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Top 3 Natural Sunscreens of 2021

Our #1 Choice Gives No Greasiness Or White Cast, Just Anti-Aging Hydration and Protection

Michelle Lee
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Michelle Lee
Nowadays, shopping for a face sunscreen that is gentle, natural, and actually works can be frustrating and time-consuming. Our panel of experts have done the work for you.

Disclaimer: This article is not sponsored by any of the brands/products mentioned. We independently research, purchase, test, and compare the best products that meet our standards for pregnant and nursing mothers. Always consult with your doctor.

Applying sunscreen everyday is a must for shielding yourself against premature wrinkles and loss of elasticity at any age. Especially for pregnant and nursing moms, choosing a natural zinc sunscreen can help protect you and your baby.

Unprotected sun exposure is not only a skin cancer risk, but also the biggest reason behind most of our skin problems.

From oily skin and large pores to dark spots and wrinkles, it’s the combination of 1) heat and 2) ultraviolet rays from the sun that damages collagen and melts the moisture out of our skin.

Did you know that the FDA has only classified 2 sunscreen ingredients as safe and effective? Zinc and titanium dioxide (1).

We prefer zinc based sunscreens as ones made with titanium dioxide tend to leave a white cast.

Safe to say, one of the best ways to ward off wrinkles and get an extra boost of hydration is to incorporate a natural, broad-spectrum zinc sunscreen to your daily morning skincare routine.

We have tried countless natural zinc based sunscreens over the years.

To say the least, we understand why it can be annoying and troublesome to apply sunscreen every day.

Most sunscreens have caused oiliness after a few hours, felt too thick and difficult to spread, left a pale white cast effect, worked horribly under makeup, or caused breakouts.

However, these top 3 natural zinc sunscreens are available at Sephora and free of ingredients that could be potentially harmful to pregnant and nursing moms.

Our #1 choice checks all our boxes and is an absolute delight to use. It feels like a lightweight lotion that easily melts into the skin, feels refreshing, and gives a gorgeous glow.

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2 Common Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid

If a sunscreen ingredient is not recommended for children, is it completely safe for adults?

We prefer to stay on the safe side and avoid such controversial sunscreen ingredients. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents avoid using sunscreens with oxybenzone on their children. As stated in their guidelines (2)

“People may prefer to avoid sunscreens containing oxybenzone, as these may have weak estrogenic effects when absorbed through the skin.”

Speaking of estrogen, pregnant and nursing mothers are strongly advised to avoid products with oxybenzone because this chemical was detected in breast milk (3).


Speaking of estrogen, pregnant and nursing mothers are strongly advised to avoid products with oxybenzone because this chemical was detected in breast milk (3).

The second common sunscreen ingredient we recommend avoiding altogether is avobenzone.

Recent clinical trials have shown how avobenzone is absorbed into the bloodstream like oxybenzone. Although some may argue that this does not mean the chemical is harmful, there are no studies ensuring its safety either.

How to Pick a Safe Sunscreen

To choose a safe and strong sunscreen for your face or your body, make sure that it avoids the 2 potentially harmful ingredients mentioned above (avobenzone and oxybenzone) and check these 3 boxes.

Non-nano Zinc Base is approved by the FDA as a safe and effective sunscreen ingredient for everyone: babies, toddlers, pregnant and nursing moms. However, avoid sunscreens made with “nano-zinc”. Nano-zinc uses incredibly small zinc particles that may provide less of a white cast but can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Some sunscreens are labeled as non-nano zinc to clarify that they are not using nano-zinc.

SPF 30+ SPF 30 is the lowest amount of sunscreen you should settle for, especially if you have a fair to light skin tone. Furthermore, using a “day cream”, BB cream, or foundation with SPF (even if it is SPF 30 or higher) does not provide protection as applying a proper sunscreen does. Be sure to cover your ears and neck too.

PA+++ SPF represents how well the sunscreen will protect your skin from UVB rays that cause sunburn. On the other hand, PA+ shows how well it will protect your skin from UVA rays, which cause tanning and skin aging. Although PA+++ will not completely prevent tanning and premature wrinkles, it will help protect your skin better than sunscreens that do not meet this standard.

SPF (even if it is SPF 30 or higher) does not provide protection as applying a proper sunscreen does. Be sure to cover your ears and neck too.

There are only a handful of gems in the sea of sunscreens that meet our standards.

Our top 3 sunscreens of 2021 are all non-nano zinc based and have a minimum if broad spectrum SPF 30 with PA+++ for maximum protection. Plus, they are all made by reputable cruelty-free skincare brands that create natural yet high-performance products (not a coincidence).

Although any of our top 3 safe and strong sunscreens are great choices, we compared these top 3 bestsellers against each other to see which is the best of the best.

Which sunscreen did our editors actually look forward to using the most? Which sunscreen glides easily with absolutely no white cast? Which sunscreen wears beautifully under makeup and provides extra anti-aging ingredients?

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Let's face the truth: women are the beauty industry's most important customers but we're not getting the VIP treatment we deserve.

Due to the lack of regulation, there are certain chemicals present in many skin care products can interfere with our hormonal health.

Our experts only review products that are safe for use on pregnant and nursing women and mothers.

Healthy is beautiful; and beauty should never cost us our health.

meet our team

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Esthetician & MUA Rebecca Byrne

Rebecca always had an eye for aesthetics and glam. She is a licensed master cosmetologist from Atlanta who enjoys teaching others about natural skincare and the power of makeup.

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Skincare Expert Stephanie Ivonne

Stephanie is a former Esthetician turned freelance beauty and wellness educator. Although a busy mom to two teenage boys, she still keeps up her active lifestyle with yoga and 10k runs.

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Writer Mrinalini Sachan

Mrinalini is a skincare enthusiast who loves to try new products to share her honest views. After her battle with hormonal acne, she is an expert on choosing natural products that keep breakouts at bay.

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Senior Writer Michelle Lee

Lover of all things Kbeauty, Michelle believes that beauty is health. With news of her first pregnancy, she began learning about natural skincare and finding new products that fit her standards.

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The Forté Serum

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Overall Rating: (5/5)

Soothing: 5/5

Hydrating: 5/5

Brightening: 5/5

Wrinkle Smoothing: 5/5

Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, Dry, and Oily Skin Types

Key Ingredients:
EGF, Nourishing 9 Peptides™, Arbutin, Sodium Hyaluronate

The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum

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Overall Rating: (4.4/5)

Soothing: 5/5

Hydrating: 4.5/5

Brightening: 3/5

Wrinkle Smoothing: 5/5

Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, and Dry Skin Types

Key Ingredients:
Sodium Hyaluronate, Miracle Broth™, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

The Night Serum

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Overall Rating: (4.1/5)

Soothing: 4/5

Hydrating: 4.5/5

Brightening: 4/5

Wrinkle Smoothing: 4/5

Best For:
Mature, Dry, and Oily Skin Types

Key Ingredients:
Sodium Hyaluronate, Purslane Ferment Extract, Poria Cocos Extract

#1

Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Biossance

$

30

1.7 oz

($

17.65

/oz)

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#2

Mineral Sheerscreen

Supergoop!

$

38

1.5 oz

($

25.33

/oz)

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#3

Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

Tatcha

$

65

2.0 oz

($

32.50

/oz)

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Overall Rating: (
5
/5)
Hydrating:
(
5
/5)
No White Cast:
(
5
/5)
Smooth Texture:
(
5
/5)
Under Makeup:
(
5
/5)
Overall Rating: (
4.2
/5)
Hydrating:
(
5
/5)
No White Cast:
(
4
/5)
Smooth Texture:
(
4
/5)
Under Makeup:
(
4
/5)
Overall Rating: (
4.1
/5)
Hydrating:
4
/5)
No White Cast:
5
/5)
Smooth Texture:
3.5
/5)
Under Makeup:
4
/5)
Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, Dry, and Oily Skin Types
Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, and Dry Skin Types
Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, and Dry Skin Types
Key Ingredients:
Squalane, White water lily extract
Key Ingredients:
Squalane, Aloe leaf juice
Key Ingredients:
Sericin, Japanese wild rose extract
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Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Biossance

$

30

1.7 oz

Overall Rating:
(
5
/5)
Under Makeup:
(
5
/5)
Smooth Texture:
(
5
/5)
No White Cast:
(
5
/5)
Hydrating:
(
5
/5)
Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, Dry, and Oily Skin Types
Key Ingredients:
Squalane, White water lily extract
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The Sunscreen We Love to Use

"Finally, a sunscreen that applies smoothly without a trace like a lotion!
The Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen is a delight to use.
The formula really goes the extra mile with their signature plant-based squalane and anti-aging white water lily extract."

Almost all of Biossance features a dose of hydrating squalane.
Squalane, unlike most other natural oils, has a fatty acid profile that is very similar to sebum, our skin’s natural oil.
This miracle moisturizing ingredient helps balance both very dry and oily skin types.

Pros:
+ 100% non-nano broad spectrum zinc based sunscreen
+ Moisturizing squalane formula leaves all skin types balanced
+ Ultra-lightweight, smooth texture melts into the skin easily and quickly
+ No white cast or chalkiness, wears beautifully under full makeup all day
Cons:
- A few customers on their website noted personal allergic reactions;
*always patch test and with consult with your dermatologist or primary care provider

Biossance started in 2016 and they have made a few ground-breaking products within this past year. From their hydrating hand sanitizer that was released last year during the pandemic, to their ultra-lightweight sunscreen this summer, Biossance delivers just what we need.

Squalane helps ward off wrinkles and keep oil under control by creating a barrier that retains hydration.

The Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen is not only safe and effective as a natural sunscreen, but also a great extra step in keeping your skin moisturized in this drying, hot summer.

Whether you live in a humid climate like Florida or a dry climate like Arizona, when it’s hot our skin is losing hydration levels. Sun exposure is especially drying and without any sunscreen on, it can speed up skin aging in a matter of minutes.

Keep in mind that oily skin is actually dehydrated on the inside, thus the skin produces extra oil to try keep the skin moisturized.

By keeping your skin hydrated with quality products and practicing your skincare routine twice a day, your skin will start to produce less oil naturally.

Final thoughts on the Biossance Sunscreen

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Our experts with various skin types, from dry and sensitive to oily and acne-prone tested the Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen for a few weeks and found that it caused no irritation, oiliness, or breakouts.

It was the highest rated sunscreen for how it kept the skin balanced, did not leave any white cast, easily blended into the skin, wore beautifully under makeup, and did not cause oiliness at the end of the day.

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Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral Sheerscreen

Supergoop!

$

38

1.5 oz

Overall Rating:
(
4.2
/5)
Under Makeup:
(
4
/5)
Smooth Texture:
(
4
/5)
No White Cast:
(
4
/5)
Hydrating:
(
5
/5)
Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, and Dry Skin Types
Key Ingredients:
Squalane, Aloe leaf juice
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The High-Tech Sunscreen

Supergoop! is a brand almost purely dedicated to the art of sunscreen. All of their products offer high quality broad spectrum SPF. Their products are available in a wide range from makeup with SPF to sunscreen for kids.

However, not all of their products use a non-nano zinc base for their formulas. The Mineral Sheerscreen is one of their only products that meet our standards for a safe and effective sunscreen for pregnant and nursing mothers as it checks all of our boxes.

Pros:
+ 100% non-nano broad spectrum zinc based sunscreen
+ Moisturizing squalane and hydrating sodium hyaluronate for dry skin
+ Sheer, smooth texture blends into skin without visible white cast
Cons:
- May cause oiliness in oily and acne-prone skin types

According to their website, the Mineral Sheerscreen is:

“developed with breakthrough SheerMatrix Technology, the super sheer formula suspends the sunscreen actives in a matrix without compromising efficacy, so it instantly blends to a natural, smooth finish that wears well alone or as a primer under makeup.”

While we cannot test how well this product protects against blue light, our experts tested the product’s texture and performance with and without makeup.

Our experts with various skin types, from dry and sensitive to oily and acne-prone tested the Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen for a few weeks and found that it caused a bit of oiliness for those of us with normal to oily skin types.

Fortunately, there was no irritation or breakouts. Unfortunately, we can’t say this is the best for all day makeup wearers and people with very oily skin types.

Final thoughts on the Supergoop! Sunscreen

The texture was very light but it did take a bit of work to get the product blended to leave no white cast.

When using this product or other sunscreens, a moistened makeup sponge is one of the easiest (and hygienic) ways to apply sunscreen. Be sure not to skimp on the sunscreen as the moisture in the sponge can cause slight dilution.

The Mineral Sheerscreen lives a bit short of our performance expectations despite having a safe and effective formula as a sunscreen.

If you have dry skin, definitely consider this sunscreen as it is a bit richer than the Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen.

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Top 3 Natural Sunscreens of 2021

Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

Tatcha

$

65

2.0 oz

Overall Rating:
(
4.1
/5)
Under Makeup:
4
/5)
Smooth Texture:
3.5
/5)
No White Cast:
5
/5)
Hydrating:
4
/5)
Best For:
Sensitive, Mature, and Dry Skin Types
Key Ingredients:
Sericin, Japanese wild rose extract
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The Sunscreen For Smooth Skin

Tatcha was founded by Taiwanese-American Victoria Tsai based on her findings of ancient Japanese geisha beauty rituals. Although modern sunscreen may not have been used by geishas, she incorporates natural ingredients such as Japanese wild rose and sericin, silk protein extract, which were used in geisha beauty culture.

Pros:
+ Helps smooth the look of pores and skin texture
+ 2-in-1 sunscreen + primer, no need for a separate primer
+ No white cast or chalkiness, wears beautifully under full makeup all day

Cons:
- May cause oiliness in oily and acne-prone skin types
- Thick texture is a bit difficult to spread and blend

The Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen is made with a silicone base as most makeup primers. Silicones create a waterproof barrier that helps fill in and smooth the look of large pores.

For people with oily, acne-prone skin types, products with dimethicone can either be a dream or a nightmare.

If the overall formula is balanced for your skin type, the product should not cause any breakouts and extra oiliness.

However, certain silicone based products can cause clogged pores in oily skin types. Although the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen did not cause any breakouts, it did cause a bit of extra oiliness in our skincare experts with oily skin types.

We love the concept of the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen but it was a bit challenging to blend the product all over the face and neck.

The product texture is rather thick; but using a stippling makeup brush or moistened makeup sponge made it much easier to apply an even layer without pulling the skin.

Our experts with various skin types, from dry and sensitive to oily and acne-prone tested the Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen for a few weeks and found that it caused no irritation or breakouts.

Similar to the Mineral Sheerscreen, the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen caused extra oiliness in people with oily, acne-prone skin types.

Final thoughts on the Tatcha Sunscreen

However, applying oil-control powder just a few times a day did keep our skin looking smooth and matte.

But the thick texture of the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen requires some work to blend, which might not be convenient for frequent makeup wearers.

At $32.50 per fluid ounce, Tatcha’s Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen was our priciest option among our 3 sunscreens yet surprisingly our #3 choice for best natural sunscreen of 2021. This in no way makes this a bad product.

However, in terms of our standards (ease of application being a big factor) the Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen was our least favorite.

This product is truly unique as a sunscreen and primer that really does help smooth large pores and rough skin texture. Makeup also applies very smoothly and looks radiant all day despite a bit of oiliness.

If you wear makeup often we highly recommend that you at least try their mini travel size version to see if it works for you.

Our promise

Let's face the truth: women are the beauty industry's most important customers but we're not getting the VIP treatment we deserve.

Due to the lack of regulation, there are certain chemicals present in many skin care products can interfere with our hormonal health.

Our experts only review products that are safe for use on pregnant and nursing women and mothers.

Healthy is beautiful; and beauty should never cost us our health.

meet our team

facing fertility blog editor and professional esthetician

Esthetician & MUA Rebecca Byrne

Rebecca always had an eye for aesthetics and glam. She is a licensed master cosmetologist from Atlanta who enjoys teaching others about natural skincare and the power of makeup.

facing fertility blog editor and skincare expert

Skincare Expert Stephanie Ivonne

Stephanie is a former Esthetician turned freelance beauty and wellness educator. Although a busy mom to two teenage boys, she still keeps up her active lifestyle with yoga and 10k runs.

facing fertility blog writer and natural skincare expert

Writer Mrinalini Sachan

Mrinalini is a skincare enthusiast who loves to try new products to share her honest views. After her battle with hormonal acne, she is an expert on choosing natural products that keep breakouts at bay.

facing fertility natural skincare blog author michelle lee

Senior Writer Michelle Lee

Lover of all things Kbeauty, Michelle believes that beauty is health. With news of her first pregnancy, she began learning about natural skincare and finding new products that fit her standards.

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