Mother Nature provides us with most things our skin requires, including sun protection.
In the article natural sunscreen ingredients, we studied some of these wonderful extracts in detail and or the purpose of this article, we have found more to add to that list.
Natural Sunscreen Extracts
Green Tea Leaf Extract
The major polyphenolic constituent in green tea is known as EGCG, this is what is responsible for the tea’s protective capabilities.
A study in the journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, found that topical application of green tea, may protect against the sun’s UVB rays, it provides an SPF protection of around 1.05.
Another interesting fact, if you drink lots of this tea, your providing you’re body with internal protection from UV radiation.
White Tea Extract
Recent research has shown that white tea is very similar to green tea and can offer the same protection against the suns rays.
It is a featured ingredient in many natural sun protection products, as it contains a natural SPF of 1.2 like green tea, it is also natural antioxidant.
Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract:
This rarely talked about ingredient, offers great protection against damaging UVB rays.
it is also wound healing and works on the skin as an anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin E has natural protective qualities; it helps protect the skins from signs of photoaging and prevents skin tissues from breaking down.
It is also an excellent moisturiser when used in a lotion; vitamin E protects the epidermis, from the early onslaught of UV damage, making it perfect for preventing and treating sun damage.
It is ideal as a natural face sunscreen ingredient, because it has UVA properties and is an excellent antioxidant.
Vitamin C is also essential for the formation of collagen, which gives skin its strength and structure.
Zinc is considered one of the best natural sunscreens, due to its UVA and UVB protective properties.
It is thought to be a lot safer than other chemicals or physical ingredients on the market.
However in saying that this mineral has come under a lot of scrutiny of late, which is due to the Nano particles it contains, some theories suggest that they are absorbed into the bloodstream which may potentially cause cell mutations.