The Importance of SPF

It’s fair to assume that most people know why applying SPF daily is important. It helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays and prevents tons of skin issues. However, not all sunblocks are made the same – or with clean ingredients. Many sunblocks contain harsh chemicals, or some mineral-based products that utilize nanoparticles or other ingredients that cross into the skin. You have to be wary and selective when picking out the sunscreen you want.

Our Best SPF Tips

Using any sunblock higher than SPF 50 is not recommended.

 *False advertising alert* Most sunblocks after SPF 50 have no huge difference in shielding your skin from UV rays. When the SPF goes from 15-50, the percentage of UV rays that is blocked only increases to about 5%. Beyond SPF 50, the protection leans more towards increasing UVB protection, which causes sunburns, but tends to decrease the UVA protection, which is the one that penetrates deeper and causes premature skin aging, skin cancers and etc.

Aerosol sunscreens are a no-no.

Spray-on sunscreens don’t spray evenly, therefore the inhalation of sunscreen minerals can cause health issues. The whole point of sunscreen is to protect your skin, not get everywhere else but.

Read the Ingredients Label

Most sunscreen products contain toxic ingredients that are hormone disruptors and skin cancer triggers. Be more keen and aware of the ingredients used to make sunscreens.

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens absorb the UVs and alter it in the skin using certain chemical reactions. The main ingredients in a chemical sunscreen are avobenzone, oxybenzone and octisalate.

Our SPF Master List

These are some of the few that were selected by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as the safest and most effective SPF products to date.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen

SPF: 30

No chemical sunscreens, silicones, or fragrance.

Best Feature: A tinted sunscreen that delivers powerful UVA/UVB protection with a glowing finish.

COOLA Mineral Sport Sunscreen

SPF: 50

Non-Comedogenic, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free

Best Feature: Comes in an easy-to-use and mess-free application stick.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen

SPF: 30

Vegan and Reef-Friendly

Best Feature: Contains organic ingredients like Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, and Pomegranate Seed Oil

ILIA Flow-Thru Radiant Translucent Powder

SPF: 20

Gluten-free, Talc-Free, 100% Natural Dye

Best Feature: It’s a handheld powder that is perfect for on-the-go touch ups and ideal for applying underneath makeup.