5 Natural, Vegan Sunscreens for Summer

With summer right around the corner, excitement mounts at the idea of soaking up some rays on the beach or enjoying the extra hours of sunlight at a family picnic. But in the quest to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, we often overlook the dangers of active ingredients in commercial sunscreens. A Center of Disease Control study found that “97% of Americans are contaminated with a widely-used sunscreen ingredient called oxybenzone that has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage.” According to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group, this is because “sunlight causes oxybenzone to form free radical chemicals that may be linked to cell damage.” Oxybenzone, which is widely used, was also linked to low birth weights in baby girls whose mothers were exposed during pregnancy. Another active ingredient, octinoxate, ehas been linked to contact dermatitis, acne, and rashes from allergic reactions.

But there are many options to keep your skin protected and healthy this summer. Companies have created alternative sunscreen options that are made with natural or non-toxic active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, forgoing harmful man-made chemicals that leave our skin vulnerable to a slew of allergic reactions and additional health risks.

Here are 5 amazing sunscreens that will leave you worry-free this summer!

1. Goddess Garden leads the way in natural and organic sunscreens, with their Baby Natural Sunscreen earning the title of number one sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group in 2011. The Natural Sunscreen has an SPF30 and is 92% organic, the highest in the market. The 3.5-ounce tube is priced at  $14.99.

2. JĀSÖN makes a line of natural sunscreen with shea butter and green tea extracts. Their broad-spectrum family variety is SPF45, tear-free, and water-resistant and just $9.87 for the 4-ounce tube.

3. Green Screen Organic SPF20 Sunscreen by Kabana Organic Skincare is chemical, gluten, and corn-free. Their eco-friendly packaging is 100% recycled and the product itself is biodegradable, making is reef and environmentally friendly. Green Screen comes in 1, 4, and 8-ounce sizes priced at $5.99, $16.49, and $30.95 respectively.

4. LAVANILA strives for luxurious skincare free of petrochemicals, synthetics dyes, and parabens. Their The Healthy Sunscreen SPF30 Body Cream is infused with shea butter, green tea extract, and cooling cucumber. The 4-ounce tube is priced at $38.

5. Moisturize and protect your skin with Sunology SPF50 Body Sunscreen. Their unique formula contains antioxidants and omega oils that fight free radicals and degradation that keeps your skin youthful under the sun’s harmful rays. The product retails at $14.99 for a 3-ounce tube, a markdown from the original price of $19.99.

All these companies offer a variety of products, from baby to sport and facial sunscreens. Check them out and find the one that works for your lifestyle!

BONUS: make your own vegan sesame sunscreen with this recipe from Gorgeously Green!