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Top Ten Summer Sunscreens

Top Ten Summer Sunscreens

Happy Beauty Top Ten Tuesday! Today I’m sharing my top ten cruelty free summer sunscreens, with several vegan options. Recently I read that the only difference between a good sunscreen and a good moisturizer with SPF is the marketing behind it, and that’s very true. I’m very preachy when it comes to sunscreen because I feel like people just don’t know enough about it.

It’s very important to make sure that you are getting full spectrum UVA / UVB protection. You want to make sure that any SPF product you’re using has been FDA approved and comes with a drug fact label. There are many different ingredients that protect from UVB and they vary greatly. Ingredients that protect from UVA are ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone and zinc oxide.

Never rely on just your makeup to provide you with enough SPF protection! Make sure you apply your sunblock or moisturizer with SPF liberally, then apply any makeup you’re going to use. Makeup with SPF is basically a nice bonus but I would never trust it solely to keep me safe, especially if I was going to be outside.

I’m adamant about wearing sunscreen because skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the USA. As a Type 1 on the Fitzpatrick Scale I never tan. I always burn and peel. So I do my best to make sure that I never burn by applying sunblock and then reapplying as necessary. You should reapply every 2 hours if you’re not sweating. If you’re sweating, make sure your SPF is water resistant and apply every 45 minutes to an hour. Also make sure you apply 15 minutes before you go outside or it won’t have a chance to take effect.

I always try to look for products that have physical sunblocks such as Zinc Oxide and Ititanium Dioxide, but both physical and chemical sunscreens can protect your skin. I also think it’s better to have SPF products with antioxidants included, since they increase the effectiveness of the SPF and they help to neutralize free radicals.

What the Numbers Mean

  • SPF 15 – protects against 93% of UVB rays
  • SPf 30 – protects against 96% of UVB rays
  • SPF 50 – protects against 98% of UVB rays

Now, on to the products!

1. Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 – $45 for .5 fl. oz.
I just recently bought this and I’ve been using it for a week. I love it because it doesn’t burn my eyes and it’s nicely hydrating. I hate the gimmicky design with the ‘cold’ applicator. I would ditch the gimmicky applicator and increase the amount of product for the price.

  • Octinoxate 7.5% (Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide 10.1% (Sunscreen)

2. Supergoop! SPF 35 Save Face Oil-Free AM Moisturizer – $28 for 3 oz
I’ve repurchased this moisturizer many times. It doesn’t irritate my eyes and it works well at protecting my skin from the sun. I also love the airless pump packaging. See my review.

  • Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Avobenzone (3.0%), Octocrylene (2.79%)
  • Super-charged blueberry antioxidants naturally heal and improve skin texture and elasticity
  • Formulated with avobenzone, a sun filter that allows the skin to breathe and sweat, while delivering a full 40 minutes of water resistance, so it’s ideal for an active lifestyle

3. Supergoop! MintFusion Lip Balm SPF 30 – $8.50 for .5 oz
I have gone through countless tubes of this stuff and love it. It does a good job of penetrating into my lips and moisturizing them.

  • Octinoxate 7.5% (Sunscreen), Octisalate (Sunscreen) 5%, Avobenzone 3% (Sunscreen)

4. Supergoop! SPF 30+ Endless Summer Pump – $48 for 18 oz
This is ideal for both face and body. It’s supposed to be water resistant. I picked it up for use on the body.

  • Homosalate 8.0% (Sunscreen), Octisalate 4.0% (Sunscreen), Avobenzone 3.0% (Sunscreen), Octocrylene 2.0% (Sunscreen).

5. Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50 – $16 for 5 oz.
This is not a product that I tried yet, but many people have recommended it to me. It’s supposed to set to a matte finish and be water resistant. (Vegan)

  • Homosalate 10%, Oxybenzone 6%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Octocrylene 2% (all FDA-approved sunscreen ingredients).

6. Paula’s Choice RESIST Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25 – $27 for 2 oz
This is my favorite Paula’s Choice moisturizer that I’ve purchased. I love the finish and the way it feels on my skin. My only complaint is that I wish it was SPF 40! This is great for dry skin. See my review. (Vegan)

  •  Titanium Dioxide 8%

7. Paula’s Choice Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 – $27 for 2 oz.
This is best for oily skin. (Product sent for consideration) (Vegan, see PC’s Ingredients Page)

  • Zinc Oxide 13% (broad-spectrum sunscreen agent)

8. LAVANILA the Healthy SunScreen Face Cream SPF 40 – $28 for 1.8 oz
I love this 100% natural SPF. It’s got broad spectrum UVA/VUB protection, plus antioxidants. I’ve repurchased it a ton. See my review. (Vegan)

  • Titanium Dioxide 7.5%; Zinc Oxide 5.0%

9. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 – $54 for 4 oz, $32 for 2 oz
I haven’t tried this new moisturizer from Josie Maran but I did like her old one. This is supposed to be a new and improved formula with SunBoost ATB.

  • Zinc Oxide 6.4%* (Sunscreen), Titanium Dioxide 5.1%** (Sunscreen)

10.  Supergoop!Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – $26 for 5 oz.
I haven’t tried this one yet but I really want to! It’s supposed to be chock full of antioxidants, non greasy, and have lots of great anti-aging properties. Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Reinforces skin’s natural lipid barrier, enhancing moisturization and helping to prevent moisture loss due to dehydration from the sun’s rays.

  • Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 15%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7%, and Octinoxate 7.5%: Provide sunscreen protection.

What are your picks for the best cruelty free summer sunscreens? Be sure to share your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, etc)

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  • The Supergoop has chemical sunscreens and it does not irritate your rosacea? I will have to try that. I usually stick to zinc and titanium but sometimes they feel heavy on the skin, even the Paula’s Choice ones. I usually use the Resist Cellular Defense SPF 25 but I also wish it were at least spf 40…spf 50 would please me even more.

  • I usually use Clinique SuperCity Block but it’s just too expensive, so I’ve just bought an Australian brand called ‘Invisible Zinc’ which I’ll be using next – curious to see if it is actually invisible

  • I’ve been using #7 and I love it! I especially love that it’s slightly tinted; it helps to even my skin out for days when I don’t want to wear makeup. But it also works well under makeup. A little goes a long way too!

    • The tint is too dark for me, BUT if I mix it with the other Paula’s Choice (50/50) it matches me better. I love the feeling of both products.

  • I love Supergoop and it’s quite obvious I’m not alone. I would love to try the Oil too. Does the LaVanilla have a fragrance? You might want to find out about MelanSol since it’s meant for skin like yours.

  • I bookmarked this! Thank you so much for all the important information in this post. 😀 I took the test and my result was also a Type 1. My undertone is definitely neutral. My skin type is normal to dry and extremely sensitive.

    Something I’m looking for is a product I can use in my immediate eye area. I have yet to find a product that doesn’t sting/burn/irritate my eyes. I was reading about a product made just for the eye area that sounds really promising:

    The SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50: cruelty free, specifically formulated for the immediate eye area/does not migrate, and leaves a smooth matte finish. It comes in a 0.3oz tube and costs $30. The active ingredients are titanium dioxide 9% and zinc oxide 4%.

    I got really excited after reading about it because it’s for the immediate eye area, something I’ve never seen before. Your list has a product made for the eye area too, yay! More options!

    I want to check out the Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37. It sounds great – hydration, great sun protection, and no eye irritation is what I need! I agree about the price and applicator though. It has more zinc oxide than the SkinCeuticals product (Supergoop! has 10.1% vs SkinCeuticals 4%). I’m not sure how Octinoxate 7.5% compares with titanium dioxide 9% but I’ll be looking that up.

    Thank you so much for this list and information! I know I’ll love that minty balm for sure! 😀 Many thanks again!

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