Looking For A Safe Sunscreen? Here Are The 6 Best On Amazon
Finding *the perfect* safe sunscreen always seems to be a struggle for some people. To start, you should be mindful of what you are putting on your skin and properly evaluating the ingredient list. (Read about the Environmental Working Group's 2019 guidelines here—as well as a few of our favorites from the list.) And on top of that, you want to make sure what you are purchasing is sensorily appealing: It should have a comfortable texture, rub in easily, and smell good. You also want to make sure it works for your skin tone, as some mineral options might cast a white film.
But here's an easy way to wade through the SPF waters: Pulling up your Amazon Prime account. With thousands of positive reviews pouring in from regular users, these options have clearly done something right.
Coola Suncare Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte Finish
This lightly tinted face shield acts as the perfect primer under makeup—or it can blur pores and dark spots when worn totally alone. People hail it for its mattifying qualities, as many sunscreens tend to increase the appearance of oil and shine.
Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte Finish, Coola Suncare, $36
Alba Botanica Soothing Sunscreen Pure Lavender SPF 45
This, as the name might suggest, is loved for its calming properties. And with the ingredient list including vitamin E, lavender, and chamomile, we have to agree.
Soothing Sunscreen Pure Lavender SPF 45, Alba Botanica, $6.45
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
This top performer is useful for the whole family—gentle enough for kids but with the performance level for active adults. The bottle also comes with a cool feature: It turns blue under damaging UV lights, so you know when you need to be applying SPF.
Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, $19.33
Goddess Garden Organics SPF 30 Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Sensitive Skin
This sport SPF stays water-resistant for 80 minutes, so it will last through vigorous sweating (but always reapply after toweling off). Plus, the can has an air-pump for easier application in hard-to-reach places and goes on fairly sheer once rubbed in—all without using nanoparticles.
SPF 30 Sport Mineral Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin, Goddess Garden Organics, $17.99
Coppertone Pure & Simple SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
The classic sunscreen brand goes natural: This mineral version also contains tea leaf and kelp extracts so it's soothing.
Pure & Simple SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion, Coppertone, $8.97
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
Not only does this have over 2,000 reviews, but it was the first-ever sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Market's Premium Care Requirements. A must for any family with small children.
Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+, Thinkbaby, $12.95
Sun Bum Original Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion
Fans say this "smells like summer." And many reviewers noted it blended in effortlessly with skin. It's not a physical blocker, but the active ingredients (like avobenzone, for example) are EWG-safe, and it doesn't include oxybenzone or octinoxate. Plus, it contains vitamin E to hydrate and protect from free radicals.
Original Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion, Sun Bum, $15.95
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Alexandra Engler is the beauty director at mindbodygreen and host of the beauty podcast Clean Beauty School. Previously, she's held beauty roles at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as lifestyle topics, such as travel. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.