In today’s post I’m discussing sunscreen safety for both you and the environment while reviewing Algamaris sunscreens in paid partnership with House of Organic. I’m so happy to do this review as Algamaris products are something I’ve enjoyed a while and my regular readers know my passion for sunscreen! I hope you learn something new, enjoy!
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Chemical and Mineral Sunscreen Safety
I’m personally a big advocate of natural, physical (or sometimes referred as “mineral” or “inorganic”) sunscreens as they’re both safe and very effective. With natural sunscreens you get instant protection on application as the sunscreen acts as a physical shield from UVA and UVB rays. Nanoparticles are not allowed among eco beauty brands, so there is less danger to waters, oceans or coral reefs. Of course no sunscreen is 100% ocean safe as high amounts of titanium dioxide may take long to biodegrade.
“Chemical” sunscreens are carbon-based ingredients, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These organic compounds catalyze a chemical reaction when exposed to the sun. UV rays are transformed into heat, then released from the skin. The recommended application of “chemical” sunscreens is 20 minutes before stepping in sunlight, so they get better absorbed. This is troubling because of the potential skin irritation (for example avobenzone), allergic reactions, pore clogging and according to a preliminary study chemical sunscreens may absorb into circulation. There has also been studies of potential endocrine disruption. Many countries have also chosen to ban certain chemical UV filters (particularly oxybenzone and octocrylene) as it has been found that most damaging marine flora and animals.
Finding a Safe and Effective Sunscreen
Fist and foremost, the best sunscreen is the type you actually use every day. Rain or shine. When I’m choosing a sunscreen to use I like to play it safest for me and the planet and go for a mineral sunscreen. I’ve tested a bunch of chemical sunscreens and while some of them are okay, I always go back to mineral filters. Algamaris has been a firm favorite in my previous posts: here and here for example. They offer a variety of products and textures, you’ll find a favorite wether you have dry or oily skin, mature or sensitive. There’s also tinted sunscreens that double as tinted moisturizer, body, kids and lip products.
What I like about Algamaris’ is that they have created innovative formulas that are not only safe, but cosmetically elegant. Their hero active ingredient is an antioxidant rich red seaweed extract that adds extra protection from premature ageing. If you don’t like sunscreen smell, I’m happy to tell you these have either no scent at all or a faint coconut scent. These products do have natural coconut alkanes, personally I’ve had no issue with coconut in Algamaris products, but if you’re very acne-prone maybe patch test first.
Last but not least these sunscreens aren’t too expensive in my opinion as I tend to run through sunscreens like water. As much as I like to invest in my skincare, I just can’t do it with lip balms and sunscreens..
AlgaMaris SPF50 Face Sunscreen
Algamaris SPF50 Sunscreen for Face (€23.9 for 50ml or €27.9 for 100ml!!) doubles as an effective sunscreen and moisturizer. The formula is advertised as non-greasy, but I’d say the texture has some oiliness. I think this is best suitable for drier skin types that easily irritate or burn. I personally reach for this formula the most as it adds and extra layer of protection and moisturization to my dry skin. Aloe vera is one of my favorite ingredients for hydrating purposes, I’m happy this sunscreen has some in it as it also soothes the skin (when and after being in the sun!). The SPF50 has a slight white cast so I recommend you massage it in - you can see how it looks like on my skin in the picture above. Perfume free, but doesn’t smell like sunscreen!
AlgaMaris SPF50 Face Sunscreen INCI
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coconut Alkanes, Zinc Oxide, Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil*, Sorbitan Olivate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerin**, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Magnesium Sulfate, Gelidium Sesquipedale Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate
*Ingredients from organic farming **Processed from organic ingredients, 99.6% of the total ingredients are from natural origin16% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
ALGAMARIS SPF30 Tinted Face Sunscreen
This sunscreen (€21.9 for 50ml) was by far my favorite texture-wise. Unfortunately the lightest shade is too dark for me. I tested it on my face, but had to wash it off. But if you’re light/tan to medium, I think you’ll have a good match. There is no white cast, but an even, pretty pigment from natural mineral origin iron dioxides. I think I will gift this bottle to a tan friend or use it for my legs (I can use some help there haha). The silica micro beads make this cream silky and lovely to touch. It feels matifying compared to the SPF50, very lovely. If you’re concerned about the SPF difference, I explain the numbers in this post.
ALGAMARIS SPF30 Tinted Face Sunscreen INCI
Aqua, Coconut Alkanes, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Sorbitan Olivate, Zinc Oxide, Talc, Silica, Glycerin**, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, CI 77492, Parfum, Octyldodecanol, Alumina, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Magnesium Sulfate, Gelidium Sesquipedale Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, CI 77891, Potassium Olivoyl PCA, Octyldecanol, CI 77491, Maris Aqua, CI 77499, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Jojoba Esters, Trihydroxystearin, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide
*Ingredients from organic farming**Processed from organic ingredients
ALGAMARIS Organic SPF30 and SPF50 Sunscreen Spray
These sprays are simply gorgeous, excellent products I’ve used a ton. I thought the SPF30 spray (€26.9 for 100ml) would be my overall favorite, but there is little difference in the feel between the new SPF50 spray (€28.9 for 100ml). Lovely, high protection but no tackiness, only a moisturized layer from organic sunflower and coconut oil.
These are easy to spread as you can either spritz the sunscreen on a large area or very controlled when sprayed right next to the skin. I often spritz these as close my arms as possible or some on my hand to get those hard places, such as back of the hands and wrists. And the spray works upside down! The scent of the sunscreen has light coconut and floral, summery feel. Not tacky, too sweet or synthetic feeling. I think you’d love either one!
ALGAMARIS SPF50 Sunscreen Spray INCI
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coconut Alkanes, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Stearic Acid, Coco- Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Gelidium Sesquipedale Extract, Propanediol, Tocopherol, Aqua, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate
99.9% of total ingredients are from natural origin 12% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
ALGAMARIS SPF30 Sunscreen Spray INCI
Coconut Alkanes, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Parfum, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Gelidium Sesquipedale Extract, Propanediol, Aqua, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate
100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 30% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Thanks again to House of Organic for sponsoring this post. I hope you take a peek at their site as there’s a vast selection of suncare products, including Algamari’s after sun products, money saving product kits and more. If you’re new to sunscreens, please check out my previous post to know more about application, SPF numbers and so on.
Do you know Algamaris? In general do you go for mineral or chemical sunscreens?
Thanks for reading! x