The Safest Kind of Sunscreen
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 avobenzone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide; an SPF of at least 15;.Your skin—and the planet—will thank you.
(a) Nature's Gate Faceblock SPF 25 ($10; natures-gate.com) is formulated specifically for delicate facial skin and packed with anti-aging ingredients like almond and tomato extracts.
(b) COOLA LIPLUX SPF 30 ($12; coolasuncare.com) protects the delicate lip area and moisturizes with organic raspberry and avocado fruit butters.
(c) California Baby SPF 18 Moisturizing Sunscreen ($20; californiababy.com) is a light, tear-free formula that's a perfect choice for everyday protection for you and your kids.
(d) Josie Maran Protect All-Natural Daily Sun Protection SPF 40+ ($32; sephora.com) is infused with skin- beautifying argan oil to help minimize fine lines and reduce inflammation.
(e) Burt's Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil ($15; burtsbees.com) protects skin and prevents moisture loss with conditioning hemp seed.
(f) John Masters Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen ($32; johnmasters .com) gives skin an antioxidant boost with green tea extracts.