Top 5 Green Sunscreens

By Green Beauty Expert - Jo Levy

With summer in full swing, now is the time to get serious about your sunscreen protection. I’ve compiled my top green and clean sunscreen options that offer safe protection without sacrificing performance. This means no nasty chemicals allowed while guarding the skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

1.    COOLAEco-Lux 8oz Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray

Cost: $36.00

With over 70% certified organic ingredients, this sporty sunscreen is not only a super healthy option for those wanting the ultimate clean option in sun protection. It also is loaded with anti-oxidant benefits and features organic cucumber and strawberry extracts which ties into the “vacation-in-a-bottle” ultimate tropical scent. The spray packaging is also easy for those hard to reach areas such as the backside.

2.    Alba Botanica Green Tea Sunblock SPF 45

Cost: $11.99

For those seeking a traditional, cream textured sunscreen, Alba Botanica’s Green Tea Sunblock feels emollient and super hydrating on skin without the heaviness. This is a great option for those that are vegan as its ingredients are 100% plant based. The fresh, green tea scent is delightful and the blend of botanicals such as lavender, calendula and aloe help to heal and calm the skin.

3.    Andalou Naturals Oil Control Beauty Balm Un-Tinted SPF 30

Cost: $19.95

Especially great for sensitive or blemish prone skin, this 3-1 beauty balm not only smells divine with a citrus-y hibiscus flower blend, but also keeps skin matte and clear with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory Willow Bark Extract. Zinc Oxide offers complete sun protection without feeling greasy on skin. A must have for underneath your makeup on days spent outdoors.

4.    Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Cost: $24.00

Think of this sunscreen as part body treatment + part sunscreen as the bevy of anti-oxidant botanicals and oils help to firm and smooth skin such as, green tea extract, sunflower oil, citrus and pomegranate seed oils. Additionally, the completely non-greasy non-nano and uncoated zinc oxide protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

5.    Beauty Counter Protect Stick Sunscreen SPF 30

Cost: $18.00

A perfect option for those seeking portable, on-the-go sun protection. Beauty Counter’s Stick Sunscreen can be easily applied to any part of the face or body and blended in quickly. A nourishing blend of coconut and acai extracts hydrate skin and physical, non-nano zinc sunscreen, protects against damaging rays.