When it comes to sun safety, we all know the basics – apply generously, wait 20 minutes before going outside, make sure you’re protected from both UVA and UVB rays, reapply often, and don’t get cancer. But how do you choose a sunblock that’s “safe” when the sun isn’t the only harmful agent you’re trying to protect your body from? By now, you’ve heard about parabens and other questionable chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin, might be correlated with detrimental health effects, and have already made you wary of your favorite lipstick. Like many things we’re exposed to in today’s world, choosing which exposures you’re willing to risk is a roll of the dice. Here are some natural options that avoid chemicals and offer hardy sun protection, so you’re safe from micro and macro harm.
Aubrey Organics Saving Face Forget the globby, sticky sunblock of your childhood. Aubrey Organics has engineered an ultralight formula for sensitive skin. Turns out even natural ingredients can offer up to 45 SPF, so you’ll be totally burn-proof, no matter how irritable your skin is. Bonus: this formula has also got nourishing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin-rich jojoba oil, so it can double as a moisturizer.
Purple Prairie SunStuff If harmful ingredients are on your radar, you’ve probably checked out the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database to double-check the chemical makeup of your makeup routine. This sunblock by Purple Prairie is one of their top picks -- probably because it’s 100% natural, environmentally friendly, and still a very robust, high-standard sunscreen at 30 SPF. Check out their equally awesome lip balm to keep your pucker protected, too.
Nature's Gate Mineral Sportblock For those of us who spend our time in the sun active and on the go, a hardy sunblock is an especially important buy. Make no mistake -- going the organic route doesn’t mean you have to skimp on sun protection, whether you’re an athlete, sweat-prone, or super busy. This sport-quality sunblock effectively uses natural zinc oxides -- they scatter nasty UVA and UVB rays away from your face, rather than absorbing them like your typical drugstore sunblock. It’s also got nourishing and yummy ingredients like seaweed extract and milk thistle to make your skin happy all day long.
Kiss My Face Sunblock for Face & Neck There are great benefits to investing in a separate sunblock specifically for use on your face. For one thing, you can look for one that has extra benefits for that softer, more sensitive facial skin, while still protecting one of the most sun-exposed areas on your body. This formula by Kiss My Face offers all of the soothing ingredients you’d expect from any good sunscreen, like relaxing aloe and cucumber. It’s also got green tea and licorice -- natural antioxidants that protect your face from the free radicals it fights off every day. On top of all of that, it’s vegan-safe, biodegradable, and completely free of parabens, phthalates, and other weird things, so you’ll have peace of mind every time you reapply.
Yes to Cucumbers Sunblock Stick Who knew that cucumbers were such an effective skin-soother? No need to place them on your eyes, though -- just apply them in this portable and convenient sunblock stick (which means it’s great for travel -- no leakage!). It’s paraben-free, cruelty-free, water-resistant, and recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad-spectrum formula. Just throw it in your bag to top up your sun protection throughout the day.