Healthy organic sunscreen is a crucial part of every skin care routine. Although sunlight can provide all kinds of health benefits (such as helping the body produce vitamin D and serotonin), too much exposure can cause significant long-term harm to your skin. This damage can vary from mild to life-threatening, including premature wrinkles on the skin, age spots, serious burns on the skin, and even cancer. A strong rule of thumb is to wear a protective sunscreen on your face and all other exposed areas every day.
This is because sun damage will accumulate every day over time from brief and accidental exposure to sunlight. Also if you spend most of your days indoors, you will still be completely exposed to strong UVA rays (these rays will penetrate glass windows). Ideally, you’ll want to re-apply your organic sunscreen every two hours; however, this could be a difficult + uncomfortable habit to create. Start using a strong SPF 30 product (longer protection), wearing a hat + sunglasses while outside, and making a note to reapply your sunscreen before you go outside. Holding a sunscreen container in your purse or car can help to solidify this habit.
Organic sunscreen has had a poor reputation in the past. Natural SPF supplements have been considered crusty and ineffective, but these days, alternatives to your traditional sun protection surpass expectations. For those seeking Oxybenzone-free (to protect coral reefs from environmental depletion) UVA / UVB protection with natural ingredients and, of course, organically grown goodness, we have rounded up some of our favorites below. From sheer to sport formulas, you’re going to be covered — literally!
Neutrogena SheerZinc Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Our Beauty Lab tested this zinc-oxide sunscreen face with real consumers who found it easy to apply and effective in preventing sunburn. Silky smooth formula means that you should wear it under your foundation — the testers noticed that it didn’t mess with their makeup application. Like many mineral sunscreens, it could leave a little white at first.
MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème Sunscreen SPF 50
This SPF 30 formula from MDSolarScience is on the top side, but our tests showed that this was the only mineral face sunscreen for sensitive skin. It blends easily into the skin and leaves a matte finish, and the testers also noticed that it did not leave white stains behind.
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunscreen SPF 50
This mineral-based sunscreen is a perfect choice for your children because of its formula, which is designed for children with sensitive skin. The active ingredient is naturally derived zinc oxide and also includes oat (an ingredient considered to have a calming effect on the skin).
Beyond Coastal Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
Babo’s zinc oxide solution is transparent and provides a complete 80 minutes of safety, even if you’re sweating like crazy. The stick formula makes it easy to bring around in your purse or beach purse.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30
More than 800 reviewers have given a 5-star rating to Blue Lizard’s SPF 30 + formula, so you know it works. Reviewers with allergies and sensitivities especially appreciated the fact that their skin did not feel irritated.
All Good Zinc Oxide Sport Sunscreen SPF 30
All Good’s SPF 30 formula is lightweight and doesn’t make you feel greasy. On days when you weren’t as vigilant about re-applying, the company says that green tea, rose hips, and buriti oil will help fix the damaged skin.