Fact: Many sunscreens claim to be organic and all-natural, but they can still contain harmful ingredients that are horrible for your health and the environment. Thankfully, research organization Environmental Working Group has narrowed down the best *beneficial* sunscreens out there in the market, breaking down their ingredients for toxin levels and UVA protection. Here, their best recommended sunscreen products.
This mineral-based formula is a multi-purpose "wonderblock" that addresses several problem areas at once—the formula was designed to help skin that's prone to acne and rosacea. If you have oily skin, avoid a slick finish by wiping off any excess shine.
MDSolar Sciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SP50 UVA Sunscreen, $30; sephora.com.
MyChelle's Sun Shield comes packed with soothing aloe and Vitamin E, so it's made for easing unexpected burns when you need an extra layer midday.
MyChelle Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28, $20; lovelyskin.com.
With a creamy finish and a zinc base, a little of this sunblock goes a looong way. Dab a quarter-sized amount into your hand and rub the lotion into your skin until the whiteness disappears. It's guaranteed to last a while if you apply before taking a dip.
Sunology Natural Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $15; amazon.com.
The ingredients in this Andre Lorent sunscreen form a special hydrating cocktail of vitamins and seaweed extract—the formula is actually so light and replenishing that you can use it as your daily moisturizer. Plus, it comes with an extra boost of anti-aging properties to prevent wrinkles from sun damage.
Andre Lorent Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen SPF 30+, $25; amazon.com.
If it's good enough for a baby, it's safe for you, too. This kid-approved sunblock has hypoallergenic qualities for super-sensitive skin and it's tear free, unlike most sunscreens that cause a chili-pepper sting when they come into contact with your eyes.
Babyganics Mineral-Based Sunscreen SPF 50, $10; target.com.
Alba products rock—they're all-natural and feel super light. The brand's sport sunblock is designed with outdoor adventures in mind: It's long-lasting, biodegradable, and it's not tested on animals.
Alba Very Emollient Sunscreen Sport SPF 45, $11; vitaminshoppe.com.
Badger Sport's sunblock only contains five ingredients: olive oil, cacao seed butter, shea butter, beeswax, and sunflower oil. Since it's mineral-based, it'll sit on your skin unless you use a little bit at a time and rub vigorously to avoid any white residue.
Badger Sport Unscented Sunscreen SPF 35, $14; vitacost.com.
This sunscreen's as healthy for your skin as it is for the environment. The natural ingredients are reef-safe and won't harm marine wildlife when they wash into water.
Beauty By Earth Mineral-Based Facial Sunscreen SPF 25, $16; beautybyearth.com.
This Thinkbaby sunscreen is the first to win an award from Whole Foods for its healthy ingredients. It rubs in smoothly on skin, and won't leave you with an oily finish.
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+, $9; amazon.com.
Lurelux's organic formula is enhanced by an extra dose of Vitamin D: perfect for sun-deprived city dwellers. This one's super moisturizing and can double as a base under your foundation when you need some extra sun coverage.
Lurelux Organic Sunscreen SPF 25, $20; amazon.com.