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NaturaEqua Natural sunscreen products: are they effective? Natural suncare

Natural suncare

Sunscreen products

With the arrival of summer, the question often arises: which sunscreen should I use? 

There is a lot of information to take into account when making this decision, so let’s look at it together.

What are sunscreens for?

The first thing to know is that sunscreens are products designed to defend and protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. 

What is the Sun Protection Factor?

The sun protection factor is a numerical value that measures a product’s ability to protect against UVB radiation. For example, a Sun Protection Factor 15 filters out about 93% of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 filters out about 96%.

By law, UVA protection must be at least one third of UVB protection.

What are sun filters?

The most critical aspect of natural sunscreens is their filters.
There are two types of filters: 

  • Physical elements, also known as minerals or inorganics, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These elements reflect ultraviolet radiation; 
  • Chemical elements, also known as organic elements, which absorb ultraviolet radiation.

In the world of natural and organic cosmetics, chemical filters are not used for several reasons: 

  • They can interfere with our endocrine system;
  • They take effect after half an hour;
  • They cause environmental damage, e.g. to coral reefs.


Physical filters, on the other hand, are allowed, but we have to take several aspects into account:

  • The nanoparticles of which these filters are composed can go deep down through the cells. We do not yet know what consequences this process may have.  
  • Physical filters create the typical ’white patina’ on the skin. They allow natural sunscreens to act effectively, but this is not appreciated by consumers. 
  • Natural substances with shielding properties such as shea butter, coconut oil and certain waxes can be used. In this case, however, the non-sun protection factor cannot be high.

Our choices on natural sunscreens

We at Naturaequa have chosen not to make sunscreen products, waiting for further research into the effect of nanoparticles on the body. 

In addition, in order to guarantee the sun protection factor, we would have to carry out very expensive tests for each type of protection, but these expenses are only affordable for cosmetic companies of a certain size. 


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