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9 Nontoxic Sunscreens With Personality Plus

Thanks to the sunscreen ban in Hawaii and the Environmental Working Group annual reports, we’ve become alarmingly aware that two-thirds of popular sunscreens contain ingredients harmful enough to kill coral reef and promote a plethora of diseases in humans. But go too far the other way and you’ll end up with a “natural” brand that underperforms. So what’s a lady to do?

We’ve literally got your back on this one. Play it safe and keep it simple: Toss any sunscreen containing main offenders oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Then find your match among the top-notch nontoxic sunscreens below.

love sun body sunscreen

Love Sun Body

Personality: Boho hottie
SPF: 30
Best For:
Face and body
What to Know: New on the scene, this all-natural mineral formula gets the Environmental Working Group’s top score and exceeds Consumer Reports’ guidelines. Almond, coconut, and sunflower oils keep skin supple. Available at lovesunbody.com, $32.

all good sunscreen butter

All Good Sunscreen Butter

Personality: Pureness and light
SPF: 50+
Best For:
Face and body
What to Know: You’re dealing with only six ingredients here: organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic calendula, organic jojoba oil, vitamin E, and 25 percent zinc oxide. The nourishing sunscreen butter leaves a light sheen and is less expensive than your favorite beach town smoothie. Available at allgoodproducts.com, $10.

coola mineral sunscreen

Coola Rossilliance Tinted BB+ Cream

Personality: Smooth operator
SPF: 30
Best For: Face
What to Know: A luxurious daytime lotion, BB cream, and SPF in one, it contains cooling cucumber and rose stem cells to smooth skin tone and slow signs of aging. Available at coola.com, $52.

babo sport stick sunscreen

Babo Botanicals Super Shield Sport Stick

Personality: Sporty spice
SPF: 50
Best For: Face and body
What to Know: The compact, water-resistant sun shield is small enough to carry in a fanny pack on your morning run. The long lasting non-nano zinc formula moisturizes and protects with organic shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. Available at babobotanicals.com and most Whole Foods markets, $16.

supergoop sunscreen spray

Supergoop Play Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist

Personality: Easy breezy
SPF: 50
Best For:
Body
What to Know: The nonaerosol, water-resistant, vitamin-infused body mist leaves skin hydrated and glowing. Pure, potent, and easy to use, it’s is a must-have for your summer skin care arsenal. Available at supergoop.com, $13/$19.

juice beauty stem cellular cc cream

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream

Personality: Perfectionist
SPF: 30
Best For: Face
What to Know: Want anti-aging, skin-perfecting results with botanicals like malic acid, resveratrol grape, and aloe leaf? This results-driven, 12-in-1, multitasking non-nano sunscreen delivers. Available at juicebeauty.com, $39.

vive sana sunscreen

Vive Sana Daily Protezione

Personality: Hollywood starlet
SPF: 30
Best For: Face
What to Know:

An antioxidant-rich face cream that protects skin while correcting existing sun damage. Argan promotes elasticity, and zinc provides broad-spectrum protection. Licorice root brightens, and raspberry seed builds collagen. Available at vivesana.com, $55.

clear zinc badger sunscreen

Badger Clear Zinc Sunscreen

Personality: Mermaid knows best
SPF: 30
Best For: Face and body
What to Know: One of the only five ingredients is sea buckthorn, an anti-aging skin food rare in products at this price point — so take advantage of it. Available at badgerbalm.com and most Whole Foods markets, $17.

hint sunscreens

Hint Sunscreen Spray

Personality: A little bit fruity
SPF: 30
Best For:
Body
What to Know: The water company dips its toe into the sun protection market with three scented formulas: grapefruit, pineapple, and pear. Skin-loving ingredients include aloe vera, passion flower, and karanja oil. Available at drinkhint.com, $18, and Target stores everywhere, $15.

Shar Veda is an ayurveda lifestyle counselor, health educator, yoga therapist, and energy worker in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about her work at sharveda.com.

Photos: Flamingo, Vicko Mozara; all others courtesy of the companies

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