What to look for in a natural sunscreen

Rain or shine, summer or winter; a good sunscreen should form the basis of any skincare routine. Not only does sunscreen help to minimise the effect of harmful UV rays and in turn, the risk of developing cancers, but they can also help to prevent premature signs of ageing, reduce the risk of hyper-pigmentation and dark spots, and reduce inflammation.

However, with so many sunscreens on the market, it can be difficult to choose.

Here’s our view on what to look for:

Check the ingredient list

Sunscreen falls into two categories; chemical and physical - otherwise known as physical blockers or chemical absorbers, respectively.

While chemical sunscreens absorb into the bloodstream, undergoing a chemical reaction to convert UV rays into heat, which is then released from the skin, physical sunscreens form a protective barrier on the skin, which deflects UV rays.

While chemical sunscreen formulations are typically more lightweight, they also tend to include harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate, which can act as endocrine disruptors. Due to the detrimental effects such chemicals have on marine life and coral reefs, they are also frequently referred to as ‘non reef safe'. 

By contrast, physical sunscreens include natural mineral compounds, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Natural Zinc Oxide, which is used by Kind Partner, essone, provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection, and can be less irritating to sensitive or reactive skin.  

Check for SPF and broad spectrum protection

While SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is widely referred to as a measure of a sunscreens’ effectiveness, it only tells you how well the formulation protects against sunburn, which is caused by UVB rays. However, as the skin can be damaged by both UVA and UVB rays, it is important to look for a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection.

A note on UVB and UVA rays is below:

  • UVB rays: UVB rays cause damage to the skin’s outer layer (the epidermis) by burning and causing redness. 
  • UVA rays: UVA rays are also damaging in the way they penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, contributing to cellular ageing and the development of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. 

Shop Sunscreens:

Introducing essone.

Combining premium plant-based oils and butters with non-whitening Zinc Oxide, all essone sunscreens are non-toxic, SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Free from fillers, binders and chemical UV-absorbers, essone’s ultra-luxe sunscreen are a kinder sunscreen option for sensitive and reactive skin. 

~ Essone Shea Butter and Chamomile Facial Sunscreen


With non-comedogenic Shea Butter, oil-balancing Jojoba and soothing chamomile, this ultra-luxurious facial sunscreen is packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients to protect against skin damage while deeply nourishing.

This aromatic formulation uses non-whitening Zinc Oxide to provide SPF 30 & UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection.  

~ Essone Summer Coconut and Jojoba Body Sunscreen

A beautiful synergy of ultra-nourishing Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba botanicals, and non-whitening Zinc Oxide, this luxurious body sunscreen offers SPF 30, UVA/UVB & broad-spectrum protection.

Offering incredible hydrating benefits, this natural sunscreen is perfect for dry, sensitive or reactive skin types.