I think most of us can agree that it’s so nice to be out and about again. With restrictions lifted, so many people are taking advantage of the outdoors. It’s the peak of summer, vacations are a thing again, and people are outside much more than usual. We’re catching plenty of rays, soaking up the vitamin D that we missed last summer, and I gotta say I love feeling the sun on my face again. However, it’s so important that we remember our SPF.
Unfortunately, not all sunscreens are created equal. Many sunscreens contain chemicals like oxybenzone that can lead to hormone disruption or cell damage and is very harmful to coral reefs (which are already in grave danger). Thankfully more and more clean & sustainable sunscreen options have been created over the years which is a win for our skin and the environment.
So, without further ado, here are my favorite sustainable, broad-spectrum sunscreens!
The Mineral Creme from MD Solar Sciences is lightweight and so silky smooth (let’s be real, texture is a total sunscreen gamechanger.) SPF 50, vitamin C, and antioxidants work to fight free-radicals and sun damage, while its sheerness prevents the dreaded whitecast. As a bonus it has a matte finish so no need to worry about looking or feeling greasy!
Coola’s Mineral Body Organic Sunscreen is packed with UV fighting, eco-friendly goodness. Think sustainably-sourced, organic ingredients, reef compliance, antioxidants, and hydration. On top of all that, it’s SPF 50, super lightweight, and suitable for all skin types (even sensitive skin!) Fragrance-free or tropical- you simply can’t go wrong with this sunscreen.
A sunscreen that comes from the heart, Suntegrity’s Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is not just better for our bodies and environment, but also has an incredible mission behind it. The founder of Suntegrity created these sunscreens in honor of her mother and all others who passed away from skin cancer. SPF 30, cruelty-free, reef-friendly, chemical-free, and a tube made of sugarcane, this sunscreen is the whole package and more!
The creators of Babo Botanicals believe in wellness from the inside out, which is why they only use natural, sustainably sourced ingredients in their products. Their sheer mineral sunscreen has SPF 50 and comes as a fragrance-free lotion or spray. Bask in the sunlight while enjoying the soothing and moisturizing properties of calendula, shea butter, and cocoa butter (making this sunscreen perfect for sensitive skin). It’s also reef-safe and dairy-, soy-, and gluten-free!
This SPF 50 sunscreen spray has everything you’d want in a spray-on sunscreen. This clean formula, vegan spray goes on clear (goodbye, whitecast!) and contains skin-nourishing powers of aloe and avocado oil. Its extra special feature is that it’s free of homosalate, making it 100% reef-safe and more eco-friendly than its sunscreen spray competitors!
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