What to Look for in a Good Natural Sunscreen

If you’re looking to make the switch to natural sunscreen, we have you covered.

It’s no secret that sunscreen is the most useful tool for preventing skin cancer, premature aging and sun damage. Natural sunscreen offers the same benefits of conventional sunscreens, but with different active ingredients. Here’s what to look for in one that will keep your skin happy.

Nourishes Skin

Contains moisturizing coconut and castor oil. Thinkbaby

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Some natural sunscreens do double duty—nourishing or soothing your skin while protecting it from harmful sun rays. Look for jojoba oil, coconut oil, castor oil and shea butter for moisture and antioxidant soothers like aloe and vitamin C.

Hypoallergenic & Ocean-Safe

Coconut scented; formulated without ingredients suspected of harming marine life. Sun Bum

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Some products in conventional sunscreen have been linked to coral reef deterioration and other harmful effects on aquatic life. Choosing a sunscreen with reef friendly ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide means you aren’t just protecting your skin, you’re protecting ocean life, too.

Easy Application

No phthalates, parabens, nanoparticles or reef-harming ingredients. Babyganics

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Maintaining optimal protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays typically means you have to reapply at least every two hours. This can be hard on sensitive skin, so look for a lotion that provides irritant-free coverage and be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for reapplication.