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Non-Toxic Sunscreen: A Better, Safer Alternative for You and the Environment

Non-Toxic Sunscreen: A Better, Safer Alternative for You and the Environment

Non-Toxic Sunscreen: A Better, Safer Alternative for You and the Environment

The Dark Side of Traditional Sunscreen: Toxic Chemicals & Their Effects

Sunscreen has been touted for decades as a critical defence against skin cancer and premature ageing. However, as we become more aware of the ingredients used in traditional sunscreen formulas, it's clear that some may not be as benign as we once thought.

Common Chemicals Found in Conventional Sunscreen

Some of the most common chemicals found in conventional sunscreens include:

  • Oxybenzone: Often used in sunscreens due to its ability to absorb UV light, oxybenzone is also a known endocrine disruptor and has been linked to hormone-related issues in several studies [1].
  • Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate): Similar to oxybenzone, this chemical is also a UV filter. However, there's mounting concern about its potential endocrine-disrupting effects [2].
  • Avobenzone: Another UV filter, avobenzone can cause skin irritation and allergies. Additionally, it's unstable in sunlight and often requires the use of other potentially harmful chemicals to stabilize it.
  • Homosalate & Octisalate: These chemicals are often used together to increase the product's SPF. Both can be absorbed through the skin and are associated with hormone disruption.
  • Parabens: Used as a preservative, parabens can mimic oestrogen in the body and have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues [3].
  • Fragrance: The term "fragrance" is often used to mask a combination of chemicals, some of which are hormone disruptors and allergens.

The Best Non-Toxic Sunscreen

Transitioning from conventional sunscreens to non-toxic alternatives is becoming easier as more companies acknowledge consumer demand for safer products. The best non-toxic sunscreens will be mineral-based, featuring ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and will be free from the harmful chemicals listed above.

At WellEasy, we're passionate about providing healthier, non-toxic alternatives for your sun protection needs. Our curated selection of sunscreens use safe, quality ingredients, protecting your skin and the environment, without breaking the bank

When considering non-toxic sunscreen options, look for those that are "reef safe" or "ocean safe". These labels mean the product does not contain chemicals harmful to aquatic life.

Non-Toxic Sunscreen for Adults

Adults should look for non-toxic sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection, meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens as these mineral ingredients sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed, providing a physical barrier against harmful rays.

Best Non-Toxic Sunscreen for Face

For your face, choose a non-toxic sunscreen designed specifically for facial skin. These tend to be lighter and less greasy than body sunscreens. Additionally, look for products labeled as non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog your pores.

Our recommendations:

Fierce Nature Sun Balm

Fierce Nature Pure Organic Tallow Sun Balm 100g, £14.40

Sun Cream spf 30

Green People Facial Sun Cream SPF30 50ml, £21.99

Non-Toxic Sunscreen for Body

Non-toxic body sunscreens often come in larger sizes and may have a thicker consistency than facial sunscreens. Look for a formula with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97% of UVB rays.

Our recommendations:

Upcircle SPF 25 Mineral Sunscreen 60ml

Upcircle SPF 25 Mineral Sunscreen 60ml, £23.99

Green People SPF30 Scent Free Sun Lotion 200ml

Green People SPF30 Scent Free Sun Lotion 200ml, £24.99

Attitude Mineral Sun Screen Stick - SPF 30 - Fragrance Free

Attitude Mineral Sun Screen Stick - SPF 30 - Fragrance Free, £18.99

Non-Toxic Sunscreen for Kids

Children have more sensitive skin than adults, so it's especially important to choose a sunscreen without harmful chemicals. Look for sunscreens labeled as "baby" or "kids" as these are often formulated to be gentle on sensitive skin. A tear-free formula is also a bonus for little ones who are wriggly during application!

Our recommendations:

Green People Organic Children Scent Free Sun Cream SPF30 150ml

Green People Organic Children Scent Free Sun Cream SPF30 150ml, £21.99

Attitude Baby & Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30
Attitude Baby & Kids Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30, £18.99


As consumers, we have the power to choose products that are not only effective but also safe for our health and the environment. By choosing non-toxic sunscreens, we can enjoy the sunshine without the worry of harmful chemicals. The journey to safer sun protection begins with education, so spread the word about the potential hazards of conventional sunscreens and the benefits of switching to non-toxic alternatives.

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