Our 6 Favorite Clean Sunscreens for Summer 2021

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One of the most vital and often underrated bag stuffers for the whole year –especially summertime– is an SPF that works to actively protect your beloved skin. We find it extremely important to have a go-to sunscreen that can be trusted inside the bottle and out. This year we’re searching for mineral-based formulas that block rays by resting on the skin, non-toxic ingredients, and clean companies that care about their customers and the planet.  

From baby friendly to melanin specializing to soothing for sensitive skin, our 2021 picks will surely find a sun lotion that is just right for you and your skin.


1. BeautyCounter, Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, 3.4 oz – $25, 6.7 oz – $39

This citrus-scented, water-resistant lotion is perfect for a sunny day on the beach or at home. The non-nano zinc oxide formula plus aloe vera gently shields the skin from UVA, UVB, and even bluelight. Their mineral sunscreen comes in a 3.4 oz tube, 6.7 oz, or even a solid face stick! Feel free to use this product on all of your loved ones, including babies, children and elders. Beautycounter is recognized for their high-quality products as well as their strong voice in advocating for responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, and personal climate goals.


2. Kinship, Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32, 1.75 oz – $25, 3.5 oz – $42

Beauty gurus love the lightweight and easily blendable consistency of this 100% mineral SPF lotion. Especially for all of our shoppers with acne-prone skin, The Brand’s unique Kinbiome™ probiotic is Plant-based and works to clear skin, leaving it strong and protected. The award-winning product contains Turmeric and Superfoods to moisturize the skin and leave the ideal dewy look. Kinship’s vows to only use clean, cruelty-free, and plant-based formulas as well as providing tubes made of 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and packaging that is FSC-certified.


3. Black Girl Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 3 oz – $18.99

Finally, a clean beauty product encompasses all of the important factors and takes melanated skin into consideration. This doubles up to provide daily protection and much needed moisture, and also includes the hydrating qualities of jojoba, avocado, cacao, carrot juice, and sunflower oil. Because this formula is Oxybenzone and Octinoxate free, there is no need to worry about toxics disrupting your hormones! The black-owned business, Black Girl Sunscreen, is proud to be vegan, cruelty-free, natural, and reef-safe.


4. Suntegrity, Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 1.7 oz – $45.00 

This 3-in-1 product can act as a moisturizer, sunscreen, and make-up primer all at once and even covers the bases of being friendly for all skin types. Suntegrity’s non-greasy consistency completely protects the skin and also features highantioxident ingredients such as green tea extract, cucumber extract and pomegranate seed oil. As well as being cruelty free, paraben free, and reef safe, the customer has the option of ordering a refill insert for the canister to reduce plastic usage and waste. 


5. Babo Botanicals, Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen SPF 40 – Fragrance Free, 1.7 oz. – $16.99

Everyone loves a sensitive-skin-loving, ultra hydrating product that simultaneously protects the skin from sun damage. This sheer 40 SPF for the face includes Titanium Dioxide and non-nano Zinc Oxide for a superb layer of UV armor. The fragrance-free and hypoallergenic ingredients such as aloe vera, avocado and jojoba oil in this formula pair perfectly with rosehip and white tea to create the ultimate soothing layer of moisture for sensitive skin. Babo Botanicals strives to place family at the heart of their considerations and works to create clean products for all ages, as well as committing their brand to urban farming and educating children on nutrition and gardening. The company has many similar products that pair well with their award-winning facial sunscreen.


6. Juice Beauty, SPF 30 Stem Cellular Tinted CC Cream, 1.7 oz – $39

Sometimes in a daily routine the ideal mindset is: the easier, the better. This 12-in-1 product offers effortless coverage & an even skin tone as a tinted moisturizer, plus the benefits of SPF. Juice Beauty’s versatile oil-free and age-defying product comes in 5 shades and works for a wide range of skin types. The organic ingredients that include plant-based hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and fruit stem cells add to the numerous benefits of the already vegan, cruelty-free, and reef safe CC cream. The recyclable packaging is just one part of the brand’s farm to beauty initiative and socially responsible practices. 


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