No matter your age or skin tone, there’s no excuse for exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays. We round up the best allergy-friendly and sensitive skin sunscreens available to help shield you from summer’s glare.
Badger: Unscented, All-Natural Sunscreen
With just five ingredients, Badger’s unscented, all-natural SPF 30 sunscreen is top-rated by the EWG. It uses non-nano zinc oxide, which stays on the skin’s surface and blocks UV light.
U.S.: $15.99 for 2.9 oz tube at www.badgerbalm.com
Canada: $22.99 for 87 mL tube at www.well.ca
ATTITUDE: 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and natural, this sunscreen is 100 percent mineral. It uses ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide for the safest possible sun care for you and your child. Easy to apply and non-whitening!
U.S. & Canada: $24.95 for a 5.2 oz tube www.attitudeliving.com
Raw Elements: Hypoallergenic Eco Stick
The hypoallergenic SPF 30 sunblock by Raw Elements glides on for 80 minutes of no-mess protection. It provides effective in-water defense without harming the marine environment. It can even be applied underwater!
U.S. & Canada: $15.99 for .60 oz stick at www.rawelementsusa.com
Kiss My Face Organics: Face & Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
This water-resistant, fragrance-free sunscreen is made with non-nano minerals and infused with antioxidants like green tea and organic sunflower oil. It’s made with 87 percent certified organic ingredients, but as the product’s website notes, “when used properly, mineral sunscreens will leave a whitish tint.”
Episencial: Babytime Sunny Sunscreen
Enriched with organic green tea and aloe, Babytime Sunny Sunscreen by Episencial has received one of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) highest safety ratings. The broad spectrum SPF 35 lotion is water-resistant and petroleum-, fragrance- and gluten-free. Contains shea butter*.
U.S. and Canada: 2.7 oz tube $14.99 at www.babytimeusa.com
California Baby: Super Sensitive Sunscreen
Award-winning Super Sensitive Sunscreen from California Baby is fragrance-free and formulated for delicate skin with no PABA or chemicals. Plus it’s free of peanuts, gluten, soy and dairy. Eco-friendly and 100% organic, this water-resistant sunscreen is perfect for all ages.
U.S. & Canada: $39.99 for a 6 oz tube at www.californiababy.com
Vanicream: Sensitive Skin Sunscreen
Keep the sun in check with Sensitive Skin SPF 50 Sunscreen from Vanicream. Gentle and non-irritating, this PABA-free sun defense protects ultra-sensitive skin without chemicals, fragrances or preservatives. Also free of gluten and nut oils with extra-effective UV blocking from zinc oxide.
U.S.: $18.99 for 4 oz tube at www.drugstore.com
Canada: $25.99 for 4 oz tube at shop.allergycanada.com
Goddess Garden: Sport Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
The mineral-based, broad spectrum block withstands water activities, is vegan and biodegradable. Non-greasy and ideal for sensitive skin, this sun screen is safe for the whole family to use and promises to be “effective immediately,” instead of chemical containing sunscreens that take longer to activate.
EWG’s Sunscreen Rankings
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has assembled a helpful list of the best sunscreens from the perspective of:
effectiveness and the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients of a product as compared to other sunscreens. Allergic Living’s picks did make the best sunscreens list.