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!