Organic sunscreens have come a long way. Years ago you were hard pressed to find one that wasn’t a smelly paste which left a god awful white cast on your skin. Today you can find lovely safe sunscreens everywhere — at spas, better hotels, Whole Foods, online, at major department stores, even at the airport.
But here’s why you will want to use the best organic sunscreens for 2015
Two very good reasons really: First, less chemicals absorbed into your bloodstream and second, organic sunscreens deflect the sun whereas chemical ones absorb the sun’s rays.
Thanks to their active ingredient, zinc oxide, organic sunscreens block more of the sun’s rays providing what’s called physical protection. That means they have better anti-aging properties.
Using online reviews (thanks yet again, Amazon!), testing many ourselves, and getting recommendations from some of Los Angeles’s most gorgeous natural-loving skincare aficionados, we’ve compiled our favorite organic sunscreen picks for 2015.
BEAUTY BY EARTH SUNSCREEN SPF 25
This is one of our favorites, which is now available in a white packaging btw
With organic and non-toxic ingredients that is also reef safe, Eco-conscious babes love Beauty by Earth. The Texas-based company recommends using a full ounce with each application to ensure effectiveness. The formula moisturizes, can be used as a face primer, rubs in clear so you won’t look like a ghost after applying it, and the scent is pleasant.
COOLA has probably the most extensive line of organic suncare products
Certified organic, Coola’s classic Plumeria Sunscreen SPF 30 is used by many celebs and natural beauty girls who loves its delicious scent and broad spectrum sun protection. Other formulations include moisturizing sports sunscreens and the new makeup setting spray which promises to end make-up meltdown. The San Diego based brand is well known in spas around the world and sold by multiple online stores. This one goes on sheer and leaves a matte finish.
BADGER LAVENDER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30
No harsh chemicals. Check. Zinc Oxide to protect your skin from the harmful rays. Check. Lightly scented with lavender and with natural antioxidants like Seabuckthorn and Sunflower, Badger’s Broad Spectrum is a highly trusted organic sunscreen that’s received rave reviews for years. Available worldwide and online at Badger Sunscreen.
EAU THERMALE AVÈNE MINERAL ULTRA LIGHT HYDRATING SUNSCREEN
When you get compliments on the glow you get from your sunscreen, you’re going to remember to use it. Daily. The ultra lightweight SPF 50 sunscreen by Eau Thermale Avène is a hydrating formula that protects skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. The hydrating non-irritating formula is great for people with sensitive skin. If you have dark skin you may want to try another brand as some ladies with darker complexion complain of a tint this left behind; others raved.
INVISIBLE ZINC 4-HOUR WATER RESISTANT SUNSCREEN
Made from naturally sourced Zinc Oxide – a mineral reflector that creates a physical, reflective barrier on the surface of your skin, Invisible Zinc contains no chemical sun filters and gives you incredible broad spectrum protection from the sun’s rays. The light formula rubs in clear, so you won’t even know you’ve got it on. Made in Australia but you can find their products online, on Amazon and other retailers. The line includes a Sports formula (above), the Tinted Daywear, ESP Environmental Skin Protector and Facial Moisturizer SPF 30.
KORRES YOGHURT NOURISHING FLUID VEIL SUNSCREEN
One online reviewer had this to say about Korres Greek Yoghurt Fluid Face Sunscreen SPF 30:
I’m in love… this product melts into your skin invisibly and feels so nice under my makeup (not heavy or greasy). It’s perfect for all year round use.
This Greek modern apothecary uses an exemplary, eco-certified organic plant extraction process and modern technologies to develop products with select Greek flora, herbs, and even food ingredients. Korres’s much-loved, clinically-proven skincare and body products can be purchased here.
LOVING NATURALS CLEAR SUNSCREEN STICK SPF 30
This easy-to-apply sunscreen is perfect for the face or specific areas you don’t want to burn. The size makes it convenient to take on the go. Buy at Loving Naturals.
SUPERGOOP ANTIOXIDANT-INFUSED SUNSCREEN MIST
The mist makes it easy to apply but it’s the effectiveness of Supergoop’s Broad Spectrum sunscreen why it’s on our list. The anti-aging formula makes it a hit with our friends in Los Angeles, who not only like the convenience of the spray formula, they also tell me they love the non-aerosol container and pleasant smell. Find it on Amazon.
SUNTEGRITY NATURAL MOISTURIZING FACE SUNSCREEN & PRIMER, SPF 30
This one has it all!! It acts as a moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup primer all in one. The non-greasy formula gives your skin a radiant glow while antioxidants keep it youthful. Available online at Suntegrity.
When she's not studying fashion at FIT, Shelly can be found photographing architecture, street style and browsing the used art book rack at The Strand in Union Square Manhattan. She is as funny as she is creative and has a keen eye for mixing textures.