Summer is here and I’m sure everyone is following doctor’s orders by wearing their SPF each day. But not all sunscreens are created equal. I’m here to help you find the best natural sunscreens with safe ingredients.
Chemical vs Physical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients that have been created in a lab and are absorbed into your skin. Common chemical sunscreen ingredients include Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Homosalate, and Helioplex. Physical sunscreens, sometime referred to as mineral sunscreens, contain natural minerals that have been ground to a fine powder and are not absorbed into the skin. Physical sunscreens are limited to Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Some research suggests chemical sunscreens may be hazardous to your health by disrupting your endocrine system or producing cancer causing “free radicals”. For that reason, I stay away from chemical sunscreens. Here are my favorite natural sunscreens with safe ingredients.
For Children’s Faces – Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
Kids have an easy time applying this sunscreen themselves because it eliminates the messy factor. It contains both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. Because it is a physical sunscreen, it does go on white so it will need to be rubbed in a bit. It’s a 100% natural product, so it’s free of other toxic ingredients such as parabens.
For Bodies – The Honest Co. SPF 30 Sunscreen
This one gets my vote not only because of its natural ingredients, but also because you can buy a 2-pack from Costco! It contains 20% Zinc Oxide so it goes on white but rubs in pretty easily. It’s also free of toxic ingredients such as parabens. For all you Jessica Alba fans out there, The Honest Co. is her company.
For Adult Faces as a Daily Moisturizer – Mineral Fusion SPF 15 Oil-Free Moisturizer
I chose this one as my daily moisturizer because it contains 3.5% Titanium Dioxide and 3.5% Zinc Oxide. Because of the low concentration of minerals, it isn’t very white when I put it on. The flip side of that is that it’s probably not the best choice for a long day at the beach. I also chose it because it claimed to have mattifying properties to keep me from looking like an oil slick. You can find it at Ulta.
Vitamin D Deficiency
With all this talk about physical protection from the sun, you might be wondering if you’re getting enough Vitamin D. Chances are you’re not! I recently visited by doctor for a routine physical and blood work. Everything came back normal with the exception of a Vitamin D deficiency. With mounting evidence that suggests Vitamin D deficiency can pose a long list of health risks, including cancer, it’s important to get your daily dose. For me, that involves taking a Vitamin D supplement and allowing myself ten minutes outdoors before I apply my sunscreen.
I hope this helps you navigate the drug store to find natural sunscreens with safe ingredients. Enjoy your summer!