We love soaking up the sun...in theory. In reality, we want all the vitamin D and none of the damage. Our solution is to invest in a protective SPF we want to use every day. With all the options out there, finding that holy grail sunblock can be overwhelming. We gathered the info you need to know to find the best clean sunscreen for you.
How To Find The Right Clean Sunscreen
1. Look For Broad Spectrum
The ultraviolet rays come in two varieties: UVA and UVB. UVA rays cause damage in the deeper layers of the skin and pass through the glass of windows. Even if you’re inside UVA rays could still be doing a number to the collagen that keeps your skin plump and hydrated. UVB rays, on the other hand, can’t get through glass but cause DNA damage from the surface of the skin and are typically the culprit behind sunburns. Both types of ultraviolet rays damage the skin in lasting ways. Look for formulas that are designated as “broad spectrum” to protect yourself from both UVA and UVB rays.
2. Choose Clean: Safe For You, Safe For Oceans
Many sunscreens use chemicals to absorb and disperse UV rays. Common chemicals like oxybenzone, octocrylene and octinoxate can disrupt your endocrine system. There’s a better way. Mineral or physical sunscreens use zinc and titanium oxide that stay on the surface of the skin and create a barrier that reflects those UV rays. With all of the protection and none of the harmful side effects, we’re all about mineral sunscreens.
Clean, mineral formulas are also more likely to be safe for oceans and reefs. If you plan to make it to the beach this summer, check that your sunblock qualifies as “reef-safe.” Some chemicals in sunscreens (especially oxybenzone or octinoxate) have been known to bleach and damage coral.
3. Think About The Reapply Before You Buy
The best sunscreen is one you want to use day in and day out. When you spend the day inside, one coat in your morning routine should be enough. But if you’re spending time outside, especially if you’re swimming or sweating, then you should plan to reapply every two hours. If we’re going to have to see our sunscreen that often, we better like the way it feels!
Clean, mineral sunscreens come in all kinds of application types. Solid sticks are great for on the go. Traditional creams are a go-to for sensitive or dry skin. Power formulas play nicely with makeup. And tinted versions can bring blemish and sun coverage. Stock up for summer with one of our dozens of clean sunscreens.