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Through my transition of going all-natural, sunscreen was one of the first things I was quick to give up when I finally learned that it’s full of sh*t. Unlike my lucky Peruvian boyfriend with olive skin that never burns, I’m white as a Polish ghost. While he can bake in the 1pm sun, I’m burning right next to him. I need sunscreen, but I need natural sunscreen.
What exactly is sunburn? It’s your skin’s response to the UV exposure. The redness comes from dilating blood vessels, then losing the moisture and hydration in your skin.
You need sunscreen.
Also, I’d love to bring up a really important topic with typical commercial brand sunscreens that people seem to overlook. All of those nasty chemicals in your sunscreen are awful for marine life! If you have a care in the world for nature and animals, then stop using your commercial brand sunscreen! Tip: Always look for sunscreen brand products that say “reef safe”.
Have you already tried natural sunscreen and didn’t like it or it didn’t work? You’re probably best to not blame it on the natural sunscreen if you didn’t apply basic sunscreen rules: apply 30 minutes before sun and water exposure, reapply after every 80 minutes, etc.
With that and your typical store-bought sunscreen said, let me introduce you to: my favorite natural/mineral sunscreen products and natural oils that have an SPF all without chemicals and unnecessary additives.
My Favorite Natural/Mineral Sunscreen Products
This is my favorite one! With zinc oxide being the main active ingredient, it also is full of soothing and beneficial ingredients like aloe vera juice, coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, pomegranate, cucumber, calendula, vanilla, Japanese green leaf, and vitamin E. This smells amazing and has the same consistency as your typical lotion! It’s a thicker formula making it a little more time-consuming to rub in, but I much prefer that over slathering chemicals on myself.
I love this one when I’m too lazy to apply lotion and just want an easy spray. Like the Beauty by Earth product above, the thicker consistency makes it more difficult to rub in and spread (this is where I think this issue is inevitable with mineral sunscreens). This is hands-down a great alternative for sunscreen, however, there are still some questionable [yet still mineral] ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide (a mineral, but when sprayed and inhaled, it could possibly be carcinogenic)*.
Yes, of course I use baby sunscreen for myself! The ingredients in baby products tend to always be more gentle on the skin which is a huge thumbs-up for me. The base of this lotion is zinc oxide, and is loaded with great ingredients like chamomile, calendula, and seabuckthorn.
If you’re the type of person who likes a quick spray and no rubbing in, I got you! This sunscreen is sheer AND has not one bit of a harmful ingredient. This one is ideal for ease and filled with more unique ingredients derived from flowers.
Sunscreen Brands To Definitely Avoid
Alba Botanica, Aveeno, Banana Boat, Coppertone, CVS Brand, Neutrogena, Panama Jack, Sun Bum (non-baby), Supergoop!
Do you feel a sunscreen brand needs to be on one of these lists or I should try out a sunscreen product? Let me know!
Oils With Natural SPF
I’m not going to lie when I say that natural/mineral sunscreens are expensive! I got you here, too! Consequently, I’ve listed some oils below that have a natural SPF so you can make your own sunscreen, free of chemicals and harsh ingredients. Tip: The SPF depends on the quality of the oil.
- Coconut Oil SPF 2-8
- Jojoba Oil SPF 4
- Olive Oil SPF 2-8
- Shea Butter SPF 3-6
- Macadamia Oil SPF 6
- Avocado Oil SPF 4-15
- Almond Oil SPF 5
- Zinc Oxide SPF 15-20
- Red Raspberry Seed Oil SPF 28-50
- Carrot Seed Oil SPF 38-40
- Wheatgerm Oil SPF 20
Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts as always! xo