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You already know that sunscreen is essential if you want to protect your skin from diseases like skin cancer – not to mention some nasty, painful burns! But knowing which one to buy can be tough. You need UVA and UVB protection, but you also want to avoid paraben preservatives, which are used to stabilize cosmetics and sunscreens; they’ve been linked to potential birth defects and breast cancer according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” A lot of commercial sunscreens contain parabens, but don’t worry – you can still buy an effective sunscreen without the danger!
MexiTan and Tropical Sands All-Natural Sunscreen
MexiTan and Tropical Sands all-natural sunscreen is a 30-SPF rated sunscreen that is completely free of parabens and will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. MexiTan and Tropical sands sunscreen is recommended by The Daily Green, a website run by “Good Housekeeping,” and according to the Environmental Working Group, it is recommended for strong sun protection. At the time of publication, an 8-ounce bottle sells for $17.50.
Alba Botanica Sunscreens
Alba Botanica sunscreens come in a few different formulas and fragrances, including fragrance-free versions, ranging from 15-SPF to 30+SPF. They’re all paraben free and offer protection from UVA and UVB rays. Alba Botanica products are also 100 percent vegetarian and they aren’t tested on animals. According to Grist, a leading eco-friendly website, Alba Botanica sunscreens also spread evenly on the skin, which can help maximize protection. At the time of publication, Alba Botanica sunscreen products sell for $8.99 per 4-ounce bottle.
Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock
Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock is a 20-SPF sunscreen made without parabens and designed to protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock is also fragrance-free for ladies with a delicate nose. It’s formulated with seaweed extract, which according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics,” can help moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling smoother and silkier than normal. At the time of publication, Nature’s Gate Mineral Sportblock can be purchased for $9.35 per 4-ounce bottle through Amazon.com.
Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen, SPF 30+
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen, SPF 30+ is one of the best paraben-free sunscreens available, with the ability to block both UVA and UVB rays. It also rates well in stability, which is ideal if you don’t go through a ton of sunscreen too fast – it will still be good when you reach for it the next time. At the time of publication, Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen, SPF 30+ sells for $12.99 for a 4-ounce bottle at Amazon.com.