Should You Switch to Organic Sunscreens? The Answer Isn't So Obvious

Updated 02/20/18

Organic sunscreens seem like the, well, natural choice if you’re wary of the chemicals put in conventional ones. So, while there is some debate about their efficacy, we’d like to lay out all the available options for those of you who simply remain more comfortable using products with all-natural ingredients. We’ve rounded some of our personal favorite organic sunscreens, along with their best ingredients and features, for your reference, so go ahead and scroll down to see what they are.

Mineral Face SPF 30 - Cucumber Matte 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 in Cucumber Matte $36
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Rich in vitamin C and shea butter to keep your skin hydrated and smooth, this sunscreen is pretty lightweight and doesn't leave you looking greasy. In fact, it has a nice matte finish while also offering sun protection.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Green Tea Sunscreen SPF 45 $7
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It boasts resistance from water for about 80 minutes, which is pretty great. Made with aloe vera, green tea, and palm kernel oil, this sunscreen nourishes the skin while also protecting it from the sun's harmful UV light.

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream With SPF 30 $85
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This moisturizer is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties as it is made with ingredients such as aloe vera leaf juice, shea butter, evening primrose oil, and hemp seed oil. 

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 $48
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Made with red raspberry, French plum, and macadamia nut and Kukui seed oils to moisturize the skin, this moisturizer also contains sunflower oil to improve skin cell turnover rate and heal any irritations.

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic $68
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This contains sweet iris stem cells, probiotics, and sea algae to moisturize even the most sensitive skin while also offering great sun protection.

True Botanicals Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 $40
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It comes with a tint so you get some coverage, and it's sheer so that it look super natural. It has antioxidants to help repair any skin damage and give the skin sun protection. 

100% Pure Yerba Mate Mist SPF 30 $37
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Yerba mate tea leaf, which is taken from holly trees, has antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental stressors.

Eir NYC Surf Mud $24
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Inspired by the Mayan chocolate mask, this sunscreen protects both the skin and hair from the sun's harmful UV rays. It contains chocolate to hydrate the skin, increase blood flow, and fight free radicals.

Promise Organic SPF 30 Coconut Sunscreen Stick $7
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Stick products make everything so easy. This stick sunscreen goes on transparent and light but still gives strong enough protection against the sun's harmful UV rays. It's also water resistant.

True Natural Ultra Protect SPF 50 Antioxidant Sunscreen $20
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While it goes on pretty thick, this sunscreen gives the ultimate sun protection, at SPF 50. It is packed with antioxidants and has the loveliest coconut scent.

Now that you’ve got organic options for the face and body, you can decide whether this is the route of sun protection for you. 

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