Hello July and summer days at the pool! The sun is something we don’t mess around with in my home. With a family history of skin cancer, I’ve always been taught the importance of staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen. However, over the past few years, my interest in living a more natural lifestyle sent me on a wild goose chase, hunting for the perfect natural zero waste sunscreen option.
Is Sunscreen Harmful?
What I’ve learned is, yes and no. It’s very important to protect yourself from the sun especially between 10am-4pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest. However, a lot of the conventional sunscreens on the market today contain nasty chemicals that we probably don’t want on our bodies. I did a little internet research and learned that basically there are two types of sunscreens: mineral barriers and chemical barriers. Chemical barrier sunscreens usually contain oxybenzone, while mineral barrier sunscreens usually contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. I learned that the Environmental Working Group considers oxybenzone a known endocrine disruptor which can interfere with hormone processes in the body. An endocrine disruptor is a chemical that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, lower sperm count, increase risk of endometriosis, and cause developmental disorders.
I decided after researching sunscreens on my own, which I encourage you to do as well, that I wanted a more natural alternative in hopes of avoiding nasty chemicals like oxybenzone. I started using a mostly organic mineral based sunscreen last year which I really liked. However, I’ve been frustrated that although there are several good natural sunscreen options, there are not many available in non-plastic packaging.
Natural Zero Waste Sunscreen
So over the past few months, I’ve been hunting for not only a great natural sunscreen. In particular, I wanted a non-plastic, zero waste sunscreen. And I’ve found there are two really wonderful solutions to finding zero waste sunscreen.
Option 1: DIY Sunscreen. I haven’t tried this myself, because my city unfortunately doesn’t have massive bulk shopping stores with zinc oxide and shea butter sans packaging readily available. More importantly, I’m not interested in testing out several different sunscreen recipes until I find one that works for my skin. I don’t really have the time for that and prefer purchasing a trusted brand than experimenting on my own skin.
Option 2: Organic SPF30 Butterbean Sunscreen! We finally have a fantastic sunscreen available in the Tiny Yellow Bungalow online shop that I chose myself and highly recommend! It comes in a recyclable/reusable metal tin. It is safe, natural, and effective so no need to worry about harming your body or the environment. We have a smaller size tin available as well. This really is the most affordable, environmentally friendly, healthful choice I could find available on the market. I am so happy to share it with you! I also love that it’s available as a cream. I’ve found several zero waste sunscreens in stick form, but I really prefer a lotion type sunscreen for my skin.
Protect Your Skin Naturally
Another important note to remember, sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect your skin from the sun. Don’t forget to cover up! Using a hat, wearing a cute cover up or t-shirt, and putting on your shades are all excellent ways to stay safe from the sun this summer. Sitting in the shade is undoubtedly the best option for protecting your skin!