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Remember those lazy teenage summers spent slathering on baby oil by the pool while singing “We Got The Beat” by The GoGos? Today’s kids know better– mainly because our generation is suffering the consequences. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. The diagnosis and treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the U.S. increased by 77 percent between 1994 and 2014, with 90% being attributed to UV radiation from the sun.
It gets even more complicated when we factor in the negative environmental impact that traditional sunscreens pose– especially on coral reefs. Non-toxic protection is key. We look for key words like “coral reef friendly” or “mineral based” or “cruelty free.” However, search results don’t always filter properly and it is TIME CONSUMING to find SPF products that are non-toxic. So SheSpark did the work for you.
SheSpark researched which products Amazon buyers like based on ratings by looking through the descriptions to be sure they were natural and safe. Here are five picks based on various types of non-toxic SPF products you may prefer.
Prices quoted were those posted on Amazon.com at the time this article was written and are subject to change. Make sure to review pricing and return policies before hitting “buy.”
Beauty By Earth Facial Sunscreen 20 SPF
$15.99 BUY IT HERE FROM AMAZON
The company is pretty darn proud of their eco-friendly, non-toxic sunscreen, and from customer ratings/reviews (over 490!), people agree. Here’s what Beauty By Earth wrote about its facial sunscreen:
“Our SPF 20 mineral sunscreen makes sure you never have to choose between safety, effectiveness, and ease of use. Because it uses non-nano minerals to protect you from the sun, it creates a barrier on top of your skin instead of sinking into it. We’ve skipped the toxic chemicals that are included in most conventional sunscreens and used only the good stuff, so you’ll never have to worry about the impact our sunblock has on your health or the environment.
Reef-safe, safe for marine life, eco park safe, cruelty free, environmentally sourced, and free of toxic chemicals…we haven’t missed a thing! So give your family the protection they deserve, and enjoy some stress-free fun in the sun. With the perfect mineral sunscreen on hand, you won’t have to worry about a thing!”
Alba Botanica Hawaiian, Coconut Spray Sunscreen SPF 50
$11.94 BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON
This all-natural spray is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes with seriously strong protection against skin damage. If you prefer a spray, this one is the way to go according to its 4-star rating and over 500 reviews. Even the product description makes you feel good:
“Embrace the day with biodegradable sunscreens that provide broad spectrum protection without oxybenzone or vitamin A. Extracts in these gluten free, botanically-based sunscreen lotions keep skin nourished and healthy-looking. Since 1979, Alba Botanica has offered 100 percent vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you, your friends and the animals and Earth you love. We make a full range of products packed with potent, botanical ingredients that are formulated to nourish the individualized needs of your skin and hair.
“Because we are committed to the health and happiness of all furry friends, we never test our products, or the ingredients that go into them, on animals. We recognize the need to be good stewards of all natural resources. So we try to do beautiful by reducing our environmental impact in everything we do as a business. With our products, the way that we make them, and how we treat others, we want to inspire and uplift women from head to soul.”
deVine Beauty Natural Lip Shimmer Flights SPF 15
$24.99 BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON
Don’t be fooled by the search results when you type in “organic SPF lip balm” because many products listed will be organic or have SPF– but not both. deVine not only had a top rating, but it met all the criteria plus comes in a four-pack of different colors. Choose from dark blends or light blends depending on your tastes. Smart and chic! Once again, the company description captured our hearts:
“I set out to create a line of all natural bath and body products that celebrate women and our love of wine. At deVine, we capture the magic of the Red Wine Grape. It’s natural moisturizing and anti-aging benefits are packed into all of our 100% natural products. Resveratrol, Grapeseed Oil and Red Wine Antioxidants promote healing while the incredible scents, colors and flavors leave you feeling silky soft and looking beautiful. deVine is proudly made in the USA and each item is hand-picked and packed from Westmont, Illinois. We believe in women, wine, and everything deVine. Give us a try…Come play with us.”
TruKid Sunny Days Daily SPF 30+ UVA/UVB Sunscreen Lotion
$17.49 BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON
TruKid’s body lotion with SPF can be applied daily and is designed to work well with sensitive skin types — even if you have eczema. If it’s good for babies, it’s gotta be good for adults, right? Here’s what TruKid’s has to say about their product:
“Don’t let eczema prone skin get in the way. A truly natural mineral sunscreen, TruBaby Eczema Daily SPF 30+ is designed for babies with eczema prone or sensitive skin. It gently moisturizes with aloe vera, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid. Perfect for all babies skin types. Our sunscreen is highly rated on EWG. It is PETA certified to be cruelty-free. The packaging is 100% recyclable PET plastic and BPA-free, so it’s good for your kids and the planet.”
Health Priority Natural Vitamin E Moisturizer + SPF 30
$30.97 and up BUY IT NOW ON AMAZON
If you prefer oils, then this natural Vitamin E oil with SPF protection may be the answer. Put this on under your moisturizer for benefits that Health Priority says include:
- Prevents aging
- Reduces wrinkles & fine lines
- Lightens dark spots and under-eye circles
- Naturally hydrates and heals damaged skin while preventing future damage
- Repairs stretch marks and acne/surgical scars
- Promotes collagen & elastin to keep skin looking young