Chemical sunscreens, which are the majority of sunscreens, are super toxic endocrine disruptors. So now that it’s getting nicer out, I want to share some clean natural sunscreens with you. I also want to shed some light on a few tidbits.
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Clean Natural Sunscreens
Getting some sunshine for 10-20 minutes a day helps us get the Vitamin D we need.
The majority of people in the U.S. do not get enough Vitamin D, myself included. And yes, it is so much harder living in a place where there are a lot of cold and cloudy months. This just means come spring and summer I make sure I am getting in that sunshine.
Whether it’s being covered up all of the time or having sunscreen on every second, both block Vitamin D. Just something to be aware of. However, when our body is exposed in the hot sun for long periods of time, sunscreen is important to protect our skin from burning! Certain facial products and medication can make the skin extra sensitive to the sun too. We also all tolerate a different healthy amount of time in the sun based on our skin and where we live.
Eat A Cleaner Diet
The cleaner our liver, the better we can convert the Vitamin D in our body and reap the benefits. Reason one billion and one to eat less inflammatory and processed foods and load up on fruits, veggies, and herbs. Plus, high antioxidant foods help protect our skin.
When I Apply SPF
I personally wear an SPF moisturizer on my face all summer, but the only time I reach for sunscreen to apply all over is when I’m in a swimsuit and in hot exposure for extended periods of time. Most of the time if it’s super hot and sunny, I’ll just find shade when I need it. I also usually apply a mix of shea butter & coconut oil in the summer months to keep my skin moisturized. Coconut oil also acts as a very very low natural SPF.
Tidbit: SPF 15 provides over 90% UVB protection, SPF 30 blocks 97% UVB rays, and after 30, the protection increase is miniscule. It’s why there are a lot of sunscreens around SPF 30.
EWG Research To Use As A Guide
You can use EWG’s Guide To Sunscreen’s to learn more and even look up to see how toxic or not your current sunscreen is. You can also read about the “Trouble With Ingredients In Sunscreen” on the EWG site as well. It’s a super helpful site, especially when you are first starting out to transition to cleaner products in your life. Want to see how toxic your skincare and makeup is? You can search a lot of it on EWG.
Clean Natural Sunscreens
This is made with 5 simple (98% organic) ingredients and is water resistant for 40 minutes. It’s very moisturizing and fairly heavy, but it does rub in well. I will apply this all over my body on a hot beach trip, but not my face. My husband uses it on his face though. He thinks this is the best sunscreen, since it rubs in well and he doesn’t look like Casper.
It’s widely available for a good price for non-toxic sunscreen. It also has a super simple ingredient list and gets a 1 rating on EWG.
I found this product on the EWG site as it is another one that gets a rating of 1. I feel good about using products that rank 1 or 2 on their site. Anyways, it’s reef safe, water resistant for 80 minutes, safe for the whole family (kids 6 months and older), travel size, scent free, and good for all skin types.
I have never used this, but I have always remembered it as an option because of the amazing ingredients. If you want a scented option, this one is naturally scented with lavender, chamomile, and calendula. It sounds so good to me!
This one is a great one for the face. It feels light going on, it’s moisturizing, no white cast look, and it leaves a nice dewy finish. You can read more of my review of it here.
It’s sheer, lightweight, fragrance free, good for all skin types including extra sensitive skin, reef-safe, good for the whole family (kids included), and provides 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance. Typically, I say to avoid sprays, but the Babo Botanicals are an exception. I grab these once in awhile for my husband who likes a spray….although I think his favorite sunscreen is now the badger lotion above!
This is like a sunscreen lotion in a spray form. You can even spray it in the palm of your hand and then apply it all over the body. You just have to rub the white lotion in REALLY well to avoid looking like Casper. It’s enriched with organic Aloe Vera and Calendula making it more moisturizing, it’s great for all types of skin, provides 80 minutes of water resistance and is reef-safe.
Sun Harmonizing Everybody Loves The Sunshine
This does not have any Zinc in it. It’s a golden tanning oil that is supposed to harmonize your skin with the sun’s rays and leave you with a subtle tan. It also makes your skin glow as soon as you put it on. As it does not contain SPF, I think it’s great for shorter periods of time in the sun. Lately, I have been using this on my face with nothing else on my shorter morning walks.
This is the same sun-harmonizing formula as Everybody Loves the Sunshine, with the addition of 20% non-nanoparticle uncoated zinc oxide. So if the previous one sounds good to you but you want some SPF protection, grab this one.
This is the same as the previous one in stick form. This seems extra convenient to throw in your purse if you need to reapply some protection to your forehead, cheeks, and shoulders on the go. Living Libations products are extremely clean.
Tinted SPF Moisturizer Sunscreen
This is what I am trying out right now as my tinted moisturizer. A tinted moisturizer or BB cream is all I usually use for my makeup base and I will say it’s the least amount of coverage I have ever had in a tinted moisturizer. If you are looking for coverage, don’t grab this one, but if you just want a sheer bit of coverage with an SPF to use on your face on the daily, check it out. It gets a rating of 1 on the EWG site.
I have the color LIGHT and it’s too light for me unless it’s the dead of winter. I should have went with the SUN-GOLDEN LIGHT color, so I have been mixing it with a little of the one below when I want to look like I put some makeup on. It feels good on though and leaves a bit of a dewy finish which I like.
Although it’s called a sunscreen foundation by Suntegrity, I find the coverage similar to BB creams and tinted moisturizers. The foundation word scared me away which is why I went with the top one, but I will probably order this one in the full size (right now I have a sample) next. I have the color BUFF and it’s a great match for me. This gets rated a 2 on EWG’s website.
Well, I hope you found something to choose from! What are your favorite clean natural sunscreens? Comment below! I’d love to know! Also, if you are ever somewhere like Mexico where you run out of your clean sunscreen and are forced to buy something at their local mart, choose the baby sunscreen. It’s going to have less crap in it. 😊
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