Summer is finally in full swing, and with summertime booming comes the outdoor activities we know and love that let us take in the sunshine and wonderful weather that this time of year has to offer. However, even though sunlight is essential and sunny days are so fun, it’s crucial to be wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. While it may be tempting to buy the first sunscreen you see at the drugstore, especially if you are in a pinch, not all sunscreens are created equal. Some contain chemicals that not only are potentially harmful to our bodies but also can potentially harm the planet. Thanks to many companies prioritizing their environmental footprint, many brands are ahead of the curve and are realizing how important it is to not only produce products that won’t harm their customers but also the beautiful world we live in. Here are some of our favorite natural sunscreen brands.
Badger Balm Sport Sunscreen Cream
The Badger brand makes a whole line of excellent natural sunscreens. This sport sunscreen is excellent for those active days when you’re going to be sweating and want full-body coverage. However, Badger also makes a soothing sunscreen for your face as well as options that are gentle enough for babies. This sunscreen is made with clear zinc oxide and organic ingredients that provide a physical sunblock. It goes on clear and is water-resistant, so it won’t drip into your eyes when you sweat. It is non-GMO, biodegradable, and provides SPF 35 protection.
Alba Botanicals Fast Fix Sun Stick
Well known for its wide range of organic skincare and household products, Alba Botanicals is a leader in the non-toxic industry. Thier stick sunscreen is incredibly convenient because you can throw it in your bag and reapply throughout the day as necessary. It has SPF 30 and a nice consistency that’s easy to apply and comfortable to wear. The ingredients are entirely vegetarian, and the brand labels it ‘reef safe’, meaning there are no chemicals in this formula that could harm the ocean.
All Good Organic Sport Sunscreen Butter
A common problem with natural sunscreens is that they can feel too heavy on the skin or be too difficult to rub in. This sunscreen from All Good counters that problem with a light, creamy formula that’s easy to rub in. It contains 25 percent zinc oxide for great physical sunblock coverage and SPF 50. The reason it feels so nourishing is that it includes ingredients that your skin will love, like jojoba oil, coconut oil, and beeswax.
Juice Beauty Mineral Organic Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an everyday necessity, even if you aren’t hanging in the sun for hours. Damage from the sun’s UV rays can happen within minutes of stepping outside. This formula from Juice Beauty is gentle enough for most skin types. The ingredients include zinc oxide as a physical sunscreen, combined with several soothing organic ingredients like vitamin E and coconut oil. This sheer formula delivers skin-loving ingredients and has three different tinted shades providing a great option for a tinted moisturizer with sun-protection qualities!