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Skin-Friendly Vegan Sunscreens

Smart Sunbathing

With summer comes warm weather, cold drinks, beach visits, shorts, tank-tops, flip flops and good fun.

But with summer also comes the sun, UV rays, sun damage, and skin cancer.

Woah, way to throw ice on the party, right?!

Well, it's an important topic, and one that I don't care to sugarcoat.

Recently, as the summer months approach, I've seen an increased interest/visitation to my "Why I Stopped Tanning" blog post. This makes me happy, because I (hope) that means people are thinking twice about sunbathing and tanning beds, and are instead shifting to cautious sun exposure.

I used to be vehemently against sunscreens, once upon a time. I fell to the popular "natural" notion that sunscreen was a "bad chemical" and that it was OK to sit out in the sun all day without protection, because I "didn't burn".

Thankfully, I came to my senses. Although, perhaps too late.

Nothing makes me sadder than seeing young people and old alike getting skin cancer, an almost-completely preventable cancer. Back in the day, people didn't know the risks of sun exposure and so that's why many of them are paying for it now, in their old age. They cannot be to blame, the information wasn't as available.

But we know better, now, and we need to use this information to keep our skin, and ourselves, protected.

That's why I wanted to compile a list of skin-friendly vegan sunscreens, so that you'll never have an excuse not to wear it!

Kiss My Face Face Factor SPF 30

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This is my personal preference, because of its high antioxidant content, which my skin loves. I find this product to be super lightweight, non-greasy, non-irritating, and easy to wear alone under my moisturizer, or under makeup. I don't find it leaves a white cast on my skin at all, nor does it ball up on the skin, and it is very easy to apply.

Green tea is the shining ingredient in this SPF lotion, as it has been proven to help with acne!

It's an ideal option for facial skin, neck skin, and the decolletage. For sensitive skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, or just plain normal skin!

I haven't had any adverse reactions to it, but keep in mind it may not be the same for you.

Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Facial Mineral Protection SPF 20

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I use the sport version of this sunscreen for my body, but the face version is great for, well, your face! It's much lighter than the body version.

It also contains green tea extract which is great for delicate facial skin. It was rated as one of the best options by PaulasChoice!

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Daily Shade SPF 18 Facial Lotion

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This is another great product for sensitive, or acne-prone skin. The product isn't too heavy, and has ingredients that your sensitive, acne-prone skin will love.

This product is filled to the brim with skin-healthy antioxidant berries, as well as soothing aloe vera. It's a fantastic option for the face.

Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 40 Moisturizer

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Mineral Fusion is another great brand (I use and love their pressed mineral powder). They offer an amazing moisturizer/sunscreen combination product for people with dry, sensitive skin. Of course there is a tad bit of a white film on the skin because it is a sunscreen, but if you wait 60-120 seconds after applying, that goes away.

This is a great option for everyday wear, on the face, neck and decolletage. It even contains peptides and other skin-healthy ingredients that may help with acne!

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28

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While I do laugh at the irony of the phrase "Chemical-Free Protection with ZinClear and Titanium Dioxide to Protect against UV Damage" considering both zinc and titanium dioxide (come on, the name makes it so obvious!) are obvious chemical elements (show me something that isn't a chemical), it doesn't change the fact that this sunscreen is a great, gentle option.

This option is not only vegan, but it's also reef safe, meaning its component ingredients won't damage the reef. This is an especially important selling factor for anyone who spends a lot of time in the water - please choose reef-friendly options like this one!

It's unscented for those of us with sensitive skin, with the added bonuses of soothing aloe and vitamin E.

They have recently reformulated the product to have alcohol in it, which doesn't make it suitable for the sensitive facial skin, but should cause no problems for the body.

HURRAW Sun Protection Balm SPF 15

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Sometimes we are so concerned with large parts of our body like our face and arms that are exposed to the sun, we forget about the two little parts of our body that are super sensitive to the damaging UV rays - our lips.

Hurraw is a wonderful, vegan brand that makes some pretty amazing lip balms - I own about a bajillion and they're scattered about, everywhere from in my car to in my bedroom and my purse. They're great to have handy, especially the ones that offer SPF protection for your delicate lips.


And of course, ensuring we wear hats and long sleeves whenever possible is also an option. Sun blocks work better than sunscreens, simply because it's not always on our minds to reapply after long days in the sun, and the fact that sunblocks completely block UV rays altogether. But then again, who wants to wear long sleeves all summer? It's wise to always have sunscreen handy.

Hopefully with these wonderful, cruelty-free, vegan options you'll have no reason to go in the sun unprotected!

Enjoy your summer!


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