Safe Sun Protection?

Over the years we’ve become increasingly more concerned about what we put in our bodies and on our skin. With the prevalence of cancer in our society today, it’s no surprise we’re finally paying attention to potential toxic culprits, especially those that may lurk in our personal products (like sunscreen) and food. Gone are the carefree days in the 80’s and 90’s when we’d oil up with Hawaiian Tropic Dark SPF 4 and bake ourselves in the sun for hours.

While most of us still love a great tan, we’re learning that conscious consumerism can lead us to safer products that will still give us that beach kissed glow, without the crap. One look at the label of many popular sunscreen brands can leave you scratching your head as you realize you can barely pronounce most of the ingredients, let alone determine what they are. While natural brands of sunscreen aren’t necessarily completely chemical-free, they do offer a better alternative and contain fewer ingredients, sourced closer to nature.

SunscreenSome of the cons besides paying a bit more money, is that some brands may feel more greasy or not rub in as smoothly, or not smell as nice (goodbye irresistible Banana Boat fragrance). And often times they come in smaller bottles while costing more. These things aside however, for piece of mind, the tradeoff is well worth it. The skin being our largest organ, literally absorbs everything we put on it, so choosing the healthiest products on the market is a must. You can find better sunscreen alternatives at most stores now in the sunscreen aisle, just be sure to read the ingredients first – and remember, less is more.

Here’s a list of natural and organic brands we’ve tried and recommend:

1) Goddess Garden Organics Sport Spray SPF 30 – 3.4 oz. – $14.12 on Jet.com. I got this as a freebie at Wanderlust last year and my only complaint is that it doesn’t rub in that easily, despite being a spray. Felt a bit sticky after I sprayed it on. 

  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Includes Organic Aloe Vera & Sunflower Oil
  • Scent-free
  • Water Resistant for 80 Minutes
  • Free of Chemicals
  • Made in a Recyclable Container

2) Alba Botanica Hawaiian Sunscreen SPF 30 – 4 oz. – $7.99 at Walgreens. This one would have to be my favorite. It smells great, rubs on smooth and is non-greasy. It’s also made in the USA!

  • No Parabens, Phthalates or Harmful Sulfates
  • 100% Vegetarian Ingredients
  • No Animal Testing
  • Contains Soothing Aloe Vera
  • Biodegradable & Reef  Safe
  • Water Resistant for 80 Minutes

3) Nourish Spray Sunscreen SPF 50 – 6 oz. – $5.99 at Trader Joe’s. This one is just great, I love the pressure of the spray, it spreads it on evenly and is clear in color, so you don’t have to do any extra rubbing in. Trader Joe’s always has great products at great values & this one did not disappoint! 

  • BOV Pressure Technology
  • Contains Aloe & Vitamin E
  • Oil Free & Water Resistant

4) Earth Science Almond-Aloe Moisturizer SFP 15 – 5 oz – $10.95 on their website. This is actually more of a moisturizer, I use it as part of my daily skin-care routine, but it also has SPF protection so great for every day normal sun exposure. It just feels so light and is perfect for sensitive skin!

  • Deeply Nourishing All-Day Moisturizer
  • Protects Skin from Premature Aging & Wrinkling
  • Lightweight & Silky

What are your top picks? Let us know!

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