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Finding an effective sun lotion which is pleasant to use, effective and above all safe is very easy these days. There are so many to choose from and it can be a daunting task to find a perfect choice, let alone a Paraben free one, which lately has been my mission.
I do a fair amount of travelling in the course of a year, not only long haul, but also to Scotland, where it is actually very easy to burn, in fact melanoma rates in Scotland are higher than in Australia. There are many reasons for this, many behavioural, but it does mean I actually wear a sun screen there every time I go out, as there is an increased risk.
So all this sun exposure means I am applying a lot of products to my skin, and for this reason I worry about the Paraben content of most sun products. Parabens have been linked to hormonal cancers, and although this research is still in its infancy, some countries, including Norway and Japan, have banned these chemicals in toiletries, so I am trying to take the safe approach by using them less.
This is tricky where sun lotions are concerned, because you have to balance risk of sunburn with risk from chemicals. Many of the higher factors are simply not yet available in natural products, and I always use factor 50 when I go anywhere tropical, because the intensity of the sun is too great to risk using lower factors. I will always choose Sunsense Factor 50, an Australian product which you can now purchase in Superdrug, as this has a very high respect amongst skin experts and dermatologists.
For all other days when I am exposed to the sun, or at sunrise and sundown, I use natural products. My two favourite producers are Lavera, and Green People, and it is a product by the latter I am reviewing today.
Green people is a company set up by a lady called Charlotte Vøhtz. It was born out of a situation which cropped up in her life, when her two year old daughter was suffering badly from severe eczema and allergies. By a combination of supplements, herbal remedies, and the elimination of all chemicals in the house, her daughter was cured, and so she set about forming this company. She wasn't a stranger to this field having a nursing background, and an 11 year experience record in the Pharmaceutical Industry. After many years of research the company began trading in 1997, and it has become very popular indeed. I do have a great deal of respect for this, as my son was cured of eczema through the use of a Manuka Honey Cream, which although sceptical at the time, I watched with amazement as his skin cleared in front of my eyes over a period of weeks.
Green people make sun products which are protective against UVA and UVB rays, and they go up to a maximum of factor 25.
My favourite product is The Organic Children's Lavender Lotion, which is the one I purchase for myself and my family. None of us are children anymore, but the scent of this lotion is gorgeous, and I think if it is safe for children it will be perfect for adults too! This lotion is factor 25 and is available in many outlets including Waitrose, and independent health food stores. I usually purchase mine either from Green People themselves, or from an excellent Ebay seller online wintonhealthfoodsnaturalskincare who has an excellent 100% feedback score.
If you purchase from Green People themselves remember to use a cash back site first. I use Topcashback where by clicking through will yield 12% cash back.
The lotion costs £14 but currently Green People have it on offer- buy one get one free, which represents real value for money as each tube is 150ml.
They also do a lovely dinky size 30mls for £3.50, which is a great handbag essential, especially good if you have young children and want to be prepared. Also really good for youngsters to take to school. I often carry this in hand luggage on flights, and it means you can lotion up just before landing, and be protected if you have to queue outside for a few minutes waiting, as sometimes happens in foreign airports.
This lavender lotion is water resistant, contains no Parabens or petrochemicals, but does have the titanium dioxide necessary to block harmful sun rays.
The lotion is a light cream which is easily absorbed, and the smell is lovely, it is a light lavender fragrance, meaning you are not going to smell like an old grannie, but it is a relaxing fragrance and one which really appeals to me. If you prefer to use a non scented product Green people also do this too.
You must apply this 30 minutes before sun exposure and again every 2 hours.
I have used this in tropical places. Earlier this year I took it with me to The Maldives, where I used it in the early morning and late afternoon when the intensity of the sun was lower than it was in the midday, when only the higher factors were recommended.
I have never burnt at all using the Green People cream and neither have any family members. As long as you apply it liberally, and use your judgement about when to use a higher protection cream, I think this is a great product to use. Also if you are someone who always using lower factors anyway, as many people do, then it could be the only product you need.
I have very fair skin, blue eyes and a million moles, and together with a family history of skin cancer have to be careful, probably more than most.
I think it might be helpful here to just look at the ingredients in a little more depth
Ingredients: *Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera), *Olea europaea (olive oil), *Elaeis guineensis (palm oil), *Helianthus annuus (sunflower oil), Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate (UV-filter derived from cinnamon acid esters), Herbal infusion of *Sambucus nigra (elder flowers). Cetearyl glucoside (plant wax extract), Titanium dioxide (UV filter - mineral), Glyceryl stearate (derived from plant material), *Cera alba (bees wax), *Persea gratissima (avocado oil), *Lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil), Gnaphalium leontopodium (edelweiss extract), Commiphora myrrha (resin from myrrh), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative system), Citric acid (pH regulator), *Linalool, *d-Limonene (from essential oil).*84% certified organic ingredients.
You may notice here the Edelweiss extract which is an interesting plant. It actually has its own in built sun protection factor as it grows at such a high altitude, it has needed this for its own survival. Natural beeswax and olive oil provide the water resistant base. For this reason however it isn't vegan.
I have used this lotion on many occasions now and think it is a great product. I just feel safer using a higher factor in extreme sun and will continue to do for the foreseeable future. However, as I keep out of the midday sun as much as possible, I am finding myself using this product more and more. It is a lovely scent and is moisturising as well. I have never found this lotion to be irritating at all, and it isn't greasy either which is a bonus.
If my children were small I would certainly use this and I think it would work very well indeed.
I would keep a t shirt on little ones and a hat and keep them in the shade as well though, as this product alone is not the only way to keep safe in the sun.
scented with lavender / SPF25 /