Suitable for all skin types
This unscented, all-natural SPF25 sunscreen is a healthy, non-toxic choice especially formulated for those with skin that often reacts badly to the chemical ingredients found in mainstream sunscreens (many of which have unbelievably been found to be carcinogenic!). It is also a great plastic free option, and is the perfect size for popping into your bag to apply and re-apply when needed.
Shade contains only four simple, natural ingredients - unrefined certified organic shea butter and coconut oil for their natural moisturising and nourishing properties; beeswax to offer a protective layer on the skin and to act as an anti-inflammatory; and zinc oxide - widely acknowledged as offering the safest, broadest-spectrum sun protection possible. Zinc oxide also has a cooling, slightly astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial and protective action on the skin, making this sunscreen a great aftersun too.
Unlike many chemical sunscreens, Shade does not contain burn inhibitors which switch off the burning sensation the body produces when skin has been exposed to the sun too long. SPF25 means that the protection is 96% - but that does mean that 4% of rays are still reaching the skin. The '25' means that you are protected approximately 25 times the length of time it would normally take your skin to burn, under the same environmental conditions, without any protection whatsoever. If you feel you are beginning burn, it's your body's warning that you have been exposed for too long, and the sensible approach is to cover up by wearing clothing or move out of the sun altogether as applying more sunscreen only ensures you are still covered for the original 25x timeframe and does not extend the amount of time you can stay in the sun. It might be a good idea to check out an interesting article written by the producer before switching from a mainstream chemical formula. It explains the limitations of natural sun creams and can be found by clicking on the 'About the Brand' tab above.
Directions for use:
If the sunscreen is cold it will be quite firm. Rub it vigorously with warm fingertips to make it softer, or scoop some out of the tin and warm it between your hands, then apply generously to the skin at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun. Reapply regularly, particularly after exposure to water or after sweating. 'Applying generously' means approximately a teaspoon for an adult face, and a shot glass full for an adult body. Please be aware that putting an inadequate amount of sunscreen on effectively square-roots the SPF - so an SPF50 is rendered an SPF7, and a SPF25 would be an SPF5!!
It is possible that Shade will leave a white cast on the skin as the non-nano zinc oxide sits on it as a physical barrier rather than being absorbed into the bloodstream. Although this is not always the best look, it is the active ingredient that defends skin from UVA and UVB rays, so you can rest assured it is the very safest and healthiest form of protection in a sunscreen.
Made in the UK from 100% natural ingredients. Comes in a reusable and recyclable aluminium tin with screw on lid.
Even though Shade is completely natural, it is still at its best for up to a year after opening. If the expiration date is looming and it's the middle of winter, just use up the cream for its wonderful moisturising properties. It is great for itchy skin or patches, insect bites or stings and even as a fantastic lip salve!
Size: 15ml / aprix 2cm high x 3cm diameter