No matter your age or skin tone, there’s no excuse for exposing yourself to the sun’s harmful rays. Allergic Living magazine has featured some of the best allergy-friendly and sensitive skin sunscreens available. Below, we share these tools to help shield you from summer’s glare.
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.episencial.com
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: $21.99 for 87 mL tube at www.Well.ca
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
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.: $17.99 for 4 oz tube at www.drugstore.com
Canada: $29.99 for 4 oz tube at shop.allergycanada.com
Protect your skin with Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen in Pure Lavender SPF 45 from Alba Botanica. This lightly fragranced, organic, UV-blocking formula soothes and moisturizes with ingredients like green tea extract, aloe and chamomile. It’s water-proof, gluten-free, peanut-free and 100% vegan, with no parabens or PABA.
U.S.: $11.49 for 4 oz tube at www.albabotanica.com
Canada: $13.26 for 4 oz tube at www.amazon.ca
Lavanila: Healthy Sun Screen
The Healthy Sun Screen SPF 40 by Lavanila is infused with green tea, organic shea butter* and cucumber and is free of chemicals and fragrances.
U.S. & Canada: $28 for 1.8 oz tube at www.lavanila.com
*Note: Studies show that shea butter is unlikely to cause a reaction in a nut-allergic person. But always check with your allergist.
EWG’s Sunscreen Rankings
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has assembled a helpful list of the best sunscreens from the perspective of:
– 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.
EWG also created a sunscreen “hall of shame,” highlighting products that promise safe sun protection but fall short of the organization’s criteria.