The 18 Best Natural Sunscreens of 2023

Better for the planet, safe for your skin—and won't leave you with a white cast.

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If you're here looking for a natural and organic sunscreen—nay, the best natural sunscreen—you probably already know what a "natural" sunscreen is. But as a quick refresher, sunscreen (opens in new tab) is divided into two categories: chemical sunscreen (which use various active chemicals to absorb and disperse UV rays across your skin) and natural sunscreen (which use active minerals, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to reflect rays off your skin). Both are effective in protecting your skin from sun damage, but if your skin is sensitive or you're not into chemicals, natural and organic sunscreen formulas—often described as "mineral" sunscreens—are the way to go. 

How does a natural sunscreen work?

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According to Dr. Gretchen Frieling (opens in new tab): "A physical or mineral sunscreen contains ingredients such as titanium dioxide and/or iron oxide and works by sitting on the skin surface and physically blocking UV light, either by reflecting or absorbing the light. For this reason, mineral sunscreens tend to cause less skin irritation and adverse reactions. They have less reports of allergic reactions and tend to be more tolerable.

The flip side: Natural sunscreens are notorious for leaving white casts or not blending properly. So, to save you the trouble, we rounded up the top-rated natural sunscreens that are safe and won't leave chalky casts on your skin.

Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.