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15 Natural and Organic Sunscreens That Actually Work

Better for the planet, safe for your skin—and none will leave you with a white cast.


If you’re here looking for a natural sunscreen, you probably already know what a "natural" sunscreen is. But as a quick refresher, sunscreens are divided into two categories: chemical (which use various active chemicals to absorb and disperse UV rays across your skin) and natural (which use active minerals, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to reflect rays off your skin). Both are effective, but if your skin is sensitive or you're not into chemicals, natural and organic formulas are the way to go. And because we know you don't want to be a skin-cancer statistic (sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but one person dies of melanoma every hour), we're rounded up the very best natural formulas you'll want to slather on a dozen times a day.

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Most Gentle
Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen
MDSolarSciences sephora.com

This lightweight sunscreen is formulated with brightening vitamin C and soothing green tea extracts, making it gentle enough for even the most sensitive of skin types.

Best for Preventing Wrinkles
LureLux Organic Sunscreen
Lurelux amazon.com

Technically, all sunscreens help prevent the wrinkles caused by sun damage, but this creamy formula is also filled with vitamin D, an antioxidant that hardcore protects against fine lines and inflammation.

Best Do-It-All tint
Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
ILIA sephora.com

This soothing formula does it all: Hyaluronic acid and squalane leave your complexion hydrated and plump, the sheer tint (available in 18 shades) evens out discoloration, and the SPF 40 ensures you're protected along the way.

Best for On-the-Go
Mineral Brush Powder, Facial Pollution and Blue Light Protection
ISDIN amazon.com

You're heard it time and time again: reapplication is key to sun safety. But really, are you actually doing it? This pre-loaded powder brush makes on-the-go protection easy and has subtle mattifying effects for sweaty summer days.

Most Soothing
UmbraSheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Drunk Elephant sephora.com

A little dab of this moisturizing sunblock goes a long way, thanks to jojoba and sunflower seed oils, aloe, and grape extract. Your skin will feel lightly hydrated but never greasy or sticky. Use it on your face and neck and apply the excess on the back of your hands. 

Best for Under Makeup
Green Defense Daily Mineral Sunscreen
Farmacy sephora.com

This non-irritating, invisible cream formula from upstate New York absorbs quickly and works well under makeup. And if you have oily or combination skin, you might even skip your moisturizer step. 

Best for Sensitive Spots
Clear Zinc Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
Babo Botanicals amazon.com
$6.00 (54% off)

Formulated with babies and kids in mind, this scent-free clear zinc stick offers supple protection for sensitive areas like eyes, lips and noses.  

Most Versatile
Mineral SPF 50 Neon Sunscreen Stick in Electric Blue
Bare Republic amazon.com

Perfect for making a statement on eyelids or lips, this pocket-size bright blue block is ideal for (virtual or irl) festival season.

Best for Oily Skin
Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 40
SUPERGOOP! nordstrom.com

We love this formula for its undetectable finish. It's lightweight for acne-prone skin, and boasts winter cherry and blueberry extract for added environmental protection. 

Most Non-Greasy
Sheer Zinc Oxide Dry-Touch Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Neutrogena amazon.com

An oil-free formula that dries quickly with a slightly matte finish—a perfect substitute from primer, or even foundation, all summer long. To add a flattering tint, we like to add a few drops of our favorite foundation before applying. 

Best Botanical Blend
Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30
COOLA sephora.com

A soothing mineral block ramped up with a nourishing botanical blend to keep your skin barrier strong from the neck down.

Most Hydrating
Beyond Coastal Natural SPF 30 Sunscreen
Beyond Coastal amazon.com

Loaded with aloe, shea butter and rosehip oil, this nourishing water-resistant body blend keeps burns and peeling at bay. 

Most Calming
Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Suncreen SPF 50
Aveeno Baby amazon.com

Another baby formula we love for bodies, this creamy sweat-resistant block boasts calming oat extract to soothe redness and irritation. 

Best for the Beach
Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
BLUE LIZARD amazon.com

This Australian formula is formulated to keep you—and ocean life—safe, without any oxybenzone or octinoxate. Take a cue from the bottle: It turns blue in strong UV light and serves as a useful reminder to reapply. 

Best for Sports
SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
Juice Beauty dermstore.com

This water-resistant sport block has the goodness of nourishing coconut oil, jojoba and vitamin E, making it the perfect companion for hikes or the beach.

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