The sun was out this weekend all over the United States and Europe with temperatures here in New York over 100 degrees. Like everyone else, I just try to cool down by the pool or at the beach. I have pretty tanned skin naturally, but when I use regular sunscreen I usually get oily skin and breakouts, and sometimes even sun allergy caused by all the chemicals ingredients. Using carcinogenic chemicals to protect the skin from too much cancer-causing sun is contradictory. So switching to natural sunscreen was a necessity for me this summer. Unfortunately natural sunscreen is not very attractive as it usually leaves a thick white layer on the skin which not only let’s you running around looking like a ghost all day but also messes up your clothes. I packed three different sunscreens for the weekend to see which works best: J.R. Watkins, Alba Botanica, and Neutrogena.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is not really natural, but at least it is PABA (Para-aminobenzoic acid) free and it absorbs relatively easy without leaving an oily layer.
My favorite is Alba Botanica Very Emollient Natural Sunscreen. I tried the sport and the lavender version and liked them both. They are very easy to apply and absorb quickly.
Tip: Make sure to not stay in the sun to long, remember to reapply and take Calcium to avoid sun allergies. Happy healthy tanning!