The Clean & Green Guide to Sunscreen
Just because it’s the middle of summer and it feels like we’re closer to the Labour Day weekend then we are to the sun, it doesn’t mean it’s time to forgo SPF. If you’re getting down to the last few squeezes of your sun protection, you still have plenty of time to re-up your stash and get a mini refresher on why protecting your skin is important, when you should be wearing the stuff, and what products are the best options for whatever you’re doing for the next couple of weeks.
So the jury is in on sunscreen: We need to be wearing it all of the time to protect our skin from harmful UV rays and to keep ourselves in tip top shape against the scary consequences of the hard boiled sun on our skin.
As well, an important reminder: all of our sunscreens are clean and green and don’t contain any toxic ingredients. Instead, they are chock-full of organics, skin-benefiting oils, and moisture that will protect and nourish your outsides.
A couple of sunscreen Tips:
- Always apply sunscreen before exposure to sun (Quick tip: after showering, apply your SPF before getting dressed. This way, shoulders and hidden spots are covered if you decide to change out of that shirt dress into a strappy suit).
- Reapply after every 2 hours (Yes, even when you’ve been sitting inside and you’re finally going to head to the lake, applying another layer will save you from that late night itch that makes you quickly realise it’s not sand, it’s a sunburn).
- Reapply after sweating (that hike was awesome, but before you hit the patio, reapply!)
- Reapply after swimming (Even if it’s waterproof, lounging on the beach post swim is much better when you know you’re covered. No one likes the sting of a sunburn).
And now, from our library of sunscreen options, here’s which products we suggest for specific activities.
Raw Elements Eco Tint 30 Stick SPF 30
Trying to get the kids back from the waves, the edge of the lake, or an afternoon of fun on the lawn is no picnic, so make sure you have a easy swipe stick on hand to touch up the spots the sun hits the hardest. This stick is perfect for noses, shoulders, knees and toes, and it helps that it’s kid-friendly enough that they might want to do it themselves.
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30
Sensitive skin feels the heat when it comes to sun protection. So it’s important to keep that tender outer layer covered. Suntegrity has integrity for just such a problem. Great for children that react to products as much as they react to the sun, this gentle moisturizing option keeps fresh new skin from feeling the damaging heat of the sun. Just be sure to keep on top of the hours of fun that pass by so quickly and reapply every 2 hours or after any water activity.
SPORTS & ACTIVITIES
Raw Elements Eco Stick 30 SPF 30
When most of the summer means hitting the water, whether that’s the beach, the lake, or the pool, knowing your SPF can hold up under all that H20 is may we say, very refreshing. Water and sweat proof, this stick literally has your back, (and your shoulders, face, and legs too) so swipe it on, enjoy the splash, and then remember to reapply once the rush of the water gives way to a more relaxing time on the dock.
Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30
They don’t call it perfect for nothin’. It's hydrating, non-greasy, and doesn’t leave a white residue. Toss the 15ml size in your bag and head to wherever your destination is, no checked baggage necessary.
Raw Elements Eco Formula 30 in Plastic Free Tin SPF 30
All of the goodness of Raw Elements in a travel-friendly tin is ready for your next adventure. Small enough to tote around in a beach bag or even a pocket, this little guy is reef-safe, sweat-proof and ready to take on any adventure you’ve got packed.
Raw Elements Eco Formula 30 Tube SPF 30
Everyone forgets to pack SPF once in awhile. So stash this one at your place on the lake, hut in the woods, or in the drawer in the spare room. The best sunscreen to have at your disposal because it’s ready for anything. Waterproof, sweat-proof, and great for the little ones. Get two, because we’re pretty sure one of your guests might forget to return it. (We can't really blame them.)
Graydon Face Glow SPF 20+
So the beach might have to wait for the weekend, but that doesn’t mean your face has to wait for some time in the sun. An afternoon lunch on a bench at the park or a mid day stroll is safe with Graydon. Pack it in your purse for touchups, because the sun is still super strong on that walk through the park after work.
W3LL People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30
Wake up, shower, and check the temperature outside. Whether it’s clouds or a full day of sun, you need protection. Skip the foundation and smooth on a light layer that’ll perfect skin, brighten, and hydrate, and keep you glowing all day.
Suntegrity 5in1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen Tinted SPF 30
There’s no need to prime and layer when you’ve got this baby sitting on your vanity prepping your skin for the day ahead. Rated one of the best sunscreens by the EWG, simply smooth over face post shower and get on with the day. The beach can wait! (But not too, long, the weekend is just around the corner.)
Graydon Elements Sun Cream Complex SPF 20+
If your skin is hypersensitive to everything under the sun, and the sun, this one’s for you. Not just a run of the mill sun protector, this lightweight cream contains spirulina, which is high in chlorophyll and rich in gamma-linolenic acid. Sounds fancy? It’s all about helping to make skin soft. Something your super sensitive skin is craving with all this heat.
DeVita Solar Body Moisturizer SPF 30
Fragrance Free, and loaded with hydrating Hyaluronic acid, soothing green tea, skin defending vitamins and supportive essential oils, sunscreen has never felt so good
DeVita Solar Face Moisturizer SPF 30
Saving face has a different meaning when it comes to protecting your skin from the rays of the sun. It’s especially great when the SPF in question also does double duty as your moisturizer. No two step setup here, just apply and go. It’s okay, you’re hydrated and covered.
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30
One of the best things about summer is the bare face. You know, when it just feels good to forgo cover up and let the sun rays hit your skin. Do that, but do it cautiously. A layer of this 3in1 product means no moisturizer or primer – just protection. Feel those Vitamin D vibes while also knowing you’re covered. Literally.
Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body SPF 30
When you’re sunscreen is the first thing you grab after a towel when you jump out of the shower, you know that you’ve found the one. More than a sun-cover up, this sunscreen smells great, feels smooth, hydrates and protects. What more could you ask for?
ILIA Beauty Balmy Days SPF 15
Luxury is knowing that you’re going to end up at the end of a long summer day, no matter what you were up to with soft, smooth lips. This lip balm is the one that you can pull out on the fanciest of patios, or yachts, if you’re so inclined, and know that it looks as good as it feels. The classic ILIA lip conditioner but with protection.
Raw Elements Lip Rescue SPF 30
We all know, chapped and sunburned lips are a real bummer, so pop one of these in your purse, keep it in the car, or stash one in the cooler. This all-natural balm will save the day whenever and wherever you need a lip rescue. If you’re hitting the driving range, driving the family to a get-together, or heading out on an afternoon walk, packing SPF 30 to cover your delicate lips is a no-brainer.