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A warm, glorious bank holiday weekend across most of the country suggests it is time to start thinking about sun protection. While it is important to protect your skin from harmful rays, most of us would prefer not to slather ourselves in conventional suncream.

Natural suncream offers both protection from sun damage and the assurance we are not absorbing undesirable chemicals.

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Wellness Mama has a DIY suncream recipe that you can make at home, using natural ingredients like coconut oil and carrot seed oil.

For those of us short on time, or who prefer the assurance of a professionally produced, SPF-rated suncream, there are still lots of great options.

But before we get to what you can buy, let’s talk about how you can naturally maintain a healthy level of sun exposure.

The first thing to remember is that your body needs sun to produce Vitamin D. The darker your skin, and the further north you live the more likely you are to be deficient. So a small amount of sun exposure is important for health.

To sun safely,  never stay out long enough to burn, avoid the hottest part of the day, and wear sensible protective clothing such as a hat and light long-sleeved top.

When you are in the sun longer, choose a non-toxic suncream like one of the following:

Aethic Sôvée

This vegan suncream is a bit pricey but it has some exceptional qualities. Unlike many suncreams, it is designed to be safe for the ocean and marine life, so you can wear it in full confidence that you are protecting yourself and the environment. 

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Green PeopleEdelweiss Sun Lotion with Tan Accelerator - SPF15 200ml

These rrganic suncreams are based on natural ingredients like rosemary oil and green tea. The unscented lotions are great for sensitive skins, and they come in a range of sizes and SPFs for home or travel use.

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Shade

This all-natural suncream contains just four ingredients, so you know exactly what you are putting on your body. Its SPF 25 is good for everyday wear, and it deflects both UVA and UVB rays.

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Have a favourite natural suncream? Share in the comments.