Favorite Clean Sunscreens
Wearing sunscreen to protect ourselves from sun exposure and environmental aggressors is obviously crucial, but can oftentimes come at the expense of slathering our face and body in a slew of unpronounceable ingredients. Sun protection comes in two forms, either mineral or chemical filters. Most sunscreens on the market contain the latter, whereas physical protectants rely on zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Those options are far less irritating (and potentially safer!) than their chemical-laden options.
Here are our tops picks for all your sunscreen needs:
For tinted coverage: Suntegrity Skincare 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen ($45) – This high-performing tinted moisturizer provides lightweight coverage and diminishes imperfections.
For under makeup: COOLA Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 ($42) – Oftentimes layering foundation over sunscreen can cause pilling and slickness.This formula protects while creating a smooth, matte canvas. We’re in love.
For a budget-friendly option: Jason Sun Family Sunscreen ($11) – Choosing a safer formula doesn’t have to break the bank. This Jason product is lightweight, but also water resistant.
For basically everything & everyone: Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense ($34) – An often-mentioned Beauty Banter favorite, this product leaves out so many irritants that we would be hard-pressed to find someone it doesn’t work for.
For touch ups: Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 45 ($24) – Remember seeing lifeguards wearing pure zinc on their noses and under-eyes in the nineties? It was a lewk, and luckily the formulas are now sheer and easy to apply. We love this stick for midday touch-ups, especially in the afternoon when the sun is particularly harsh.
For full body coverage: Australian Gold Botanical SPF 50 Continuous Spray ($16) – Spray formulas are a breeze to apply, but can sometimes feel sticky and uncomfortable. Not this one: in fact, it feels powdery and clean, yet still leaves out all of the toxic ingredients. Win-win.
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-Written by Casey Sharbaugh