Non-Toxic Reef Safe Sunscreen

Jess Ann Kirby enjoys the tropics in a bright Roxy long sleeve swimsuit

I’m sure many of you have seen the news this week about sunscreen, and the findings from a small study that the active ingredients of commonly-used sunscreens end up in the bloodstream at much higher levels than current U.S. guidelines from health regulators. The results of the study have triggered a government safety investigation. But this isn’t really news, for years, organizations and independent groups have been arguing that common ingredients in sunscreen: avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octocrylene may cause cell damage and mutation and endocrine disruption. In Hawaii and Key West the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate have been banned because of their damaging impact on aquatic life.

It doesn’t mean we should ditch sunscreen altogether, protecting your skin from the sun is important, and luckily there are plenty of options to come on the market without the toxic chemicals mentioned above. With summer (finally) approaching, I’ve pulled together mineral based sunscreens for face and body at a variety of price points. Not only are these safer to use but they are less damaging to our oceans as well. If you have any other favorite brands you like please let me know in the comments. These are all great options for the #cleanswapchallenge!

Face/Moisturizer with Sunscreen

Jose Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 (my daily primer-click here to get 15% off applied at checkout)
Babo Botanicals Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 (click here to get 15% off applied at checkout)
Badger Face Sunscreen SPF 25
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer (Sheer)

Body Sunscreen

Suntegrity Mineral Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30 (click here to get 15% off applied at checkout)
Love Sun Body Fragrance Free SPF 30 (click here to get 15% off applied at checkout)
Babo Botanicals Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30 (click here to get 15% off applied at checkout)
Bare Republic Mineral Body Lotion SPF 50
BeautyCounter Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Non-toxic Self Tanner

Suntegrity Self-Tanner
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops (disclaimer this does have fragrance and alcohol)

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  1. Michelle S wrote:

    I’d be really interested to see reviews on which of the above rub on skin clear. As someone with naturally tan, yellow-toned skin, a lot of mineral-based sunscreens leave me looking purple (yes really!) after application, even if they claim to rub-on clear, and as an added con they also tend to wash off really easily, which is why so many people use the chemical-based suncreens vs the topical-based mineral formulas. As an added incentive for me to swap to a good reliable mineral sunscreen, I also get allergic reactions to most (but not all, go figure) chemical sunscreens. At this point I’ve only found ONE brand/formula that works for me, no allergic reaction + no purple-tinted skin, so do share if you find you have good experiences with the above recommendations!

    5.8.19 | Reply
  2. Allison L Miller wrote:

    You forgot Alba botanicals! They are much more affordable option and have vowed to not use chemicals that harm coral reefs!

    5.8.19 | Reply
  3. Maranda Miller wrote:

    You left out the best one, Stream2Sea. Stream2Sea is recommended by Coral reef scientists because of its extensive testing. I like that past the ingredients, it’s tested and proven safe unlike all of the ones you named here.

    5.9.19 | Reply
  4. C.L. wrote:

    I just started using Supergoop Smooth & Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Sunscreen, and I really like it. It’s a great primer for foundation, but I’ve also worn it alone with loose powder swept on top. It’s tinted, so it may not work for every single skin tone, but it’s definitely worth a try.

    5.9.19 | Reply
  5. Kathy wrote:

    I really love MD Solar Sciences. It’s spf 50 and all mineral. When I went to Cancun many years ago the marine water parks banned sunscreen. I’m really pale and burn so I have to wear it. I showed them my MD solar sciences sunscreen and they said it was perfect because it was an all natural mineral product. My dermatologist recommended it to me years ago, and I wear it all the time.

    5.10.19 | Reply
  6. Ericka wrote:

    Thank you sooo much for posting this news about sunscreen! Having a 5 year old makes me extra crazy about sunscreen; I usually use beach bum and babyganics but now I need to check ingredients of all of them.

    5.10.19 | Reply
  7. Michelle wrote:

    Love this! Also a big fan of Raw Elements for body sunscreen (can’t use it on my face because it’s comedogenic). They dispense it at Narragansett Town Beach which is neat too. Would love to see that happen around the whole state.

    6.24.19 | Reply