Some of the best sunscreens out there now combine the best of natural sunscreen elements with the power of anti-inflammatory agents and/or anti-oxidants. Also look out for active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide on the labels.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of finding the perfect natural sunscreens for you, with these derm-approved picks.
Elta MD UV Elements SPF 44
An absolute favourite amongst dermatologists, approaching almost cult status. Along with being a tinted sunscreen, the formulation features not only moisturizers (hyaluronic acid) to increase skin hydration but antioxidant protection (vitamin C) to protect from visible/infrared light exposure and free radical protection. Perfect for those with sensitive skin, it’s fragrance-free, paraben-free, noncomedogenic and gluten-free.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50
This unique formulation starts with broad-spectrum UV protection with micronized zinc oxide, but contains antioxidants and proprietary compounds to ward off the deleterious effects of pollution and even infrared light, both of which can cause premature ageing of the skin. Additionally, this formulation uniquely blends into all skin tones and is hydrating and water resistant.
Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
Highly recommended for full protection. When used in sunscreen, zinc oxide is like millions of tiny umbrellas protecting your skin from the sun’s burning and tanning rays.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry Touch Sunscreen contains sun-repelling zinc oxide which is micronized and goes on smoothly without making you look pasty. The product is also free of fragrance, parabens, dyes, and harsh chemicals so it’s gentle on the most sensitive skins.
ColoreScience Sunforgettable Brush On Sunscreen SPF 30
In the makeup-as-SPF world, ColoreScience is top of the line. This paraben-free, fragrance-free, and gluten-free zinc-based sunscreen is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation and features an easy brush-on, refillable applicator for easy and consistent application. Bonuses include: being water-resistant, easy to carry, and it makes sunscreen re-application after applying makeup earlier in the day a snap.