Not a fan of traditional chemicals? We’ve got you covered.
First thing’s first: Terms like “natural” and “organic” are not regulated by the FDA, which means that big ol’ “natural” stamp on your sunscreen label is pretty much meaningless. So how do you know what’s actually natural or organic when it comes to sunscreen? You need to flip the bottle over and read the label.
But because I know you don’t have time to be scouring different ingredient lists while quickly running to the drugstore, I’ve rounded up my 12 favorite natural and organic sunscreens that really, truly are what they say they are. They are all chemical-free, mineral-based formulas (so they use zinc and/or titanium dioxide to protect your skin), and made with good-for-you plant-based ingredients too. Find your new formula, below, and get slathering.
Coola Mineral Sun Silk Crème SPF 30
I use a ton of organic skincare, so when I came across this 70 percent organic sunscreen, I had to try it. Not only does it shield skin from harmful UV rays, it protects you from damaging blue light (the rays emitted from from your phone or laptop) and pollution too. I’ve been using it for three months, and my skin has honestly never looked better.
Ren Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Sunscreen is notorious for making skin look super shiny—which might be fine on your body, but on your face? Not so much. So try this mattifying natural sunblock, which has oil-absorbing rice starch to keep shine in check all day long.
3. This natural sunscreen for workouts
With 80-minute water resistance, this natural SPF is a solid choice for all your sweaty, outdoor activities.The mineral formula relies on plant-derived ingredients, like kukui seed oil and algae extract, to keep skin hydrated, along with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect against cancer-causing UV rays.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
This cult-favorite formula is infused with raspberry seed and marula oils, which deeply moisturize your skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines over time. And since there are no synthetic silicones in this formula, your skin won’t be left with that filmy feeling—only lightweight moisture, as it should be.
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen For Body
This all-natural SPF 30 body sunscreen goes on silky smooth, just like a regular body lotion, thanks to its base of hydrating coconut oil and soothing aloe vera juice. Plus, it’s EWG-verified, vegan, and cruelty-free too.
6. This natural sunscreen mist
Fast facts: Ingredients found in traditional nonmineral sunscreens, such as octinoxate and oxybenzone, are proven to damage the ocean’s coral reef (sad!). But this sunblock relies on non-nano zinc (a molecule size that can’t be ingested by the coral) to protect both your skin and the reef when you frolic in the ocean. Think of this as Mother Earth’s #1 choice.
Badger SPF 35 Sport Sunscreen Cream
If you’re not a fan of scented formulas, Badger’s fragrance-free sunscreen is also 94 percent certified organic and made with a base of sunflower oil that’s rich in antioxidants. It’s also reef-safe, biodegradable, and water- and sweat-resistant. So basically, it does everything.
Supergoop 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 45
PSA: If you’re outside, you 100 percent need to reapply your SPF every two hours—and this natural sunscreen stick makes it insanely easy to touch up fast. Just swipe it right on your skin (it’s safe for your face and body), then toss it back in your bag. The solid formula means it’ll never leak or spill.
If you’re all about multitasking skincare products, then this tinted natural sunscreen from organic brand Juice Beauty is for you. Not only does it have SPF 30 (the minimum SPF you need on your face), but it’s also filled with hydrating ingredients like aloe juice and coconut oil, and comes in five super-sheer tints that leave your face with a wash of color.
All Good Coconut Sunstick SPF 30
So guess what: Slathering on a shiny balm or gloss can actually attract UV rays to your lips, making them extra prone to sun damage. Fun! So for days that you’re spending time outside, swap your regular lip balm for this natural one with SPF 30. It’s made with zinc and organic plant oils, so it’s totally safe for your mouth area.
Cyberderm Natural Simply Zinc Ultra Sun Whip SPF 50
This mineral SPF is certified by Ecocert (an organic certification agency), which means it’s formulated with at least 95 percent natural ingredients. And even though it’s loaded with 25 percent zinc, it’s surprisingly silky and non-chalky. I mean, Michelle Obama even uses this, so you know it’s good.