Lazy beach days and summer vacations are just around the corner, and as much as most of us love a good tan, protecting your skin from the sun and harmful UV rays is an absolute must. Even when the sun is hiding, UV rays are at work on your precious skin. And while skin cancer is the real risk, no one wants a sunburn, either.
But you don’t want to just slather any old lotion or oil on. Which is why we picked some of our favorite natural and cruelty-free sunscreens to try out. Although they range from the super luxe to super budget-friendly, you can find all of these sunscreens on Amazon, so you can have them just in time for the changing weather.
And why opt for natural sunscreens, you ask? For one thing, they lack a ton of potentially harmful chemicals that traditional brands contain. Plus, chemical sunscreens have been rumored to have some serious effects on the coral reefs. So you’re helping yourself and the environment.
Here are some of our faves for this summer and every single day. Trust us, your skin will thank you.
Zeb’s natural sunscreen has non-nano zinc as its main ingredient, but follows it up with coconut, sunflower, and beeswax. This makes it a little on the greasy side, but, according to the verified reviews on Amazon, is a blessing for women of color who have trouble blending typical light zinc-based lotions into their skin.
For those sunbathing beauties who sort of miss the old Hawaiian Tropic tanning oils from middle school, this broad spectrum sunscreen made with zinc and green tea is coconut scented. Ah, smells like summer.
For one, we just love saying “Supergoop.” This formula is a 2-in-1 and can be used on your face or body, too, so you don’t have to lug extra product in your beach bag.
MyChelle sunscreens are all natural, cruelty free, and come in a wide array of scents. And unscented just in case you aren’t into smelling like a piña colada.
First Aid Beauty is always worth the price tag. For darker skin tones, this one goes on thick – you can dilute it with a beauty oil to blend a little easier.
This mineral sunscreen goes on nice and smooth and blends easy, perfect for all types of skin.
If you’re on a budget, the Kiss My Face organic sunscreens are the way to go. It’s unscented, mineral, and even water resistant. What more can you ask for for under $10?
We are obsessed with sunscreen sprays — they’re perfect for easy reapplication. If you’re going to be out all day, though, you might want to start with a lotion and then use the spray every two hours or so for a touch up.
This mineral sunscreen is light enough for every day use — and easy on the checking account, too, so you can stock up a few times during the season.
The *only* active ingredient in this one is zinc, so if you don’t like that white leftover film, it might be worth getting a sample to try out first. Other than that, Babo products are great for sensitive skin.
Yes, we know this says that it’s for babies. But did you know that baby sunscreen might be better for you all around? Plus, this one comes in a 2-pack on Amazon for just under $20. That’s what we call a “score,” my friends.
Coola sunscreens are some of the absolute best. Although you don’t get a lot for your money, it’s worth treating yourself to a tube this season.
13Alba Botanica Very Emollient Fragrance Free SPF 30, $6.80
We love when some of the best beauty finds are also super affordable. This Alba sunscreen makes for easy blending and is fragrance free, so you won’t even be able to tell you have it on.
So head on over to Amazon, friends, and stock up on some of these all-natural, cruelty-free sunscreens to protect your skin and the environment. And don’t forget to reapply!