Beautiful springtime, in all its glory, is somewhat unpredictable. It fluctuates between bone-chilling winter weather followed by stunning sunny days which have us rummaging in our wardrobes for strappy shoes and summer dresses. As we venture out to enjoy the first warm, sunny days this is when we are most likely to get caught unprepared and unprotected from exposure to the lovely sun’s devilish side – the damaging UV rays.
But what better way to embrace the warmer weather than by popping on a pretty dress and a sassy fascinator and getting down to the racecourse to have some fun during the spring racing carnival? All you need to do is make sure your skin is prepped, protected and ready to see the light of day again. Here are our top tips:
Exfoliate! Say goodbye to dingy winter skin by scrubbing away all the dull, dead skin cells. The Invigorating Scrub contains walnut shells and can be used as a face and body exfoliator.
Moisturise! Lather plenty of natural, nourishing moisturiser into your skin for a healthy, natural glow. Try the Skin Drink Body Lotion and Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil to nourish and repair skin.
Protect! Get back into your sunscreen routine early, so you don’t end up resembling the lobster on the seafood platter at the first spring race.
Sunscreen doesn’t discern between skin types. Experts recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30, combined with covering up and avoiding exposure during the hottest part of the day. While some of us are more prone to sunburn than others, a liberal application of sunscreen such as Natural Instinct’s Invisible Natural Sunscreen on your body, Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen on your face and Natural Kids Sunscreen all over your kids is the way to protect your skin regardless of your skin type. Choosing a natural, zinc-based, broad spectrum sunscreen as opposed to a chemical sunscreen is also a good choice for all skin types. Containing natural zinc oxide, Natural Instinct sunscreen products work by creating a barrier on the skin to repel both UVA and UVB rays.
As the name suggests, the Invisible Natural Sunscreen SPF30 has a clear finish and is perfectly suited for use beneath makeup. This effective, versatile sunscreen has a non-greasy, preservative-free, oil-based formulation which can be used alone, along with your normal moisturiser, or under makeup. The Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen is also ideal for use under your makeup or can be used instead of foundation if you are after light coverage. The formula is lightweight and spreads easily. The radiant tint is naturally suited to most skin tones but also provides a smooth, moisturised base upon which to fix an even application of makeup. With SPF30, Natural Instinct sunscreens will protect your skin from head to toe while you enjoy long, champagne-fuelled afternoons at the spring races.
Free from chemical nasties, not tested on animals, suitable for all skin types and made with love in Australia makes the Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen the best tinted sunscreen for sure! It is the perfect skincare product to wear on its own when you want to achieve a natural healthy glow finished with a little mascara and lipstick. Its light tint provides a matte, sun-kissed finish while hydrating and protecting your face with SPF30. Moisturising Rosehip Oil, Green Tea extract and Vitamin E nourish and hydrate the skin for anti-ageing benefits too. If you have normal or oily skin, you can wear this sunscreen alone. If you have dry skin, it’s best worn over a moisturiser.
When you choose natural sunscreens you are opting for a physical sunscreen that repels harmful UV rays using Zinc Oxide, which is a naturally occurring mineral. Natural Instinct sunscreens protect the skin using this barrier which reflects the sun’s rays like a mirror in order to prevent skin damage. Chemical sunscreens work differently. They contain synthetic chemicals which absorb UVA and UVB rays and release it as heat from the skin. Natural Instinct sunscreens are free from sulphates, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours plus over 400 man-made, potentially-harmful chemicals which can be absorbed by your skin. They are naturally best for healthy skin.
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Natural Instinct Natural Sunscreen SPF30 range uses Zinc Oxide as the active UV blocker ingredient. Zinc Oxide is a physical blocker that reflects harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Our harsh Australian climate means that we have one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world, your daily summer skincare routine should always include sunscreen.
Don’t worry about sharks or jellyfish, if you’re unprotected on an Aussie beach this summer it’s the sun that will get you. Cancer Australia report that melanoma skin cancer was the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2014 and estimate it will remain at that figure in 2018.