Protecting ourselves & the planet

I was thrilled to be asked by Karen from Travel Matters to write a guest blog about how to protect ourselves and the planet using the right sun cream.

You can read a snippet of it below and click “Read More” to view the full post on Travel Matters’ website.

In the meantime, I’m stuck in the UK longing to get out to Ile de Re to see my beloved Galathee. If you’d like to book a stay at our gorgeous French townhouse, view our availability here.

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Protecting ourselves & the planet with Tropic Skincare

Last February I had a light-bulb in Kerala, India. While eating gorgeous vegetarian food, swimming in the ocean, and having Ayurvedic treatments galore, I realised how unaware I was of exactly what I was putting on my skin. 

A lot of ingredients found in traditional skincare products (face washes, lotions, sunscreen, etc) have now been linked to health issues such as allergies, eczema, cancer, hormonal disruption, and reproductive problems. So yes, your skincare can make you sick!

saint martin beach, france

But it’s not just our health that is damaged by toxic ingredients. Oxybenzone, a common ingredient found in hundreds of suncreams, poses a serious threat to coral reefs around the world. Oxybenzone has many nasty side effects. It’s considered a hazardous eye irritant and, as an allergen, is also known to cause skin allergies. 

That’s why choosing a suncream without it is a simple way to protect our planet.

Here are some other suncream ingredients to avoid:

  • Mexoryl SX
  • Octinoxate
  • Avobenzone
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Zinc oxide

When I returned from India I started researching more sustainable, cleaner beauty brands and came across Tropic. The brand was set up by Susie Ma 17 years ago from her kitchen table and all products are freshly made without preservatives. The company has grown enormously with the ethos of sustainable green beauty with a conscience. 

👉 Click here to read the full article.

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