Summer and sunscreen go together like sangria and a patio, peanut butter and jelly, coffee and mornings, and… you get it! By now, we all know that sunscreen is a must especially during the summer season but navigating through the terms and ingredients list can really complicate our buying process. With all the sunscreen options out there, you may have some questions like what SPF should we use? What active ingredients are safe and unsafe? Which type of sunscreen is the best? To answer simply, SPF 30 is good enough, you should avoid Oxybenzone and lotion over sprays any day! To make things easier, we compiled a list of our top picks for clean sunscreen that are safe to apply all summer long:
1. 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick - rated 0
Another throw-in-your-bag friendly product is the 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick. Apply directly on your face and rub it in with the warmth from your fingertips. Re-application is key to keeping your skin protected from ultraviolet rays and the 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick makes that easy. Bonus: this product is featured in our July Limited Edition Beauty Box!
2. Tropic Sun Balm - rated 0
Perfect for on-the-go application, Tropic Sun Balm is one of our faves for facial sun care. You should apply this product to areas that are especially prone to sun exposure, such as your forehead, nose, eyelids, lips, ears, and the tops of your shoulders. Made with tamanu oil, vitamin E and rosemary leaf oil, your skin will stay nourished while being protected from the sun. Can’t go wrong with this sun balm!
3. Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 - rated 0
For your sunless tanning needs, we recommend Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50. Not only does this luxurious dry oil give your skin an instant bronze sheen, it gradually tans your skin and it contains SPF 50 so you’re protected from UVA and UVB rays. It’s perfect for pool-side bronzing!
Vanilla coconut scented? YES PLEASE. This 100% natural face and body sunscreen is good for everyday use, the beach, camping, barbecues, you name it! is good for everyday use, the beach, camping, barbecues, you name it! Rocky Mountain Soap Company Vanilla Coconut Natural Sunscreen SPF 31 is non-whitening, free of toxic ingredients and did we mention that it smells amazing?
5. Erin’s Faces Mineral SPF 32 for Body - rated 1
Lastly, Zinc-based Erin’s Faces Mineral SPF 32 for Body keeps your skin hydrated with organic olive oil and organic Jojoba oils, while protecting your skin from the sun. Apply this sunscreen to the face and body and give it a minute to set before heading out, you will be glad you did! Not surprisingly, this vegan and fragrance-free sunscreen is highly praised by green beauty community.
PS: Attention Canadian Dirty thinkers! We have partnered up with well.ca to bring you some of our clean suncare picks. Shop some of our clean rated 0-3 sun products here!