When it’s hot outside, nothing is better than soaking up the summer sun, but the downsides of sun worship, burning, peeling and even skin cancer, are enough to make you think twice before stepping out your door unprotected. But what protection is best? Most grocery store sunscreens are full of chemicals just as harmful as the sun’s rays, and covering head to toe in clothing and a wide-brimmed hat makes for an uncomfortable workout. Instead, reach for natural sunscreen so you can enjoy activity in the sun, without harming yourself or the planet.
For natural zinc sunscreen without the chalky white residue, try Beyond Coastal’s new chemical-free SPF 30 sunscreen: Natural Clear. This broad spectrum formula fully protects you with zinc oxide, but rubs in all the way. Contains natural moisturizers like shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil and rose hip oil to keep skin soft. Kid-specific formulation also available. This product is cruelty-, gluten-, paraben-, petroleum- and fragrance-free. 2.5 ounces $17.99 beyondcostal.com
Elemental Herbs also has new clear, natural sunscreen: Sunscreen Sport SPF 30. Also made with zinc, this planet- friendly formula features organic ingredients, antioxidants from green tea extract and extra virgin olive oil to moisturize. Safe for kids, Sunscreen Sport is 75% organic, free of genetically modified ingredients, not tested on animals and biodegradable. 3 ounces $15.99 elementalherbs.com
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Opting for a buzzed haircut in the summer keeps you cool, but this short style leaves your scalp exposed to sun more than other cuts. To prevent a burned, flaky scalp, check out Axe’s new Buzzed Look Cream with SPF 15. Keeps hair soft while providing UVA/UVB protection. 2.64 ounces $6.99 theaxeeffect.com
Forgot to lotion up before you spent the day outside? Repair and rehydrate sunburned skin quickly with Beyond Coastal’s AfterSun Moisturizer. This natural moisturizer is loaded with antioxidants and replenishing nutrients like Aloe Vera, Algae Extract and essential oils to quickly heal sun-damaged skin. The cooling formula reduces pain fast and prevents peeling. Use it after any sun exposure and as a daily moisturizer. Oil-, fragrance- and paraben-free. 2.5 ounces $9.99 beyondcoastal.com