Make sun protection a priority. It is the first line of defence against signs of ageing including fine lines, wrinkles, open pores and pigmentation. In fact, sun protection is so important that skin specialists are often quoted as saying that if there’s one essential they would suggest for better skin, it would be the regular use of sunscreen.
However sunscreens (or chemical sunscreens to be specific) have got a bad rap in recent times because the chemicals in them are known to be hormone disrupters. Plus, they’re also harmful to the environment. Therefore, an all-natural sunscreen is the need of the hour, so that you can preserve your skin without harming your health. However, a lot of people think that natural SPF would cast a white pallor, or be very drying on the skin because of the high mineral content in the product. But, Kama Ayurveda has kept these concerns in mind to ensure that the product you use is superior in terms of both texture, finish and protection.
Firstly, they have used known sun protectors such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which work as physical barriers against the harsh Indian sun. Not only do these minerals protect, but they also work to soothe your complexion making natural sunscreens ideal for super sensitive skin and children.
Then, to ensure that the sunscreen makes your skin feel supple, the formulation combines these minerals with triglycerides and water so that you get a double dose of lipids and moisture. While you may get a hint of white during application, it quickly disappears because of the high moisture content.
Thirdly, the product is also boosted with nutmeg, ginger and lime essential oils. Nutmeg is known to calm inflammation on the skin, so if you’re prone to redness and spots then this oil will help your complexion become calmer. In Ayurveda, ginger is one of the most powerful adaptogens (that helps your body cope with stress) and also contains a ton of antioxidants. So ginger essential oil helps protect your skin from environmental damage. Lime is anti bacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, astringent – all qualities that help clear out your complexion.
Fourthly, Kama Ayurveda’s Natural Sun Protection contains only SPF 21, which actually is a good thing.
The biggest misconception in sun care is that higher SPF will provide you ultra-high levels of protection. But, this could not be further from the truth. The difference in protection between SPF 30 and 50 is only about 2%. However the amount of chemicals used to get it to an SPF 50 are tenfold. Therefore it is better to stick to a lower SPF and reapply your sunscreen, than to go for a higher number, which will only give you 2% more protection but a ton of toxic chemicals. And with that in mind, Kama Ayurveda has employed SPF 21, which is ideal for everyday city usage.
Lastly, and most importantly, the new Natural Sun Protection does not contain parabens, pthalates or sulphates, making it the truly natural, green and differentiated sun protection in the market.