5 Effective Natural Sunscreens That Don’t Suck

Rachel Krause

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We’ve never met a beauty product we wouldn’t at least take for a test drive, but when it comes to certain natural formulations, we tend to tread carefully. Sunscreen, for example, is not something we want to mess around with, so the promise of sun protection has generally taken priority over natural, chemical-free choices. With that said, if we can get the job done in a more natural way, without sacrificing quality or protection, then why not give a natural sunscreen a chance? We’ve tried quite a few natural sunscreens—so you don’t have to!—and rounded up the very best.

Natural Sunscreen-MychelleMychelle Sun Shield Coconut SPF 28 ($17, mychelle.com)
This soothing lightweight sunscreen gets its sun damage-fighting power from zinc oxide, which is one of the most natural ways to protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. With aloe and vitamin E, it also reduces the signs of irritation from sun exposure. Bonus: it smells like the coconut-y sunscreens of our youth sans the chemical-laden ingredients list.

Natural Sunscreen-Kiss My FaceKiss My Face Cool Sport with Any Angle Air Powered Spray SPF 50 ($12.74, kissmyface.com)
As the name implies, this air-powered spray formula cools hot summer skin with aloe, cucumber, and chamomile while it provides broad spectrum, water-resistant protection. The packaging is super convenient because you can use it at—yes—any angle to target those hard-to-reach areas, leaving no body part unshielded.

Natural Sunscreen-KiehlsKiehl’s Activated Sun Protector 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 ($29, kiehls.com)
For sensitive, easily aggravated skin, this mineral formula can’t be beat. It doesn’t feel greasy going on, nor does it clog pores, so you can use it totally head to toe. Antioxidant ingredients work to help neutralize free radicals, and the fragrance free, paraben-free, oil-free formula is so safe, it can even be used on the kids.

Natural Sunscreen-Alba BotanicaAlba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Fragrance Free Clear Spray SPF 50 ($15.99, albabotanica.com)
Between the virtuous standards—no animal testing, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or sulfates—and additional nourishing ingredients, like avocado oil, ginkgo biloba, and aloe, there’s nothing not to love about this superior fragrance-free formulation.

Natural Sunscreen-CoolaCOOLA Sport SPF 50 Unscented Sunscreen Spray ($32, coolasuncare.com)
COOLA’s high-quality sun protection products are among our favorites, and this super powered SPF spray is no different. It’s sun protection combined with real skin care benefits, with organic components like cucumber, algae, and strawberry extracts making up its impressively short ingredients list.

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