Posted by: Jordan
Just in time for all of the 4th of July activities comes our roundup of the best natural sunscreens we’ve been using this year. Bring on the beaches, boating, picnics and poolside fun while safely protecting your family’s skin with these fabulous sunscreens.
This sunscreen, formulated especially for the sensitive skin on your face, is incredible! It truly does go on clear–as advertised–and Emily claims that it’s the only sunscreen that doesn’t make her face look shiny and oily. The ingredients are 100% natural, water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and boast 20.5% zinc oxide (most physical-blocking sunscreens use a much lower concentration of zinc oxide and they still leave that awful telltale white residue on your skin). The reason for the high level of protection, zero white residue, and a drier texture (which is somehow still moisturizing plus has anti-aging properties) is the two years of research that was put into reformulating the sunscreen with the addition of Z-COTE, a form of zinc oxide which goes on clear. You may remember that I fell in love with this sunscreen back in 2010 and was devastated when they took it off the market in order to improve their formula (which I loved back then, and love even more now!). The EWG Skin Deep Rating is still just a 1. You can buy Sun Putty for $28 for one ounce (or a sample 1/4 oz size for $8).
You know we love everything from Honest and their newly reformulated sunscreen is my favorite for using on both my daughter and on my own body (south of my neck). Their new formula–also scoring a 1 on EWG–is light years better than the old SPF 20 formula. The texture is thicker and creamier, yet it blends in easily and doesn’t leave you looking ghostly with a white film, like the former version did. Like Sun Putty, they use 20% non-nano zinc oxide, which is water resistant for 40 minutes. You can buy the 3 oz tube (the travel friendly size for your carry-on is much appreciated!) for $13.95, or if you choose to do an Essentials Bundle like I do, it comes to $7.19–hard to beat for such an amazing all-natural sunscreen!
This is another great sunscreen specifically formulated for your face. Perfect for daily use under makeup, it dries quickly and of course leaves no white residue (which is not ideal anywhere on your body past the age of 10, but especially not on your face!). This sunscreen has 12.61% zinc oxide and also includes ingredients like beet root and mushroom extracts which help protect against premature aging. As with the previous two, this sunscreen scores a 1 on EWG. For a 1.7 oz tube, it retails for $42 (or I found it on Amazon for $32!). Coola actually has a ton of interesting products in their line, which I haven’t tried yet. I’d love to try their Plant UV SPF 30 for Body, or any of the sunscreens from the Mineral or Baby Collection, as well. One thing to be aware of is that the Classic Collection uses chemical sunscreens such as Octinoxate, so as a consumer just do your research–as always–on the ingredients you feel comfortable with before you make a purchase.
Please share with us your favorite natural sunscreens that you’ve been using so far this summer, or any that you’re wanting to try!