Screening Process


Natural sunscreens that offer maximum fun in the sun


By Stacey Stapleton



Photo by Anthony Verde, Styling by Camilla Slattery

With summer in full swing, protecting yourself from damaging UV rays is a must. Most sunscreens contain chemical ingredients like benzophenone that prevent sunburn by absorbing directly into the skin. The smarter choice? Mineral-based products—formulated with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or a combination of both—that create a physical barrier to reflect UVA and UVB rays off the body. Our testers slathered on dozens of brands to find the skin-saving best.

BEST EVERYDAY USE
Origins Sunshine State SPF 20
As lightweight as body lotion, and it leaves no greasy, white film behind. Vitamin E slows signs of aging while chamomile soothes, and it’s sweat resistant, too.
$23, origins.com

BEST FOR FACE
Korres Watermelon Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 30
Rich in hydrating shea butter, this can be swapped for your usual daily moisturizer. The faint, fruity scent makes you feel as if you’re on vacation—even when you’re not.
$28, sephora.com

BEST FOR KIDS
Nature’s Gate Kid’s Block Giggleberry Sunblock Lotion SPF 30

Gentle enough for sensitive skin, the water-resistant formula spares you from having to reapply it every time your kid climbs out of the pool.
$9, natures-gate.com

BEST SPRAY
Kiss My Face Sunspray Lotion SPF 30

The burn protec­tion is unsurpassed, and the nonaerosol spray applies a light layer of lotion that quickly and evenly melts into skin.
$13, kissmyface.com

BEST STICK
Dr Hauschka Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

Toss the tube in your purse or pocket: Its mess-free portability makes this all-natural protector ideal for touch-ups on your nose, lips, and ears.
$15,  drhauschka.com

BEST TRAVEL SIZE
Badger Sunblock SPF 15 or 30

The 2.9 ounce tube meets stringent airport carry-on restrictions, so you can bypass baggage claim and head straight for the beach.
$16, badgerbalm.com

BEST FOR WATERSPORTS
All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30

Designed for hardcore water enthusiasts, this protector beads moisture on the skin, so you know when it’s working and when it’s time to reapply.
$10, allterrainco.com

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