This year, try a mineral-only sunscreen with none of those toxic chemicals, basically anything ending in – paraben, pthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, or fragrance. (But watch out for so-called ‘mineral based’ sunscreens which may still contain noxious chemicals.)
The intrepid beauty team tried every one of these products, and though we each had our favorite, they’re all good for your skin and the environment. A win-win.
Japanese Green Tea Extract: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory botanical
Essential Oil of Chamomile: 100% natural, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, emollient, moisturizes, soothes, tones, protects
Gingko Biloba Extract: Antioxidant, rich in flavonoids, revitalizes, conditions
Coola’s Matte Tint SPF 30 goes on cool and last forevaaaa, It goes on like foam dust, making it invisible in seconds. We like the sheer universal tint (also comes in a matte finish) that evens skin tone while it protects .There’s a Coola’s Sport SPF 30 for the body, which is equally sheer and easy to apply (and water resistant, too). $36.
The brand-new KIEHL’S 100% Mineral-based Super Fluid sunscreen is a dream! Lightweight, sheer, with just a touch of tint, it offers UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection, which, as we know, prevents sunburn and decreases the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun. (If Melonoma doesn’t scare you enough, think WRINKLES ladies!) ALL editors liked this one. $38.
Besides the fact that we love the name, Drunk Elephant, their ‘Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30’ is loaded with antioxidants that aid in the prevention of oxidative cell damage and photoaging. Sun protection AND good for your skin. Some of the healthy ingredients; Sunflower Shoot Extract, Astaxanthin, Raspberry Seed Oil and Marula Oil. It’s not greasy and LASTS. $38 at Drunk Elephant .
Whatever one you pick, remember to re-apply after swimming. Throw one in your purse for good measure; you’ll never know when you’ll be out in the sun!