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Top 10 Cruelty Free Facial Sunscreens

Phyrra brings you the best cruelty free facial sunscreens that won't irritate your eyes!

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today I’m sharing my picks for the top 10 cruelty free facial sunscreens! These are the ones I like to wear because they don’t irritate my eyes and they provide me with good sun protection. All are cruelty free and some are vegan.

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Top 10 Cruelty Free Facial Sunscreens

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – $42 for 1.7 oz
This is my current go-to facial sunscreen because I can use it on my face and eyes without irritation. I picked up a sample of it at Sephora, fell in love, and then bought the full size bottle. It’s supposed to be hydrating, anti-aging, reduce the appearance of dark spots and uneven skintone. It’s broad-spectrum protection. So far I love it. It doesn’t leave me feeling greasy and it has the high SPF that I want.

2. Paula’s Choice PC4MEN DAYTIME PROTECT SPF 30 – $24 for 2 oz
This dries to the perfect matte but not drying finish for me. It’s anti-aging and comfortable to wear. It’s also safe for use around my eyes. I just wish it was SPF 50! Also, I believe it’s vegan.

3. Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 37 – $45 for .5 oz
This is one that I’ve repurchased a few times. It’s specifically meant for use around the eyes. I don’t like the gimmicky packaging but the product inside is fabulous. It’s also supposed to help make your eyes look brighter and more well rested.

4. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 – $42 for 1.7 oz
This is a lightweight serum that protects the skin and works well under other moisturizers or foundations. It doesn’t give you a white cast. It’s also full of antioxidants. I’ve gone through 3 of these and I really like it, I just wish it was SPF 50.

5. Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen – $32 for 1.7 oz
This is an awesome CC cream if one of the 3 available shades matches you. It provides good coverage and is comfortable to wear.

6. Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 – $17 for 5 oz
This is on my to-try list because it’s SPF 50 and supposed to have a matte finish! It’s also water resistant, making it ideal for the pool or the beach. I believe this is vegan, too.

7. Lavanila the Healthy Sunscreen Face Cream SPF 40 – $28 for 1.8 oz
This is a 100% natural sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA / UVB protection. I’ve bought this on and off for years and I love it. It’s also gluten free and vegan.

8. Lavanila Sport Luxe Face & Body Cream SPF 30 – $30 for 2.5 oz
This is 100% natural and water resistant. It’s also gluten free and vegan.

9. Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 40 – $24.99 for 3.4 oz
This is another favorite moisturizer of mine. It’s got a ton of anti-aging ingredients. It’s also vegan.

10. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – $32 for 2 oz
This is a fast absorbing, non-greasy moisturizer with anti-aging benefits. It doesn’t irritate my skin.

What are your favorite cruelty free sunscreens? Any SPF 50s to recommend?

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21 Comments

  • It’s really useful (and relevant!) to publish this list of cruelty free sunscreen products. I use the Australian Anti Cancer products that are cruelty free. All money aids the research into skin cancers.

  • ooooh! I love Paula’s Choice but I have not tried that particular sunscreen either. The matte finish appeals to me as well. I just put that on my must-try list!

    • I find I struggle because some products leave a greasy residue, but matte stuff ends up too matte on me, so I have to layer argan oil underneath. It’s a struggle to find ‘just right’ during the summer. And sometimes, what is perfect one day isn’t the next.

  • I’m a huge fan of Supergoop. It’s the one that I’ll splurge on. My DH and the kids get less expensive sunscreens but they are still good ones but Supergoop is mine.

  • I love the SuperGoop City sunscreen serum, although I too wish it came in a higher spf! My CC cream has spf 50 (IT Cosmetics) but I feel like I need something for my neck and chest to keep sun damage at bay. I might check out the Paula’s Choice spf 50.

  • I love Dr. Dennis Gross skincare but I’ve never tried the SPF. Need to ck that out next time I’m in Sephora!

      • I know I’m late to this post Phyrra, but I hope you won’t mind answering a question. I’ve only just started going cruelty free hardcore (comparatively, I’m using up the last of my none cruelty free products but after that they will NOT be repurchased and all new purchases MUST be cruelty free if at all possible). My question for you is this: is the Dennis Gross also a facial moisturizer or only sunscreen? I’m going to Peru soon and I need a two in one for the trip as it requires that I pack light. Appreciate the help!

        • Hi Jade! My skin is normal to dry (used to be oily but my rosacea meds changed it). This works really well for me as a moisturizer + SPF. However, if you need to add any additional moisturizer I would recommend getting a small bottle of the Josie Maran Argan oil. I think this would make an excellent 2 in 1 because I use it as a daily moisturizer + SPF for my face and neck. You would definitely want something like Ocean Potion SPF 50 or No AD SPF 60 for your body.

  • Thanks for the recs–I especially appreciate the mixture of pricepoints. Plus, you just reminded me I should grab an extra bottle of sunscreen (running low!)

    • No problem! I’ve tried a lot of them and these are my favorite. I’m definitely a firm believer in that you can find quality skincare at a price point you can afford, especially with Paula’s Choice.

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