10 Best Clean Beauty & Non-Toxic Sunscreens for 2020
With all the different options out there, choosing the right sunscreen might feel like a big decision, especially since we know so much more about the safety of traditional sunscreens, but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming!
Now that we know information like the top five ingredients to avoid in our sunscreen, we can make more knowledgeable decisions.
Keeping all of that in mind, here’s our vetted list of the ten best clean beauty and non-toxic sunscreens for the face, the body, and the kids.
Best Non-Toxic Facial Sunscreens
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen is my current favorite sunscreen, and is without a doubt, my number one recommendation for the face. If you’re like me and looking to streamline your summer skincare routine, this super-thin, lightweight, daily-use sunscreen is perfect! It goes on sheer—zero cast left behind and is exceptionally compatible with makeup. The addition of sugarcane-derived squalane makes this sunscreen ideal for anyone who wants to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin.
If other facial sunscreens leave your face feeling like an oil slick, you’ll also appreciate this product’s non-greasy formula. Great for all skin types.
Suntegrity Impeccable Skin Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, SPF 30
Another double-duty sunscreen, but this one is tinted. You’ll get flawless light to medium coverage and SPF 30 broad-spectrum protection from the sun with this product. I can layer this product to achieve the amount of coverage I need, and I love that it leaves me with a natural dewy glow. Perfect for the beach or everyday wear plus, it’s ranked one of the EWG’s best tinted- moisturizers with SPF.
Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30
A sunscreen stick might be the best idea ever, and Beautycounter has perfected it with this non-nano zinc reef-safe product. Glide on the cocoa-butter infused sunscreen, rub it into your skin and get water-resistant protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Best Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Adults
Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30
This award-winning, non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen offers physical sun protection while also nourishing the skin thanks to ingredients like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice. It’s incredibly lightweight, has a smooth texture making it easy to apply, blends well, absorbs quickly, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Beautycounter Countersun is water-resistant (40 minutes) and is formulated for both the body and the face.
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 30
Black Girl Sunscreen is “made by women of color for women of color.”
What makes Black Girl Sunscreen so revolutionary is that it dries clear! There is no white or grey residue left behind, which has been a significant problem for women with melanated skin.
This water-resistant (80 minutes) sunscreen is fragrance-free, paraben-free, oxybenzone-free, and octinoxate-free and is infused with avocado and jojoba oil, so it’s also moisturizing and leaves your skin with a subtle dewiness.
*Support Black-owned businesses.
JASON Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30
When you’re on vacation and realize you’ve forgotten your sunscreen (quelle horreur!), JASON is a widely-available brand that’s safe, effective, and natural.
Best Non-Toxic Sunscreens for Kids
Erbaviva Organic Skincare Baby Sun Stick, SPF 30
Erbaviva is one of my favorite skincare brands for the kids. Their sun stick is small enough to keep on you at all times. It’s easy to apply, pretty mess-free, and my five-year-old daughter loves applying this sunscreen on her own. If your child suffers from summertime eczema or other skin irritations, this soothing sunscreen is made with chamomile and lavender essential oils.
Loving Naturals Clear Body Zinc Sunscreen, SPF 30
Thanks to an EWG rating of 1, Loving Naturals has been my go-to baby sunscreen. Nourishing organic sunflower seed oil and organic shea butter make this sunscreen ideal for delicate baby skin.
Badger Tangerine & Vanilla Kids Sunscreen Cream, SPF 30
While this is a sunscreen that does take a bit of effort to work into the skin, Badger’s kid’s sunscreen is a highly-effective sweat and water-resistant (40 minutes) broad-spectrum sunscreen.
This budget-friendly sunscreen is made with 98% organic ingredients: organic orange oil, organic tangerine oil, organic vanilla, and five other ingredients.
Badger is a long-time, trusted sunscreen brand. All of their sunscreens offer effective, non-toxic protection (EWG Rating 1). The ingredient list is short and easy to read and Badger a family-run business.
All Good Kids Sunscreen Butter Stick, SPF 50+
This stick is another sunscreen children can apply themselves. Calendula, coconut oil, beeswax, and jojoba oil make this sunscreen ideal for kids with sensitive skin. The wide-mouth applicator makes sunscreen application easy on parents.
Don’t forget that sunscreen isn’t just for the summer months. Wearing facial sunscreen all year round not only protects you from sun damage but is also a preventive measure against premature signs of aging like wrinkles and age spots. Subscribe to our newsletter for an exclusive on how I incorporate sunscreen into my daily skin care routine, no matter the season.