"Organic sun block", when used in the labeling of many sunscreens today, implies a really healthy, non-toxic, non-chemical sunscreen that will block the sun's UV rays and in so doing prevent your skin from burning. The real beauty of organic sun block is seen in not only the non-toxic element but also the health boosting aspect. However, there is much to understand behind the labeling when choosing what may be defined as an 'organic sunblock' in order to obtain these perceived benefits.
Technically, "organic sun block" is a bit of an oxymoron when it comes to what most of us believe 'organic' to imply. In sunscreen language 'sun block' vs 'sunscreen' are usually differentiated by the actions of a physical sunscreen vs a chemical sunscreen. This is due to the fact that a physical sunscreen literally reflects, or blocks, the sun's UV rays, whereas a chemical sunscreen will absorb the sun's UV rays.
Physical sun blocks are either Zinc Oxide or Titanium dioxide. Chemical sunscreens include Avobenzone (Parsol 1789), Oxybenzone, Benzophenone-3, and Methoxycinnamate as some of the more commonly used ones amongst many. Each of these are actually potentially harmful to your health. The Oxford dictionary defines organic as "derived from living matter" or "ultimately of biological origin". As such, the physical sun blocks are not organic and are therefore referred to as mineral sunscreens.
If I buy organic food, I generally focus on those that are grown without the aid of toxic chemicals, pesticides and herbicides and certainly no added hormones or antibiotics. I also look for food as pure as possible, not processed foods made with artificial ingredients, where their nutritional value has been stripped.
Similarly, where buying organic cosmetics is concerned, I focus on avoiding the varying mixtures of synthetically produced chemicals contained in our cosmetics today. The skin being the largest organ in our body, allows individual ingredients in cosmetics to penetrate it. The cumulative effect of applying various products regularly is what causes concern for me.
So, in my mind the beauty of organic sun block actually implies natural, non-chemical, non-toxic, and therefore a mineral sunscreen! Natural ingredients, as opposed to synthetic or chemical, are actually supportive to the skin. The skin works with natural ingredients and makes use of them in its constant effort to rebuild, regenerate and rejuvenate itself. This is in great contrast to synthetic skincare ingredients, which have no use for the cells of our bodies, effectively counteracting the natural cellular processes and making it harder to maintain them.
For babies and growing children, parents tend to be more discerning in their choice of organic and natural, as developing bodies are far more susceptible to chemicals and more likely to develop allergic reactions. But whether for your children or yourselves, acknowledge the beauty of organic sun block by making sure to choose one that lists a natural mineral sunscreen!