The Best Natural, Organic & Mineral Sunscreens for Summer 2020
Sunscreen: We know the stuff is essential for a myriad of reasons — one of which is to avoid (painful!) sunburns — but if sunscreen itself is leaving your skin red, inflamed, and itchy, it may be time to double-check your formula. “Chemical sunscreens can be irritating and allergenic for some folks,” explains Adarsh Vijay Mudgil, dermatologist and medical director of Mudgil Dermatology in New York City. But that’s not to say you should ditch SPF entirely. Instead, consider a sunscreen with non-chemical shields, which reduces the risk of irritation to practically zilch, thanks to their “organic, inert, and hypoallergenic” formulas, Mudgil explains. (Incidentally, sunscreens that don’t contain chemical protectants are generally healthier for coral reefs.)
So, how do you determine whether an SPF formula isn’t relying on chemicals to keep your skin shielded? According to the doc, “chemical-free sunscreens should only contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide [or a mix of both] as their active ingredients.” (It’s important to note that there are some formulas which contain the aforementioned ingredients, plus chemical-based sunscreen compounds, so always triple check.)
We’ll be the first to admit we’ve tried our fair share of zinc- and titanium dioxide-based sunblocks that leave a white cast, prove difficult to rub in, and/or seem to suffocate skin, but the below 16 formulas don’t fall under any of those categories.
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