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.

REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30


Key Selling Point: An everyday face sunscreen you’ll actually want to use every day. 

Your face is the first (and most noticeable) place where the effects of sun damage show up. So yes, you need to put sunscreen on your face every day of your life. REN’s Clean Screen creates a physical barrier between your skin and the sun with non-nano zinc oxide. Plus, you can count on the addition of rice starch to absorb shine and passion fruit seed extract for a dose of free radical-fighting antioxidants.

Bask Feel Good Lotion & Spray Bundle


Key Selling Point: Eco-friendly sunscreen that feels great on the skin in a spray and lotion bundle.  

What’s better, spray or lotion? No need to make tough choices. Bask gives you both in their Feel Good Bundle. The company makes all of their products without the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate — two ingredients that have been banned from sale in Hawaii due to the damage they cause marine ecosystems. Both the spray and lotion are broad-spectrum SPF 30, go on light and smooth, and leave behind no spectral whiteness. 

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. 

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.

Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50



Key Selling Point: A delightfully scented sunscreen with a boost of antioxidants.

Coola wanted to make the healthiest sunblock they could, and the Classic Face Organic Sunscreen Lotion is the result. It starts with a robust, broad spectrum SPF 50 that doesn’t use reef-damaging oxybenzone or octinoxate. Then they added a proprietary blend of plant-based antioxidants to fight free radicals, and topped it off with neroli flower extract to help calm the skin.

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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