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The Importance of Natural Sunscreen

When it comes to choosing the right sunscreen, the options are endless. Organic or mineral? Spray or lotion? While the jury may be out on whether certain formulas damage coral reefs, or if some actually harm your skin rather than protect it, going natural is always a safe bet.

Natural sunscreens include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which reflect the sun’s rays off the skin’s surface. Unlike chemical-based sunscreens, natural alternatives work as a physical protection rather than creating a chemical reaction that turns light into heat energy. Heat can cause inflammation, which leads to premature aging and other undesirable side effects. Playing it safe is always key to sun protection. Here are some of the best natural products to help protect your skin this summer and beyond.


face first
 

A lot of women rely on foundation as their sole source of daily facial SPF. But if you don’t wear foundation or use one without SPF, Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer is the perfect daily sunscreen. This dual product provides broad spectrum coverage while boosting moisture with hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil.
$45, suntegrityskincare.com


sensitive skin

For those with sensitive skin, choosing the right sunblock can be an extra pesky task. Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry-Touch Broad Spectrum SPF 30 contains 100 percent zinc oxide and is hypoallergenic. It’s water resistant and allows for 80 minutes of full coverage before reapplication is necessary.
$12.99, neutrogena.com


double duty

If you want a foundation that doubles as a sunscreen, look no further than ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen. It’s paraben-free, fragrance-free and gluten-free. This zinc-based sunscreen is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation and comes with a refillable applicator for coverage as complete as it is effective.
$64, colorescience.com


sun sport 

Headhunter SPF 30 sunscreen is one of the best options on the market for those who break a sweat in the sun. It’s a favorite among pro tennis players and also is available in a tinted formula.
$12.50, headhuntersurf-com.myshopify.com


baby protection

Badger Kids Sunscreen Cream, which is certified natural and contains zinc oxide, is one of the highest-rated sunscreens on the market. Badger’s adult formula is fool-proof when it comes to protecting my fair skin.
$13, Whole Foods in Town & Country

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