The Safest Kind of Sunscreen

Try these mineral-based products that are kind to your skin and planet.
The Safest Kind of Sunscreen
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Memories of white-nosed beach lifeguards may have caused you to shy away from natural sunscreens in the past. However, new finely milled formulas contain mineral ingredients that block skin-aging UVA rays and sunburn-causing UVB rays without making you look ghostly. They're also better for you than traditional sunscreens because of what they don’t contain: questionable chemicals (such as the hormone-disruptor and possible carcinogen oxybenzone, used in many traditional formulas) that may harm your health and the health of the planet, as the runoff from swimming and showering makes its way into waterways.
Mineral sunscreens are an intelligent choice for you as well as the environment, according to an investigation by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit scientific research organization Environmental Working Group. The newest natural options are irritant-free and don't cast off harmful residues. Arm yourself with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free sunscreen that contains Food and Drug Administration-approved strong UVA filters titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Your skin—and the planet—will thank you.

(a) Nature's Gate Faceblock SPF 25 ($10; is formulated specifically for delicate facial skin and packed with anti-aging ingredients like almond and tomato extracts.

(b) COOLA LIPLUX SPF 30 ($12; protects the delicate lip area and moisturizes with organic raspberry and avocado fruit butters.

(c) California Baby SPF  30 Super Sensitive Sunscreen ($20; is a perfect choice for everyday protection for you and your kids.

Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream, SPF 35 ($16; is made with just 5 simple ingredients. It's unscented with an antioxidant-rich sunflower oil base.

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30+ ($16; is made with organic beneficial essential oils and ingredients.

(f) Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sport Stick Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30 ($12; has moisturizing shea butter and beeswax to help prevent and relieve chapped face, nose, lips and ears.