Summer: the season of sundresses, bikinis, backyard BBQs, and endless beach days. Unfortunately, also the season of sun damage. It’s safe to say that nobody goes into summer hoping to get burned or to otherwise harm their skin. Right? And yet, days spent lounging by the pool—or frankly even just walking to work in that bright daylight—can mean a whole lot of extra exposure to harsh UV rays.
So, you'll need some sunscreen to protect you from all that hazardous sun. Of course, you don't want the kind with harsh chemicals, irritating fragrances, or potential hormone disrupters. So that rules out about three-quarters of the stuff on the market (if you want to learn more, check out the EWG's sunscreen report).
Instead, you want those natural, nontoxic formulas that protect your skin with minerals like zinc oxide and are packed with antioxidants and other good-for-you ingredients (soothing aloe and moisturizing organic oils, to name a few). Luckily, you've got options—and good ones, too. Read on for the 12 best natural sunscreens—from a cool DIY powder to an easy allover spray—to help you practice safe sun this summer (and always!).