The Best Sunscreen And Summer Products (That Are Safe And Non Toxic)!
By now we are all familiar with the importance of sunscreen and the fact that it saves lives. But it’s actually unfortunate that many people do not know that there are many chemicals contained within traditional sunscreens that can actually be harmful for you. So today I have rounded up the best clean and non toxic sunscreen, sunless tanner, and after sun moisturizing products out there to help you find one that works for you this summer!
Many people buy whatever sunscreen they see and trust that it is healthy for them, yet often times this is not the case. So what type of sunscreen is safe to use? And what ingredients should you avoid in your sunscreen? The most concerning ingredient that you should try to avoid is oxybenzone which can cause skin irritation and hormone disruption (Rodriguez 2006) (Krause 2012). Other ingredients to stay away from such as octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, and octocryle are all ingredients that are skin irritants and potent allergens as well. To read a little more about sunscreen ingredients and safety you can read my post on chemical ingredients to avoid or you can check out the EWG’s article on sunscreen chemicals. The message that you will find is that it is best to avoid chemical sunscreens and predominately oxybenzone, and switch to more mineral based sunscreens with active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
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Mineral Based & Oxybenzone Free Sunscreens
Creamy, buildable foundation that comes in three shades and provides broad spectrum sun protection using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Due to the gentle yet powerful ingredients this is a wonderful anti aging product for sensitive skin.
Size: 1.0 fl oz.
This amazing sunscreen is tinted to allow it to replace a typical BB foundation and applies a matte finish that's also water resistant to handle any activities for the day. The antioxidant infused formula is mineral based and one of a kind.
Size: 1.7 fl oz.
Zinc oxide based and water resistant for all the sunny activities your day has in store! Add to that a boost of aloe for soothing your skin and you have an awesome sunscreen to throw in your pool or beach bag.
Size: 3.75 fl oz.
This SPF 50 is great for sensitive skin and contains both zinc oxide for sun protection as well as special formulated Cell-Ox shield to provide the skin with an antioxidant barrier to sun damage.
Size: 1.7 fl oz.
Toss the lipstick this summer and use this sheer and natural color that contains SPF 30. This gotta have it product comes in 6 shades and provides a dewy moisture while adding a hint of summer color.
Size: 0.8 oz.
Non Toxic Sunless Tanners
Get a natural looking glow without even exposing your face to the sun! This face serum not only provides a dose of antioxidants and moisture binding ingredients for a healthy complexion, but it is also free of yucky chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, perfumes, and synthetics colors.
Size: 1.7 fl oz.
This streak free formula made without parabens, phthalates, and perfumes provides up to 3 days of natural looking color. This botanical infused formula is also vegan and cruelty free.
Size: 3.4 fl oz.
Non Toxic After Sun Moisturizers To Help Correct And Protect Sun Damage
If you have never heard of this brand before then you are in for a treat! This non toxic beauty brand has a great line up of products and this particular face oil is great for repairing skin cells while hydrating the face. Perfect for use in the summertime to fight free radical sun damage!
Size: 25 mL
This is a great after sun spray that moisturizes dry skin and helps soothe sunburnt skin. It contains menthol which helps cool and soothe the skin while the non aerosol 360 degree spray make the product easy to apply to any area that is in need.
Size: 5 oz.
Botanical ingredients that provide a soothing barrier to environmental stresses that break down the delicate skin and tissue surrounding the eye. A must have for summer days in the sun.
Size: 0.46 oz
Replenish your skin with this organic and plant based serum that will boost your skin with moisture and free radical fighting antioxidants to help fight sun damage and wrinkles.
Size: 2 fl oz.
Krause M, Klit A, Blomberg Jensen M, Søeborg T, Frederiksen H, Schlumpf M, Lichtensteiger W, Skakkebaek NE, Drzewiecki KT. 2012. Sunscreens: are they beneficial for health? An overview of endocrine disrupting properties of UV-filters. International Journal of Andrology, 35: 424–436.
Rodriguez E, Valbuena MC, Rey M, Porras de Quintana L. 2006. Causal agents of photoallergic contact dermatitis diagnosed in the National Institute of Dermatology of Colombia. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 22(4): 189-92.
Be sure to check out my list of the best fair trade and eco friendly summer clutches to complete your summer shopping!