I don’t know about you but I battle to find decent products that are environmentally responsible, natural and that have not been tested on animals. So when a friend introduced me to two really awesome products that ticks all those boxes, and more, I was so excited!
Protection from the sun
First up is Sunumbra Sport, a natural sunscreen made with organic ingredients that provides broad spectrum protection from UVA damage, in addition to the standard UVB (SPF) damage.
As a trail runner (and recreational surfer and swimmer) I am often exposed to the sun and have struggled to find a product that suits my specific requirements. The sport range is perfect. It has NOT been tested on animals, is PETA certified cruelty free and vegan and is made from natural ingredients. It also is super water resistant and contains added antioxidants, added vitamins and enzymes that helps to boost internal capabilities to protect from damage from the sun.
Earlier this year I had to have a very suspicious mole removed and it was such a scary wake up call. We can’t be too careul in South Africa’s harsh sun and it is so important to protect ourselves! The scary thing is that, accoding to the EWG’s Annual Sunscreen Guide for 2016, there are ‘persistent problems with the ingredients and marketing of sunscreens. Almost three-fourths of the products we examined offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients like oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor, or retinal palmitate, a form of vitamin A that may harm skin.’
Soothing aching muscles
Then there is the Dr.Hauschka Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil. I would love this because, with my training load being what it is, I am prone to stiff and sore muscles. What I love about this product is that it is all natural and also has not been tested on animals and is vegan. It is super rejuvenating, nourishing and soothing.
I’m so excited about the Dr. Hauschka range because their products are all natural and environmentally responsible.Their skin care range is certified natural and organic and cotains no chemical or synthetic preservatives, fragrances or colours.
We need more of that around and I urge everyone to check out these two brands out. It’s so important to support those who are taking responsibility to the environment and to animal welfare.