Ah, summer lovin’. With our carefully curated and tested collection of chemical-free and all-natural sunscreen, you can embrace those summer vibes without worrying about the harmful side effects of UV rays. These mineral sunscreens protect with a physical sun shield, which means they sit on top of skin to reflect rays away immediately. That also means you can venture out right after you apply them–no waiting for them to soak in to be effective!
They’re different than chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone, avobenzone and octinoxate are common ones you’ll find), which absorb into skin and then absorb the sun’s rays, converting them to heat and releasing them from the body. Does that matter, you might ask? Well, the issue is that these chemical sunscreens haven’t been tested for frequent (like, apply every two hours) or long-term use. In fact, in sunscreen studies, chemical blockers have been found in some people’s bodies days or weeks after application. That means our bodies aren’t processing them out of our systems at normal rates, which could correlate to issues later.
Mineral sun blockers, on the other hand (like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) aren’t absorbed into your skin, so they don’t pose the same risk. But never fear: The days of mineral sunscreen casting a white glow over your skin are behind us. These newer natural sun protection formulas go on sheer or even clear, so you don’t have to worry about that white cast. What’s more, our favorites from brands like Solara Suncare, Babo Botanicals and Raw Elements, pack in moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, cocoa seed butter, sunflower seed oil and more to keep skin hydrated and happy while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.