Sustainability-focused Sun Protection Picks
If you’re going to opt for something clean and nontoxic, your SPF is the perfect place to start. Mineral (physical) sunscreens not only soothe skin – chemical sunscreens contain some of the most irritating chemicals in skincare products – but they also exclude ingredients known to damage coral reefs. So make sure you switch over from those harsh chemical sunscreen formulas today!
In May, Hawaii made a momentous move to protect their reefs from bleaching by outlawing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Unfortunately, the coral of both Hawaii’s coastline and Caribbean Sea have endured immense damage that is believed to be caused by an estimated 14,000 tons of sunscreen polluting our oceans each year. With this new bill in place, Hawaiian government officials are dedicated to preserving oceanic life for future generations.
You can rest assured that all the sun protection shown below is free of oxybenzone and octinoxate, along with any other chemical sunscreen ingredients. Moreover, particles which are larger than nano-sized are assumed to be more eco-friendly for marine life like coral reefs – however, there aren’t any FDA regulations involving particle size so we must just trust each company’s statement regarding nanoparticles.
Whether you’re at the beach or visiting your local farmers’ market, these five items will cover all your summer needs!
Ultimate Beach-Ready Protection
Taos AER Taos AER SPF 30 – Protect your skin from the sun’s dangerous UV rays with nature-derived plants and minerals. This featherweight mineral sunscreen is formulated with 20% non-nano zinc oxide, a trustworthy and proven natural sunscreen that has been tested around the world.
Solara Suncare Time Traveler Ageless Daily Face Sunscreen – This SPF 30 face moisturizer, fortified with powerful minerals and active ingredients immediately absorbs into the skin for a smooth finish. It instantly plumps fine lines while providing your skin an effective shield from sun damage. Wear it on its own or under makeup—no unsightly residue!
Whether you wear makeup or not, this product will create a shimmering and ethereal glow.
Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 Tinted – This color-adjusting formula is tailored for all skin types, helping enhance a more even complexion. Whether you wear it solo or as an undercoat before applying makeup, this product ensures to give your skin the silky texture and luminous glow that you deserve.
Delight in the hydration and protection this product offers, whether you’re wearing makeup or going au naturel.
100%Pure Tomato Lycopene SPF 20 Moisturizer – This lightweight SPF 20 moisturizer not only nourishes your skin, but it also offers protection from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays with lycopene—a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes.
For those sudden, extra-sunny lunches on the terrace or any other unexpected moments in need of quick sun protection, make sure to keep this handy and close by.
Vichy Capital Soleil Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 – Provide your skin with a protective shield against UVA/UVB radiation and harmful radicals with this lightweight, sheer sunscreen. It quickly absorbs into the skin for long-lasting waterproof protection that helps prevent premature aging of the skin.
Protection on Cloudy Days
If you plan on spending the bulk of your day in a cubicle (or even out in nature), then this is precisely what you need.
SkinCeuticals Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50 – Protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun with SkinCeuticals Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50. It provides reliable defense without causing any irritation or discomfort to your complexion.