Saturday, May 25, 2019

Best, Safest Sunscreen 2019

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It's the unofficial start of summer and it's going to be a gorgeous Memorial Day Weekend! That means it's time for your reminder about taking care of your skin in the sun. I call sunscreen a magic cream. It's amazing really. All you have to do is apply the cream and it keeps your skin from burning. It's also the most effective anti aging skin product available!

Watch my sun and skin care video

There is a vast array of physical sunscreens (aka mineral sunscreens) and chemical sunscreens to choose from. 

Read about chemical vs mineral sunscreens

Plus, a wide variety of SPFs from 15 to 100! If you are someone who is concerned about the chemicals you apply to your kid's skin  and your own skin as well, go to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for answers on product safety. They have a super list of sunscreens they have rated and have great articles on sun safety. They even list each ingredient in a product, rate the ingredient and tell you concerns about the ingredient. It's a great resource!

10 Great little sunscreen tips you may not know

The EWG is very picky about sunscreen, which is good for all of us. The EWG really doesn't like spray sunscreens because they are not as effective as creamy formulas. A cream provides a better layer of protection. 

They don't like high SPF sunscreens (over an SPF of 50) because they are misleading in the amount of protection they provide. Plus, they can cause skin irritation. 

Another important fact about chemical sunscreens is that chemical sunscreens are absorbed by the skin and can be detected in the blood, urine and breast milk. Expecting and nursing moms, this is really important for you to know! Choose a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone, which is a hormone disrupting chemical, is absorbed by the skin.

Retinyl palmitate, a Vitamin A derivative, commonly found in sunscreen, is a chemical that may damage sun exposed skin.

The sun protection products are rated from 1 to 10. 1 being the best score and 10 being the worst. The sunscreens are rated individually. One brand name may have different products with different scores. I always prefer to use cruelty free brands and I prefer a mineral sunscreen over a chemical sunscreen.


Here are a few cruelty free brands with good scores:

Alba Botanica has 4 sunscreens scoring twos. I like this brand and it is easy to find at drug stores and super stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target.


All Good 9 of their zinc based sunscreens scored a ones. This brand is available on their site and at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

Babo Botanicals 5 of their sunscreens scored ones. The brand is available on their site and at specialty stores such as health food stores. Check the store locator on their site.

Badger 13 of their sunscreens scored a ones. Available online and at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Blue Lizard 2 of these Australian sunscreens scored ones and 3 scored a twos. They have a cool bottle that turns blue when UV rays are present to remind you to apply your sunscreen! Available online and at various pharmacies. Check their store locator. 

Caribbean Sol  3 of these are biodegradable sunscreens that won't harm our natural living reef system scored a ones. Available on their online store.


Deter Outdoor Skin Protection makes Deter Mineral Reef Safe Sunscreen SPF 30 which is an environmentally friendly broad spectrum sunscreen that is fortified with natural anti oxidants. Buy online and at select stores. check their store locator.

Goddess Garden 7 of these organic sunscreens scored ones. Find Goddess Garden at CVS, specialty stores and on their site. I bought it at my Bed, Bath and Beyond. 

Read the Goddess Garden Review

Kabana Organic Skincare 8 of these organic sunscreens scores ones. The products are available on their site. They have tinted sunscreen in four colors peach, bronze, nude and neutral. Great idea!


JuiceBeauty Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 scored a one. Available online and at Ulta, various maternity stores & more stores. Check their store locator. 

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Coconut SPF 50 and the Mineral Bronzing Body Butter Pineapple Flower SPF 50 scored a two. Their Mineral Face Stick SPF 50 also scored a two. This is a vegan skin care and makeup line. Find it at Ulta and on their site.

Sun Bum 2 of their SPF 50 sunscreens scored twos. Find Sun Bum at salons, specialty shops, on amazon and on their site.

shop on amazon for cruelty free sunscreen

There are many other brands to check out. Visit the EWG site to see more. You can search your favorite sunscreen and see it's rating easily by using their handy search box. 

The EWG's 2019 Guide to Sunscreens

Some good brands are not on the list this year that were on last year's list. I'm not sure why. They are good products.

AllTerrain  3 of their sunscreens scored ones in the past but I don't see them on the list this year They are available online and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe & more stores. Check their store locator.

Amazon is the most convenient place to shop for sunscreen at great prices with fast shipping. Use my link and I get a small commission­čśâ TY!

Have a Beautiful, Sun Safe Day!

xo 
Jill

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