Try THIS Tuesday: Hannah’s Favorite Natural Sunscreen

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Note from Collin:

Do you have a product you love? We definitely have many favorite products here on the Hip2Save Team, and thought it would be FUN to share some of them with you! I personally love product recommendations and I’ve also had a few requests from readers, so I have asked each member of the team to think of products they love (cosmetics, kitchen gadgets etc.) and to write up a post that will be shared here every Tuesday. Hannah, my sidekick, is sharing one of her favorites…

Hi all! It’s Hannah here, one of Collin’s sidekicks!

I am fairly new to making the switch to more natural products when possible, and one of the most difficult product switches for me has been sunscreen.

Sunglasses & Hat Required!

As you can see from this picture, I have super pale skin so I burn very easily which is frustrating for my inner beach bum! 😊 A hat, sunglasses, and usually an umbrella seem barely enough to keep me from burning! My husband and I love to just hop in the car and go every chance we get, and even on fairly short road trips my arms definitely get some sun.

With that said, I needed to find a sunscreen that I would feel good about using and that actually worked. After doing some research, I decided to order Beyond Coastal Active Sunscreen from Amazon.

Getting used to the lower SPF on the labels of natural sunscreen products definitely took some getting used to, and I was a bit terrified applying SPF 34 when I am used to applying SPF 85 or higher! I thought surely I was going to be fried.

To my surprise though, I applied this sunscreen as normal on a trip to Florida during an extremely sunny day and did not get burned! I did reapply quite often (about every hour or so).

Another favorite feature of this sunscreen is that there is not a strong smell at all. Plus, the texture feels only slightly thicker than sunscreen I grew up using and it rubs in much easier than other natural sunscreens I have tried.

As a comparison, I previously tried Alba Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen and it was like layering on glue and the smell was unbearable! 😬 And even though it felt super thick, I still got burned with it on.

I hope this helps some of you who may be looking for a new sunscreen to try! I can’t guarantee that it will work for everyone but it may be worth a try if you are looking for a natural sunscreen to try out!

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  1. Shannon

    I’d like to read the ingredient list on this. I didn’t see it on Amazon. I usually buy California baby sunscreen from target. That’s the best one I’ve found without harmful chemicals.

    • Hannah (Sensational Sidekick)

      Hi Shannon! My bottle has the following active ingredients listed:

      Avobenzone 3%
      Octinoxate 7.5%
      Octisalate 5%
      Octocrylene 6%

      It also states: Fragrance Free, Gluten Free, Oxybenzone Free, Paraben Free, Vitamin A Free

      The full list with the inactive ingredients is on Amazon (I didn’t see the ingredients on mobile, but I did from a computer). It is rated #2 on the EWG site. There were better rated ones available, but compared to the sunscreens I previously used, this one rated much better:) I will have to check out the California Baby Sunscreen too, thanks!

  2. Emma

    Is other sunscreen harmful for you…?

  3. Melissa

    I chose the Alba because it is reef safe. I chose a different variety, so hopefully it isn’t stinky or like glue! Apparently many ingredients in normal sunscreens cause coral bleaching.

    • Hannah (Sensational Sidekick)

      Oh that’s great to know about Alba! I will definitely have to look into that. Haha yeah I think I just picked a bad variety of the Alba, many people love it but I picked an “unscented” one, but I think I should have tried one that had a scent! I do love Alba Shampoo & Conditioner though!

  4. RZ

    A higher SPF isn’t necessarily better, as SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s rays anyway. The most important thing is to apply a sunscreen that’s photo-stable (the ones w/ zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are best, otherwise look for one w/ avobenzone + octocrylene), to use enough of it (at least 1/4 tsp for the whole face, plus more for the body obviously), and to re-apply it often (which most people just don’t do).

    Personally, I love Elta MD’s UV Clear sunscreen- it’s not only effective but also cosmetically elegant, as it doesn’t leave a white cast on my golden complexion! Win-win.

    • Hannah (Sensational Sidekick)

      Thank you for the info, this is very helpful! I will have to look into the Elta as well, it sounds great!

  5. Betsy

    Many (most?) readily available store-bought sunscreens are crazy full of chemicals that are harmful to our bodies. Short article here, but there is a lot of information available elsewhere about the ingredients in mainstream sunscreen:
    Thanks for much for posting a review Hannah! I have tried a few natural sunscreens and the consistency/smell, etc., has not been that great. There are so many natural options available and some are so expensive to just try out–I’ll definitely get this one out this summer!

    • Hannah (Sensational Sidekick)

      No problem, Betsy! 🙂 I’m glad I am not the only one that has had trouble finding one without a weird smell, etc! Yeah some of them are very pricey, and I have not tried many of those either! It is hard to pay so much for a small amount of product without knowing if it will work, especially when it requires a lot of use!

  6. Ashley G

    Just a thought: I’m pretty sure if you purchase sunscreen at Whole Foods you can return it if it doesn’t work!

    • Hannah (Sensational Sidekick)

      Oh that is AWESOME! I didn’t know that. Thanks, Ashley!

  7. Sondra

    This is not a natural sunscreen because it contains the chemical Avobenzone. Besides it being a chemical it only lasts for 30 minutes and breaks down when exposed to sunshine! I’ve tried all sorts of sunscreens and the safest one I found is from Dr. Mercola

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