Beauty Problem Solvers of the Week: Natural Sunscreens

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The Products: John Masters Organics Suncare SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen, $32 and BurnOut Eco-Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 32, $17.99

Why: If you’ve seen any of the photos I’ve posted of myself, you know that I have fair skin. Very fair skin. Which means that sunscreen is a big part of my life. One of the most important beauty products I use, actually. And, because I live in sunny California, I wear it 365 days a year (though even if you live in a place where the sun doesn’t shine often, you should also wear it daily). Since I wear it so often, I try to be a bit more mindful of the amount of chemicals I’m slathering on my skin — and now that I’m pregnant I’m even more careful about what I’m putting both in and on my body.

That’s why I’m happily using these two skin protectors. I use the John Masters Organics SPF 30 on my face daily. It not only excludes ingredients like parabens and nano-particles, but it uses active sunscreen ingredients zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — two non-chemical sun blockers — and includes shea butter and aloe to hydrate your skin. Three pumps is all I need for my face and neck and it blends easily and doesn’t make my makeup look funky or my face appear too shiny.

The BunOut SPF 32 is equally, if not more, impressive. Makeup artist Fiona Stiles had turned me on to this sunblock — she used it when she was pregnant. Not only is it paraben-free, it’s petroleum-free, chemical-free and even fragrance-free. The active sunscreen ingredient in this tube is zinc oxide. Most of us know zinc oxide for it’s opaque white finish, but this goes on surprisingly clear-ish and doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. It does turn a tiny bit white after you get in and out of water, but I personally think it’s worth putting up with. I plan to go through tube after tube of this from now through September — I hope Whole Foods keeps it well stocked.

I’ll admit, these products are not cheap — at all. But, if you’re interested in minimizing the number of chemicals you slather on, or if you’re sensitive to chemical sunscreen ingredients or if you’re pregnant, these are well worth the price you’ll pay.

Disclosure: John Masters Organics sent me a sample of the aforementioned SPF product to test. See my full disclosure policy here.

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