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Wearing sunscreen is a great preventative measure against skin issues like sunburn, premature aging, wrinkles, and sun spots, and more serious threats like skin cancer. But choosing the right kind of sunscreen is crucial. As with some foods, choosing sunscreen that’s natural and organic can be pretty beneficial. But it’s important to know the difference between those to seemingly similar terms, and what makes organic sunscreen different from natural sunscreen.
“Natural” effectively means nothing, as there is no regulation for it and anyone can slap the term on their packaging. But in order to promote something as “organic,” brands must follow a strictly regulated product and labeling set of requirements. So as you’re perusing through the sunscreen aisle, seeing “organic” on the packaging will indicate that you’re getting the highest quality ingredients.
9 of the Best Organic Sunscreen Choices
Why choose organic when it comes to your skin protection? Organic sunscreens are free of chemicals like oxybenzone that may aggravate your skin, potentially disrupt your body’s hormones, and harm marine life. Instead, organic options use physical blockers like zinc and titanium dioxide, which are less likely to irritate the skin! Here are some of our favorite organic — and truly natural — sunscreens for you to try.
1. Everywhere Body Stick (100% Pure)
This SPF 30 broad spectrum body stick is super convenient and goes on even more smoothly than many sunscreen lotions. Made with argan, castor, and avocado oils, 100% Pure sunscreens are safe and gentle for all skin types and won’t clog your pores. And this stick is great for travel — just throw it in your bag and go! No need to worry about any lotion squirting out.
2. Pot of Shade: Heliotropic (Kypris)
This SPF 30 organic sunscreen is made with wildcrafted and natural ingredients like sea algae and tamanu for supple skin that glows. With a non-greasy formula, Kypris is one of the best natural sunscreens for your face since it easily absorbs into the skin and doesn’t leave behind any unwanted white residue.
3. Kiss My Face Kids Mineral Organic Sunscreen (Amazon)
Kiss My Face Kids Sunscreen is a top rated organic baby sunscreens of EWG (Environmental Working Group). It’s made with organic beeswax, sunflower, and sesame oil for optimal, yet gentle, hydration. You won’t find any synthetic fragrances, oxybenzone, parabens, phthalates, or other chemicals here, so you can feel good about protecting your little ones from toxins and sunburns!
4. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer (Amazon)
For those who like to wear makeup, reapplying face sunscreen throughout the day can be a bit tricky. That’s where this SPF 30 tinted moisturizer comes in handy. As a 4-in-1 BB cream, Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer Sunscreen blends antioxidant-rich apple, grape and aloe juices together with zinc to protect, hydrate, and even out your skin for a subtle glow and smooth complexion.
5. Nurture My Body Organic Vegan Sun Protection (Amazon)
Free of added fragrances, parabens, chemicals, gluten, and nuts this eco-friendly, vegan, and non-comedogenic natural sunscreen is the holy grail for customers with easily irritated skin. It’s made with just a few ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter, so Nurture My Body is even gentle enough for baby skin.
6. EIR NYC All Natural Surf Mud Pro Stick (Amazon)
Inspired by the traditional Mayan chocolate mask, this reef-safe and water- and sweat-resistant organic sunscreen stick contains cocoa powder and cocoa butter for added hydration. Plus, it has a super easy glide-on application and is small enough to take anywhere. And who wouldn’t want to smell like a chocolate sundae while fighting UV rays?
7. Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist (Beautycounter)
This chemical-free, mineral-based sunscreen uses non-nano zinc oxide to ensure that neither you nor the reefs will ingest any harmful particles. Beautycounter sunscreens also never use octinoxate or oxybenzone, which are the two ingredients known to bleach, damage, and deform our precious coral reefs. And with has a spray on application, it’s much easier to get all those hard to reach spots.
8. SanRe Organic Skinfood Sparkling Aloe Day Cream (Amazon)
An antiseptic moisturizer, this is a good sunscreen choice for those with oily, combination, or acne-prone skin. It contains healing ingredients like aloe, tea tree, and hazelnut oil, as well as both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for a great sun protectant that’ll keep sebaceous activity at bay.
9. SPF 50+ Water Resistant Zinc Sunscreen Butter (Amazon)
This SPF 50+ sunscreen from All Good does it all, and it does it good (see what we did there?). It’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, reef-safe, NSF Certified Organic, contains hydrating ingredients like organic jojoba oil and organic coconut oil, and the added beeswax makes for a a nice skin salve. Plus, the small tin packaging makes it convenient to stash in a pocket or purse. An all-around sunscreen win!