If you’re under the impression that you only need to apply SPF when it’s sunny or just during the summer, then I’m here to set you straight. Sunscreen should be applied year-round and even on cloudy days because even though it might be gloomy, the sun is still poking through. These days, clean beauty is more popular than ever and rightly so. It’s crucial to be mindful of the ingredients and chemicals we slather on everyday because they eventually work their way into our bloodstreams. Clean sunscreen is especially important because some contain harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin and if you’re heading to the beach or lake, can affect the animals and plants in the water.
If you’re looking to make the switch over to a cleaner sunscreen that also won’t mess up your makeup, then keep on reading!
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Invisible, weightless, and scentless, this Supergoop! wonder is like a primer and sunscreen all mixed into one. It’s made with certified clean ingredients that work to give you a more even skin texture but it’s also mega hydrating and is soothing on the skin. In addition to being SPF 40, this baby also protects the skin from blue light which is emitted from our phones and computers all the while helping makeup stay in place and controlling shine.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen SPF 50
Don’t overlook the drugstore. Neutrogena’s Sheer Zinc Sunscreen with SPF 50 is a great buy that’s affordable and gets the job done. This clean option is free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and skin-irritating chemicals and it dries with a lightweight, non-greasy finish to boot!
Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray
If applying sunscreen is tricky to remember, how about you try spritzing it on in the form of a setting spray? This spray by Coola is brilliant because, in addition to protecting against UV rays, it keeps your makeup looking fresh and also reduces shine. We love that this product is made with over 70% organic ingredients and it’s also hypoallergenic, vegan, noncomedogenic, TSA-friendly, and cruelty-free.
Consonant Skincare The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30
Local TO brand Consonant is known for its killer skincare lineup and the brand’s sunscreen is no exception. Formulated without any nasties, this all-natural sunscreen blocks the sun’s rays thanks to its unique Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide minerals but it also hydrates, too thanks to the addition of aloe!
REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30
This mattifying and certified clean sunscreen is perfect for anyone with oily skin as it contains rice starch that helps absorb excess oils as it protects against the sun. Even better is the fact that it’s lightweight so it can be worn effortlessly under makeup!
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer
We all know hyaluronic acid is a star skincare ingredient but add it to your SPF and you have a superstar on your hands. This sunscreen from Juice Beauty not only shields your skin from the sun’s harmful rays but with the addition of hyaluronic acid, it hydrates and promotes healthier looking skin all around!
Farmacy Green Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
Last but certainly not least is this broad-spectrum mineral SPF by Farmacy. Unlike some mineral sunscreens, this one doesn’t have that weird white cast and it’s non-greasy so your makeup won’t be affected. In addition to blocking UVA and UVB rays, this product also protects against blue lights and it’s formulated with patented Echinacea GreenEnvy which has a high concentration of cichoric acid which helps the skin maintain a healthy, even glow.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)