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The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

A natural SPF 25 face moisturiser

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Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF25 – 40ml (£26.00)

I would certainly describe this product as more of a sun cream SPF than a regular moisturiser.  The consistency of the cream is very thick and if applied in too greater amount, can result in a chalky residue on the skin.  Having said that, other than the cosmetic appearance of the product, I found it to work very well at protecting my face from the sun.

It contains both UVA and UVB protection without using the commonly used chemical ingredients.  The cream boasts 99% natural ingredients within the tube.  The squeezy tube contains 40mls of product, which is dispensed from a small tube beneath the cap.

I tried this out whilst on holiday earlier this year and once I became used to applying the product, I soon became a fan, especially after being out in the sun all day and seeing my face had been well protected.

My tip is to apply a small amount onto clean fingers then rub onto the skin until fully absorbed.  If you’re concerned about particularly sensitive or vulnerable areas, for example sun spots or broken capillaries, then apply a second layer for added sun protection.

As with all SPF products, you must select the correct level of SPF depending on your skin type.  If in doubt, go up!  The higher the SPF factor, the greater the protection.  Always read the label and ensure your product protects you against both UVA and UVB rays.  You’ll be surprised at how many popular supermarket brands contain little or none UVB protection.

Ingredients: Aqua, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Coco Caprylate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-2-dipolyhydroxystearate, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cellulose, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica (Abyssinian) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract***, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Leaf Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil*, Agonis Fragrans (Fragonia) Leaf Oil*, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geranial**, Citral**

*natural pure essential oil **naturally occurring in essential oils ***certified organic ingredient


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Natural SPF 20 face moisturiser

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Natura Siberica – Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream SPF-20 – 50ml (£9.05)

So lets kick off my first review of a moisturiser with built-in natural SPF, with this offering from ‘Natura Siberica’.  I recently discovered this Russian born company whilst at the Natural and Organic trade show earlier this year.  The product is called Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream with SPF-20, for sensitive skin.

Closer inspection on a lot of SPF (Sun Protection Factor) products state ‘do not apply on the face’.  So I was in the market for a product I could use on holiday, on my face, which contained an SPF and this ticked all the boxes.

It comes in a 50ml pump, is white in colour and creamy in texture.  The smell is unusual, hard to describe accurately but has a non-offensive fragrance.  The product absorbed quickly and easily and I’m pleased to report, did not leave my face looking like Casper the friendly ghost all day.

I applied one pump (onto clean skin) of this cream every morning onto my face.  I was out and about all day and did not burn.  My skin did not react to the ingredients, broken capillaries were not inflamed and it didn’t cause me to break out in spots.  I used this exclusively as my moisturiser for the whole week and it did a good job at that too.  If you are concerned about sun spots or the effects of the sun on your skin, you should consider using a moisturiser with built in SPF all year round.

I was impressed to read on the packaging that this formulation did not contain parabens (methyl, propyl, etc.), Polyethylen Glycol (PEG), Silicones, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Glycols, Mineral Oils, EDTA, BHT-BHA or GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) Plants.

Now a final word of caution and common sense.  I tested this product whilst in Sicily in April and was not lying facing the sun for 8 hours per day.  If you’re going somewhere hot or planning on doing a lot of sun bathing, I’d suggest using a much higher factor than SPF 20.

Ingredients: Aqua, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Pinus Sibirica Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters (PS), Parfum, Prunus Persica Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (*), Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract (WH), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamine Diacetate, Sorbus Sibiricaa Extract (WH), Aquilegia Sibirica Extract (WH), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Water (*), Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (*), Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 75810, CI 75125, Caramel, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldexyde, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha Isomethyl lonone. 

(*) Issued from organic agriculture, (PS) Siberian Pine Nut Oil Derivative, (WH) Wild Harvested Siberian Plants Organic Extract.

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SPF – Sun Protection Factor

We are told the O-Zone layer has a hole in it, or had thinned to dangerous levels, we were all told the answer was to liberally apply our sun creams to protect us.  High SPF’s were the answer.  Apply them daily, even in the winter months as the sun’s dangerous UVA and UVB layers penetrate the skin and cause premature aging, sun damage and worse!

So we listened to the experts and liberally applied our sun creams.  Often making our purchase decision based on the brand we were most familiar with (advertising), the price (buy one get one half price offer), or the one that told us we were going to get the best, darkest and most even tan.

We’d jet off on our summer holiday and every day for a week, load our skin with creams, sprays and lotions, then bask in the hot sunshine confident that we were doing the right thing and being protected.  Meanwhile our exposed bare bodies were opening up every pour absorbing the cocktail of man made synthetic chemicals into our system.  What many of us didn’t consider, was how much UVA and UVB protection the product actually gave us and most important, the ingredients within it.

Now, I am going to clarify my position on this topic by declaring; ‘I am no dermatologist, scientist or qualified professional when it comes to the ingredients in sun creams’.  BUT, I am a sun cream user, have done my research, talked to the experts and come to my own conclusion.

When I first started taking notice of the ingredients within SPF’s I was truly baffled, having no idea where they came from, how they were sourced, manufactured, used, mixed or what effects they had.  Over the years I have become more familiar with some of the terms, researching them individually and in depth.

The natural cosmetic industry have been battling for years to come up with a formula that ticks all the boxes and excludes the usual cocktail of chemical nasties that we are now all too aware of.  The formulations are tricky to master, not only do they need to be a natural sun screen giving both UVA and UVB protection, but the formula has to absorb into the skin and stay there.

Often the formulas are not practical, water or towel resistant, which means you have to keep re-applying them.  Sometimes the smell of the final formula is unpleasant, so where other companies would disguise this with synthetic fragrance, the natural skincare companies can’t.  Often the final formula is a thick cream, which takes ages to absorb into the skin, leaving a chalky residue all day.  Not what the consumer wants when they are trying to look fabulous on holiday.

I’ve tried many different brands, makes and styles of sun cream and SPF’s over the years.  Alcohol based sprays, thick white creams, moisturisers with built in SPF, cheap supermarket and expensive ‘natural’ brands.

Only SPF products I have personally tried and tested, have found worked well, are non-synthetic and ‘questionable’ chemical free will appear on Del Brown Approved!

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