The Best Natural Sunscreens for Maximum Protection

Research shows 90 percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun's UVA light and sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging in women and men.

Therefore, wearing sunscreen year round is essential if you'd like to prevent skin aging. Here are the best natural sunscreens:

Pratima Sunscreen SPF 30

Pratima’s sunscreen is handmade according to Ayurvedic traditions with top quality ingredients that supply antioxidants and anti-aging benefits. Pratima believes that “What we apply on the skin should be good enough to eat.” The Neem Rose Face Sunscreen is wonderful and effective. It smells fabulous (like roses), goes on smoothly, rubs in quickly without feeling greasy and provides a full spectrum of sun protection.
The ingredients are: Ionized water, Non-nano micronized zinc oxide 18.6%, Organic extracts of neem, Brahmi, Shatavari, Licorice, Wheat germ oil, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Rose oil, Xanthan gum.

Badgers Sunscreen SPF 30

Badgers sunscreen is made by a little company in Gilsum, NH. This sunscreen is rated very high for safety and efficacy by The Environmental Working Group. They are naturally water resistant, safe for children of all ages, block both UVA and UVB rays, and thoroughly moisturize while they protect the skin.
The ingredients are: Zinc oxide 20.5%, Olive oil, Beeswax, Jojoba oil, Cocoa butter, Shea butter, Essential oils. (Badger does offer a non scented version now here)

Kabana Green Screen SPF 22

Kabana’s petrochemical-free, organic and natural sunscreen formulas are created by Erik Kreider MS MBA, a pharmaceutical scientist who became dissatisfied with companies that mislead their customers and 'market' natural but don't 'sell' natural ingredients in their mass-marketed skin care products. Kabana is made from very pure, organic ingredients. It is a very simple and natural formulation. Broad spectrum.

The ingredients are: 25% Zinc oxide, Spring water, Olive oil, Jojoba oil, Glycerin, Shea butter, Emulsifying wax, Vegetable Vitamin E.

Devita Solar Protective SPF 30

This sunscreen is highly popular with the folks at From Devita's website, "Our exclusive formula contains a rare blend to soothe and normalize all skin types. Absorbs quickly and completely. Deeply moisturizing daytime cream for oily, normal or dry skin. Contains 14% Micronized Zinc Oxide for the ultimate in transparent solar protection. This formulation created specifically for those sensitive to breakouts. This moisturizer is light enough to wear under your make-up, absorbs quickly, and yet leaves the skin nourished and feeling soft and smooth. Offers both UVA/UVB protection." 

The ingredients are: Micronized zinc oxide 14%, Purified water, Organice aloe vera gel, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides (derived from Coconut Oil), Stearic Acid, Vegetable Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate (from vegetable oil), Lecithin, Vitamin E (Acetate), Allantoin, Comfrey Root Extract, Grape Seed Extract.

UV Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

UV natural offers a very silky, water resistant sunscreen with all natural ingredients. It is high in antioxidants and free of fragrances. 

The ingredients are: Zinc oxide 24.8%, Caprilic / capric triglycerides (from coconut oil), Silica, Zinc Stearate, Grapeseed Oil, Macademia oil, Green tea, Grapeseed extract, Vitamin E, Iron oxides.

Keys Solar RX Sunscreen SPF 30

Solar Rx is completely non-toxic and natural sunscreen that is very creamy and moisturizing. It smells delicious too! Keys Solar Rx is featured on the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Report as one of the safest and most effective sunscreens. Keys Solar Rx carries a UVB (UV Burning) rating of SPF 30+ and a UVA (UV Aging) of four stars using the EU rating system. It is important to note that 90% of all visible skin aging comes from UVA. The nano-zinc oxide (ZnO) in Solar RX is uncoated to provide healing therapies associated with zinc oxide. The uncoated zinc has also proven to be anti-bacterial and antimicrobial and can reduce redness, rosacea, age spots and melasma.
The ingredients are: Nano zinc oxide 20.0%, Purified water, Shea butter, Avocado oil, Carrot seed oil, Black seed oil, Vegetable glycerin, Vegetable wax, Blood orange, Clary sage, Rosemary extract.

Sanre Organic Skin Food SPF 30

Sanre is a very luxurious, anti-aging sunscreen rated very well not only on the Environmental Working Group, but also with their customers. People seem to really like this sunscreen. Taken from their website: "Shields and protects your skin from sun exposure and pollution, while gently restoring moisture and elasticity, all without clogging sensitive pores. This natural rejuvenator is applied as a daily moisturizer to provide a soothing and healing barrier against Mother Nature, as it strives to reduce skin irritation, inflammation, and free radical damage." 

The ingredients are: Zinc oxide, Safflower oil, Grapeseed oil, Purified water, Beeswax, Coconut oil, Aloe vera, Vitamin E & C, Lavender, Rosemary, Red Thyme, Patchouli, Hyssop.

Marie Veronique Face Screen SPF 30

There is quite a following for this sunscreen. Many claim it's the best they've ever tried. The ingredients used in MVO are of the highest quality; Their mission is to utilize as many "natural, organic and fair-trade" ingredients as possible, and the quality of these ingredients is evident in the first application of this sunscreen! Marie's Moisturizing Face Screen is chock full of lovely oils, extracts, and antioxidants to create a truly moisture-rich and effective sunscreen. Great as an everyday sunscreen.
The ingredients are: Green & white tea, Zinc oxide 24%, Jojoba oil, Apricot kernel oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Sunflower oil, Emu oil, Vitamin E, Glycerin, Red palm oil, Red raspberry seed oil, Lecithin, Potassium sorbate, Allantoin, Cosmocill cq, Xanthan gum, Seabuckthorn oil, Yangu oil, Honeysuckle, Rosemary, Carrot seed, Cistus oil, Lavender, Curcuma, iron oxides.

Osmosis Shelter Sunscreen SPF 30+

Osmosis broad spectrum formula coats the nano-sized Zinc particles which make them hold up better under intense sun exposure while providing a luxurious feel in this SPF 30+ broad spectrum formula. This sunblock is also unique in that its Phosphatidylcholine treats acne (making it ideal for oily/acneic skin clients) and hydrates while making the block more water resistant.

The ingredients are: Phosphatidylcholine , Zinclear (20%) , Shea butter, Catalase, Superoxide Dismutase, L-Glutathione, Sorbitan Palmitate (from olive oil), Sorbitan Olivate (from olive oil), Cetyl Palmitate (from olive oil), L-sodium lactate, L-sodium PCA, Hyaluronic acid, Lemon Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Sorbic acid, Naturotics, Japanese Honeysuckle, Liquid Crystals


..a note about vitamin d
When using sunscreen daily, be sure to get adequate amounts of vitamin D. A good amount for an adult is about 2,000 IU of D3 daily. Vitamin D is essential for many aspects of health.

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