Spring break is on its way again, and soon we’ll be back out in the summer sun. I know I’m looking forward to lots of lazy lake and sea shore days, but there’s plenty of sunshine at all times of the year. Just think of how bright it gets when the sun shines on snow. And while sun is really great for our attitude during those bleaker winter months, and gray rainy springs, it’s still really important to take proper precautions and protect yourself from over-exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. If you’re like me, you live to play outside, which means you’re going to be exposed to more harmful ultraviolet light (UV). It’s important to protect your eyes as well as your skin, so high quality sunglasses are a must. Broad brimmed summer hats also go a long way toward protecting your face, ears and neck from the sun. Whether you’re getting lots of UV rays from your vacation getaway or from artificial sources like tanning beds, you need to make sure you’re getting adequate SPF. The Center for Disease Control recommends a minimum 15 SPF broad spectrum sunscreen, while the American Cancer Society says 30 SPF is your best bet. Either way, you need sunscreen, especially if you’ve got fair skin, freckles and blue or green eyes. All those factors make you more susceptible to sunburn, and they increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Affirmats recommends using natural and organic sunscreens to protect yourself and your family. First off, they’re better for your skin, and second, they’re better for the planet. If you have kids, you want to make sure that the suntan lotions and sunscreens you choose are safe your little ones. The bottom line for everyone, whether you’re at high risk of sunburn or not, is to minimize the dangers of UV exposure by wearing the best sunscreen you can find. And remember, if you plan to be out in the sun, UV rays are the strongest between 10am and 4pm. If you’ve ever wondered why you really need to pay attention to sun protection, here’s a good primer:
Here are Affirmats recommendations for Natural Sunscreens that you can wear throughout the year.
1. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer
Water-resistant and chemical-free, Juice Beauty’s sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection for the ultimate sun and sport fun. Made especially for an active outdoor lifestyle, the SPF 30 Sport Moisturizer blends rich organic jojoba and soothing aloe with antioxidants and vitamins for the ultimate in protection. It features non-nano natural mineral zinc sunscreen, along with organic cocount for extra-rich moisturizing. Vitamins C and E feed the skin with essential vitamins. It blends and absorbs quickly, with no nasty white residue, making it great for your whole family. Juice Beauty offers an oil-free version of its SPF 30 moisturizer as well.
2. Hampton Sun SPF 30 Lotion
Hampton Sun was created to offer a prestige option for a safe and enjoyable sunbathing experience. Indulge your skin with luxurious walnut and jojoba oils, which give skin a deep, sun-kissed glow. Your skin will be moisturized and rejuvenated with aloe vera extracts. This lotion absorbs quickly and is perfect for all skin types. Packed with powerful anti-oxidants to help reduce premature signs of aging while combating the sun’s harmful rays, Hampton Sun’s SPF 30 Lotion is a naturally light and nourishing formula that improves the health of your skin while offering anti-aging benefits at the same time. If you’re looking for the ultimate in UV protection, you might want Hampton Sun’s SPF 55 Continuous Mist Sunscreen.
3. COOLA – Sport SPF 30 Unscented Sunscreen Spray
Hooray for spray and fun in the sun. Spritz yourself with sunscreen on the go with Coola’s clear, natural, and unscented continuous spray. Infused with anti-aging antioxidants, this spray is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. And it has no nano-sized particles. Offering broad spectrum SPF 30 protection, this spray will also nourish, repair and hydrate skin with 97% certified organic inactive ingredients like aloe, cucumber, and algae. It also features strawberry extracts and red raspberry seed oil, a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory, that’s rich in omega-3 and 6. Don’t want to spray your face? For a cooling sensation, why not try Coola’s SPF 30 Cucumber Face Moisturizing Sunscreen? If you’d rather skip the perfume when you’re playing at the beach or golf course, Coola also offers a yummy smelling spray on sunscreen in Pina Colada scent as well as one with Citrus Mimosa fragrance. Let the party start.
4. LureLux Organic Sunscreen
LureLux organic sunscreen is the only sunscreen on the market that provides essential Vitamin D nutrients. Developed with quality protection in mind, this sunscreen is moisturizing, yet non-greasy. It absorbs quickly and contains 25 SPF to protect you from up to 94 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Safe for your entire family, for reefs and the aquatic environment, LureLux sunscreen is completely biodegradable, containing Zinc Oxide as its sole active ingredient, with no harmful Titanium Dioxide.
5. Block Island Organics Natural Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen
Awarded a 2016 Best Beach & Sport Sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), this natural sunscreen is an ultra lightweight, zinc only, non-nano product. The natural mineral formula instantly absorbs, and it’s great for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s safe and gentle for babies, kids, teens and adults. Zinc is the safest and best physical sunblock filter as it provides the broadest ultra violet (UV) protection. This mineral sunscreen is rich in antioxidants and made with organic and natural ingredients like aloe, shea butter, green tea, coconut oil and jojoba seed oil. As a result, it offers anti-aging benefits, while it decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun. Keeping your health in mind, Block Island products never use parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, dyes or artificial fragrances. This organic sunscreen is nano-particle free, gluten free (in case of allergies) and vegan. It’s also cruelty free and never tested on animals. Block Island also makes highly rated moisturizer, facial cleanser and night cream using the same organic philosophy as their sunscreen.
6. Kiss My Face SPF 50 Sunscreen Cool Sport Spray
Grab the Kiss My Face Cool Sport SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen and use its air powered spray bottle to quickly and easily cover your entire body with fast-drying sunscreen lotion. Kiss My Face crafted their organic sunscreen out of antioxidant defenders including chamomile and vitamins C and E. It also features aloe and cucumber to keep your body cool. It’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes of play before you need to respray, and the powerful 50 SPF blocks nearly 97% of the sun’s most harmuful UV rays. The natural coconut fragrance is a bonus because it smells deliciously beachy. Kiss My Face also offers a 50 SPF sunscreen spray just for kids. For those extra sensitive places like your cheeks, nose and lips, try the Kiss My Face Hot Spot Stick.
7. Babo Botanicals SPF 40 Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen
Fragrance free, Babo Botanicals SPF 40 daily sheer organic sunscreen is a soothing and lightweight formula with natural broad spectrum protection from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Its gentle formulation is perfect for your face, but it’s also great for babies, children or anyone with extra sensitive skin. With 100 percent mineral active ingredients, it is kind to your complexion and kind to the earth. The SPF 40 is great for those who want extra sun protection, especially for their face, to avoid premature aging. Babo Botanicals also offers an organic sunscreen Sports Stick that’s perfect for your pocket or purse. If you’re looking for slightly lower SPF, Babo Botanicals also offers their organic sunscreen in SPF 30.
8. Badger Baby Sunscreen Cream
Badger’s SPF30 Baby Sunscreen Cream is a great way to protect you and your little ones from over-exposure to the sun. This organic sunscreen cream contains non-nano Zinc Oxide to protect from both UVA and UVB rays, in a base of safe, soothing USDA certified organic ingredients. It is water and sweat resistant for 40 minutes, biodegradable, and works immediately upon application. Badger sunscreens have been recommended by the Environmental Working Group, Consumer Reports, the TODAY show, SAFBaby.com and numerous other sources. Packaged in a BPA and Phthalate-free, recyclable #2 plastic tube, even the packaging is earth friendly. Badger’s organic sunscreen cream has the mild scent of chamomile and calendula, and can be used by the whole family, plus it’s pediatrician tested and approved safe for babies and kids. Badger Balm organic sunscreen also comes in a relaxing Lavender scent. For persnickety kids who don’t like getting lotion on their face, try the Badger Balm Kids Face Stick with a yummy tangerine and vanilla scent.
9. André Lorent Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen
To call this just “sunscreen” doesn’t give you the full picture. Fragrance free and non-greasy, André Lorent’s organic sunscreen feels really great on your skin. This proprietary formulation is dermatologist tested and approved. The daily rehydrating sunscreen is made for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It’s safe to use for anyone six months or older. It penetrates your skin without leaving a white or sticky residue. With daily application, your skin is simultaneously protected and hydrated. At the same time, using it helps combat those nasty free radicals with cutting edge sunscreen technology.
10. Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Fragrance Free Mineral Sunscreen
Minerals are your skin’s best friend – especially when it comes to sun protection. Alba’s lightweight, easy-to apply mineral sunscreen protects your skin with broad spectrum reflective barriers and nothing nano. Alba’s sunscreen is very water resistant (up to 80 minutes) meaning you can play longer with no reapplication. The organic mineral sunscreen provides a protective barrier while aloe vera, green tea and chamomile soothe and repair sensitive skin. Very Emollient organic sunscreen is biodegradable, reef-safe, and gluten-free. Since 1979, Alba Botanica has offered 100% vegetarian personal care products that are good for you, your friends and the planet. Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient line of products also includes body lotion, as well as Very Emollient bath and shower gel.