The Importance of Sunscreen
According to Akshay Talati, Product Development expert, obstacles can often lead us towards innovation. This has certainly been the case in the realm of mineral sunscreens which are only created with zinc or titanium dioxide to physically block UVA and UVB rays by resting directly on top of your skin. And now they’re easier than ever before to apply flawlessly!
While chemical sunscreens can provide a convenient solution since they easily blend into one’s skin, the reality is that these products contain some of the most irritating chemicals available in beauty products: endocrine disruptors and even substances which make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation. It wasn’t always like this; however, times are changing and increasingly people prefer natural options for sunscreen.
Clean beauty has taken a revolutionary step forward with the advances of modern technology. From small and uniform particles to enhanced coating tech for improved transparency, to SPF boosters that offer greater efficacy—all these components have made clean beauty formulations much easier to create. Talati states “Formulating elegant, all-mineral-based broad spectrum sunscreens that are SPF 30+ without leaving any white cast on any skin tone while remaining non sticky or shiny used be difficult but now creating such products is simple”
After careful deliberation, we curated eight stories that felt most extravagant and glided on like a breeze. To provide you with better insight into why these were selected, let us share more details about each of them.
Why We Steer Clear of Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens contain a potent blend of components like oxybenzone, octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate), homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene and avobenzone that are unfortunately not safe for our health. These chemicals can act as endocrine disruptors which can be even more harmful in small doses since they imitate the hormones produced by our bodies every day.
This is especially worrying when it comes to children or those whose systems are still growing rapidly due to their age.
Finding the Ideal Sunscreen: What You Need to Know
Active Ingredients: If you are looking for a mineral sunscreen, be sure to check the label for zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Be cautious of products labeled “mineral-based”; those often contain both chemical and mineral ingredients.
Water Resistence: When looking for a sunscreen, make sure to look for the words “water-resistant” on the label. This means that it has gone through an intensive 40 or 80 minute test and won’t easily wash or sweat off. However, keep in mind not all sunscreens found in our goop shop are water-resistant so do your research before purchasing!
Broad-Spectrum: This is critical, since these sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All of the items below are broad-spectrum for maximum worry-free protection from the sun’s harmful radiation.
Be sure to check that the formula of any skin care product containing minerals is free from hazardous ingredients like phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, and anything ending in “-paraben.”
8 Cleanest Sunscreens
Suntegrity Unscented Body Sunscreen SPF 30 – for body
Not only does it shield your skin from dangerous UV rays but also moisturizes and heals without any residue or chalkiness. It boasts broad-spectrum protection with 20% non-nano uncoated zinc oxide, while avoiding harsh chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol etcetera so you can trust that this mineral sunscreen is safe to apply on a daily basis. And best of all – no greasiness!
So if you’re looking for environmentally friendly yet highly effective sun defense then look no further than Suntegrity’s SPF30 Mineral Sunscreen!
Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF – for face and body
Paula’s Choice Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 will help protect your complexion from the sun and shield it against UV rays and free radicals. It has a light, silky finish that provides a matte look under makeup. This sweat-resistant and water-resistant sunscreen is perfect for athletes or anyone engaging in outdoor activities! Keep yourself safe while looking youthful with Paula’s Choice Non Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50!
For lightweight, fragrance-free sun protection that won’t clog your pores and is gentle on sensitive skin conditions, look no further than EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41 Sunscreen. Not only does it protect you from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays but its light tinting also enhances radiance for a natural glow. Use it as a base under makeup to provide an added layer of defense against damaging UV rays.
100% Pure Yerba Mate Mist SPF 30 – for face and body
Get all-over, mess-free protection with our ultra lightweight and broad spectrum SPF 30 mist. Not only is it water resistant and coral reef safe, but this vegan sunscreen also contains Yerba mate tea leaf extract to provide your skin with powerful antioxidants that help protect against the environment’s pollutants. Plus, the mattifying formula sprays on evenly for full coverage!
100% Pure’s Green Tea SPF 30 – for face
This dual-purpose green tea sunscreen lotion offers your skin SPF 30 protection from the sun’s dangerous UV rays, as well as nourishment and hydration for a refreshed feel. Made with natural mineral zinc oxide, green tea extract that is rich in antioxidants plus vitamin E to help protect against aging – all blended into an aloe vera base infused with cucumber juice and oils of raspberry, avocado, olive and rosehip to moisturize your skin without feeling greasy or uncomfortable. Enjoy worry-free coverage throughout the day!
SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 is a perfect daily sunscreen for your face. Formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, this 100% physical sunscreen provides superior broad-spectrum protection even in the hottest temperatures without making you look greasy or shiny. This oil-absorbing formula delivers an ultra matte finish that lasts all day long.
Soleil Toujours Clean Conscious Antioxidant Sunscreen Mist SPF 50 – for face and body
Keep your skin healthy, hydrated and protected with Soleil Toujours Clean Conscious Antioxidant Sunscreen Mist SPF 50! This lightweight, non-greasy 70%+ organic formula is free from oxybenzone or octinoxate while still providing broad spectrum protection. Plus the fast-drying finish ensures a smooth application that nourishes and hydrates for long lasting coverage.
Suntegrity Impeccable Skin SPF 30 – for face
Keep your skin looking beautiful, protected and youthful with this all-in-one medium coverage formula. This vitamin and peptide packed technology helps minimize the visibility of aging signs while Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and blue light protection shield against potential future harm. Free from oils or silicones, you’ll appreciate a smooth, radiant look that lasts.