1. Water Resistance Factor

    Obviously, it’s important to have a water resistance factor for any sunscreen you use at the beach. Water resistance isn’t just for swimming either, it also prevents sunscreen coming off from excessive sweating and rubbing off quickly on clothes. Ideally you want to look for 3 hour water resistance. That’s actually the highest water resistance you can get inside Australia, as three hours is the maximum rating allowed by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration).

    1. Non-Scented

    Unfortunately, fragrances can be deceiving, often fragrances are synthetically derived even if they are something like coconut. The only way to know if it’s really a natural fragrance is to check the ingredients. This being said, generally with babies having such sensitive skin its safer to just purchase an unscented sunscreen, as less ingredients is generally better for anyone with sensitive skin.

    1. Non-Comedogenic

    You may never have seen this word before. Basically it means that the sunscreen uses ingredients that don’t block or clog the pores of the skin. This is obviously quite important for your little one. Being non-comedogenic usually comes from the ingredients being natural, however the particle size of the ingredients can have an effect too, so it’s worth looking for this as a separate claim.

    1. Eco-Friendly

    Finally, why protect your child so effectively if they won’t have a planet to enjoy when they grow up. The information you want to look for is the reef friendly tag to indicate that it doesn’t contribute to coral bleaching, and that the formula is biodegradable. It also helps if the packaging is biodegradable. Organically sourced ingredients and it’s even better.

    Well that concludes our list, we hope this article has helped. We recommend our all natural sunscreen as it meets all of these criteria and even more. Whatever you choose we wish the best health on your and your little ones as you continue your chemical free journey.

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