The Highest-Rated Nontoxic Sunscreens

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We’ve come a long way since the days when oil dominated the sun-care scene. Now we get our tans from a bottle, stock up on oversize hats and slather on sunscreen at the mere mention of sunlight (thankfully). But you can still go a step further—replacing chemical-filled SPF for its nontoxic and all natural counterparts. If, like us, you don’t know where to start, let this list of the top-rated natural sunscreens be your guide.

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense

Think of this as a souped up version of the brand’s original Umbra Sheer sunscreen that put them on the map. It still has the same antioxidant and zinc-oxide-rich formula to protect against free-radical damage and UVA/UVB rays, but with a nice sheer tint so you never have to worry about getting a chalky cast.

Drunk Elephant ($36)

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Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist Spf 30

This uber-conscious brand has very high standards for what’s allowed (and not) in its extensive line of products. Their mineral sunscreen mist is no exception. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and packaged with a non-aerosol pump, the only thing you’ll get when spraying this stuff is non-greasy protection from the sun. 

BeautyCounter ($36)

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Colorescience Brush-on Spf 50

Highly reviewed on every website from Ulta to Amazon, this product is a fan favorite for people who are out and about in the sun. Just twist up and reapply the powder SPF right over your makeup. Many reviewers give serious kudos to this product for helping them avoid any breakouts or oily skin that lotion can sometimes cause.

Colorescience ($65)

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Vive Sana

Vive Sana Serum Crema

Although new to the market, this luxe indie brand is already racking up rave reviews for its super clean and hydrating formula. Packed with organic argan and raspberry seed oil (among 14 other natural ingredients), we love the way it melts instantly into our skin and leaves behind a dewy glow. 

Vive Sana ($75)

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Thinkbaby Spf 50+

If you’ve got little fingers and toes to protect, this extra-safe baby formula is the ticket. With just under 2,000 positive reviews on Amazon, fans love that its ingredient list is filled with all-natural and good-for-you names—from aloe to jojoba oil. It’s also gentle enough for delicate skin and eyes, and totally water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. 

ThinkBaby ($20)

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Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion With Spf18

If your face cream and sunscreen had a lovechild, it would be this magical mineral formula made with equal parts anti-aging ingredients like Swiss apple stem cells, squalane and non-nano zinc oxide for optimal UVA and UVB protection. We also love that it’s unscented and completely traceless on your skin.

Ursa Major ($54)

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Coola Mineral Liplux Spf 30

Although oft overlooked, your lips are incredibly susceptible to sun damage. For the best, all-natural option that offers protection and a hint of color, beauty devotees turn to this tube from Coola. Offered in six sheer shades, the lip balm is a welcome dose of sun safe nourishment. 

Coola ($18)

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Additional reporting by Jenny Jin.

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