As a part of our latest campaign on organic and natural products, we bring you the Organic Harvest Sunscreen with SPF 60. I was super excited on been sent the product and here’s what you need to know about it.
First things first, we know why we need a sunscreen but how does it actually work? Here’s the science behind it:
According to Physics.org and Livescience.com, sunscreens are built using inorganic compounds and organic (carbon containing) compounds. The inorganic compounds (zinc oxide) work by reflecting and scattering the solar radiation and they form a layer on the skin’s surface. On the other hand, organic compounds actually absorb the sun’s radiation (this includes both the visible and the UV spectrum) and dissipates the energy as heat. These compounds tend to break down so reapplication is required after every 4 hours.
Now to move on to the SPF or the sun protection factor. Let’s take a look at what it is :
You regularly come across sunscreens with SPF 5, 10, 15, 30 etc. This means that most sunscreens with SPF can protect the skin against the skin darkening UV-B rays. Then there are the broad spectrum ones that protects against both UV-A and UV-B. The UV-A is not responsible for skin darkening as much as it is responsible for DNA damage, causing irreversible mutations , accelerating the process of aging and so on..
SPF works on different degrees for different people, it would primarily depend on the amount of time you need to get a sun burn with out a sunscreen and this varies from person to person. To be on the safer side, it is wise to reapply sunscreen every few hours. An SPF of 15 would mean that 1/15th of the sun’s radiation will reach the skin when a standardized amount of sunscreen is used. Similarly, SPF 60 would mean only 1/60th of the sun’s radiation will reach the skin.
Organic Harvest Sunscreen with SPF 60: My experience and review
According t the developers, the Organic Harvest range uses the power of plant ingredients along with organic products to come up with high performance products. They believe in the appreciation of nature and a passion for a healthy, organic life; their ingredients are hand-crafted and 100% free of animal ingredients and also do not contain synthetic fragrances or chemical preservatives.
Their products range from a variety of face -washes, cleansing milk, scrubs, massage creams, toners, masks, sunscreens, shampoos, conditions; everything that you need for your regular skin-care regime for a glowing, healthy skin.
Their products are free from Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oils, PABA, petrolatum and paraffin and are manufactured using earth-friendly practices.
The Organic Harvest Sunscreen with SPF 60 has a sweat resistant formula and claims to combat the harmful effects of both UV-A and UV-B rays. They mention the fact that it is suitable for all skin types and that the product might change colour due to the presence of natural ingredients and no additional colours have been added.
So far, I am sold!
The sunscreen has a very thick and creamy consistency with a strong fragrance. This might not find favour with a lot of people but it does work really well and does not need repeated re-applications (my experience) though this would hugely vary based on your geographic location, among other things.
The sunscreen applies as a very thick coat on the skin and some of us with oilier skin types might need to a dab of compact or wipe with a tissue if the face starts appearing oily after application. My skin is sensitive and I was afraid that the strong fragrance might lead to breakouts, but so far I have not had any skin eruptions on using the product for around 3 weeks. Also if you sweat a lot and wipe your face a lot as a result, you might need to re-apply it more.
They have used tamarind seed extracts and clay minerals in the cream base. A little research leads you to a long list of health benefits of tamarind. Here’s what it specifically does for the skin: boosts hydration, elasticity and is water-soluble and has anti-aging properties!
In spite of all it’s uses, turns out tamarind seed extracts is still an underutilized by-product!
The packaging is cute and travel-friendly. It comes with a pump and a tight cap to avoid spillage.
I am yet to try it during the winter months, and I am sure it will be a wonderful product with it’s thick, creamy consistency, and will hydrate the skin well apart from protecting it!
What I like about the Organic Harvest Sunscreen with SPF 60:
- claims to protect from both UV-A and UV-B
- high SPF of 60 means it only 1/60th of the radiation reaches the skin.
- free from Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oils, PABA, petrolatum and paraffin and manufactured using earth-friendly practices
- packaging is cute and travel-friendly
- no additional colours have been added
- no chemical preservatives
- shelf life is of 2 years
What I don’t like about the Organic Harvest Sunscreen with SPF 60:
- Fragrance is too strong and might not gain favour among some users
- with it’s thick, heavy consistency, it tends to make the skin more oily
- price is a bit on the steeper side (though this can be discounted as it is free from harmful chemicals)
Price: INR 695 for 50 gm
Overall rating: 4/5 (Overall, it’s definitely worth a try! )
Where to buy: All leading stores across India, or online at Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal.