Safe Sunscreens and Sun-Safety Tips

Protect yourself from damaging UV rays with natural, safe sunscreens and these sun-safety tips.

| July/August 2012

  • All Terrain's AquaSport SPF 30+ reef-safe, biodegradable mineral-based lotion is water-resistant, fragrance-free and non-stinging. 3 oz., $12; allterrainco.com
    Photo Courtesy All Terrain
  • Badger's SPF 34 Unscented Sunscreen offers water-resistant protection from UVA and UVB rays using zinc oxide and a base of organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, jojoba and cocoa butter. 2.9 oz., $16; badgerbalm.com
    Photo Courtesy Badger
  • Supergoop's SPF 30+ Everyday Sun Protection Lotion Offers water-resistant UV protection without oxybenzone, a hormone disruptor found in most sunscreens. 1.6 oz., $14; supergoop.com
    Photo Courtesy Supergoop
  • Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide water-resistant protection from UVA and UVB rays in Goddess Garden's Facial Sunscreen SPF 30. Green tea extract, lavender essential oil and vitamin E repair existing sun damage. 3.5 oz., $16; goddessgarden.com
    Photo Courtesy Goddess Garden

Sun-Safety Tips

Most experts agree people should use sunscreens to protect their skin from the sun, but unfortunately many commercial sunscreens contain harmful ingredients. Use the following sun-safety tips, and check out EWG’s list of 158 top-rated healthy sunscreens at EWG’s Skin Deep.

• Don’t rely on sunscreen alone. Clothing, hats, sunglasses and shade should be your first line of defense. Take extra caution between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are most intense.

• Avoid sunscreeens with vitamin A, which may speed up the development of cancer on skin exposed to sunlight. Watch out for “retinyl palmitate” or “retinol” on the label.

• Avoid sunscreens that contain oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and contaminates the body.



• Skip sunscreens with insect repellent. Sunscreens should be applied liberally and often; commercial insect repellents should not. Read more about safe insect repellents in Natural Mosquito Control Methods.

• Opt for creams instead of sprays and powders, which cloud the air with tiny particles of sunscreen that may not be safe to breathe.

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