Editor’s Picks: Amazing Natural Sunscreens We’re Wearing

Editor’s Picks: Amazing Natural Sunscreens We’re Wearing

As the weather warms up and we spend more time outdoors, using sunscreen is crucial for protecting our skin. While conventional sunscreens often contain concerning chemicals, natural options using mineral active ingredients like zinc oxide and non-nano titanium dioxide get the job done without questionable additives.

We’ve curated our favorite natural sunscreen picks that rub in easily, don’t leave a white cast, and most importantly, protect skin safely and effectively using clean ingredients.

Badger Sport Sunscreen Cream

Badger sport sunscreen

This reef-safe formula goes on sheer using non-nano zinc oxide along with sunflower vitamin E, jojoba oil, and beeswax to moisturize while protecting. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes so it will hold up to sweat and splash.

Goddess Garden Sport Natural Sunscreen

Goddess Garden sunscreen

Ideal for active days, this fast-absorbing sunscreen lotion uses 20% non-nano zinc oxide to deliver broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes and enhanced with moisturizing organic aloe and shea butter.

All Good Sport Sunscreen Stick

All good sport sunscreen stick

For targeted application on the face and nose without touching the product, this handy sunscreen stick is key. With 20% non-nano zinc oxide and organic calendula to calm and heal skin, it’s ideal for runners, cyclists, golfers and anyone who wants mess-free SPF.

Raw Elements Eco Formula Sunscreen

Raw elements eco formula sunscreen

A top choice for ocean lovers, this reef-safe lotion uses 23% non-nano zinc oxide for guaranteed protection even after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Sunflower oil, green tea and other botanicals nourish skin too.

Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Sun Bum mineral sunscreen

Ideal for families, this fast-absorbing SPF 30 lotion blends skin-loving argan oil and sunflower oil with 20% non-nano zinc oxide for safe broad spectrum protection. It’s also vegan and reef friendly.


Why choose a natural sunscreen?

Natural sunscreens use mineral active ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide rather than chemical UV filters like oxybenzone. Mineral sunscreens are effective yet also safer and less irritating for sensitive skin.

What is non-nano zinc oxide?

Non-nano zinc oxide particles are larger in size rather than nano-sized. This makes them safer for both human health and marine environments.

How can you make sunscreen rub in more easily?

Apply sunscreen to bare skin 15 minutes before going outside. This allows it to fully absorb rather than sitting on top of the skin. Reapplication is also key!

Do you need both UVA and UVB protection in sunscreen?

Yes, broad spectrum protection shields skin from both UVA rays that cause aging and UVB rays that burn. All of the mineral sunscreens above provide full broad spectrum coverage.

Can sunscreen really be reef safe?

Mineral sunscreens with non-nano ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect sunlight rather than being absorbed into ocean life. This makes them the optimal choice for coral reef safety.