The 38 Best Expert-Approved Natural Sunscreens for 2018

The 38 Best Expert-Approved Natural Sunscreens for 2018

There are certain items that improve over the years. Smart phones. Vegan cheese. SLS-free shampoo. All better than they used to be. Natural sunscreen falls into this category too, keeping up with conventional sunscreens in performance, only safer and more effective. Get ready to get excited about this year’s crop of protection.

Many of the sunscreens you see in this year’s guide have been in past guides. That’s because they are that good and meet our criteria for a safe, effective, and pleasant to use product. And yes, there are newcomers. Like all other categories in the growing natural beauty industry, new sunscreens are entering the scene too.

As always, our comprehensive guide to sun care includes the best of the best protection for face, body, sport, and family. This year we also have a section on before and after sun care to round out your summertime protection.

Another exciting addition to this year’s guide are expert recommendations. Who better to follow on natural sun care advice than the movers and shakers of the green beauty industry. These natural beauties fill us in on their favorites for face and body.

We know that mineral sunscreen is the safest and most effective at providing UV protection. Wonder why? Check out last year’s guide for all the juicy deets on why zinc oxide is the best choice and other ingredients to avoid in sunscreen.

This year we have 38 sunscreens on our list! Get ready to get your sun on and save your skin at the same time.

Study Says…

You can barely scroll your Instagram feed or flip through a beauty mag without spotting sun care info. So you may be surprised to learn that most people are less than optimally informed on the proper usage of sunscreen.

A physician-led study published in January of this year shows that most dermatology patients seeking care for skin cancer and UV damage have not received a doctor’s counseling on sunscreen guidelines. Since skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States (including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and melanoma), one form of prevention that is lacking seems to be patient education on the best practices of using sun care.

In the study, a group of 294 dermatology patients completed surveys showing that 56 percent had not received sunscreen counseling by a dermatologist or primary care physician. While results showed dermatologists were more likely to educate patients on sunscreen usage if the patients had a history of skin cancer, about one-third of patients with a previous skin cancer had never been counseled.

One reason sunscreen education may be lacking is scientific proof surrounding its effectiveness in preventing skin cancer. A 2016 study found no effect in the development of BCC and SCC, the two most common types of skin cancer, with daily sunscreen use.

What does this mean for sunscreen and skin cancer? It’s important to note that sunscreen isn’t the only form of UV protection. Please scroll to the No-Screen section of this guide for information on sunscreen free ways to protect your skin.

While there may not be definitive proof that daily use sunscreen prevents skin cancer, the main risk factor in developing BCC and SCC is exposure to ultraviolet radiation and mineral sunscreens create a barrier to protect skin from UV rays. Plus, regular use of sunscreen diminishes signs of premature aging and skin discoloration.

How to Use Sunscreen Effectively

The American Dermatology Association recommends everyone use broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day that you plan to spend time outdoors, including cloudy days. Water resistance is a plus, especially if you’ll be spending time in the water or in the heat where you’ll sweat it off.

Be sure to apply sunscreen to all areas of the body that will see sun exposure. Don’t forget lips and backs of hands too. When in doubt, the rule of thumb is one ounce of sunscreen to cover the whole body. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

How to Calculate an SPF That’s Right for You

Fair skin — can stay in the sun 10 minutes before burning
Olive skin — can stay in the sun 15 minutes before burning
Dark skin — can stay in the sun 20 minutes before burning

Multiply the SPF by the number of minutes you can stay in the sun before burning. For example: (SPF) 20 x 10 (Fair skin) = 200 minutes (amount of time you can stay in the sun before burning if you have Fair skin and use an SPF of 20).

Our Criteria

You are likely familiar with the annual Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Sunscreen Guide. It’s a great place to get ingredient and sunscreen usage information, but if you are using the EWG report as a shopping guide there are a few things you should know first.

The EWG Guide provides detailed information on the best sun protection in each category, including mainstream brands, ranked by health hazard, UV protection, and stability. But some sunscreens on the list with low hazard rankings contain ingredients, like silicones and synthetic preservatives, that may not be as healthy as they could be. The bottom line … if a sunscreen is in the EWG guide it is not necessarily nontoxic. And if a product is not in the EWG guide, that doesn’t mean it is not safe or effective. As always, we recommend reading ingredient listings when in doubt.

All products recommended in the Organic Authority Sunscreen Guide are mineral sunscreens free from synthetics and other questionable ingredients. No scales or ingredient listings to decipher. As with our sunscreen guides from years past, you can trust that all products we’ve listed are free from harmful ingredients, high quality, and safe for use.

If you don’t see a sunscreen on this year’s list that was on last year’s list, the product is no longer available or has undergone reformulation of ingredients. We evaluate each product we recommend annually. If the product’s ingredients no longer meet our standards, we remove it from the list.

Best 38 Natural Sunscreens of 2018

Face

Feel better with a bit of color on your face? Sure, but unprotected sun exposure almost certainly leads to dark spots, wrinkles, and maybe worse. Here’s the deal, using mineral sunscreen on skin does not mean a greasy or waxy feel. Also, that weird, subtle white gleam is (thankfully!) a thing of the past. There are options for days at the beach, heading to the office, with or without tint, and more. Give your mug the care it deserves with these high performance, super wearable sunscreen picks.

Badger Damascus Rose SPF 25 Face Sunscreen Lotion

1Badger Damascus Rose SPF 25 Face Sunscreen Lotion

A weightless formula that smooths easily onto skin, Badger sunscreen for face leaves behind no whiteness or greasy feel. A lightly hydrating moisturizer that gives a matte finish and carries a light, floral scent. This one makes a great daily go-to. $19.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017
Protection: SPF 25, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: 100% NPA Certified Natural, Certified NSF Non-GMO, Non-Nano, Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: light on skin, absorbs easily, non-greasy, non-whitening
Best for: All skin types
Expert Pick: Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics

Badger Damascus Rose SPF 25 Sheer Tint Face Sunscreen Lotion

2Badger Damascus Rose SPF 25 Sheer Tint Face Sunscreen Lotion

For super light, blendable coverage with UV protection, this is it. Badger tinted sunscreen for face diminishes redness and evens skin tone with sheer, natural color. Lightly hydrating without being greasy, this sunscreen carries the same rose and lavender scent as Badger non-tinted facial sunscreen above. $19.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 25, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: 100% NPA Certified Natural, Certified NSF Non-GMO, Non-Nano, Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: light on skin, absorbs easily, blendable color coverage, non-greasy, non-whitening
Best for: All skin types, those dealing with redness

de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar

3de Mamiel Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar
Luxe meets natural sun protection in this oil blend. Mineral sunscreen combines with quality botanicals, rich in antioxidants to protect against sun damage and keep skin looking youthful. Avocado, raspberry, and prickly pear oils provide a soft, cushiony feel to skin. The complexion is left looking supple and luminescent. $155

Protection: SPF 30
Features & Certifications: Contains ECOCERT Certified and Certified Organic ingredients
Look & Feel: Lightweight, non-greasy moisture, no white cast, perfect for use under makeup
Best for: Use as a daily moisturizer or makeup primer with UV protection
Expert Pick: “It smells incredible and is tinted. It makes you WANT to wear sunscreen.” Jeannie Jarnot, founder of Beauty Heroes.

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF 30

4Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF 30

You’ve been looking for a super light, totally non-greasy sunscreen for face? One with absolutely no tint that can be worn with makeup? Let us introduce you to your new favorite facial UV protection. This sunscreen goes on completely invisible and disappears into skin, leaving behind a completely matte surface. Ideal for use as a primer under makeup. $55

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: Vegan, Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: Leaves no color on skin, matte finish, skin feels smooth and soft
Best for: Use as a makeup primer with UV protection

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

5Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

Repair, moisturizer, protect, and glow in one step. Think of this as your anti-aging sunscreen product. Aloe-based and includes lightly hydrating natural oils to be mild on skin. It brightens and firms skin, reduces the appearance of dark spots, helps to control acne, and adds a look of luminescence. Goes on like a lightweight facial moisturizer and sinks into skin with a nice, smooth, scentless finish. $85

Protection: SPF 30
Features & Certifications: Wild crafted, Non-GMO, No Animal Testing
Look & Feel: Not tacky or greasy, smooth finish, non-whitening
Best for: Mature skin type and those with uneven skin tone
Expert Pick: “[Nutrient Day Cream] is the sheerest, it feels like you have nothing on. It’s great for men!” Jeannie Jarnot, founder of Beauty Heroes.

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream – Tinted

6Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream – Tinted

Luxurious moisture cream and sun protection with light color coverage in one easy to apply step. Can be worn with makeup or alone. Powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, phytonutrient ingredients blend with zinc and mineral tint to offer a super natural hue that blends in with any skin tone. $55

Protection: SPF 30
Features & Certifications: Wild crafted, Non-GMO, No Animal Testing
Look & Feel: Lightly moisturizing, leaves skin feeling soft, very light color coverage, non-whitening
Best for: Fair skin tones, mature and sensitive skin types

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28

7Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28

The daily wear sunscreen of your dreams. This facial sunscreen oil is easy to use, feels good on skin, and is totally customizable. For a quick tinted sunscreen that suits your skin tone 100%, the brand suggests adding a bit of powder mineral foundation to a pump or two of Three Sixty Five and blending in hands before apply to face. For best results, moisturize skin before applying the sunscreen. $48, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 28
Features & Certifications: Broad Spectrum, Nano-, and GMO-free
Look & Feel: Easy to apply, feels light and comfortable on skin, no greasy look or feel
Best for: Dry, mature, and acne-prone skin types
Expert Pick: “Like a serum, moisturizer and sunscreen all in one. It’s great to mix some mineral powder in to make a beautiful foundation.” Jeannie Jarnot, founder of Beauty Heroes.

KEYS Solar Rx Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30+ Sunscreen

8KEYS Solar Rx Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30+ Sunscreen

If you are looking for a daily use moisturizer with SPF, this is it. Not intended for lengthy time spent in the sun, this sunscreen is perfect for the work week. Offers light hydration from shea butter and avocado fruit oil, and also contains skin soothing aloe vera. The unscented formula is mild enough for those with sensitive skin or rosacea. Lends a slightly luminescent quality to the complexion. $26.95, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30+
Features & Certifications: Broad Spectrum, Vegan, Gluten-free, Soy-free, No Animal Testing, Antioxidant, EWG Top Rated
Look & Feel: Absorbs into skin well with no greasiness, matte on skin makes it ideal for use under makeup, non-whitening
Best for: Everyday wear with incidental sun exposure

Kypris Beauty Pot of Shade Heliotropic

9Kypris Beauty Pot of Shade: Heliotropic

This brand knows how to make facial oils with maximum glow factor. No surprise its sunscreen is a radiance-inducer too. A lightweight, invisible “veil” of UV protection, Pot of Shade: Heliotropic makes skin look plumped, smooth, and luminous. It may feel like a luxurious skin treatment but this baby offers effective protection that is fragrance-free and gentle enough for all skin types.

Protection: SPF 30
Features & Certifications: Broad Spectrum, Gluten-, and Nano-free
Look & Feel: Absorbs into skin well, no greasiness, non-whitening, skin looks luminous
Best for: All skin types, including sensitive, and makes a suitable makeup primer
Expert Pick: “My absolute favorite SPF is by far the Heliotropic SPF from KYPRIS. I have very acne prone skin and can’t stand heavy or oily SPF, which is why I love Heliotropic. It gives skin the perfect velvety texture that’s never greasy and always works well under makeup.” Marissa Waller, founder of Aurum Rose.

Raw Elements Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

10Raw Elements Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

There’s just something about facial sunscreen in a stick. So easy to tote and apply. And when it comes with super natural looking tint? Even better! This beauty may look pretty, but it certainly doesn’t mess around. What you get is serious sun protection that doesn’t run or smear. This will be a favorite for summer. $15.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30+, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes
Features & Certifications: Soy-, Gluten-, Nut-, Cruelty-, and Nano-free
Look & Feel: Absorbs into skin well, non-whitening, natural looking tint
Best for: All skin types and most skin tones
Expert Pick: “My favorite sunscreen is by the brand Raw Elements USA. There are several different versions for face and body, stick, cream, tinted, etc. I love the tinted stick for my face.” Victoria Fantuzzi, co-founder of La Bella Figura Beauty

Natural Sunscreen Suntegrity 5-in1

11Suntegrity 5-In-1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5-In-1 Natural Moisturizing Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30 is the best of the best in facial sun protection. It manages to hydrate skin, nourish and protect with healthy antioxidant ingredients, hides flaws, provides light coverage, and protects against UV damage. Flawless, natural-looking coverage with a light, non-greasy feel. Goes on like a dream and offers serious sun protection. Comes in five easy-to-match shades. $45, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: Vegan, Gluten-, Cruelty-, Nano-, and Fragrance-free
Look & Feel: Lightly moisturizing (perfect in place of regular moisturizer), not chalky or greasy, very natural looking.
Best for: Mature and oily skin types.

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12Suntegrity Natural Face Moisturizing Sunscreen and Primer

Look no further for a do-it-all, multi-tasking 3-in-1. Designed to offer nourishing moisture to the skin, this beauty also acts as a makeup primer while protecting against UV rays. Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain hydrated and supple skin, while astaxanthin smooths skin’s texture and diminishes sings of wrinkles. Aloe and cucumber have a soothing and cooling effect, and green tea fights free radical damage. $45, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: Vegan, Cruelty-, Nano-
Look & Feel: Richly hydrating, non-greasy, perfect for use as a makeup primer
Best for: All skin types, including sensitive, rosacea, and acne-prone
Expert Pick: “Has really good coverage and is great if you are going to be out in direct sunlight all day.” Jeannie Jarnot, founder of Beauty Heroes.

Suntribe Eco Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen

13Suntribe Eco Body & Face Mineral Sunscreen

A super versatile natural sunscreen, this creamy option is designed for both face and body for children and adults. Perfect for the whole family. Easy to apply, it’s not greasy and doesn’t leave a white film on skin. Plus, the pump bottle makes it easy to stow and use.

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant
Features & Certifications: Cruelty- and Nano-free
Look & Feel: Non-greasy, non-whitening, unscented, leaves a slight sheen on skin that quickly absorbs, skin feels super soft and hydrated
Best for: All skin types, including children and sensitive skin

True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20

14True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20

This brand is making a splash in the natural sunscreen market, and for good reason. If you like your sun protection with natural coverage and a bit of hydration, this is for you. Sheer Coverage comes in three easy to blend shades and is simple to apply. While it goes on more like a facial oil, it soaks into skin leaving behind no greasiness on skin. Pearl powder gives this product a hint of radiance. $40

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: Broad Spectrum, Nano-, and GMO-free
Look & Feel: Soaks easily into skin, natural-looking shades, a bit of luminescence, no greasy look or feel
Best for: Mature and dry skin types.

Body

Protecting the bod is a no-brainer for summer months. Choosing a sunscreen you like is half the solution to warding off UV damage. Look through the following and pick a product that meets your needs, keep it handy, and most importantly … don’t forget to use it.

DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+

15DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+

DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30+ includes some of the same anti-aging ingredients as the facial sunscreen, which means it works as a body lotion too. Softens, moisturizes and protects all at once. Plus, it is super easy to apply and smooths skin as you wear it. $22.36, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2016

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: Cruelty-, Gluten-, and Nano-free
Look & Feel: Light, non-greasy, easy to apply

Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc

16Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc

If you are into body oils, and who isn’t, you are going to love this product. Based on its after sun body oil, Everybody Loves the Sunshine, Living Libations created the same oil blend with the addition of uncoated zinc. The beauty of this product? Natura mineral sun protection combined with healthy oils, like skin-loving jojoba and natural sunscreen raspberry oil, that goes on clear in the form of a body oil. Luxurious, hydrating and anything but gloppy, gooey, or sticky.
But what about the risks associated with oils and sun? Some believe there is a link between sun exposure with vitamin A and an increased risk of toxicity. Many healthy oils contain several vitamins, including A. Living Libations does not use a concentrated form of the vitamin in this product, but safe, skin loving oils.

Living Libations recommends applying a few generous pumps of oil to skin to well-moisturized skin, paying special attention to nose, chin, and shoulders. Reapply at least every 2 hours. $40

Protection: While not technically a sunscreen, it boasts the equivalent of a 25-30 SPF.
Features & Certifications: Non-nano, Gluten-, GMO-, Cruelty-free, Vegan, Fair Trade, Organic & Wild Crafted
Look & Feel: Skin feels super soft and smooth, no color is left behind, fresh invigorating scent

Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc Beach Balm

17Living Libations Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc Beach Balm
A stick formula makes for easy and convenient sunscreen application while having fun under the sun, and this one has everything you are looking for. Made with super gentle ingredients, this lightly moisturizing balm is good for most skin types. It has a mildly spicy scent and includes red raspberry seed oil for added sun protection. CA$10-56

Protection: SPF 20
Features & Certifications: Non-nano, Gluten-, GMO-, Cruelty-free, Fair Trade, Organic & Wild Crafted
Look & Feel: Skin feels soft and moisturized, no whiteness left on skin, non-greasy

Natural Sunscreen Raw Elements 30

18Raw Elements Face + Body Broad Spectrum SPF 30

This thick cream goes on easy and is comfortable to wear. Skin is left feeling moisturized and even looks smoother and more youthful. Pair that up with supreme UV protection, and you have a product that’s hard to beat. And for those looking to avoid plastics, this tin is the perfect option. EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes
Features & Certifications: Soy-, Gluten-, Nut-, Cruelty-, and Nano-free
Look & Feel: Soaks easily into skin, leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, comfortable to wear
Expert Pick: “It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide and a list of dreamy ingredients that do no harm to ocean life and is completely biodegradable. It works to block UV rays and keep skin protected, but I’m especially endeared by the eco-friendly formulation created by a lifeguard and fellow environmentalist. I absolutely love this product above any other out there!” Victoria Fantuzzi, co-founder of La Bella Figura Beauty
Expert Pick: “I also love Raw Elements. I use both their Face + Body SFP 30+ and Tinted Face Moisturizer.” Heather Hamilton, founder of Zoe Organics.

Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body SPF 30

19Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body SPF 30
Another winner from this natural sunscreen brand. Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body SPF 30 provides optimal sun protection, plus a healthy dose of antioxidants. $24, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: Vegan, Gluten-, Nano-, and GMO-free, Gluten Sensitive Safe
Look & Feel: Fresh citrus scent, not greasy or sticky, white cast fades when rubbed into skin.

True Natural Ultra Protect 50 Antioxidant Sunscreen

20True Natural Ultra Protect 50 Antioxidant Sunscreen

This sunscreen is pretty amazing. It goes on shockingly white and thick but, trust on this, after a few seconds of rubbing it disappears completely into skin. Made with skin-soothing shea butter and a healthy boost of green tea, this sunscreen is super gentle. A mild coconut scent and whopping sun protection factor of 50 doesn’t bum us out either. $19.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF50, Broad Spectrum,
Features & Certifications: Non-nano, GMO-, Cruelty-, and Gluten-free, Vegan, Antioxidant, EWG Top Rated
Look & Feel: Not greasy or sticky, non-whitening

Babies & Children

Protecting young skin takes careful consideration. Of course, you want the safest and most effective protection. You also want a product that you like to use and won’t send them running when they see it come out of your bag. These sunscreens are crowd pleasers. Safe protection for your little ones in formulas you’ll love.

Badger SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotion Unscented

21Badger SPF 25 Sunscreen Lotion Unscented

The latest addition to Badger’s already stellar sunscreen line-up, this unscented lotion is designed for daily use on face and body. It does leave behind the slightest of white effect on skin, which is why it is in our body sunscreen section, though it would be perfect for those who spend a lot of time outdoors or don’t wear makeup. This mild sunscreen leaves behind no greasy feel. $17.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 25, Broad Spectrum
Features & Certifications: 100% NPA Certified Natural, Certified NSF Non-GMO, Non-Nano, Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: Light, matte finish, slight white cast, sinks into skin
Expert Pick: “It is very thick and leaves a white residue, but they don’t get burned, which is #1.” Heather Hamilton, founder of Zoe Organics.

All Good Sunscreen Butter SPF 50+

22All Good Sunscreen Butter SPF 50+

A tin of super-rich SPF that works well on little bodies. The ultra-mild coconut oil formula contains soothing calendula. Beeswax gives this product staying power for long-lasting protection, making it a great choice for your face when you’ll be spending a lot of time under the sun. Scentless and easy to apply. $9.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 50+, Water Resistant (80 minutes), Broad Spectrum, Coral Reef Safe
Features & Certifications: NSF Certified Organic, Coral Reef Safe, Broad Spectrum, Very Water Resistant (80 minutes)
Look & Feel: Remains slightly greasy on skin, very slight white tint

Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30

23Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30

Toss this sunscreen in your bag and you are set. Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30 is suitable for children and adults. You can even use it on your face. It is moisturizing, gentle, rubs in easily, and water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Get one or the beach bag, pool bag, purse. And the chamomile/lavender blend is a universally yummy scent. $23

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes
Features & Certifications: Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: Thicker consistency, stays slightly greasy, easy application, invisible on skin.

Promise Organic SPF 30 Coconut Sunscreen Stick

24Promise Organic SPF 30 Coconut Sunscreen Stick

This sunscreen stick contains nothing but zinc oxide and natural plant oils and butters, plus a touch of soothing aloe. It is a bit waxy going on but almost completely rubs into skin. And the stick design makes it perfect for on-the-go, and applying to faces and little bodies. $9.99

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
Features & Certifications: cruelty-free, fragrance-free, nano-free
Look & Feel: Not at all greasy, feels slightly sticky after application, non-whitening

True Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen

25True Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen

Pure zinc protection in a simple yet effective formulation. True Natural Zinc 30 Baby & Family Sunscreen is gentle and unscented, making it ideal for babies, children, and adults with sensitive skin. Made with antioxidant green tea and pomegranate. $18.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 40 minutes
Features & Certifications: Vegan, Biodegradable, Reef friendly, Gluten-, Nano-and Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: Easy to apply, stays slightly greasy, white cast fades when rubbed into skin.

Sport

Effective UV protection and water resistance are must-haves in sport sunscreens. Mineral sunscreen creates that barrier you need so you can play without worries of sunburn or skin damage creeping in. Stick any of these in your backpack or beach bag, and get out there and have some fun.

100% Pure Everywhere SPF Body Stick 30 Sunscreen

26100% Pure Everywhere SPF Body Stick 30 Sunscreen

A truly well-rounded product. 100% Pure Everywhere SPF Body Stick is suitable for all outdoor activities and gentle enough for the kids too. May be used on face or body. Easy to apply. $35, EWG Top Rated

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 40 minutes
Features & Certifications: Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Nano-free
Look & Feel: Non-greasy, quick absorbing.

EiR NYC Surf Mud Body Oil

27EiR NYC Surf Mud + Zinc

Anyone who has used straight zinc on skin knows it is not easy to remove. This is what spurred the idea of a zinc salve sunscreen by former competitive swimmer and surfer, Jun Lee. This balm style protection is made with coconut oil and cocoa butter to be ultra-hydrating. Cocoa powder gives a boost of antioxidant protection. Easy to apply and comes in a travel-ready tin. $24

Protection: Approximately SPF 30
Features & Certifications: Made with organic ingredients, may be used on hair
Look & Feel: Hydrating but not greasy, herbal scent, colorless

EiR NYC Sunset Oil

28EiR NYC Surf Mud Body Oil

Another cool body oil sunscreen, this one is made with healthy oils that are gentle on skin, with a dose of zinc protection. Emollient and gives skin a good looking glow. Not high in SPF, this one is best for less time in the sun but the oil formula gives it staying power. $35

Protection: Approximately SPF 15
Features & Certifications: Made with organic ingredients
Look & Feel: Richly moisturizing, stays slightly oily on skin, scentless, colorless

True Natural SPORT Stick SPF30 Sunscreen

29True Natural SPORT Stick SPF30 Sunscreen

Take your protection on the road with True Natural SPORT Stick SPF30 Sunscreen. Safe protection in a convenient stick. Swipe on face and body before sports and outdoor activities. Easy to use and super portable. $14.49, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant up to 80 minutes
Features & Certifications: Vegan, Biodegradable, Reef safe, GMO-, Gluten-, Nano-, and Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: Stick formula is less greasy, invisible on skin.

Lips

Delicate lip skin is thinner than other areas of the face and burns easily. Maybe you’ve experienced sore, swollen, blistered lips. That won’t happen this summer if you get in on the goodness of these pucker protectors.

All Good Lips

30All Good Lips
A smooth, creamy dream to apply, All Good Lips come in a wide variety of flavors you are going to love. Made with soothing and moisturizing organic oils plus natural flavor ingredients. $3.50, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2016

Protection: SPF 15
Features & Certifications: Certified Organic, Gluten-free
Look & Feel: Non-greasy, soft and hydrating, colorless on lips.

Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm

31Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm, SPF 15

For the ultimate in staying power, try this life guard-worthy sun protection for lips. Made with healthy butters and oils to keep delicate skin hydrated, it is flavor-free. Also great for little lips. $2.97, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 15
Features & Certifications: 100% NPA Certified Natural, 98% Certified NPA Certified Organic, NSF at least 70% Organic, Non-Nano, Biodegradable, Cruelty-free
Look & Feel: Light, non-greasy, slight white tint.
Expert Pick: Heather Hamilton, founder of Zoe Organics.

Eco Lips

32Eco Lips

This one does have a slightly white tinge, but in a ‘70s vibe, feel-good summer sort of way. The best part? It lasts a super long time on lips, which is saying something in summer heat. Made with cocoa butter to glide on smoothly, this balm contains healthy plant oils of avocado, sunflower, and red raspberry (which has natural sun protection). Choose from berry, vanilla, and mint flavors. EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017 $3.49

Protection: SPF 15
Features & Certifications: Fair Trade Certified, Cruelty-, Gluten-, GMO-free.
Look & Feel: Non-greasy, moisturizing, slight white tint.

True Natural Lip Balm SPF 30

33True Natural Lip Balm SPF 30

True Natural kicks the UV protection up a notch in this high-performance sunscreen lip balm. It is hydrating and lasts a long time on lips. Aloe and vitamin E make sure it’s gentle too. Perfect for long days outdoors. $6.99, EWG Sunscreen Guide 2017

Protection: SPF 30
Features & Certifications: Made with Certified Organic ingredients, Broad-Spectrum, Biodegradable, Cruelty-, Gluten-, Water Resistant (80 minutes).
Look & Feel: Non-greasy, slight white tint.

Before & After Sun

These products are packed with antioxidants to prevent free radical damage from UV exposure and contain ingredients specifically chosen to help boost the efficacy of sunscreen, protect skin from damage, and help boost hydration, cool, and repair after sun exposure.

Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist

34Herbivore After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist

A cooling mist post-sun feels soothing and refreshing. Try misting skin with this aloe-infused combination of skin calming ingredients. The light lavender mint aroma offers a feeling of freshness to dry, scorched or stressed skin. Keep in the fridge and spritz on after a day in the sun, use to cool sunburn, and quell feelings of heat and inflammation.

In Fiore Soleil Fleur Before Sun Treatment

35In Fiore Soleil Fleur Before Sun Treatment

Antioxidant power to the rescue in this pre-sun skin serum. Super lightweight, it works wonderfully under daily facial SPF and helps to protect skin. Lavender and aloe calm and soothe, while raspberry seed oil offers a bit more UV protection. Green tea fights free radicals and sea buckthorn makes skin look all glowy and gorgeous.

Expert Pick: “I consider it essential for a full sun protection routine!” Marissa Waller, founder of Aurum Rose.

La Bella Figura Daily Elements Defense Oil

36La Bella Figura Daily Elements Defense Oil
UVA rays cause free radical formation, and free radicals lead to things like premature aging and even skin cancer. A healthy dose of antioxidants fends off free radical damage, protecting skin and keeping it looking its youthful best. Made with Peruvian sacha inchi oil, this facial oil is lightweight and nourishing. Use daily to repair damage and strengthen skin.

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

37Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

A facial oil with natural sun protection properties that makes skin look and feel fabulous? Yep, have that right here! What if you also learned that this beautiful plum oil is grown and produced on a 100-year-old family farm in Northern California by three lovely sisters? It’s all true. If you have yet to try plum oil, get ready to fall in love. It’s effective than both argan and marula oils at fighting free radical damage, has skin brightening properties and helps to even out skin tone and hyperpigmentation, and is perfect for use on hair and nails too. Use this beauty oil daily with sunscreen to bolster UV protection and keep your complexion looking fabulous. Has a lightly sweet scent and is suited to all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive.

Laurel Body Oil Sun Before After

38. Laurel Body Oil Sun: Before & After

This body serum is comprised of carefully selected naturals that have been proven to hold sun protection and repair qualities. The non-greasy, feather-light oil blend is made with avocado oil for a feeling of deep down moisture that gives skin a cushiony feel, red raspberry for a boost of UV protection, coconut oil for a cooling sensation, rosehip oil to repair the look of sun-damaged skin, carrot seed oil for further protection against the sun’s rays, and sea buckthorn for a look of healthy glow. Use before and after sun exposure to get the most from your sunscreen and keep skin its healthiest. Leaves skin feeling soft and moisturized with a vibrant, youthful appearance.

Expert Pick: “I use [natural sunscreen] with Laurel’s Sun Damage Repair Serum, which has natural SPFs in it and together they help repair signs of discoloration.” Rachel Roberts, founder or Oyl + Water.

DIY Sunscreen

Many like to make their own when it comes to sunscreen and green beauty experts are no exception. Creating a homemade sunscreen is fairly easy and this way you know exactly what you are getting. One Love Organics founder Suzanne LeRoux has made her own sunscreen for years and doesn’t use anything else.

Wondering where to begin? Natural living guru Shiva Rose has shared her recipe for sunscreen with us and we know you DIYers will love it. Check out Shiva’s DIY sunscreen video and watch as she makes her own sun protection.

Another super simple option is to add sun protection to your favorite natural beauty product. May Lindstrom likes to create her own sunscreen by mixing pure zinc powder into her super healer The Blue Cocoon, which does double duty as an after-sun product.

No-Screen

For some, even mineral sunscreen is not an option. Certain skin types are sensitive or allergic to mineral sunscreens and opt for a different type of sun protection. If you know you’ll be spending time in the direct sun, especially during the hours of 10 and 4, cover up in light clothing (don’t forget a hat) and take shade breaks.

“I tend to use oils that have natural sun protectant qualities (sea buckthorn, wheat germ, carrot seed, and raspberry seed oils) and physically cover up if I need something stronger. I also ascribe to the ‘a little is okay’ philosophy, so I’ll go outside in the morning and late afternoon with nothing.” Rachel Winard, founder of Soapwalla.

May Lindstrom advises protecting skin from the inside out. “Two nutrients proven to increase your skin’s own sun protection are carotenoids and lycopene”, said the Carotenes are found in vegetables and fruits such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, mangos and apricots. Lycopene is found in red fruits such as tomatoes, red bell pepper and watermelon. Consuming high levels of lycopene (cooked tomatoes are the best source) not only protects the skin from sun damage but also increases the level of procollagen in the skin, which suggests potential reversal of the skin aging process. Pretty amazing, right?”

We couldn’t agree more!

As you can see, there are many ways to protect yourself from sun damage. Whether you are choosing options for face or body, looking to protect your kids, want to whip up your own sunscreen, or are searching for sunscreen-free options to UV protection, you can get through summer (and the rest of the year) naturally and beautifully.

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Updated June 19, 2018 to include information on daily use sunscreen and its effect on skin cancer.

Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson is an organic beauty expert who has been researching and writing on the subjects of natural beauty, health, and wellness for over 10 years. She specializes in sharing safe beauty products and her knowledge on healthy ingredients with her readers, and helping organic beauty brands and shop owners share their message and products with the world through her writing services.