Beauty

Eco-friendly sunscreens that work under make-up

With our increased awareness of the harmful effects of UV rays on our skin, more and more people are waking up to the importance of wearing SPF all year around. Dermatologists urge us to wear sunscreen every single day. Even in the often gloomy weather we experience in the UK. This is due to the harmful UVA rays that are present every single day of the year.

SPF IN MOISTURISER AND FOUNDATION IS NOT ENOUGH. Sorry for shouting, but it needed to be said 🙂

However, not all sunscreens are suitable for your skin type or lifestyle.

Chemical sunscreen controversies

Chemical sunscreens have been given a bad rep due to the ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate being linked to harming coral reefs. Although these chemicals protect the skin from the sun, they are highly toxic to corals and marine life. A 2016 study showed that these chemicals increased developing coral’s susceptibility to bleaching and damaged DNA. This led to Hawaii’s decision to ban sunscreens that contain these chemicals.

Some studies have shown that because oxybenzone crosses the skin barrier, traces end up in the body. This has been linked to hormone disruption and cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Octinoxate has also been attributed to increased sensitivity to allergic reactions. Furthermore, pregnant women are often advised to use mineral sunscreens as oppose to chemical formulas.

So what’s the alternative?

Many people are still shying away from mineral sunscreen formulas as the titanium dioxide and zinc oxide tend to leave a ‘white cast.’ Well I have news for you! Eco-friendly reef safe and controversy-free sunscreen formulas are improving and improving. I have found many sunscreens that work perfectly underneath make-up and leave minimal white cast.

If you want to hear more about the controversies around chemical sunscreens (as well as details on what SPF, PA, UVA and UVB mean) then check out the article I wrote for Dazed Digital:

Should we all be wearing sunscreen?

https://www.dazeddigital.com/beauty/body/article/44154/1/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sunscreen

Here are some of my favourite sunscreens that work well under make-up:

Jason Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

mayanirvana.co.uk

I am using this one at the moment. It’s the most affordable mineral sunscreen option and it performs extremely well. This sunscreen blends in really easily and the white cast disappears very quickly. It also sits very nicely under primer and foundation so you do not have an excuse not to slather on the SPF!

Get it here:

UK https://amzn.to/2YyVtrx

US https://amzn.to/2XqvZer

Ultrasun Anti-Pollution Face Fluid SPF 50

This is a hybrid sunscreen as it contains titanium dioxide (mineral filter) and chemical filters. However, the UK and EU are on the ball when it comes to finding new, safer and eco-friendly chemical filters. This sunscreen is free from oxybenzone and octocrylene and does not contain perfume, mineral oil, silicones or preservatives. This is a great option for those with sensitive skin but want to avoid a ‘white cast’. This has a high SPF AND a high PA rating! I’ve tried a few sunscreens from Ultrasun’s range and I enjoyed them all.

Get it here:

UK http://tidd.ly/4ca4cfc7

US https://amzn.to/2XoHsjw

Ren Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30

mayanirvana.co.uk

This mineral sunscreen is not only perfect for more sensitive skin, but it is brilliant to use under make-up. It is mattifying so there’s no need to worry about applying a greasy sunscreen on your face – and no excuse not to wear SPF every day! REN is also a cruelty-free and vegan brand so you can protect your skin and your conscience.

Get it here:

UK https://amzn.to/2YI0P3T

US https://amzn.to/2XqE0jI

Clinique Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for the Face SPF 30

This ultra-lightweight mineral sunscreen has Invisible Shield Technology, which creates an almost invisible cover on all skin tones and is oil-free. As this is a fluid rather than a cream, you need to shake this well before applying.

Get it here:

UK http://tidd.ly/e9f999b7

US https://amzn.to/2XuSHXF

Ultrasun Ultralip SPF 30

Don’t forget to protect the thin layer of skin on your lips! I love using this lip balm because it has a very high SPF. Utrasun does not use oxybenzone and octinoxate as chemical filters, so this is eco-friendly and great for chapped lips!

Get it here:

UK https://amzn.to/2JcAJ3w

US https://amzn.to/2YAbz43

What are your favourite sunscreens? Do you wear it every day? Let me know in the comments below and feel free to say hi over on Instagram and Twitter @themayanirvana