Our Summer Sunblock Buying Guide
With Memorial Day weekend behind us, it’s safe to say summer is finally here! So, let’s talk sun cream. You lather sunscreen all over your body, trusting that it will protect you and your family from the damaging effects of the sun. But unfortunately, not all sunscreens are created equally. It’s important to know how to choose a clean, non-toxic sunscreen and avoid the damaging effects that come with the chemical sunscreens. Finding a non-toxic sunscreen you and your family can trust can seem a bit overwhelming- so that's where we come in! Here are some factors to consider when searching for a clean, non-toxic sunscreen and a handful of our favorite products (...even for the little ones in your life!).
Here are our top Sun creams!
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen, Sensitive Skin, SPF 50
There is nothing like a newborn baby's skin. Soft, delicate and untouched by any of the damaging effects of the sun. But don't let the name of this product fool you- it is great for ALL family members (not just babies!). The Aveeno Baby sunscreen is one of our top choices for those with sensitive, delicate skin. We love it because it is mineral-based, all-natural, fragrance-free, tear-free, paraben-free... perfect for any baby, child or adult! It's free from damaging chemicals and contains naturally sourced zinc oxide as its active ingredient. It's sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it a great option for swimming or breaking a sweat. And did we mention... budget friendly!?
Badger Active Natural Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream, Unscented, SPF 30
Badger Active Mineral Sunscreen is another one of our favorite products for the active water lovers out there because of its water and sweat resistant properties (for up to 40 min). We love this sunscreen because of it's purity- it contains only FIVE, certified natural, ingredients: organic sunflower seed oil beeswax, sea buckthorn, vitamin E, and non-nano zinc oxide. Have sensitive skin? No problem- Badger Active is unscented, with no added fragrances that often cause irritation. Not only is the sunscreen chemical-free and safe for the environment, but the bottle itself is also chemical free! This is a great option for the whole family and safe for everyone!
Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 30
We love this hypoallergenic sunscreen for so many reasons! Babo’s Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion uses organic, plant-based ingredients and is gluten free, soy-free, dairy-free, and vegan! This is the ultimate hypoallergenic sunscreen. It's non-nano zinc properties make this a powerful and effective non-toxic sun protectant and a solid choice for the whole family. As an added bonus, it is a clear zinc lotion, meaning it goes on clear! This makes it a perfect sunscreen to add into your daily skin-care or morning make-up routine because you won't have to worry about any white film left behind. It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes making it another great choice for water lovers and is free of added scents for anyone with extra sensitive skin.
Beauty By Earth Face and Body Sunscreen Kit
Who doesn't love a combo kit? The Beauty by Earth Sunscreen Kit is a face and body combo that we love. It comes with a facial sunscreen, SPF 20 and body sunscreen, SPF 25. Beauty by Earth products use a mineral non-nano zinc oxide base and are free of parabens, oxybenzone, nano-particles, chemical fragrances, phalates, retinyl palmitate, Paba. WIN for avoiding all of the toxins and chemicals out there. Not only is it safe for you, but it is also vegan and cruelty-free, making it a safe, eco-friendly product! The Beauty by Earth facial sunscreen is a favorite because it is a natural sunscreen that can double as a facial moisturizer. It uses organic, vegan oils and butters to provide you with a extra moisturizing, natural protectant. And not only does it moisturize, but the sunscreen formula also uses natural ingredients like aloe vera, green tea and cucumber to naturally sooth damaged skin.
Manda Organic Suncream
This is our go-to sunblock this summer. Every ingredient on the list is something we know and do eat! Manda has a mission to provide suncream that is organic, protects you from the sun but will not poison you or your family. The products Reef safe so they are environmentally friendly. They perform well as they are designed for surfers. This brand is sustainable, environmentally friendly, non toxic and performs! My nephew even let me apply it to his face this weekend without a fuss!