Favorite Natural Sunscreens
Published Jun 24, 2011
Green has officially made its way to sunscreen. Most physical sunscreens are considered "natural" because their active ingredients are naturally mineral-based, but that's not always the case. In addition to the natural active ingredients (typically zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), certain formulas also contain harmful fillers or petrochemicals that you probably don't want on your face. Luckily, we've got a list of the newest (and makeup-friendly!) natural sunscreens that protect and nourish.
This cosmetically elegant formula blends well with any foundation and finishes natural-matte. From the apothecary-style brown glass bottle to the surprisingly featherlight, whipped texture, this is a great natural choice for those with normal to oily skin. The 7.5% titanium dioxide/ 5.0% zinc oxide formulation provides perfect everyday broad spectrum coverage. To avoid the white cast commonly found from physical sunscreen, remember to let the product sit on your skin for ten minutes before morning makeup.
The makers of the famous Badger Balm are back again with a 60% certified organic SPF. We could actually pronounce the refreshingly brief ingredient list in this formula, and we're still swooning over the eco super-stars we found: Shea butter, sea buckthorn, cocoa butter, and oils of jojoba, lavender, lime, orange, ylang ylang, and blue tansy. The thicker, more emollient cream is better suited for normal to dry skin.
The infamous "white cast" is zinc oxide's claim to fame, but we've found a natural blend that counteracts a ghost face. Marie Veronique Moisturizing Face Tint comes in three formulas: No Tint, Light Tint, and Medium Tint. Depending on your coloring, each prevents that unfortunate pasty haze and deposits a sheer tint.