Six Point checklist for choosing an effective mineral sunscreen
1) Go for broad-spectrum (not just SPF level):
Broad-spectrum cover means the sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. For more info on UVA and UVB radiation check out healthline.com.
If you’re looking for SPF levels too, go for 30 and above as this is enough protection to be labelled ‘High Protection’ by the European Union.
2. Non-nano is best:
The biggest concern is that they can be inhaled. The jury is out on absorption into the bloodstream, so until we know more, and while there is a choice, perhaps stay away. SETT sunscreens are all non-nano and don't leave a white cast to the skin.
3. Avoid harsh chemicals
One of the reasons we develop natural skincare products is to avoid the harsh chemical ingredients that can cause painful reactions on the skin, like nasty allergens. This is before worrying about chemicals entering your bloodstream. Plus these chemicals harm coral reefs and other aquatic life. For more info check out www.bantoxicsunscreens.com.
4. Avoid artificial preservatives
Parabens are often used in cosmetics as preservatives but are derived from petroleum production. The concern with parabens is the carcinogens found in petroleum products which are usually filtered out during the production process but the efficacy can vary by country and producer. Plus, anything we can do to lower the planet's dependence on oil production is a good thing!
5. Spot test for sensitive skin
Of course, everyone’s body is different, so if you have some concerns, be sure to spot test new products to ensure there are no adverse reactions before you apply it in larger amounts. Generally speaking, mineral sunscreens cause far fewer adverse skin reactions than their chemical counterparts.
Note that it is recommended that children younger than six months old aren’t exposed to the sun at all due to their skin being so sensitive, and children older than six months use a product designed with their sensitive skin in mind.
6. Check the testing has been done to back-up the claims
Some sunscreen brands take pride in the fact that their products are homemade. That’s fine for some people, but it makes me nervous about the level of quality control; if someone manufactures skin care products in their kitchen some other completely unrelated chemicals might end up getting mixed into the formula and cause a nasty reaction.
For the record, All SETT products are all manufactured in ISO-accredited, professional, and audited facilities. Professional facilities reduce the risk of outside contamination to virtually zero.
Thanks to @cajasurfs for the gorgeous photo!