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27 Natural Sunscreens to Protect Your Skin This Summer

Spending time outside is so restorative. You feel the warm rays, absorb some vitamin D, and get to enjoy a moment in nature. All that fun you will have when the summer rolls around (or any day of the year), shouldn’t be at the cost of your beautiful skin and health. You have to get into the habit of protecting your skin whenever you venture outdoors.

But, obviously, you want to protect your skin without also harming your health. You see, traditional sunscreens and sunblock can be loaded with chemicals that seep into the skin and enter the bloodstream, causing problems such as hormone disruption. That’s why we wanted to compile this list of healthier, organic, and natural sunscreen options. Here we share a bit of information on each one, along with an honest review from someone who has purchased and used the product, as well as where to buy! Here’s to having some safe fun in the sun!

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40

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Great on a variety of skin types (from dry to oily), Supergoop!’s SPF 40 daily sunscreen is weightless, scentless, and made without oxybenzone, parabens, and other controversial ingredients. And it’s also a 2018 Allure Best of Beauty winner!

Sephora review:

“So far I am loving this. As a black woman, it’s really hard to find a sunscreen that won’t leave a white cast. It’s also hard to find a sunscreen that works well with makeup and my moisturizer. So far this is doing great and I will be keeping it around.”

Available at sephora.com, $32

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

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Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is another healthier option that will stand up to the sea and sand. The formula is sweat and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, is mineral based, and contains nourishing Vitamin E.

Amazon Review:

“During the summer, my daughter goes swimming nearly every day. She’s a typical redhead (freckles, very fair skin) and we can see a sunburn coming after 10-15 minutes! I bought this because I saw reviews from surfers who swear by Blue Lizard. If they love it, it’s worth trying. There was one day in June that my daughter decided she didn’t need to apply more sunscreen after coming out of the pool and she suffered for it! After that, she was slathering up every 70 minutes. She can spend an entire day at the pool and not even come home pink. That is genuinely impressive!”

Available at amazon.com, $23.76

Badger Clear Zinc Natural Mineral Sunscreen Cream, Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Badger’s clear zinc sunscreen for face and body is hypoallergenic, reef friendly, and is made from a 98% organic ingredient base, which includes beeswax, Vitamin E, sunflower oil, seabuckthorn extract. You can count on protection from the sun, without that pesky white residue some sunscreens are known for.

Amazon Review:

“I love this sunscreen. I have rosacea so I needed a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t irritate my skin. This product has such great ingredients. I’m also a person of color (medium skin tone) and everyone knows that mineral sunscreen usually makes you look like a ghost. This one doesn’t at all. It is very thick and takes a minute to rub in but there is very minimal, maybe even completely no white cast left behind. It makes my skin so soft. Definitely a great facial sunscreen.”

Available at amazon.com, $15.75

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Neutrogena has been a trusted go-to brand for skincare and sun protection for years.This sunscreen has an SPF of 50, is made with naturally-sourced 100% zinc oxide, and was given the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, so you know it’s good for sensitive skin.

Amazon Review:

“Love this! A little goes a long way so be careful how much you use until you see how far a little goes! It takes a little longer to absorb than chemical sunscreens and it took me a few tries to get it right! Works better than chemical sunscreens too!”

Available at amazon.com, $8.49

babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Sunscreen

Another natural sunscreen that we are giving a thumbs up to is babo Botanicals’ sheer zinc sunscreen, said to be the “first 100% Introducing the 1st 100% ZINC ultra sheer sunscreen continuous spray for extra sensitive skin with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.” It “provides full UVA and UVB protection with non-nano zinc oxide,” and contains wonderful, natural ingredients such as avocado oil, organic jojoba oil, and organic watercress.

Amazon Review:

“My long, long search for a safe sunscreen is over! I’ve been very discouraged by finding all the really safe ones tend to be pasty and white and require a lot of rubbing. This product does go on white but is rubbed completely in about two swipes. And the white means you can see where it landed when you sprayed it. Once you rub it in, it is very light, completely non-oily. I’ve never liked using sunscreens under makeup or applying it just to go out for a walk, but this is light enough that the skin can still breathe and I forget I am wearing it almost immediately. I have not fully tested its protective powers and will edit this if I am dissatisfied on that point.

Edited to add: I’ve used this for a week now. Protection has been very good. I took more sun than usual, on first exposure and for three days, and never burned.”

Available at amazon.com, $13.29

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body

The EWG (Environmental Working Group) verifies which personal care products are non-toxic and safe to use. So we were happy to learn that they named Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen for Body a top-rated sunscreen. The sun protective product is free of chemical UV absorbers, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, phthalates, and other harmful chemicals.

Amazon Review:

“I can be out in the hottest part of the day and not get burnt. Best sunscreen I have ever used.”

Available at amazon.com, $36

COOLA Organic Unscented UV Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

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A sunscreen spray seems like a quick and easy way to ensure your skin is protected from harmful rays. COOLA also throws in some peace of mind with their organic, SPF 30 spray with cucumber, strawberry, algae, and red raspberry seed oil.

Amazon Review:

“This stuff is GREAT! I am fair skinned and purchased this to use poolside in 95 degree Vegas sunshine. Used it consistently/as directed (probably a bit more liberally, to be honest) and didn’t burn at ALL. Got a bit of a healthy glow, but I wouldn’t even say I got a tan. Zero icky sunscreen smell, and a light consistently that didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. The spray nozzle misted evenly and provided great coverage. Can’t beat the ingredient list. Traveled well/didn’t leak at all. Will buy again!”

Available at amazon.com, $36

ecō Logical Body All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30+

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Protecting yourself from the sun shouldn’t mean harming the environment or yourself. Eco Logical’s all natural sunscreen protects reefs and is biodegradable. It is also is cruelty-free and has no chemical UV absorbers, and is both fragrance and preservative free.

Amazon Review:

“I bought this along with several others in a search for the best all-natural, reef-friendly sunscreen. This was definitely a favorite. Many of the sunscreens had disturbing odors, but this one did not. Also, when a friend who burns easier than I do, used this sunscreen and I used an alternate one, I was the one that burned even though I actually reapplied more than she did and we were both in the sun (and water!) for the same amount of time. This is definitely a winner and I will buy it again!”

Available at naturallysafe.com.au, $14.18

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 Sunscreen with Marula Oil

What if your sunscreen can go beyond just sun protection and protect your skin from aging as well? Well it can! Drunk Elephant’s daily umbra sunscreen contains umbra, “a physical daily sunscreen loaded with potent antioxidants,” also helps fights against lines and wrinkles.

Amazon Review:

“It’s not easy to find a physical sunscreen that can be worn under makeup without pilling. This stays on for hours without flaking or a whitish cast. It is a very moisturizing formula but doesn’t clog my pores. The price point initially seemed high, however, such a small amount is needed I think the tube will last for quite a while.”

Available at amazon.com, $69.95

All Good Kids Sunscreen

All Good Kids Sunscreen is so great, you’ll want to use it for the entire family, yourself included! It is a non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen, that is water resistant for 80 minutes, and contains natural ingredients such as rose hips, organic green tea, and buriti oil.

Amazon Review:

“Disclosure: I hate sunscreen. My favorite day is 21 DEC because it has the fewest hours of sunlight.
We have 5 kids and 2 redheads (one is a lifeguard). We have 1.2 million sunscreen products at a given time. I did the research and this brand topped the list.

We purchased it at the beginning of the summer. I have since reordered twice and sent the product to family members and friends. This product works; I have been very satisfied. I applied it once in the morning and spend the next 10 hours outside. My friend used a spray and was a lobster by evening.
Thank you for making a good product; now don’t go out of business.”

Available at amazon.com, $15.95

True Natural SPF 50 Ultra Sunscreen 

True Natural has a sunscreen that offers a 50 SPF without those harmful chemicals. It is free from petroleum, silicone, synthetic colors and fragrances, paraffin, preservatives, and gluten, and is also vegan.

Amazon Review:

“I’m allergic to the sun and have previously gotten itchy bumps on my legs and forearms when I go to Hawaii. This time I used True Natural Ultra Protection Sunscreen, and I never got a rash. I’m very thankful I found this fabulous product.”

Available at amazon.com, $20.79

Juice Beauty Sport Moisturizer SPF 30

This reef safe, cruelty-free, and oxybenzone free sunscreen by Juice Beauty, formulated with organic ingredients, was selected as an Amazon Choice. Now you can help protect the earth while also protecting your skin, naturally!

Amazon Review:

“Beautiful product. Wore it in Hawaii and protected my skin from sunburn. Love this product. Not greasy and it’s the lightest feeling, most comfortable zinc based SPF I’ve used. I love that the Environmental Working Group gave it a safe rating and it’s free from all or most carcinogenic and hazardous chemicals. I’ve used many zinc-based natural SPF products and this is the best. It’s expensive, but I often do not reapply as often as they say and still get great coverage. Also good to use under makeup during the day. Because it’s on the expensive side, I bought this only for my face, but it goes on so well and stays. I’m going to use it all over. I wish they made a bigger size and a smaller travel size.”

Available at amazon.com, $12.80

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

We found a fabulous continuous mist sunscreen that also hides any imperfections you may want to cover up while you’re catching some rays. Beautycounter’s version is tinted (Light-Medium or Medium-Deep), allowing you to even out your skin tone with a formula containing California poppy extract and non-nano zinc oxide.

Beautycounter Review:

“I use it on my face as sunscreen and a light foundation and it’s amazing! Highly recommend for summer.”

Available at beautycounter.com, $39

MyChelle Unscented Sunshield Broad Spectrum SPF 28

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We are all for beauty products that do double duty. MyChelle’s mineral-based sunscreen not only protects your skin from damaging rays, but it is also a vegetarian formula, packed with rich antioxidants to keep you looking young in the sun.

Amazon Review:

“I use top-of-the-line biodynamic skincare products from Dr. Hauschka, which unfortunately does not have sunscreen. I’ve tried numerous natural sunscreens for the face, and also Neutrogena options. None of them compares to this. I initially bought this product from Whole Foods and am now ordering it online (well I guess they’re the same company now anyway). I agree with the top reviewer here that there is no such thing as a perfect sunscreen, but this one sure comes close!!!”

Available at amazon.com, $15.68

Bare Republic Mineral Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Two major complaints about sunscreen are the obvious white cast it leaves and its greasy residue. Bare Republic’s mineral sport sunscreen lotion has an SPF of 50, a paraben-free formula, and delivers this without those two pesky suncare product fails.

Amazon Review:

“The best sunscreen we have ever used. We have tried a lot and some irritate this skin, but not this one! Highly recommend! Great protection and great for sensitive skin. For kids and adult.”

Available at amazon.com, $14.95

Erbaviva Baby Sun Stick

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NEW 🌱✨ Introducing the @erbaviva sun stick — the compact version of mama's favorite #organic baby sunscreen! Safe for baby (and coral reefs too) our sun stick is crafted with ingredients exclusively derived from nature. Did you know that many "natural" #sunscreens still contain potentially harmful chemicals? In order for mineral-based sunblocks to leave corals unharmed, they must be “non-nano,” meaning the ingredient particles must be above 100 nanometers in size so that they cannot be ingested by corals (via @chasingcoral). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that baby coral exposed to chemical-based sunscreens that include oxybenzone and octinoxate exhibited signs of distress (2016), and with up to 6,000 tons of sunscreen estimated to wash into coral reefs around the globe each year (@nationalparkservice), this is a BIG deal. We're here to change that. Our #sunstick is NSF #CertifiedOrganic, crafted with non-nano zinc oxide, and completely #coralreefsafe, providing UVA & UVB protection without harmful chemicals. SPF 30 and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, it's the natural and effective (but gentle) safeguard to protect baby's skin. An essential for every mama's diaper bag, from the playground to the beach. Head to the link in bio to snag yours! . . . . . . . . . . #erbaviva #thanksitsorganic #bcorp #dailymotherhood #honestmotherhood #motherhoodunplugged #uniteinmotherhood #motherhoodsimplified #mymamahood #naturaloptions #chemicalfreehome #organic #organicskincare #baby #organicbaby #wholefamily #madeinLA #mamamoments #mamababy #celebrate_childhood #sunscreen #babysunscreen #naturalsunscreen #organicsunscreen

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Having sunscreen in stick form makes it easier to apply and travel with. You don’t have to worry about it opening up and spilling all over your favorite beach bag! Erbaviva’s baby sun stick is packed with natural ingredients, like organic aloe juice, jojoba oil, and chamomile and lavender essential oils. Another suncare product safe enough for baby, but awesome enough for the whole family.

Available at amazon.com, $16

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce For Sensitive Skin & Children

Shiseido launched its first sunscreen in 1923, and they have been making effective sun care products ever since. Like their Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce For Sensitive Skin & Children. It is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and is so gentle, babies over six months can use it.

Ulta Review:

“This sunscreen stays on through daily activities, sports, and pool. I apply a thin layer on normal days and a thick one for the pool. I’m very fair and this product still leaves a white cast. But who cares? It’s worth it for the non-irritating protection. I apply a little tinted powder and the white cast is hidden. This is an expensive product, but worth it since sunscreen is the most critical skin care product IMO.”

Available at amazon.com, $35.42

LureLux Organic and Natural Sunscreen SPF 25

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LureLux’s Organic and Natural Sunscreen is wonderful because of what it does and doesn’t contain. It does have 100% organic ingredients, non-nano zinc oxide, SPF 25, Vitamin D nutrients (said to be the only sunscreen to contain them), and more. It doesn’t have titanium dioxide, other active ingredients (besides zinc oxide), and any of the chemicals of an aerosol can.

Amazon Review:

“I get this for my niece who is HIGHLY allergic to regular sunscreen, EVEN MOST that say “all natural” or “organic” or all the other hype that manufacturers put on their products. A doctor has never confirmed the cause of her allergies but I will tell you that when she wears sunscreen, she ends up with boil-like sores/burns/rash all over her body. They are very painful and do not heal quickly.

She has VERRRRRY fair skin so it was pertinent that we find something to protect her from the sun when she goes to water parks or the beach. This product is AMAZING. It’s a very small bottle (picture the size of travel hand cream) but because it’s so thick… she only needs a very little bit and it goes a long way. I was shocked when I saw the actual bottle size (even though it states the oz in the description) but trust me… it’s enough (unless of course, you’re using it for the entire family).”

Available at amazon.com, $13.99

Alba Botanica Sensitive Fragrance-Free Sunscreen SPF 30

Sometimes you just want sun protection, without the fake sweet or tropical fragrances. And, you’d like it to be natural, and inexpensive. Alba Botanica hears you, offering their Sensitive Fragrance-Free SPF 30 Sunscreen. For under $7 on Amazon, you get up to 80 minutes of water-resistant coverage, with no synthetic fragrances, oxybenzone, or octinoxate.

Amazon Review:

“We used in the Cancun area, where they ask that you only use organic or biodegradable sunscreen – I had never heard of this before!
But great product: no greasy, more like a regular lotion. Very light scent. No sunburn while spending 4 days on the beach & in the water. I will be purchasing this again for local lake use, too.”

Available at amazon.com, $6.36

Love Sun Body 100% Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Another fragrance-free, natural sunscreen you should check out is Love Sun Body 100% Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. This chemical-free, non-GMO formula is said to be “America’s first and only sunscreen certified Cosmos Natural with 100% natural, plant-based ingredients.”

Amazon Review:

“I needed a safe and effective natural mineral sunscreen (without the cancer-causing chemicals found in most other sunscreens.) I tried Love Sun Body and was pleased with its natural ingredients and feel and even forgot I was wearing sunscreen. Just one application effectively protects my skin from damaging UV rays all day long. Great product!! It’s safe for coral reefs too. I will definitely buy Love Sun Body again.”

Available at amazon.com, $32

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

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Happy National Sunscreen Day!  Sunscreen isn’t just for beach days – it’s for Mondays, Sundays and every day in between.  Wearing SPF every single day protects your skin from harmful UV rays and helps prevent signs of premature aging like dark spots and fine lines caused by sun damage. Our lightweight sunscreens are easy to apply and feel amazing on, for powerful, daily protection. Plus, our entire collection is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, non-toxic, reef-safe, cruelty-free and 100% effective. Make the switch to safer, everyday sunscreen today! @tayaaski #mdsolarsciences #nationalsunscreenday #spfeveryday #sunscreen #uvprotection #mineralsunscreen #reefsafe #crueltyfree

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Another sunscreen that is an Amazon’s Choice is MD Solar Sciences’ Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50. The lightweight comedogenic and hypoallergenic formula dries to a matte finish, keeping you from looking like greasy and oily while you sunbathe.

Amazon Review:

“I am an avid user of sunblock and use the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) sunblock guide to determine the best quality sunblock. MDSolarSciences is definitely on the expensive side of sunblock but it is by far the best facial sunblock I have used (and I have used over 10+ brands over the past few years!). I received a sample in a Nordstrom order and was very surprised by how smooth it goes on, the fact that it doesn’t leave any white residue, and feels really good on your face (not too oily and doesn’t clog your pores). When I went to EWG to see if it actually is a good sunblock, I was happy to find that it works great —fantastic balance between UVA/UVB protection, no nano-particles, etc. The tube lasts forever so it’s definitely worth the buy (I’ve been using my 1.7 oz for about 6 months now and I think it’s probably got at least another half a month left in its life just to give you an idea of how long a tube lasts — I apply very liberally on my face every day).”

Available at amazon.com, $30

All Good Organic Sport Sunscreen Butter SPF 50

You know a product is moisturizing if it’s called a butter. All Good Organic’s Sport Sunscreen Butter SPF 50, an Amazon Choice, keeps your skin hydrated, while also being very water resistant. It also only has five ingredients plus zinc oxide and is reef safe. Added bonus? You can get two tins on Amazon for less than $20.

Amazon Review:

“All Good Sunscreen Butter is more paste-like than traditional sunscreen lotions. Its density is a big plus, particularly in aquatic settings or when actively sweating. I love its high SPF and broad-spectrum protection. Unlike most sunscreens, AG Sunscreen Butter has a relatively high zinc oxide content, @25% by volume. It’s worked well on my trail outings because it’s convenient to carry in a pocket. I find it’s best suited for covering my face, ears, and neck. I prefer to cover up as much as possible with clothing than apply sunscreen, but All Good Sunscreen Butter is not choked with innumerable ingredients you can’t name or recognize. It’s not inexpensive, but it provides a measure of insurance against the sun’s damaging UV rays.”

Available at amazon.com, $19.94

Goddess Garden Organics Everyday Organic Sunscreen SPF 30

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Having sensitive skin means that you have to be extra diligent when it comes to what sunscreen you choose to invest in. Goddess Garden Organics’ Everyday Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Sensitive Skin is vegan, doesn’t contain fake chemicals, and also has soothing ingredients like lavender essential oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil. Did we mention that Green Goddess is a woman-owned company?!

Amazon Review:

“Best mineral sunscreen I’ve found so far. As far as organic mineral sunscreen goes they all go on like glue or pain and leave a white residue. This soaks in and spreads better than a lot of other ones I’ve tried. It’s still sticky and thick but much lighter than most mineral sunscreen. It’s more environmentally friendly and safer for your skin. Traditional sunscreen left me with major rashes. This works great no rash no burn.”

Available at amazon.com, $13.95

Green People Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF 30

Natural, organic, fragrance-free, water-repellant, and “rich in natural antioxidants.” These are just some of the words used to describe Green People’s Scent-Free Sun Lotion SPF 30.

Amazon Review:

“I almost always get some sort of rash from using sunscreens and lotions but this was gentle on my skin and light enough not to cause prickly heat. I will definitely be purchasing again in the future!”

Available at amazon.com, $20.99

Kiss My Face Organics Mineral Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30

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For those who want a sunscreen spray that isn’t going to spray you with a bunch of chemicals, may we suggest Kiss My Face Organics Mineral Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30? It is vegan, cruelty-free, non-nano, and 73% of its ingredients are organic.

Amazon Review:

“So happy with this product! Have used mineral sunscreens on my kids for years, as I don’t like putting chemicals on them, but I have missed the ease of the spray-on that you find with the chemical sunscreens. This product has the best of both worlds! Kept my kids sunburn free all summer, even while spending hours in the pool!”

Available at amazon.com, $15.19

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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This Amazon bestseller keeps you shielded from the sun’s rays with an SPF of 50 and broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It is also non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, PABA-free, gluten-free, water-resistant, and more.

Amazon Review:

“I purchased this sunscreen primarily because it doesn’t contain ingredients that are toxic to coral reefs. I was vacationing in an area with many coral reefs and would be snorkeling, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t do additional damage to the ecosystem! This sunscreen was amazing. It provided great sun protection and I came back with no burns. Best of all, it was not as greasy as other sunscreens that I have used in the past. The greasiness is always what deterred me from using sunscreen as much as I should, and this brand is much more bearable. It’s a bit pricier than other options, but I think it’s worth it both for their environmentally-friendly ingredients and non-greasiness.”

Available at amazon.com, $11.99

André Lorent Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen SPF 30+

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The final fabulous sunscreen we are going to recommend on this list is André Lorent’s Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen SPF 30+. With ingredients including green tea, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and gingko biloba extract, this formula that replenishes your skin as it protects it.

Amazon Review:

“I use retin A on my face every night. It’s an anti-wrinkle cream prescription that makes skin extremely sensitive to the sun. Sometimes it makes my face peel when I’m adjusting to a new strength which can be a challenge to find a sunscreen that is strong enough to protect yet gentle enough to not irritate delicate peeling skin.
This stuff right here is the perfect product. It’s very moisturizing, the most gentle I’ve tried and it protects my hypersensitive skin from burns. I use it every single day and I love how it feels, applies and what an amazing deal this huge bottle is!
I never have a shiny slick feeling left on my skin. It leaves my face and neck smooth and silky feeling. I don’t even wear cover up or foundation at all.
This is my sunscreen. It will always be as long as I can get it.”

Available at amazon.com, $23.70