ZoLi's Top Sunscreens 2019

July 02, 2019

Summer is in full swing and by this point either you, or someone you know has a sunburn horror story! Applying and re-applying sunscreen lotion can be hard to remember and, lets face it, an annoying task.  Especially with kids who can't stand to apply it in the first place.  And with seemingly thousands of sunscreen options, the choice can be a bit daunting.

Luckily, gone are the days where sunscreen application means a white, greasy paste that is both bad for the environment and your body. Now, we have plenty of non-toxic and reef safe sunscreen choices!

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your sunscreen:  

  • Avoid sunscreeens with the ingredients:  oxybenzone and/or octinoxate
  • And to ensure that it is reef-safe, avoid the following ingredients as well: 
    • Octocrylene, PABA (Aminobenzoic Acid), Enzacamene, Octisalate, and Homosalate
  • Look for Broad Spectrum sunscreens that protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Choose SPF 30 or higher.  (as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology)
  • Water Resistant sunscreens (whether you’re swimming or not!) to ensure it stays put no matter what activity you're enjoying.
  • If choosing chemical based sunscreen, look for ones that contain avobenzone at 3% (a low-hazard chemical according to EWG)
  • If choosing mineral based sunscreen, look for zinc oxide as active ingredient and avoid titanium oxide in powder or spray form. Click for more info on nanoparticles.

Now that you know what to look for on your own, we’ll share our top sunscreen picks for 2019! 

Our Top 3 Overall Picks:

1. All Good Sunscreens

    All Good sunscreens are natural AND reef friendly! This brand of sunscreen seems to have a little something for everyone – Sunscreen sticks, spray on, lotions, and even tinted sunscreens for your face. 

    All Good Sunscreen - Safe and Reef Safe

    2. Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen

    For those who love a good mineral-based sunscreen, blue lizard is a great option. All of their sunscreens are natural and environmentally safe. Their brand of sunscreen is specifically designed to stay on top of your skin to deflect sun rays rather than be absorbed into pores. Learn more here.

    Blue Lizard Thumbnail - Safe and Reef Safe

    3. Goddess Garden Organics

    This sunscreen is both chemical free and reef safe! Goddess Garden is well known for striking the balance of a mineral + SHEER sunscreen. (Pro Tip: We love the Goddess Garden spray sunscreen for additional coverage after using their sunscreen stick.)

    Goddess Garden Sunscreen - Safe and Reef Safe

    Top 3 Facial Sunscreen Picks:

    We know not one sunscreen can do it all, so we are also sharing our top 3 facial sunscreens - no more exchanging clogged pores for sun protection! (All with the added bonus of being environmentally and health friendly!)

    1. Clinique Pep-Start

    This SPF 50 facial sunscreen is ultra-lightweight while also providing a tinting bonus! 100% mineral formula protects against UVA/UVB rays.

    Clinique Prep-Start Facial Sunscreen

    2. Drunk Elephant Umbra

    Drunk Elephant's facial sunscreen provides a sheer coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and aids in the prevention of free radical and oxidative damage.

    Drunk Elephant Facial Sunscreen

    3. Kiehl Super Fluid Sunscreen

    This SPF 50+ sunscreen also provides pollution protection and a matte finish! This helps defend skin from environmental aggressors and prevent the first signs of aging.

    Facial Sunscreen Top 3


    Do you have any favorites for everyday use or for keeping the kiddos protected? Let us know in the comments below!

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