What Makes a Sunscreen Organic?

Protecting your delicate skin from harsh UV rays is an essential skincare step. Find out how organic sunscreens differ from mainstream products and whether the former are safer or more effective.

Protecting your delicate skin from harsh UV rays is an essential skincare step. Applying sunscreen is the most common way to get UV protection in an instant. Without proper sun protection, exposed skin can show early signs of ageing and even develop cancerous lesions.

According to a study conducted by the Australian Cancer Council, 2 in every 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they're 70.

Because extended exposure to the sun can cause serious skin problems, many skincare brands carry their own versions of sunscreen, and the market is still growing. Sunscreens come in many different forms, among them organic and all-natural formulations.


What makes a sunscreen organic?


The Differences Between Organic Sunscreens and Regular Sunscreens

Both organic and chemical sunscreens provide sun protection, but their active ingredients do the job quite differently.

Organic/all-natural sunscreens: Organic sunscreens contain non-toxic ingredients with natural sun-protective qualities. These sunscreens don't contain chemicals produced in laboratories (although the products themselves are formulated in a laboratory).

Organic sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as their active ingredients instead of synthetic UV filters. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are metallic compounds that provide sun protection by forming a barrier that reflects UV rays.

Regular sunscreens: Typical mass-market sunscreens are specifically formulated with chemical UV filters to provide sun protection. Chemical-based ingredients including oxybenzone, octisalate, avobenzone, octocrylene, and homosalate work by absorbing or scattering the sun’s rays.


What makes a sunscreen organic?

Is Organic Sunscreen Safer?

Generally speaking, both organic and regular sunscreens are deemed safe to use. Despite the fact that sunscreens made from laboratory-created ingredients are widely available, a lot of people still go for organic products.

Several scientific studies show that some chemicals found in sunscreens are unstable, particularly oxybenzone and avobenzone. These UV filters absorb rather than scatter UV rays, which raises concerns about chemicals travelling through the skin’s deeper layers. In some studies, oxybenzone has been detected in urine, breast milk, and blood.

On the other hand, organic sunscreens contain all-natural ingredients that provide superior sun protection without the high risks of skin allergy and irritation. Most of these organic sunscreens, including Eco Tan Natural Sunscreen, even contain numerous botanical extracts that fully nourish the skin.

With the right blend of premium all-natural ingredients, you get proper sun protection while also keeping your body healthy.


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