We all know how important protecting our skin is, but many of us (myself included) seriously slack in the sunscreen department. Whether it’s just too much of a hassle or we can’t find a sunscreen that we like, skipping SPF can be an easy temporary solution that can lead to some serious problems down the road.
But picking an SPF can be overwhelming — physical, chemical, mineral? — and adding the task of finding one that’s cruelty-free only worsens the problem. I’ve broken down the confusing SPF types for you below and recommended some lovely options. Now, pinky-promise me you’ll wear your sunscreen every day. 🌞
Physical sunscreens work, well, physically. They sit on top of your skin and deflect UVA and UVB rays. Of course, because this protection is superficial, they can come off easily (think sweating and or swimming) and need to be reapplied often. If you like to go bare-faced, physical sunscreens may be a good option for you!
Try: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29 at juicebeauty.com) (vegan 🌱)
Chemical sunscreens work by turning UV rays into heat, which is then released by the skin. Chemical sunscreens are much more readily available on the market and tend to play better with makeup because they’re usually a thinner consistency. However, chemical formulas may be harsher on sensitive skin and can potentially cause irritation.
Mineral sunscreens are normally hailed as the more “natural” sunscreen option because they contain the least amount of chemicals — usually only titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Luckily, many cruelty-free brands opt for this natural option, and you’ll have the most luck finding a formula that suits your skin and budget in this category.
Try: Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 40 Face Moisturizer ($24.99 at mineralfusion.com) (vegan 🌱)
Pacifica SPF 30 Mineral Face Shade ($12.99 at target.com) (vegan 🌱)
Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($19.75 at dermae.com) (vegan 🌱)