My youngest daughter and I both have blue eyes and fair skin that burns very easily in the sun. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, People with a darker complexion have more natural sun protection, while fair-skinned individuals like ourselves are more susceptible to sun burn, skin cancer and photodamage. I’ve actually had growths removed from the side of my face due to sun damage which was pretty scary! No sun lotion can offer full protection so it is very important that we take other precautions such as wearing tight waved clothing, wide brimmed hats, sunglasses when out in the sun and try our best to keep out of the direct sunlight between the hours of Midday and 3pm.
We decided to stock the Green People range of Sun protection here at Babi Pur after using it ourselves on the whole family. We did a lot of research into different types of sun protection and came to the conclusion that a natural and organic sun lotion was much better for our skin.
The Green People sun lotion is very easy to apply, it rubs in easily and you don’t look like a ghost when you have it on! Our whole family uses the Organic Children sun lotion as it works well for all of us, I can even get away with putting it on my face without breaking out in spots, which is what usually happens when I apply sun lotion to my face.
Is SPF 30 high enough?
This is a question we’re often asked by our customers here at Babi Pur. It would be reasonable to assume that a Factor 50 offers nearly double the protection of a SPF25 or SPF30, however an SPF30 lotion offers 97% protection against UVB rays, while SPF50 offers just 1% more at 98%
Applying an SPF50 could actually give a false sense of security, Green People say that some people have a tendency to re-apply less often and stay in the sun longer when they use higher factors. This can significantly increase your risk of sun damage because you need to reapply regularly to protect from UVA damage no matter what factor you use.
What about UVA Rays?
It is the UVA rays that cause long term damage in the deep layers of your skin. The SPF factor refers to the UVB rays and not the UVA. To protect your skin from the UVA rays it is very important that you wear enough sun lotion and re-apply often. Look out for broad spectrum sun lotions that carry the UVA seal, this is a logo with ‘UVA’ inside a circle which indicates that a sun cream meets the EU recommendation and offers UVA protection factor equivalent to at least a third of their SPF. Some broad spectrum sun lotions display the Boots star rating instead of the UVA seal.
UV rays will reflect from sand, water and snow and can damage your skin even when you are in the shade. Also, it is worth remembering that UVA rays are present all year round, and 80% of UVA light can penetrate through thin layers of cloud.
Why Green People natural sun lotions?
Green people sun lotions contain a blend of minerals, the mountain flower Edelweiss and a filter derived from Cinnamon which is very effective and provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green People organic skincare choose only the gentle filters to help protect yours and your children’s skin from sun damage. Their range of sun lotions are therefore suitable for people with very sensitive skin and allergies. They protect your skin without blocking pores (which is excellent for my skin type) and it allows your skin to breathe and won’t cause irritation. It is even suitable for those who suffer prickly heat. Also, Green People sun lotions were submitted for independent testing which confirmed that their lotions were offering high protection against both UVA and UVB rays. According to Which, not all sun lotions do what they say on the tube. Five sun creams have failed their SPF testing and Which recommend you stay clear of them. They are: Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml); Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30 (180ml); Hawaiian Topic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF30 (200ml); Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Tough Sun Fluid SPF30 (150ml); Malibu Protective Lotion SPF30 (200ml).