Living in Australia it is SO important to ensure we are protecting our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays that are beating down hard on our delicate faces- both in summer AND winter! But finding a good SPF that is easy to apply, not greasy and that doesn’t leave a white cast, can be quite the job! You also absolutely MUST be making sure these products are natural. When you are putting something all over your face regularly you just can't afford for it to contain toxic chemicals, carcinogens, silicones and paraffins (to name only a few!) that will ultimately end up in your blood stream.
Don't worry though, we’ve done all the hard work for you to figure out the best natural spf options on the market! AND if you're using natural and organic make-up and skincare, chances are the antioxidants and amazing ingredients in those products are providing you with a base level of SPF already. There's a good reason we love natural skincare! Here’s your 101 guide to all things SPF, BB, CC and foundation. Naturally.
WHAT ARE BB AND CC CREAMS?
You may have heard the names BB and CC thrown around but what exactly are they? BB creams are ‘beauty balms’ or ‘blemish balms’. These are designed to provide the skin with a light coverage while also moisturising, reflecting light and offering SPF protection! They work to keep skin looking youthful with more coverage than tinted moisturiser but less than a CC cream. CC stands for ‘colour correcting’ and CC creams do just that by using light reflective technology! Pigmentation, redness, dark circles or any other areas of concern can be easily evened out using a CC cream. The additional coverage in relation to BB creams and tinted moisturiser’s work to create a flawless finish while still being light and offering SPF protection too.
WHAT ARE TINTED FACE MOISTURISERS?
Tinted moisturisers are the lightest of the face SPF family! They are used to moisturise the skin while offering very light coverage to subtly even skin tone and often have SPF too!
WHAT IS FOUNDATION?
Foundation, in comparison to BB/CC creams and tinted moisturisers offer the highest level of coverage for those wanting to even out their complexion and provide a base for make-up application. Foundations are less focused on moisturising and more about coverage BUT our favourite natural foundations are so full of goodness, they'll protect and nourish your skin at the same time.
SUNSCREEN FOR THE FACE?
Face sunscreen can also be tinted but with the main duty of protecting your face from harmful UVA and UVB rays while not being as heavy or greasy as body SPF so it can be easily worn on the face alone or under makeup.
Simple As That SPF 30+ Natural Sunscreen Lotion
This natural sunscreen for the face has SPF 30 with UVA/UVB protection while being really light on the skin. This sunscreen was developed to be worn everyday and to go under makeup with a gorgeous satin-finish as opposed to being thick and greasy. Raspberry Seed Oil, Green Tea and Rosehip oil are rich in antioxidants and will leave skin nourished and protected.
This sunscreen truly is the best I’ve trialled as far as giving really lightweight coverage, leaving no oily residue, no light reflect, and being quickly absorbed. It really is the best option for face SPF in my opinion.
Natural Instinct Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen
This tinted sunscreen for the face uses natural UVA and UVB protection to offer SPF 30 protection while also offering a light coverage to even skintone. Full of anti-ageing antioxidants this formula has Green Tea, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E to nourish your skin in ways traditional, chemical laden sun creams just don’t!
EMS THOUGHTS - I really like this tinted face sunscreen in summer. Its great for the beach and outdoor activities! Don't go thinking it's a substitute for foundation though, as it does leave a slightly oilier residue... I wouldn't necessarily recommend for daily wear. Its better suited for those days hiking, playing sport, sun baking at the beach, swimming etc.
WORLD ORGANICS NURTRUE SPF 30+
World Organs Nurture SPF 30+ sunscreen is provided in an easy-to-use dispenser stick and offers nourishing, organic sunscreen protection. Benefitting from the addition of moisturizing and nourishing ingredients like organic Coconut Oil and organic Shea Butter, this popular natural sunscreen has been specifically designed for children and the sensitive areas of adult skin, such as the face.
EM'S THOUGHTS - This sunscreen is amazing for the face as its not greasy (which also makes it ideal underneath makeup) and its super long lasting! It comes in handy travel size packaing, ideal for travel or your makeup bag. Oh and it also smells absolutely delicious.. bonus.
Eco Logical Face Sunscreen SPF 30+
This sunscreen is specifically for the face so is non-greasy, light and easy to make part of your daily skincare routine and to wear under foundation, which is another option for getting face SPF. This sunscreen uses Zinc Oxide and antioxidants from green tea and rose hip to protect the skin from harmful sun rays.
EM'S THOUGHTS- This is a good option for the beach, though it leaves a slight white reflect, it will stay on for most of the day!
Eco Tan Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 +
This coconut sunscreen is as tropical as it sounds with a delicious, natural coconut scent. Also packed with some of our faves- rosehip oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E to protect and nourish the skin while offering 3 hour, water resistant, UVA and UVB protection! This one is available in both tinted and clear formulations too, we love the tinted version for an added summer glow.
EM'S THOUGHTS- Great option for the beach and daily outdoor activities, please note that it has a tinted colour on face. It doesn't leave an oily residue though which is great if you have oily skin or want to occassionally wear as foundation substitute.
La Mav BB Cream
This natural BB Cream is Certified Organic and packed with nourishing ingredients including hydrating Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil and Vitamin C rich Kakadu Plum and Rosehip which will encourage collagen production and prevent signs of ageing. It is available in light and medium colour options making getting the perfect colour match, which can be hard with tinted moisturisers, much better! This BB cream also has sun protection and will offer enough coverage to correct blemishes and pigmentation.
EMS THOUGHTS - One of the best BB creams with natural spf on the natural market! It acts as a foundation and gives full coverage with a dewy and radiant finish. It now also comes in 2 colour options, light and medium (it used to only come in medium, so its awesome we now have options!). Its perfect for Summer and easily a favourite to many who enjoy wearing a product that gives more coverage.
Lily Lolo BB Cream
This BB cream uses mineral pigments to offer a light coverage which evens skin tone to leave a glowing finish. Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oil leaves skin feeling moisturised and also offer a protective antioxidant layer to work against free radical damage.
EMS THOUGHTS - Great BB cream with good colour range and a matte finish, so its good for those with oily skin types.
Haut BB Cream
Haut BB cream offers a light coverage that primes, hydrates and brightens while also providing natural sun protection. Packed with Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter this cream is SUPER hydrating so best for those beauties with dryer skin.
EM'S THOUGHTS - I love this BB cream, its one of the healthiest (ingredients wise) on the market and acts like a foundation and spf in one without any oily residue. It has a moussy consistency too, so its easy to blend!
Lavera 8 in 1 CC Cream
Containing superfood camu camu this CC cream is rich in Vitamin C, which is essential for collagen production and is an amazing anti-ageing vitamin. Also with Almond Oil and Jojoba it moisturises, reduces the appearance of fine lines, offers light coverage, blurs imperfections and pigmentation and as a result leaves skin looking youthful and fresh!
EM'S THOUGHTS - Light weight, smells delish and leaves nice dewy finish. Great option.
Andalou 1000 Roses CC Cream with SPF 30
This CC cream not only has SPF 30 but also uses Alpine Rose stem cells to offer cellular renewal for skin that is youthful, hydrated and glowing. This CC cream offers sheer coverage with a matte finish and is perfect for those with sensitive skin harnessing the anti-inflammatory properties of rosewater and rose essential oil.
EM'S THOUGHTS - Honestly I haven't yet trialled but I've heard decent reviews so wanted to mention as an option as a lower price point natural alternative - I would love to hear if you have tried this in comments below.
Mukti Organics Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15+
This tinted moisturiser is seriously nourishing! It’s packed with Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Shea Butter and Rosehip oil to leave skin moisturised and nourished! With SPF 15+ it also protects skin against UVA and UVB rays while offering a light and natural coverage.
EM'S THOUGHTS - I do like this tinted moisturiser - it blends well into the skin without leaving any white or oily residue.
Josh Rosebrooke Nutrient Day Cream
This luxurious day cream uses colour adjusting earth minerals to even skintone while simultaneously naturally protecting your skin from the sun. The ingredients list for this one is SERIOUSLY amazing with stand outs being sea buckthorn (amazing for moisturising and repairing skin) and hemp (brightens, balances sebum production and reduces pigmentation).
EM'S THOUGHTS - I have only tried the non-tinted nutrient day cream and WOW its easily THE BEST natural face SPF on the market in my opinion as it leaves ZERO oily residue and acts as such a beautiful moisturiser at the same time. Well worth the investment if you ask me!
KORA Organics Tinted Moisturiser
This nourishing moisturiser offers sheer coverage perfect for those looking for a darker tinted moisturiser but easily adaptable for light skin too by mixing it with your daily moisturiser. This one is packed with certified organic goodness including chamomile, rose, green tea and macadamia seed oil to really moisturise and nourish the skin, leaving a beautiful glowing finish AND while offering subtle SPF protection through the powerful natural ingredients used in this one!
EM'S THOUGHTS- Once again, I haven't actually trialled this yet but wanted to highlight - I know it gives a lightweight coverage and a favourite to a few women I have met. Please let me know in the comments below if you have tested!
Inika Organics Liquid Mineral Foundation
This is an amazing foundation and often my go to. It offers decent but natural coverage with a luminous finish and lasts all day long! The BEST part about this foundation is it's lack of chemical nasties and AH MAZING ingredients. And while it doesn't have an SPF rating, these ingredients including shea butter, jojoba oil and avocado oil, offer antioxidant protection that will in turn offer some protection from UVA and UVB rays. Amazing right?!
Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation
This is another favourite foundation which gives the most beautiful, flawless finish while still being light and natural looking. This beauty is rich in camellia and sunflower oil, minerals and Vapour's unique Herbal Enlightenment Complex which is basically a mix of tulsi, frankincense and lotus to offer skin some serious nourishing! Again this foundation doesn't have an SPF rating however these amazing ingredients and minerals will definitely provide the skin with some SPF protection.