Ladies and gentlemen…Summer is officially here!
In the Sonoran Desert, the thermometer hit triple digits a few days ago and I have a feeling the heat is here to stay. With the rising temperatures comes lots of fun in the sun such as pool parties, beach vacations, and splash pad play dates. And you know what that means: For the next few months, we really have to step up our sunscreen game to ensure our skin will still look healthy and glowing after Labor Day.
Just remember what I said the other day – while the market is vast, not all sunscreen is created equal! When it comes to sun protection, as with most products, quality and ingredients do matter. But where to begin? To save you time and effort, I have compiled a list of my top tried-and-true sunscreen brands that are deemed safe by the EWG. Now all you have to do is apply and re-apply!
1. Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – $45.00, purchase HERE
This one has been my go-to daily moisturizer for a few months now! Developed by a woman named Tricia after losing her mother to melanoma, this award winning sunscreen offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection using 20% zinc oxide. It also contains anti-oxidants and amino acids to enhance protection and help with skin repair. Free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, PABA, titanium dioxide, nano-particles and chemical UV absorbers, this sunscreen is very moisturizing and offers hydration throughout the day. It glides on smoothly and wears beautifully under make-up. Additionally, it is non-greasy therefore suitable for acne prone skin, and has a very pleasant citrus scent. There is nothing I do not love about this product!
2. MyChelle Unscented Sun Shield SPF 28 – $17.00, purchase HERE
I just recently picked up a sample of this sunscreen at my local health food store and have been very pleased with it so far. MyChelle’s mission is to create products that deliver fast, powerful, visible results without nasty ingredients or toxic chemicals. Their Sun Shield is a great choice for those with sensitive skin as it is unscented and environmentally-safe. It offers powerfully effective UVA/UVB protection with zinc and titanium dioxide while being non-irritating near the eyes. The addition of soothing aloe and vitamin E help reduce signs of sun-induced irritation. If you do not like the typical feel of sunscreen on your face and want something that wears more like a moisturizing fluid, this one is for you.
3. Honest Company Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 – $13.95, purchase HERE
I used the old version of this sunscreen on a beach vacation in Florida this past December. While I liked the safe and reliable protection it offered, I didn’t exactly love the thick, kind of sticky consistency. Luckily, this product is now new and improved! It is a naturally derived, unscented, broad spectrum SPF mineral sunscreen that is very easy to apply. It feels more moisturizing and non-whitening than the old formulation while offering the same level of protection (water resistant up to 80 minutes). And since this is a product you can actually use for the whole family and will probably need to repurchase throughout the summer, you are getting great value for $13.95. Well done!
4. Honest Company Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 – $9.95, purchase HERE
By now, you probably know that I am a big fan of all things Honest Company and this sunscreen stick is no exception! Compact in size, I always keep one in my purse for all of our last minute outdoor adventures in sunny Arizona. It is practical for small children and small areas such as the ears and nose. I put this on my kids’ faces, arms and necks before school as daily sun protection. It is mess free and can easily be applied on the fly while my kids are already dressed. This sunscreen is light weight and does not irritate my toddler’s sensitive skin. I always order it as part of my Honest Essentials Bundle.
5. California Baby Super Sensitive (No Fragrance) Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen – $39.99, purchase HERE
I first came across this product as part of a travel gift set. Like all of California Baby’s naturally-based sunscreen, this SPF 30+ fragrance free formula is especially gentle on sensitive skin. It contains titanium dioxide, which creates a broad-spectrum physical barrier between your skin and damaging UVA and UVB rays. While on the pricier side, this water-resistant sunscreen is very concentrated and a little goes a long way. It glides on smoothly for protection that is easy to apply. This sunscreen is perfect for babies and anyone else with very sensitive skin. It is also suitable for people who cannot tolerate scent or whose eyes get easily irritated. An exceptional product!
Which one is your fave?