Get Glowy, Not Greasy
Now that skincare has outpaced cosmetics as a beauty routine essential, we’re learning about the best possible natural ingredients that support nourished, healthy skin. And sunscreen is the cornerstone to protecting our skin from excessive sun damage. But not all sunscreen is guaranteed to be safe for our bodies or for our environment.
Fortunately, there are dozens of brands making all natural and eco-friendly products that protect our health—the only issue now is choosing the one that fits our needs and budget!
To help narrow it down, we’ve rounded up all natural face sunscreens that range in price, texture, function, and SPF. These products melt into our skin with ease, and keep us sunburn-free during beach days, morning walks, and car trips.
Best for range of shades available
What We Tried | Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
Active Ingredients | Non-nano zinc oxide 12%
Price | $48 for 1.7 oz
If zinc sunscreens often leave a white cast on your skin, ILIA’s Super Serum Skin Tint offers high-SPF protection in a wide variety of shades (30 to be exact!). Even beyond the sun protection and tinted coverage, this serum also contains hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalane, and shea butter derivatives for smooth and moisturized skin. Since this is a light foundation for your makeup, ILIA recommends reapplying throughout the day with the SPF face powder.
Best for blue light protection
What We Tried | Daily SPF
Active Ingredients | Non-nano zinc oxide 21%
Price | $24 for 1.7 oz.
Considering how much time we spend staring at screens these days, it’s a wonder we didn’t add this to our skincare routine sooner. cocokind’s Daily SPF 32 will do more than just protect your face from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays (using reef-safe zinc oxide); its inclusion of blue phytoplankton and microalgae will also help combat damage caused by blue light exposure, as well as shield your skin from the effects of environmental pollution. Plus, the formula’s super lightweight and non-greasy. What more could you ask for?
3. Juice Beauty
Best everyday sunscreen
What We Tried | SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer
Active Ingredient | Non-nano zinc oxide 20%
Price | $32 for 2 fl oz
If you’re looking for something simple, lightweight, and oil-free for everyday coverage, look no further than Juice Beauty. We love the organic and antioxidant-rich ingredients (including plant-based hyaluronic acid) and the fact that this moisturizer is vegan, cruelty-free, and reef-safe. This one leaves a bit of a zinc cast at first, but absorbs into skin quickly, leaving it feeling moisturized and ready to go. And when you’re done, the packaging is recyclable!
4. Solara Suncare
Best moisturizing sunscreen
What We Tried | SPF 30 Time Traveler Daily Face Sunscreen
Active Ingredient | Non-nano, non-coated zinc oxide 20%
Price | $42 for 1.7 fl oz
Solara’s Time Traveler Sunscreen leaves skin feeling super moisturized and glowy even before a day in the sun. Even though it’s unscented, there’s a slight lovely fragrance from the natural ingredients, but not enough to linger (and it’s good for sensitive skin!). This EWG Verified powerhouse sunscreen is vegan, reef-friendly, cruelty-free, and even protects from blue light exposure. The recyclable packaging is the cherry on top.
5. Black Girl Sunscreen
Best for melanated skin
What We Tried | Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Active Ingredient | Homosalate 10%
Price | $15.99 for 3 fl oz
Ideal for people of color, especially Black skin, this sunscreen has been made with melanin in mind. This natural formula is infused with soothing ingredients like avocado, cacao, carrot juice, and sunflower oil which will keep skin hydrated and protected. On the flip side, you won’t find any parabens, synthetic fragrance, or oxybenzone here. Vegan, cruelty-free, Black-owned, and ultra-sheer, this is a winning formula in our book (and in hundreds of others’!).
6. Beekman 1802
Best lightweight sunscreen + primer
What We Tried | Milk Primer SPF 35 2-in-1
Active Ingredient | Zinc oxide 13%
Price | $25 for 1 fl oz
Get ready for this (literal) milk primer from Beekman 1802. While it’s very liquid-y and unusual to apply at first, we found that it was the best at offering full coverage. We love how soothing this EWG Verified SPF primer felt on our skin, and how it layered weightlessly underneath makeup. While it’s not vegan, this primer is never tested on animals and is made in the USA (read more about the small farm’s cruelty-free approach here).
7. UnSun Cosmetics
Best tinted sunscreen
What We Tried | Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen
Active Ingredient | Zinc oxide 6.5%, titanium dioxide 5.5%
Price | $29 for 1.7 fl oz
Katonya Breaux launched UnSun Cosmetics as a response to the lack of effective sun care options for darker skin tones. These mineral sunscreens come in two main shades for lighter and darker skin, and are made with the safest of ingredients. Named a Best Of Beauty award winner by Allure, it’s a botanical-infused formula that offers sheer coverage and a shimmering tint.
8. Babo Botanicals
Best for sensitive skin
What We Tried | Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 (Fragrance Free)
Active Ingredient | Titanium dioxide 5.9%, non-nano zinc oxide 3.3%
Price | $16.99 for 1.7 fl oz
As a certified B Corp, Babo Botanicals is dedicated to crafting the best products for both people and planet. Its reef-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free sunscreen is easy to apply and is the perfect everyday SPF for people with sensitive skin. We especially love that this one-stop shop offers sun protection for the whole family, including SPF sprays and lotions that are safe for baby, too.
Best for city dwellers
What We Tried | City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
Active Ingredient | Homosalate 8%, octisalate 4%
Price | $42 for 2 fl oz
Even if you’re spending your time in concrete jungles, you still need face protection! This Supergoop City Serum is packed with vitamins E and B5 to keep you hydrated throughout the day. (Plus it works as a daily moisturizer, too!) This clean sunscreen is reef-safe, cruelty-free, and in eco-friendly packaging. You’ll never find ingredients like oxybenzone in Supergoop products—see the full list here.