I was stunned to discover that some mainstream suncreams contain ingredients which can disrupt your hormones and potentially speed up the growth of skin cancer. I never knew that suncreams worked in certain ways and it has me questioning all those years of blindly slapping on suncream. Could I have actually been harming myself all this time?
I found some great articles online, most widely read is probably EWG (Environmental Working Group) who release an annual sunscreen guide. See 2017’s Here. Another great post I found informative was from Wellness Mama which you can read HERE.
Concerned with what I was learning, I decided I needed to find a natural alternative. I was heading off to Southeast Asia to travel for 3 months and needed something that could withstand the intense sun exposure I was inevitably going to get.
Badger Sunscreen uses Zinc Oxide as the only active ingredient, which sits on top of your skin and blocks the UV rays. It’s natural, and 98% organic, environmentally friendly and biodegradable. The base is sunflower oil, Beeswax, Seabuckthorn and Vitamin E and is safe for coral reefs and other vital eco-systems. The tube is BPA & phthalate free and made from recycled plastic. Nice!
“But what is the suncream actually like?” I hear you cry!
It’s a sunblock so the cream is actually very thick and takes a lot of rubbing in to get it to a point where you don’t look like an extra in a Victorian TV drama.
It took some getting used to, but as a sun protection it worked brilliantly. You must re-apply if you sweat heavily, or go into the water. It’s not waterproof so you won’t be protected against frolics in the water. We only had one burning incident during our three months away, when we didn’t reapply after getting in the sea. Silly really.
Now for the negative, the price. It is expensive. I did have to think long and hard before I clicked the confirm button on my basket as it’s £17.30 for 87ml. Whatever you say, that’s a lot of money. Something I struggled to justify. However it’s my health at the end of the day and that was the overriding factor in me spending more to be safe in the knowledge that I’m not lathering myself in potential harm juice, with added peace of mind.
I have recommended badger to my family since and will certainly be buying it for my next trip, unless a natural rival should come along to challenge Badger before then.
Ultimately the best sun protection is always to cover up and stay in the shade. Let’s face it though, if you, like me, want the freedom to be able to stroll around in your sunnies and shorts and not have to worry about burning all the time, then grab yourself some Badger and you won’t regret it. You just might have to abstain from your morning coffee for a week to afford it though.