There has been a lot of talk about ingredients in sunscreens lately. Some of the talk even goes so far as to say that sunscreen can actually cause cancer. We’ll get into the debate here but also talk about the safest sunscreen brands of 2022.
First I want to talk about what I found in my research. No matter what the opinions are, our goal here is to avoid unnatural chemical ingredients, right? But I think it’s important to know the facts. You can also skip down to the actual sunscreen brands in the Table of Contents.
Facts About Sunscreen Ingredients
Ingredients that are generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) by the FDA:
- Titanium dioxide
- Zinc oxide
These are known as physical sunscreens and act as a shield. They are also known as mineral sunscreens. They deflect the sun’s rays, sitting on top of your skin.
Ingredients that are banned in the US:
- Tolamine salicylate
You won’t find these two ingredients in any sunscreen in the US.
Many doctors in the US feel that using sunscreen of any type is better than risking skin cancer by not wearing any. Since sunscreen use is up by so much in recent years, the FDA is asking for more safety data for these chemical ingredients in sunscreens:
- Ingredients commonly used in the U.S.: ensulizole, octisalate, homosalate, octocrylene, octinoxate, oxybenzone, avobenzone.
- Ingredients not frequently used in the U.S.: Cinoxate, dioxybenzone, meradimate, padimate O, sulisobenzone.
These are chemical sunscreens so you can see why they are investigating their complete safety, especially oxybenzone.
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So here I’ll give you some great sunscreens that include only the GRASE ingredients, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. The FDA and dermatologists recommend a minimum SPF of 30. Anything over SPF 50 is probably not worth spending more money on.
ThinkSport Sunscreen SPF 50+ 3oz (6oz available)
ThinkSport is the ultimate natural sunscreen and it gives 80 minutes of water protection! Formulated with Zinc oxide, it’s free of Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, and UV Chemical absorbers
Absorbs easily and no oily feel and it smells nice. It’s also free of paraben, phthalates, PABA, and 1,4 dioxane.
Goes on without a white cast. Reviews are spectacular! Check this one out for your sunny day activities.
Babo Botanicals SPF 30 Clear Zinc, Fragrance-Free
Help prevent sunburn with Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc SPF 30 sunscreen. Babo’s formula is non-nano, contains high UVB/UVA protection, and, as always, is all-natural and kid-safe. Contains 18.4% Zinc, the most effective and safest sunscreen ingredient, and skin-soothing certified organic oils. This hypoallergenic sunscreen is non-greasy and doesn’t run in eyes.
Rated a #1 in safety on EWG
100% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
Rubs in Clear
80 minutes water & sweat resistant
Fragrance-free for sensitive skin, non-irritating formula
Ultra-sheer and lightweight
Hypoallergenic to minimize the risk of allergic reactions
Enriched with Babo’s Exclusive Nutri-Soothe Complex rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants
Suntegrity Unscented Body Sunscreen SPF 30
This mineral sunscreen will not only shield your skin from damaging UV rays but moisturize, heal and soothe without any residue or chalkiness. The best we’ve found so far! Suntegrity’s SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen for the body offers broad-spectrum protection and is free of harsh chemicals like parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic dyes, sulfates, nanoparticles, and chemical UV absorbers. It’s non-greasy and contains 20% non-nano, uncoated zinc-oxide for therapeutic broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Malu SPF 30 Day Cream
Named for the Hawaiian word for shade, shelter, protection, and peace, MALU provides reef-safe mineral SPF 30 sun protection via zinc oxide. Imbued with nourishing noni fruit, seaweed, jasmine, and aloe vera, it replenishes skin with nutrients and lightweight hydration. Marrying modern ingredients with traditional Hawaiian plants, this blend leaves skin feeling protected and primed for the day. A percentage of all proceeds from MALU is donated to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a non-profit that educates the community and keeps our oceans clean.
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That Covers It
So now you know a little bit more about sunscreen ingredients and some great healthy options for sunscreen.
If you try one of these, please feel free to leave your own comments below. Or questions or opinions. Thank you for reading today!
8 thoughts on “Focus – Safest Sunscreen Brands of 2022”
I enjoyed reading your review of sunscreens as I have always had my concerns about putting these chemicals on my skin, I can even taste them sometimes. A lot of them are so thick and horrible that they ruin the sun experience and I feel that they take moisture from my skin. I love the idea of the Suntegrity brand as it sounds like it will feed my skin and protect it. I will be giving it a go in our harsh Australian sun very soon. Thanks
Oh good! Yes, you definitely need it in your climate. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment, Lily!
I have a very sensitive skin. And I am out on vacation this month. So, I would like to have a good sunscreen with me. I feel that my best option is Suntegrity. A friend told me it was very good. And now I read about it in your post. I try to avoid harsh chemicals in sunscreens and Suntegrity does that.
Thanks for reading and leaving a comment, Ann! Have a great vacation. You’ll be well protected from the sun.
Wow, you even need to watch what Sunscreen you wear nowadays. In the past, we only had to worry about the SFP factor.
These sunscreens you have mentioned look great. My pet peeves in a sunblock are stickyness, to thick, too greasy and obviously burning while wearing the sunscreen in question.
I trust the ones you have recommended have none of these bad characteristics?
These all have the least issues with stickiness, being too thick or greasy of the sunscreens I looked at. Thinksport is probably the best as far as those issues but is still very effective.
Thank you for reading and your question!
Thank you for this information. I burn very easily and no matter how many times I apply I still burn. I’ve been trying to find a natural sunscreen that works. After reading this review I feel that one of these probably will help. So thanks for these suggestions. I’m sure some of these will help me.
You are welcome, Kiersti. Thank you for reading and visiting.