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The Best Natural Face Sunscreens

May 27, 2020

The best advice my mother ever gave me? Wear sunscreen everyday! Her incredible skin is proof that daily sunscreen use works! So yesterday we discussed body sunscreens but today I wanted to focus on the best natural face sunscreens. Now I know it’s tempting to just slather that body sunscreen all over your face but I really wouldn’t recommend it. Oftentimes body sunscreens use way heavier oils that will likely cause clogged pores and breakouts. Natural body sunscreens, while more expensive than conventional, tend to be more affordable than natural face sunscreens because they can get away with using ingredients that are cheaper (in price, not quality) but also aren’t necessarily what you want to be putting on your face.

That’s why I use a different body and face sunscreen. Also natural sunscreen tends to give that “white glow” that you get from pure zinc oxide so you will likely want a different formula for your face so you don’t look like a ghost. Although if you’re into that – go for it!

I’ve spent the last few years trying out different natural face sunscreens but in the last year or so brands have come out with some EPIC products. I can honestly say that the natural face sunscreens you can buy these days are just as good, if not better than conventional sunscreen. So with that, I thought I’d share my favorite natural face sunscreens with you and why I think each one is worth investing in.

Also! As mentioned yesterday, always look for a product that has Broad Spectrum SPF. Okay let’s do this…

The Best Skin Nourishing SPF: ILIA Skin Tint (SPF 40)

Guys – this product is amazing! It is NOT a foundation but it does provide a light coverage that evens out skin tone. Not only that, but it also contains 40 SPF and skin benefitting ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. If you have oily skin I’d recommend using a setting powder after use but if you have dry skin like I do, this ILIA skin tint is the moisturizing and nourishing facial SPF you’ve been looking for.

Benefits: Super moisturizing, great ingredients for your skin, dewy finish.
My shade: ST5

The Best *almost* Foundation SPF: Suntegrity Impeccable Skin (SPF 30)

Tanya and I have been looking for a product like this for a long time, and Suntegrity finally answered! Suntegrity has been in the facial SPF game for a long time and many people love their 5-in-1 facial SPF. This is the product Curt uses for his daily SPF (I prefer the Josh Rosebrook Daily Moisturizer – see below) BUT their new Impeccable Skin product is truly a godsend. This is more of a BB cream so it provides coverage that you don’t get from their tinted 5-in-1 which essentially just masked the white hue. While it isn’t entirely a foundation (I still need to use concealer for any zits I have), it does even out skin tone and dries down matte.

Benefits: Evens out skin tone, oil and fragrance-free and matte finish.
My Shade: Buff

The Best Lightweight Moisturizing SPF: Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream (SPF 30)

If you’re an OG Healthy Maven fan then you know I’m obsessed with this product. It’s insanely expensive so I only buy it once a year in the big bottle at the Credo Beauty sale (20% off!). I always buy the tinted version and I love how moisturizing this product is but you barely notice it at all. This is for my no-makeup days, which is a lot more often these days. Honestly, there are some days where this is the only product I put on my face in the morning. 30 SPF, smells delicious and you can barely feel it. If you’re looking for a splurge item I can’t recommend this enough.

Benefits: Lightweight, hydrating.
No shades but I buy the tinted version.

The Best Barely There SPF: Hynt Beauty SUN PREP (SPF 25)

Do I trust this natural face sunscreen for a day at the beach? Absolutely not. It even says on the bottle: reapply after getting wet and every 2 hours. This “barely there” facial SPF is exactly that: barely there. It’s the only sheer natural facial sunscreen I have found so if you want something that you can put under your makeup with zero white tint, you will love this one! I’m not obsessed with the smell, BUT it is also a facial primer and it works super well to fill in pores and fine lines before applying makeup. A good option if you’re a daily makeup wearer and don’t spend too much time in direct sun.

Benefits: lightweight, goes on clear, great primer under makeup.
No shades.

The Best Beach Day SPF: Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR CC Cream (SPF 30)

We all need a beach day SPF and for those days I reach for this Juice Beauty CC cream. It does contain coconut oil which is comedogenic for certain skin types BUT I personally haven’t found it correlates with any of my breakouts. That being said, it is reef-safe and has anti-aging benefits that none of the other facial sunscreens on this list have so it’s kind of a double-whammy. I will reapply it throughout the day but I trust that I won’t burn or overexpose my skin when wearing this.

Benefits: long-lasting, anti-aging benefits, light coverage.
My shade: Desert Glow

There are plenty of other natural facial sunscreen brands out there that I didn’t include either because a) I don’t like them or b) I haven’t tried them. Consider this a running list that I’ll add to if I discover others I like, but for now this list of the best natural face sunscreens seems pretty comprehensive with at least one option for everyone. Let me know in the comments below if there are any other face sunscreens you love.

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    Alexandria Cannito
    May 29, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I have been looking for a natural face sunscreen to use but wasn’t sure which brand would be best. This list has been helpful for comparing brands. Thank you for sharing!

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