Friday, June 27, 2014

The Best Non-Toxic Sunscreens

1. Block Island Organics Non-Toxic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40
EWG SkinDeep: 1 (Low Hazard)
Think Dirty: Not Rated
GoodGuide: Not Rated

Why to Buy: First off, the JUGs love Block Island. How can we not support a skincare company named after one of our favorite New England getaways?! This high SPF sunscreen has no nano-particles or artificial fragrances. It is perfect for the beach because it is water resistant and absorbs instantly. The formula is vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free, made in the USA, and was not tested on animals.

2. Beautycounter Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Face Sunscreen
EWG SkinDeep: 1 (Low Hazard)
Think Dirty: Not Rated
GoodGuide: Not Rated

Why to Buy: We love that this broad spectrum sunscreen is nourishing and light enough to use as an everyday moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid and safflower oleosomes supply and retain hydration, green tea and geranium extracts soothe, calm, and balance skin. This product does not contain nano particles which can often irritate sensitive skin. This can even be worn under makeup, so there is no excuse to leave the house unprotected.

3. Erbaviva Sunscreen SPF 30
EWG SkinDeep: 1 (Low Hazard)
Think Dirty: 0 (Neutral)
GoodGuide: 7 (Significantly Above Average)

Why to Buy: This sunscreen contains only natural ingredients, including: zinc oxide (a naturally occurring mineral), aloe, sunflower, olive and jojoba oils, chamomile essential oil, and lavender essential oil. Unlike many "all natural" sunscreens (cough, cough Burt's Bees), Erbaviva doesn’t leave white residue. Plus it provides UVA/UVB protection in water for up to 80 minutes.

4. Coola Cucumber Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Matte
EWG SkinDeep: 3 (Moderate Hazard)
Think Dirty: 4 (Half N' Half)
GoodGuide: 10 (Best)

Why to Buy: Coola is the JUGs' favorite sunscreen because it blends in completely for a matte finish. I repeat, you will not look shiny or oily after applying this sunscreen! It is also perfect for daily wear because it is antioxidant-infused for a line-smoothing finish. Most of the ingredients in the formula are USDA certified organic, making this not only a safe product for your body, but also for the environment.

5. Badger Lavender Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
EWG SkinDeep: 1 (Low Hazard)
Think Dirty: 1 (Neutral)
GoodGuide: 8.2 (Good)

Why to Buy: Badger is a local skincare company, based in New Hampshire. Their products contain some USDA certified organic ingredients, are non-nano, and are not tested on animals. Plus, this sunscreen is budget friendly so you can really slather it on!

- Cameron

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