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Anca Novacovici

Professional Eco Expert

Best Eco Sunscreen & Best Eco Friendly Sunblock

UV rays can increase the risk of skin cancer and cause up to ninety percent of wrinkles. Not to mention that when sunscreen goes into the water, it harms the coral reefs. Common ingredients in chemical sunscreens activate dormant viruses in algae that then kill the coral beds that algae feed. Some general rules of thumb are to choose a sunscreen with a physical rather than a chemical blocker and to purchase an eco-friendly sunscreen. Physical blockers contain mineral-based non-chemical pigments such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These work by creating a physical barrier between the skin and the sun, reflecting sunlight away from the skin. Below are some of the best out there, though there are more than five that should be included in this list!

With the best eco sunscreen you can go outside and protect yourself from the sun's rays. Our eco friendly sunblock also helps cut down on wrinkles without being toxic using unnecessary chemicals.

Best Eco Sunscreens by Anca Novacovici

The Best You Can Get

  • L’uvalla SPF 20 Sunscreen

    Anca says: L’uvalla is an aromatherapy sunscreen made with 100% natural, vegan, and organic ingredients and bears the highly-respected European COSMEBIO organic certification. It uses an antioxidant-rich lotus extract along with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect and soothe. It is also paraben and PABA free, does not contain synthetic preservatives or other chemicals commonly found in sunscreen lotions, so you can feel great using it, for you and for the environment.

    • 3.4 oz.
    • UVA protection
    • Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • Keys Soap SPF 30

    Anca says: This lotion goes on smoothly and does not have your traditional sunscreen smell, but rather a more herbal, earthy smell. It is given a maximum of four starts for UVA (UV aging) by the EU sunscreen rating system. The container is not recyclable and it is not waterproof, but it is one of the least toxic sunscreens out there, contains soothing essential oils (including avocado oil), and is great to use as a base for make-up. In addition, it works well for individuals with acne rosacea as compared to other SPF 30 products. So if you have sensitive skin, or need something for everyday use, this is a great choice.

    • 3.4 oz.
    • Active ingredients: Zinc oxide
    • UVA and UVB protection
  • Soleo Organics Sunscreen, SPF 30

    Anca says: This product from the Australian company has a high degree of zinc oxide, higher than the other products in this list (22%). It is thick and creamy and goes on smoothly, though it is nearly invisible. It's hypoallergenic formula makes it great even for sensitive skin types. Soleo does not use nanotechnology in the making of their products.

    • 2.6 oz.
    • UVA and UVB protection
    • Active ingredient: Zinc oxide
    • Water-resistant
  • Eau Thermale Avene Sunscreen Cream for Sensitive Area, SPF 50

    Anca says: This sunscreen is great for people with sensitive skins who would like some extra protection. This dermo-cosmetic product was developed by the Avene Dermatological Hydrotherapy Center in France, which has treated sensitive skins for over two centuries. This particular product is not water-resistant, but the company also makes a tinted product that is water-resistant.

    • 6.76 fl. oz.
    • UVA and UVB protection
    • Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
  • Trukid Sunny Days Mineral Sunscreen

    Anca says: This sunscreen is applied by stick but it is smoother than regular stick sunscreens, which are usually hard to rub in and messy. It is also waterproof and contains essential oils. It has a faint citrus scent, so if you don’t like the traditional sunscreen smell, this is the product for you! Though the name suggests that it is for children, it is great for both adults and kids.

    • 0.62 oz.
    • Active ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
    • Waterproof

You will be happy with any of these

  • California Baby SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion, No Fragrance

    Anca says: Though the name may suggest that it is for babies, it is great to use for adults. This sunscreen is lightweight and not greasy, though it does take a little rubbing to get it in the skin and can leave the skin a little whiter depending on your skin tone. It handles moisture well, and is therefore great for playing sports or other physical activity.

    • 2.9 oz.
    • Active ingredient: Titanium dioxide
    • UVA and UVB protection
    • Waterproof
  • Vanicream Sunscreen SPORT, SPF 35

    Anca says: This fragrance-free sunscreen from Pharmaceutical Specialties is great for those with oily skin, as it is not as oily as some other sunscreens. It is also great for those with sensitive skin or with chemical sensitivities to sunscreens with fragrances. It is also free of preservatives, though it is not water-resistant.

    • 4 oz.
    • Active ingredients: Zinc oxide
    • UVA and UVB protection
  • Mexitan Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30

    Anca says: Unlike some of the other zinc or titanium dioxide lotions, Mexitan does not leave a whitish film once it is rubbed in. It absorbs quickly into the skin and is light and there is almost no smell once it is on (though it does smell of eucalyptus when you apply it). It is great for use in protected marine areas as well as at the beach and the pool, not to mention that it is quite reasonably priced!

    • 8 oz.
    • UVA and UVB protection
    • Active ingredient: Zinc oxide
  • Caribbean Sol Solguard, SPF 25

    Anca says: This sunscreen is made of biodegradable ingredients and has been sold for years at eco-friendly resorts and dive sites in Mexico, Florida, and Hawaii. Biodegradable means that it breaks down and will not harm the coral reefs; protected marine parks will not let you in without a biodegradable sunscreen (note: not all sunscreens that say ‘biodegradable’ are – be sure to do your research). This sunscreen also contains organic aloe vera and Kukui Pod oil and natural cucumber-melon extracts, which promote skin hydration.

    • 6 oz.
    • UVA, UVB protection
    • Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
    • Water-resistant
  • Mustela Sun Cream for Sensitive Areas, SPF 50

    Anca says: If you’d like added protection, this is the lotion for you. It takes a little rubbing but the lotion is smooth and is made for sensitive areas, though it can used for the entire body. It is also in a convenient size for a pocketbook, and great for everyday use.

    • 0.5 fl. oz.
    • UVA and UVB protection
    • Active ingredients: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
    • Water-resistant

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The best eco sunscreen protects you from the sun's rays while not harming coral reefs, which are killed by viruses activated by regular sunscreen. Our best eco friendly sunblock uses mineral-based non-chemical pigments such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to block the sun. Choose this best environmentally friendly suntan cream when you want to preserve the earth and still want to go out in the sun.