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Sun protection is important, and whether you’re concerned about skin cancer or the more aesthetic effects from exposure, a vegan sunscreen that will protect your face and/or body is essential, although it is notably difficult to find one which feels comfortable on the skin and doesn’t leave a visible white cast or excessive shine.
Noted in a 2012 Journal of Travel Medicine article, “The skin is continuously exposed to UV radiation outdoors, receives the largest doses of radiation, and suffers the most significant adverse effects, including photoaging, sun allergy, premalignant skin lesions [actinic keratoses (AK)], and skin cancers, of which the most common types are non‐melanoma skin cancers [basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and SCC] and cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM).”
Derma E’s Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF30 (approximately $27 AUD when purchased online) combines the mineral (also known as physical) protective properties of zinc oxide (also known as an ‘inorganic physical sun blockers’) with several other soothing ingredients.
Discussed in Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreens: focus on their safety and effectiveness, “TiO2 is more effective in UVB and ZnO in the UVA range…the combination of these particles assures a broad-band UV protection.”
The safety of nanoparticles of zinc oxide and titanium oxide has been scrutinised, with concerns over the potential toxicity of reservoirs of these these skin-soluble nanoparticles within the skin, causing the formation of ROS (reactive oxygen species) “The replacement of microsized TiO2 and ZnO particles by NPs ensures the cosmetically desired sunscreen transparency, but at the expense of broad UVA protection”.
With not enough complete information and studies on this topic, it is not something to be greatly concerned about, however Derma E’s offering is marketed as nanoparticle free, which makes it an easy win with broad-spectrum coverage.
While not completely matte, this sunscreen isn’t overly glossy on the skin, and the ingredient list is bolstered with panthenol (a skin-soothing form of Vitamin B) and green tea extract.
To note, because of the lack of nanoparticles, you will need to set aside a few extra minutes to blend this product into your skin especially if it will be worn alone, and highly acne-prone skin should be aware of the inclusion of sunflower oil in this formulation.
Overall, this vegan sunscreen is an excellent option for sensitised skin that finds chemical protectants irritating and looks to add some extra care to their daily face sunscreen.
What’s your favourite vegan sunscreen? Let us know in the comments below!