What to Look for in a Good Natural Sunscreen

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

Grandma putting sunscreen on grandson's face.
Protect the ones you love—including yourself!Unsplash

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.

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ (3 Ounce) (2 Pack)
Contains moisturizing coconut and castor oil.Thinkbaby

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.

Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion | Vegan and Reef Friendly (Octinoxate & Oxybenzone Free) Broad Spectrum Moisturizing UVA/UVB Sunscreen with Vitamin E | 8 oz
Coconut scented; formulated without ingredients suspected of harming marine life.Sun Bum

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.

Babyganics Kids Sunscreen Continuous Spray 50 SPF, 6oz, 2 Pack, Packaging May Vary
No phthalates, parabens, nanoparticles or reef-harming ingredients.Babyganics

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.

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