Non-Toxic Sun Care Routine

The Care Label's guide to a non-toxic sun care routine.

I am a self-diagnosed heliophilia [(n.) someone who has a love for sunlight and desires to stay in it.]. In the summertime, I find myself wanting to spend an entire day frolicking under the sun. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could actually spend said days without a care in mind, knowing our skin was protected? Given our depleting ozone layer, sunbathing without a care is no longer an option. As much as I love the sun, I am a huge advocate of protecting the skin we are in. And not just with any sun care product you find at the drugstore fifteen minutes before meeting friends at the beach to only apply it after you jumped in the ocean. I advise finding non-toxic sun care products that not only protect the skin from harmful UVB rays but are also made with safe ingredients and pure intent. 

It is important to know that there are two ways to shield your skin from sun damage: with a chemical or mineral barrier. A chemical barrier uses one or more chemicals such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Sun care products containing these chemicals have the ability to cross into our skin and tissue, unfortunately disrupting our bodies and creating harmful side effects. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested +1,400 sunscreens and found only 5% met their safety standards, 40% of them were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer.

A mineral barrier is the safer option between the two. Mineral sun care products don’t get absorbed into your body at all, instead, they sit on top of your skin and reflect the sun’s rays. An ingredient you see used often in these sorts of sunscreens is zinc oxide. Be careful though, some sun care products are marketed to be mineral based but also contain the harmful chemicals listed above. Which is why I rely on pure intent brands that offer non-toxic sun care products. Below are a few of my favorite non-toxic sun care products that protect my skin whilst I enjoy a bit of sun:

Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30

    • Natural and synthetic ingredients without toxins, sensitizers, and irritants
    • The physical block is formulated with zinc oxide, the natural alternative to a chemical block
    • Loaded with potent antioxidants that aid in the prevention of oxidative cell damage and photo-aging
    • Infused with sunflower shoot extract, astaxanthin, raspberry seed oil, and marula oil
    • No fragrance
    • Doesn’t leave white residue
    • No animal testing
    • Made in the USA

Hurraw! Balm SPF 15

    • All natural ingredients without toxins
    • Vegan
    • The physical block is formulated with zinc oxide, the natural alternative to a chemical block
    • Made from premium raw, organic, and fair trade ingredients
    • Packed with cold pressed oils to protect, moisturize, and heal
    • Not draggy, super smooth, isn’t stickly, and doesn’t melt
    • Infused with raspberry seed oil, sea buckthorn oil, and pomegranate seed oil
    • Glides on virtually clear
    • Long lasting formula
    • Super affordable, $4.29 per lip balm
    • No animal testing
    • Made in the USA

Herbivore Botanicals X UO Coconut + Aloe After Sun Body Oil

    • All natural ingredients without toxins
    • Ingredients are certified organic and plant-based
    • Ethically sourced raw materials
    • Packed with cold pressed oils to protect, moisturize, and heal
    • Infused with therapeutic-grade essential oils
    • Natural scent of lavender & coconut
    • GMO free soy wax
    • Sustainably crafted with recyclable and reusable packaging
    • No animal testing
    • Made in USA

The Care Label's guide to a non-toxic sun care routine.

The Care Label's guide to a non-toxic sun care routine.

The Care Label's guide to a non-toxic sun care routine.

The Care Label's guide to a non-toxic sun care routine.

Credits: Stills by Ana Prodanovich & Wolfgang Pfreztzschner

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