Protecting yourself from the suns harmful rays is very important, but did you know that the majority of sunscreens are really bad for the environment, and not great for your health either? That’s where Shade comes in; it’s made with just four natural ingredients – Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Zinc Oxide (you can read more about what each of these do in the Environmental Information tab), all of which are eco-friendly and kind to your skin. The sunscreen is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and protects against both UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 25, whilst also moisturising and nourishing your skin. It’s completely cruelty free and is not tested on animals.
Most ‘normal’ sunscreens contain lots of nasty chemicals, many of which are harmful to marine life, which means if you go swimming in the ocean, your sunscreen may be seeping these chemicals into the environment and causing damage. Shade doesn’t contain any of these chemicals, therefore it’s marine and reef safe, and won’t cause any damage like coral bleaching. The four ingredients in Shade are non-toxic and non-nano. You can read more about what makes Shade different to ‘normal’ sunscreens in the Environmental Information tab.
Shade sunscreen is available in two sizes, 15ml and 100ml, both of which are contained in a recyclable aluminium tin. Don’t worry, the tin won’t leak – the melting point of beeswax is 64°C, so unless you’re visiting Death Valley you’ve got nothing to worry about. The sunscreen will soften at warmer temperatures, but not so much that it liquifies.
How to Apply?
If it’s cold and the sunscreen is quite firm, rub it vigorously with warm fingertips to make it softer, or scoop some out of the tin and warm it between your hands. Then just apply generously, and reapply regularly, particularly after exposure to water or after sweating. For an idea of what we mean by generously, Shade recommend applying approximately a teaspoon for an adult face, and a shot glass full for an adult body. Be aware that using an inadequate amount of sunscreen effectively square roots the SPF, so an SPF50 would be rendered an SPF7, and an SPF25 would be rendered an SPF5!
Please note, natural mineral filter sunscreens such as Shade work differently to chemical UV filter sunscreens. Shade creates a layer on top of the skin to protect it, whereas chemical UV filters create a chemical UV barrier within the skin. As such, Shade can leave a white cast on your skin when applied, which is the physical barrier sitting on top of your skin. Don’t worry, this will wash off.
This product is not tested for water resistance. The sun’s rays are most intense and dangerous between 11am-3pm. Take precaution and avoid the midday sun. Do not stay in the sun for too long, even when protected. Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight, and where possible, seek to wear long sleeved clothing and hats when in the sun for a prolonged period of time. SPF25 means you are protected from 96% of rays, but that also means a damaging 4% are still reaching your skin. If you start to feel burning, cover up or move out of the sun. Burning is your skin’s warning system that you have exposed yourself to the damaging rays for too long. Sunscreen should be used as an additional protection against the sun’s rays, not relied upon as the only protection. Topping up your SPF25 sunscreen will only ensure you are still protected for approximately 25 times the length of time it would normally take you to burn in the same conditions without any protection, it will not prolong the amount of time you can spend in the sun. Inadequate application will also reduce the SPF dramatically. Apply generously for best results.
We know how difficult it can be to tell how much of an impact what you are buying has on the environment, and what effect switching to a more sustainable product has, so we have found out and compiled all of this information for you below.
Shade All-Natural Sunscreen replaces sunscreens that are packaged in plastic bottles and contain lots of harmful chemicals.
Shade is made using only four natural ingredients – Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Zinc Oxide. We’ve explained a bit about each of these ingredients below.
The Shea Butter is 100% natural, unrefined and Soil Association certified organic. It is perfect for nourishing your skin.
The Coconut Oil is unrefined virgin organic Coconut Oil from Coconoil™, which also happens to be Soil Association certified. It is perfect for keeping the skin healthy, and also provides a low natural SPF.
The Beeswax used in Shade is premium, pure and unrefined. It locks in moisture, has excellent water repellent properties and is naturally moisturising, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-allergenic and a germicidal antioxidant.
The non-nano uncoated Zinc Oxide provides the sunscreen with its sun protection. It has cooling, slightly astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which helps make Shade perfect to use as an after sun too.
Shade has gone through rigorous stability testing, microbiology testing, broad spectrum sunscreen testing of effectiveness against UVA and UVB rays, and SPF validation tests.
All tests have been conducted to EU standards by Alba Science of Edinburgh. Shade holds the following accreditations:
ISO24443 in vitro determination of UVA protection
ISO 24444 in vivo determination of the Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
Cosmetic Product Safety Data Analysis, conducted by Luciano Molinaro BSc Forensic Science and Investigative Analysis (Hons) (Kingston University), Forensic Chemistry and Trace Analysis, Analytical Methods in Forensic Science (Kingston University).
Accelerated Stability Test
Shade is also listed on the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP), as required by EU law.
Shade All-Natural Sunscreen is better than ‘normal’ sunscreens on a number of fronts. Most sunscreens contain lots of manmade chemicals, some of which are harmful to the environment and some which are harmful to your skin and your health. The problem is that, whilst these chemicals may be good at protecting you from the sun, not much consideration is given to their wider impact.
Many of the ingredients in conventional sunscreens have been linked to coral bleaching1, a process where stressed corals expel algae that lives inside their tissues. These algae are crucial to the corals health and provide up to 90% of the corals energy. As a result of expelling the algae, the coral turn white, hence why the process is called bleaching. Whilst bleaching doesn’t kill the coral, it does have a dramatic impact on their growth rate, reproductive capacity, susceptibility to disease and ultimately increases their mortality rate. The degraded coral reefs are then less able to support the important ecological infrastructure that depends on them, having a knock-on effect on thousands of ocean species and the wider marine environment.
Many chemicals in conventional sunscreens can also cause irritation for people with sensitive skin. On top of this, most sunscreens are designed to be absorbed by the skin, and subsequently chemicals can be passed into the bloodstream. Some of these chemicals have been linked to health issues such as allergies, hormone imbalances and even cancer2.
The good thing is, Shade Sunscreen doesn’t contain any of these harmful chemicals. It’s made using only four natural ingredients, all of which are safe for the environment and your health. Plus, it’s packaged in a recyclable aluminium tin, rather than a plastic bottle.
Shade All-Natural Sunscreen is contained in a recyclable aluminium tin.
Once opened, Shade has a shelf life of 12 months. If the 12 months is coming to an end and you’re in the middle of a bleak sunless winter, and you haven’t used all of the sunscreen yet, you can use it as a moisturiser or even a lip balm to finish it off. Once you are finished with the product, the aluminium tin is fully recyclable and can be placed in your household recycling bin. Or, be even more eco-friendly and wash out any remnants and re-purpose the tin.
As recommended with all sun care products, you should never use them after their shelf life has expired.
Here at Enviroli we care passionately about helping you to live in an environmentally friendly way at an affordable price. Every aspect of what we do is carefully considered to reduce the environmental impact and to ensure that our prices are kept as low as possible. Here are a few reasons to buy from us:
We handpick our products, taking time to do our research and ensure that they truely are environmentally friendly. We pride ourselves on providing as much information about our products as possible to help you make an informed decision about what to buy.
Where possible, we work with small, local, independent brands. This helps to drive the local economy, and reduces the carbon footprint of sourcing our products.
We only use sustainable packaging to post our products to you, and work with our suppliers to remove plastic from the whole supply chain where possible.
We work with One Tree Planted, planting a tree for every order we receive. This doesn't add any cost to what you pay - we take the hit for this.
We ensure that our prices are as low as possible. We even have a price match guarantee in the rare event that you find somebody cheaper.
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