In summer but also throughout the year, surfers are the most exposed to solar radiation. Water reflects between 10% and 30% of UV radiation and sand between 5% and 25%. Without an effective sunscreen, one is exposed to sunburns and long-term skin cancers and skin aging. What to think and push you to take care of your skin. Fortunately some brands have today taken the turning point of bio in the development of their solar range to offer healthier products for you, but also the planet.
In comparison with so-called "traditional" sunscreens which contain chemical filters but also thickeners, preservatives, agents for stabilizing the emulsion or moisturizing agents, organic sunscreens are produced from mineral filters of zinc and titanium. There are no ingredients from petrochemicals (paraffin, silicone, PEG) or parabens or nanoparticles, oils and synthetic mineral waxes or GMOs. They are preferred vitamin E, glycerin, vegetable oils and / or essential oils.
To qualify for the "organic" label, they must be composed of at least 95% of ingredients from organic farming.
Are they as effective ?Sun protection indices are subject to very strict European standards: whether you are on organic or a classic cream, the effectiveness is the same. In any case, the French Agency for Health Safety of Health Products (Afssaps) regularly conducts tests on sunscreens to verify that they offer the protection displayed on the label.
Exit the endocrine disruptors with organic solar products: the filters are mineral, so natural. Titanium dioxide or zinc oxide - micro-pigments - will come to reflect the sun's rays on the skin to stop UV.
Each year, between 4000 and 6000 tons of sunscreen are poured into the seas and oceans. According to several scientific studies, the components of sunscreens have a devastating effect on the fauna and flora of the oceans. The study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2008 already pointed to four ingredients, paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone and derivatives of camphor. Seven years later, it is discovered that oxybenzone is responsible for the bleaching of corals. This is the reason why the state of Hawaii legislated on the subject last May to ban toxic sunscreens. Choosing an organic sunscreen also means protecting the oceans.
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