The best natural sunscreens for summer
Clean + sun safe = a match made in heaven
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / December 27 2020
We don’t know about you, but combining the clean formulations of natural beauty and powerful sun protection seems like a no-brainer.
We’re head over heels for these naturally-powered SPF options that focus on ingredients that are good for the environment as well as skin, meaning you can swim guilt-free this summer knowing your slip, slop, slapping with a reef-safe sunscreen.
Ultra Violette Clean Screen Sensitive Skinscreen SPF30
This fragrance-free, partial mineral sunscreen from legendary Aussie suncare brand Ultra Violette is specially formulated with sensitive-skinned guys and gals in mind, using clean ingredients that won’t irritate skin. Pollution, dehydration and UV rays are no match for this lightweight offering, plus, with a white cast free finish you can look forward to a fuss-free application. Bonza mate.
Salt And Stone SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick
Water resistant and reef-safe, this on-the-go suncare saviour is packed full of jojoba, sunflower and vitamin E oils. Simply glide the moisturising formula over skin to enjoy the benefits of SPF50 protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays, that’s also water resistant for up to four hours. We’re adding this one to our beach bag, our gym bag and our handbag for that quick, SPF touch-up on hot summer days.
Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun Cream
When it comes to sunscreen you can’t go past a K-Beauty formulation. This unscented, centella-infused lotion is a dream for sensitive skin types, providing a non-heavy and fragrance-free option. Centella Asiatica extracts and EWG-verified ingredients fortify the skin’s natural barrier, defending against free radicals responsible for premature ageing. All that, plus a whopping 50+ broad spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
SunButter SPF 50 Water Resistant Reef Safe Sunscreen
This stuff harnesses the power of a long-lasting formula with zinc oxide to block harmful UVA/UVB. It also contains a blend of naturally-derived and hydrating ingredients such as castor and coconut oils, meaning this little guy is gentle on even the most sensitive skin, as well as marine and reef safe.
Edible Beauty Basking Beauty Natural Sunscreen SPF 50
Reef safe, vegan, cruelty-free and a formula that contains a whopping 95 per cent naturally derived ingredients – this botanical sunscreen sure does tick a lot of boxes. Plus the ingredient list features a stunning array of nourishing vitamin E, rosehip oil and camellia seed oil, and antioxidant rich kakadu plum extract and beta carotene.
SEED & SPROUT Sunscreen
Like a low fuss, no muss kind of experience with your sunscreen? The only decision you’ll need to make with SEED & SPROUT’s reef safe offering is between their tinted and untinted options. Otherwise, they’ve done all the hard yards for you; toxin-free, reef safe, plastic-free sunscreen that boasts a mean SPF50 broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB.
SUKIN SPF30 SHEER TOUCH FACIAL SUNSCREEN UNTINTED
You can’t go wrong with this 100 per cent naturally derived, sheer daily sunscreen. Hero Zinc Oxide targets harmful UVA & UVB, and we’re also delighted to report that the reef-friendly formula is non-greasy, sheer to touch, and won’t leave you with a dreaded white caste.
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.