I often get asked for reviews of natural face creams with SPF. They’ve been somewhat lacking on the blog as my own preference is for non-nano zinc oxide as a UV blocker and when I started there weren’t that many face creams with this in. Fortunately this is now changing…
Top of my list at the moment is MooGoo’s Anti-Ageing SPF 15 Face Cream with clear zinc to protect from UVA and UVB rays. MooGoo have gone with a lower SPF to keep their formulation light and non-greasy. The addition of raspberry seed oil and concentrated green tea extract boost the antioxidant properties and help protect the skin from sun damage. And my favourite ingredient squalene (from olive) contributes to the anti-ageing factor.
You’ll love how light this face cream is, making it perfect for summer and combination skins. It may only be SPF 15 but I road tested it wandering around the south of France last week and I took a bit of colour without a hint of burning.
And on the subject of safe tanning, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published their 2015 Guide to Sunscreens a few weeks ago. They are a US organisation but it is still a useful first port of call before buying sunscreens, although not all of the sunscreens featured are natural ones. In particular I’d recommend a browse of the EWG Sunscreen Hall of Shame.
Plenty more face creams with SPF and sunscreen reviews coming up over the summer months so stay tuned!
MooGoo Anti-Ageing SPF 15 Face Cream, £23.90 for 75g
Natural credentials: Free from UV filters; non-nano zinc oxide at 19%
Available from: MooGoo’s UK website. They are international so if you are based elsewhere just select your country (top right) when you get there.
What is non-nano zinc oxide?
^Zinc oxide is a mineral that blocks UVB and UVA rays. Non-nano refers to the size of the zinc oxide particles used and means they are big, i.e., not nano sized. This means the zinc oxide sits on the skin, blocking UV rays without being absorbed. This is in contrast to mainstream chemical sunscreens which are designed to be absorbed, meaning that nasty chemicals make it into the bloodstream.
Zinc oxide is often the active ingredient in nappy rash creams.