Sun damage is no joke. It makes you look older than you are and can lead to skin cancer. That doesn’t mean you should hole up inside and never see the sun. The answer is sunscreen. By using organic, bioactive, and vegan ingredients that actually work, these companies are making sunscreen more skin- and earth-friendly. If the drug store stuff is letting you down with its chemical-laden sticky goo, add these to your cart and get out there.

Grown Alchemist Natural Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30

Key Selling Point: A vegan sunscreen that you’ll want to use every day.

Your face, neck, and chest are likely the first areas to be affected by the sun’s harmful rays and other environmental aggressors, not to mention the most noticeable. Grown Alchemist’s sunscreen is the best addition to your daily routine, protecting your skin with SPF 30 while hydrating it with easily blendable, plant-based oils. There’s zero chemical filters to worry about so you can be sure you’re doing the best you can for your skin, and for the reefs.


Bask SPF 50 Non-Aerosol Spray


Key Selling Point: An earth-friendly spray with a never-sticky feel.

Intense outdoor activities require a bump in your level of sun protection. The Feel Good spray from Bask now comes in a broad-spectrum SPF 50 for extra protection. The non-aerosol can doesn’t use ozone-hating chemical propellants but still manages to spray from any angle (hello, backside). It goes on smooth, smells good, and a portion of every purchase from Bask is donated to skin cancer charities. 

Olita Organic Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Key Selling Point: An everyday essential, using clean ingredients for sensitive skin.

Made with organic ingredients hat are non-toxic, fragrance-free, and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, Otila Organic Sunscreen also provides an SPF of 30. This sunscreen is gentle on skin, making it a great choice for those with skin sensitivity, yet it still protects against harmful UV rays. Its premium, certified organic ingredients include zinc oxide, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, castor seed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba seed oil, and shea butter, so your skin will be protected while reaping moisturizing benefits.

Coola Refreshing Water Mist Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 18


Key Selling Point: A pick-me-up face mist packed with face-loving ingredients.

The mid-afternoon slump is about more than just your energy levels. Since you can’t give your skin a 3 p.m. cuppa, spray this. Like everything Coola makes, the Refreshing Water Mist Organic Face Sunscreen is at least 70 percent organic. It includes aloe and coconut water for hydration, plus SPF 18 to boost your sun protection mid-day. There are even plant-derived ingredients that protect from blue light radiation for those of us tied to screens all day.

Vertra Water Resistance Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Key Selling Point: A reef-safe spray that brings worry-free sun protection to your routine.

Vertra has succeeded in incorporating ocean-friendly, mineral ingredients into a strong sun protectant that will be your go-to all year long. With this lightweight, non-whitening, SPF 50 sunscreen, you can be confident your skin won’t just withstand damage from the sun, it will be moisturized as well. Thanks to its antioxidant-rich oils, plant extracts, and lack of parabens, synthetic fragrances, and chemicals, you’ll benefit from its reparative properties.

Final Thoughts

Avoiding the sun altogether isn’t healthy. But letting the sun burn and damage your skin is almost as bad. Sunscreen brands like these are starting to make formulations that not only protect your skin, but do a better job of protecting the planet too. Just one more reason to get outside.

This post was created by a non-news editorial team at Recurrent Media, Futurism’s owner. Futurism may receive a portion of sales on products linked within this post.

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