Now, more than ever, is a great time to try out organic and natural sunscreen products on the market. They can be often be found in beauty shops, local health food stores, and the Whole Foods Market, as well as other participating convenient stores and vitamin shops – such as GNC, Wal-Mart, Target, CVS/Pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. However, such organic and natural products don’t come cheap, so websites – such as Vitacost, Puritan, and evitamins – seem to be a more viable means to obtaining these essential products.
For the best sun protection, you want to check the ingredients listings for a zinc oxide content over 10%. This mineral compound is known for deflecting light – including UVA/UVB rays from the sun – and is approved by the FDA for covering a broad spectrum of ultraviolet rays that can damage skin cells and lead to the dangers of skin cancer. Mixed with other natural ingredients – such as aloe vera, shea butter, and antioxidants (such as green tea, echinacea, and vitamin e oil) – zinc oxide can effectively protect the skin from the utmost dangers of UVA/UVB exposure, harsh weather conditions, and pollutants and free radicals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has reported the following organic and natural sunscreen products to absolutely safe (and vegan-friendly), as well as some of the best sunscreens to try due to their zinc oxide content and healthful benefits from naturally-derived, untainted ingredients.
Here are a few of the best sunscreens available:
Lavanila Laboratories Lavanila The Healthy SunScreen SPF 30 Body Cream
($38 for 4 oz. – Sephora)
This relatively new product not only smells heavenly, but is high on EWG’s list of “EXCELLENT” sunscreens. The Healthy SunScreen SPF 30 Body Cream has a 20% dose of zinc oxide to help block both UVA/UVB rays, as well as a high amount of aloe vera juice to help the skin stay supple and moisturized.
Devita Solar Protection Moisturizer SPF 30+
($17.32 for 2.5 oz. – Vitacost.com)
High levels of zinc oxide provide maximum protection from the sun, as well as super hydration from coconut oil, while aloe vera gel, vitamin e oil, and hyaluronic acid offers skin rejuvenation and protection from free radicals.
Soleo Organics All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+
($19.99 for 2.6 oz. – CVS/Pharmacy)
Chockfull of moisturizing and antioxidant protection from cupuacu, green tea, and safflower oil, this sunscreen has a high zinc oxide content of 22.3%, ensuring protection from abrasive weather conditions. Great for people who are active outdoors and stay in the sun for long hours – such as athletes, runners/walkers, gardeners, and construction workers.
Badger (Unscented) Sunscreen SPF 30+
($13.60 for 2.9 oz. – Vitacost.com)
Best for sensitive skin (and can play double duty as a facial moisturizer), Badger (Unscented) Sunscreen SPF 30+ derives its moisturizing properties from shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba oil, while 18.75% of zinc oxide provides ample UVA/UVB protection.
Kabana Skin Care Green Screen Organic Sunscreen Fragrance Free SPF 20
($16.49 for 4 oz. - www.kabanaskincare.com)
One of the highest zinc oxide contents (25%) of all the organic and natural sunscreen brands, this is super-effective, super-absorbent, and has one of thee best sun protection formulas created today. Safe for use on children over age 6, and provides 95% broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Yes!
(DISCLAIMER: As a precautious measure, if you are allergy-prone, be sure to consult a physician before trying any of the recommended products that may contain allergens, and please read the ingredients list before using such products.)