Chemical-Free Sunscreens for Natural Sun Protection

This is not your mother's sunscreen. A generation ago, sunscreens blocked UV rays by using physical barriers like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. While these natural compounds were highly effective, the lotions often felt chalky and thick and were hard to spread. As sunscreen technology progressed, chemical compounds were developed to absorb UV rays rather than reflect them. Avobenzone, octinoxate, and Mexoryl SX make for effective, light, comfortable sunscreens, but these chemicals can sometimes irritate sensitive skin. What's a girl to do? Use sunscreen—that's non-negotiable. If you're worried about the health risks of chemical sunscreens or want to avoid skin reactions, these chemical-free and organic physical blocks, made to be more comfortable and easier to use than ever, are the best bets for natural, safe, soothing sun protection.
Origins A Perfect World SPF 35 UV Face Protector
Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil SPF 15
DDF Organic Sun Protection SPF 30
Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock SPF 20
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
TRUE Natural Broad Spectrum Neutral Sunscreen SPF 50
Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41
JĀSÖN Sunbrellas Chemical Free Sun Block SPF 30+

Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41

Not just a fragrance- and chemical-free sunblock, Elta MD Physical SPF 41 also contains a hint of tint to perfect your complexion as it protects it. ($27, Dermstore.com)

Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil SPF 15

In addition to natural titanium dioxide (in nature, it’s known as a mineral called rutile) to reflect the sun’s rays, this 100 percent natural sunscreen contains anti-inflammatory botanical ingredients to soothe parched and irritated skin. It contains hemp seed oil, wheatgrass, calendula, and goldenseal to prevent irritations, and doesn’t have harmful compounds like parabens, phthalates, or sulfates. ($15, Burt’s Bees)

DDF Organic Sun Protection SPF 30

This organic sunscreen uses both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide the ultimate prevention against burning and aging. It also contains antioxidants to defend skin from damaging free radicals. ($32, DDF Skincare)

Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock SPF 20

With a soft, dry finish that won’t leave you sticky or run in your eyes, Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock is paraben-free, fragrance-free, water-resistant and perfect for active lifestyles and outdoor activities.

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

This sheer, mattifying, tinted sunscreen is the perfect solution for daily sun protection. The paraben-free formula won’t clog pores or irritate even sensitive skin, and it absorbs instantly. ($30, SkinStore)

TRUE Natural Broad Spectrum Neutral Sunscreen SPF 50

This is the perfect sunscreen for families, since it’s water resistant for busy kids and is effective the moment it’s applied—no waiting, like you do with chemical sunscreens. It's also unscented for those who hate the typical sunscreen smell. ($17.99, True Natural)

Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41

Not just a fragrance- and chemical-free sunblock, Elta MD Physical SPF 41 also contains a hint of tint to perfect your complexion as it protects it. ($27, Dermstore.com)

JĀSÖN Sunbrellas Chemical Free Sun Block SPF 30+

So gentle it can be used on infants and adults with sensitive skin, JASON’s chemical-free sunblock is also free of parabens and fragrances.

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