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10 Best Clean Sunscreens for Face & Body

by Malka Nebro April 18, 2022

10 Best Clean Sunscreens for Face & Body

We all know the importance of wearing SPF protection all year round, but it’s especially important during the spring and summer months when the UV index is at its highest. Did you know that the sun’s UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays are responsible for about 90% of skin damage? Try combating these harmful stressors with some of the best clean beauty SPF products on the market. 

Saie: Sunvisor

This softly tinted  moisturizer has a nearly translucent finish that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and nourishes the skin with benefitting ingredients like grape-seed oil, hyaluronic acid, aloe, and vitamin E. Together, these ingredients condition, plump, and soothe the skin. Sunvisor gets extra points for its sugarcane plastic packaging, which is a more sustainable alternative to virgin plastics.

Beautycounter: Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

This  face and body sunscreen has an award-winning water resistant formula. It does everything you want a mineral sunscreen to do– provide long-lasting sun protection without leaving a pesky white cast on your skin. Its faint tangerine and lemon fragrance makes for a refreshing and summery feel, no matter what time of year you choose to use this product. 

GROWN ALCHEMIST: Natural Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30

This  SPF product is on just about every best clean sunscreen list for very good reasons. It’s invisible, moisturizing, vegan, reef-safe, and also comes in a beautifully sleek package. What’s not to love?

Laguna Herbals: Organic Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

A  sunscreen stick makes protecting your skin a breeze, especially if you’re an on-the-go kind of person. Never fear leakage in your bag ever again– this formula, which is packed with certified organic ingredients, is just what you need, whether you’re surfing, tanning, hiking, or biking.

Babo Botanicals: Daily Sheer Non-Nano Zinc SPF 40 Fragrance-Free Mineral Sunscreen

This  hypoallergenic formula is great for sensitive skin, and can be worn flawlessly under makeup. Not only does it combat UVA (skin aging) rays with SPF coverage, but its rich antioxidants and other ingredients like rose hip and green tea also help to prevent premature aging.

Bask: SPF 30 Non-Aerosol Spray

This  non-aerosol spray won  The Zoe Report’s Best Sunscreen award in 2021, and the brand was also featured on Harper's Bazaar  "Bazaar 100 List". This spray is like no other– it propels like a typical aerosol can would, but without the ecological damage. It dries almost immediately on the skin without leaving any annoying white cast or oily finishes. Feel good about this purchase, because a portion of its sales generates donations for skin cancer charities. 

Biossance: Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This  mineral sunscreen is invisible on all skin tones, and leaves a deeply hydrated, dewy finish on the face. Feel free to use this as a regular moisturizer or a primer before makeup.

Biossance even conducted a 28-day survey of 35 women between the ages of 25-60, which proved their sunscreen protected against pollution, improved skin hydration, and was non-greasy just about 100% of the time.

EleVen by Venus Williams: Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

After years on the tennis courts, Venus Williams knows just what athletes need to protect their skin. She created an  SPF serum that’s dermatologist approved. It applies transparently, absorbs quickly, and never leaves any unwanted residues. The serum’s formula is enriched with prickly pear to deliver long lasting hydration while keeping the skin smooth and calm.

Josie Maran: Whipped Argan Oil SPF 45 Body Butter

Who doesn’t love a deeply moisturizing  body butter? This formula is made without oxybenzone or octinoxate, which are two of the most common ingredients found in chemical sunscreens. They’re known as endocrine disruptors and harmful to the oceans, but this body butter is skin-safe, and reef-safe too. 

Coola Scalp & Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30

Don’t forget about your scalp! It’s perhaps one of the easiest parts of the body to burn if you forget to pack a hat in your beach bag. This  hair mist is water resistant and won't weigh down or grease up your strands, plus it’s loaded with color-safe ingredients to help prevent UV-related color fading.