Safe For You, Safe For the Earth
Make sure you’re packing one of these eco-friendly sunscreens for any outdoor fun this summer.
When packing your beach bag for your summer get-away, sunscreen is a must. But this summer essential may consist of many chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment. As you take a dip, your sunscreen washes off and the chemicals remain in the water. The chemicals released into the body of water are harmful for the marine life and the vegetation they live in, specifically coral reefs. These sunscreens might be protecting you and your family from harmful UV rays, but some of the chemicals that are harming our environment are also harming you.
Check out the back of the bottle for these high health risk ingredients that are key culprits in environmental damage:
- Benzophenone: Increases estrogen activity when absorbed, which has been linked stimulating breast cancer.
- Octinoxate: This is a UV-B filter, but has been found in human urine, breast milk and blood by the skin’s rapid absorption.
- Oxybenzone: Found in more than ¾ of all sunscreens, causes hormone imbalance by entering into the body’s blood stream and has been seen to causes allergic reactions.
- Octocrylene: Has been found in breast milk in women and responsible for some allergic skin reactions.
- 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC): For those traveling outside the USA, check for this ingredient on international sunscreens that has been found to have many health risks for humans.
Here’s our top favorite eco-friendly sunscreens:
Alba Botanica: Very Emollient Sun Screen
Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 45
Made with 100% vegetarian ingredients, this eco-friendly sunscreen provides a hypo-allergenic, paraben free and fragrance free protection. It is perfect for a day at the beach, as it is water resistant for 80 minutes, and even better for your skin, being recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. The green tea and Vitamin E based sunscreen nourish the skin while ingredients like lavender and Aloe Vera provide lasting moisture. Not to mention it is biodegradable and a gluten free! Throw it in your bag and have a worry-free day in the sun!
This coral reef safe sunscreen can keep up with any extreme sports fanatic. It is your perfect match for you surfers, mountain bikers and hikers out there. Made with just five ingredients, this 100% Certified Natural eco-friendly sunscreen is made to protect against the most rugged activities. Not only is it made with no animal testing and biodegradable, its packaging is just as environmentally friendly in a #2 recyclable plastic and BPA & Phthalate-free tube. Pack your bag and get moving with this eco-friendly sunscreen favorite! Check out more of their products to find different scents and SPF protection!
In need of an all-natural mineral sunscreen? Look no further. Releve has come out with the most natural SPF protection ever developed. This eco-friendly sunscreen goes on light and leaves no greasy oils. The natural mineral pigments protect against UVA, UVB and UVC rays and the 100% organic hand-filleted Aloe Vera gives your skin the moisture and hydration it deserves. You not only are getting the protection your skin needs, but work to heal your skin while relaxing in the sun. Apply to both your face and body and sit back, and enjoy a day in the sun.
MD Solar Sciences: Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30
Give your body that extra bronze with this natural, eco-friendly sunscreen. The light mineral tint gives you an even skin tone, with that flawless glow. Forget heavy, oily products; this goes on so light it feels like it’s barely there. An added bonus, it’s non-comedogenic, so don’t waste another second worrying about clogged pores from your sunscreen. No need to reapply frequently either; it is water-resistant up to 80 minutes. So grab a book, a drink and look fabulously tanned this summer.
Just Skin Food: Sunscreen
Just Skin Food is known for having fantastic, holistic, handmade and organic products and it is no exception for their Natural and Organic Sunscreen. Apply this eco-friendly sunscreen and feel assured that this chemical free product is safe for you and just as safe for the environment! Most sunscreens contain water, but this sunscreen has no water or liquids, providing you with a long lasting and thick protection from the sun. Made from organic and naturally synthetic free skin food, feel good about what’s going on to your body and what’s going into the environment.
My summer vacation dreams include lounging by the pool with a pool boy bringing me a mimosa. COOLA gives me the next best thing for my days off by the pool: a mineral eco-friendly sunscreen and a to-die-for citrus mimosa scent. Give your body a natural organic beeswax based, water (and sweat) resistant sunscreen that keeps you safe from UVA/UVB rays while soothing and moisturizing your skin with the safflower oil, coconut oil, Kukui oil and Linseed. This natural sunscreen contains all organic ingredients for your skin while staying reef and green friendly.
Handmade in Atlanta by a “work-at-home Mom”, Butterbean sunscreens contains only 9 natural ingredients. It is very water resistant, giving you great protection for long lasting use for all of your water activities. Created by a Mom, you can bet it’s Family-friendly! Bring this eco-friendly sunscreen for everyone to use! Made with natural ingredients, like fair trade Shea butter and local beeswax, it is perfect for sensitive skin. As a biodegradable eco-friendly sunscreen, it is safe for the environment and safe for your family.
This soft, mousse-like formula gives you a soft-feeling eco-friendly sunscreen option that is easy to rub in and easy to love! With a slightly minty scent, this goes-on-clear sunscreen will provide you with a natural product for your sunscreen needs. The product is infused with Hydresia which helps fight aging and give you moisturized, firm skin. Kiss My Face sets a new standard for mineral sunscreens on the market.
The best beauty advice out there is to protect your skin. When you start packing your bag for your tropical vacation or a day in the summer sun, check your sunscreen for harmful ingredients to keep you and your family safe during these summer months. Try these eco-friendly sunscreens out for yourself and protect your skin, health and the environment this summer!
For more eco-friendly sunscreens check out the Environmental Working Group’s list of 149 beach and sport sunscreens, ranked by their notable criteria.