Sunscreen City

By Melisse Gelula / September 7, 2011

sunscreenJane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen SPF 30 ($44,

is a mineral-based sunscreen for face and body. A built-in sponge dispenser means your hands stay clean, and the mirror on the cap makes easy to check your application. Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide.

Priori CoffeeBerry Natureceuticals Natural Daily Protection SPF 25 ($80,

is a sheer, lightweight sunscreen that acts like skin care. Antioxidant coffeeberry extract brightens skin and protects against free-radical damage and premature aging. Suncreen: Titanium dioxide

sunscreenCoola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Mineral Matte Sunblock ($36, Coola Organic Sunscreen)

contains organic extracts from algae to rosehips, silicones for an elegant cosmetic feel, and mattifying silica, making it a good choice for shiny skin. Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen SPF 30 ($45,,

an apothecary-style product, has an impressively short and clean ingredient list in a base of green tea. It’s a boutique brand hit that really shows up the bigger guys. Sunscreen: Zinc oxide

sunscreenLavera Sun 15 Anti-Aging Sun Milk ($26,

contains a bushel of organic plant extracts and oils, aloe, and hyaluronic acid, which lock in moisture. Micronized zinc is coated in steric acid, a chemistry trick for keeping it from going airborne. It gives skin a warm, soft glow—and almond oil gives it a sweet scent. Sunscreen: Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Skyn Iceland the Antidote SPF 18 Mineral Sunscreen ($55,

is made for people who like sunscreen to feel more like moisturizer. This one intended for the face, contains a stress-reducing complex of fatty-acid oils and glacial water and has the Skyn signature herbal scent. Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

sunscreenBadger Unscented Sunscreen for Face and Body SPF 30 ($16,

is free of bells, whistles, and potential toxins, according to the Environmental Working Group, which gave it a rating of 1, the best possible score. The formulation is largely organic, including olive oil, shea butter, and, surprise, sea buckthorn oil. Sunscreen: Zinc oxide

Josie Maran Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+ ($32,,

uses a dash of the natural makeup-artist’s signature argan oil for a sunscreen that has skin-care benefits and silicones for a refined texture of a high-quality makeup primer. Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

Lavanila: The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 for Face ($28,

is part of the new multi-tasking generation of chemical-free sunscreens that contain youth-preserving antioxidants (green tea) and nurturing shea butter in a sunscreen. Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

sunscreenDesert Essentials Age Reversal SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen ($15.99,

grapeseed and pomegranate extracts and green tea are the basis of this affordable sunscreen that has a bit of department store glamour in texture (it’s the silicone) and scent (it’s the antioxidant fruit). Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Supergoop Quick Stick with Vitamin C SPF 30 ($9,

looks like giant lip balm, so it keeps hands dry for quick touch-ups on your face or body, like underneath bathing suit straps. The light orange oil scent is as refreshing as the straight-forward ingredients. Sunscreen: Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

Pratima Neem Vetiver Body Sunscreen SPF 30 ($26,,

the New York City-based Ayurvedic doctor, esthetician, and product formulator has created a gorgeous, silky sun-protection product. It’s packaged in an airless metal pump, and contains organic neem, licorice, and a handful of skin-benefiting herbs. Sunscreen: Zinc oxide



Kitted Outsunscreen

Eminence Organics gives special emphasis to keeping skin hydrated with the five super sample-size skin-care products included in this kit. It’s meant to supply everything you and your travel bag might need for a weekend at the beach: Tropical Vanilla Sun Cream SPF 32; Tropical Vanilla Body SPF 32; Aloe Mint Hydrating Cream Gel for Face; Aloe Mint Hydrating Cream Gel for Body; and Hibiscus Calendula Recovery Masque. Eminence Organics Sun Care Starter Kit, $52,

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