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When the warm weather comes around every year, I am very often asked what I think are the best all natural sunscreens for eczema. So, today I thought I’d share them with you in this post. Over the years, we’ve tried many natural sunblocks and to be honest, when my son’s skin was really flared, we found we had to change his sunblock each year because he would become sensitive to the ingredients. So, keep that in mind and always patch test a new or old favorite sunscreen before slathering it on liberally for the first time each season.
All the sunscreens I recommend contain non-nano zinc oxide. What I love about using a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide is that many people find zinc to be very healing for eczema when applied topically. In fact, diaper rash is a form of dermatitis, and zinc oxide is a common powerful ingredient in most diaper rash creams. So, why not ditch those chemically laden drug store brands and go for a sunscreen with non nano particle zinc instead?
You’ll notice that I don’t recommend a best natural sunscreen for the face because any of the sunscreens below can be used for the face and the entire body. It’s costly and really not necessary to have a separate sunscreen for the face and body in my opinion.
This is my overall favorite sunscreen for eczema because the ingredients are simple, safe for all ages (babies and up) and the sunscreen is easier to apply than most zinc oxide based sunscreens on the market. And it’s a very popular, well known brand that is very respected and has been around for a long time. We used it for many years. Sadly, a couple of years ago my son began reacting to the shea butter in it, but now he’s able to wear it again with no problem. Ironically, I find it actually very healing for his skin now – it’s likely due to the mixture of zinc oxide and the moisturizing oils and butters that work wonders together.
EWG Rating: 1
Ingredients: Non-Nano Uncoated Zinc Oxide 22.5%, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E)
Another great one from Badger Balm. What I love about this sunblock is that it contains some wonderfully healing essential oils that we know are excellent for eczema – calendula and chamomile. This makes this sunscreen amazing for babies, yes, but also for anyone else who needs to reduce redness and itching related to any sort of dermatitis. Badger also makes a sunscreen for kids, but I don’t recommend it because it contains vanilla and tangerine – which aren’t necessarily beneficial for eczema.
EWG Rating: 1
Ingredients: Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75% , Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), CO2 Extracts of Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn), and Calenduls Officinalis (Organic Calendula), Anthemis Nobilis (Organic Chamomile) Essential Oil.
Best Natural Sunscreen Stick:
This is a long lasting sunscreen that may be thicker to apply, but it was created with athletes in mind. It’s biodegradable and safe for the reefs – yay! The original Eco Stick is very white, but the tinted version is a great natural skin color that blends well. I love that they use green tea and hemp oil, both are excellent for eczema. This is a shea butter-free sunscreen, so it’s great for those avoiding shea due to allergies.
EWG Rating: 1
Ingredients: Non Nano Zinc Oxide 22.75%, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Coffee, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, All Natural Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, All Natural Candelilla Wax, All Natural Rosemary Oil Extract, All Natural Vitamin E, (Tinted version also contains: Iron Oxides)
Best Eco Friendly Sunscreen (Packaging & Product)
This sunblock has a very clean ingredient list, doesn’t leave the skin white AND has great packaging that is easily recylable. All major wins. And of course, the simple, natural ingredient list sounds nourishing for the most sensitive skin and eczema.
EWG Rating: 1
Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (25% non-nano), Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flowers infused in Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Non-GMO Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
Best Tinted Sunscreen & Best Vegan Sunscreen:
Green Screen Organic Sunscreen SPF 31 Tinted Neutral – Best for people with warm or ivory undertones, light Mediterranean, Asian, or Caucasian that tans.
Green Screen Organic Sunscreen SPF 31 Tinted Nude – Best for people with cooler, pinkish undertone, thinner skin and/or a very light complexion.
Since it’s vegan, it’s also beeswax-free for those with an allergy to honey or beeswax, which is hard to find in a natural sunscreen. Green Screen also makes a non-tinted version you can find here.
EWG Rating: 1
Ingredients: 25% non-nano Zinc Oxide, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water, Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil , Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegetable Glycerine, Organic Shea Butter, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax NF, Vegetable Vitamin E (non-gmo from sunflower seeds)
Sunblock warning: For many kids with eczema and allergies, new allergies can develop any time. It’s probably been six or more months since your children have worn their favorite sunscreen or sunblock. It’s best to do a small patch test on their skin if it’s been a while you’ve last applied the sun cream. Your child may have used the same sun protection for years with no issues, but could suddenly develop a reaction to it.
Case in point, a few years ago I generously applied Badger’s Unscented sunblock to much of Tristan’s skin. This was our favorite sunblock last year because it was natural and he never reacted to it, so without thinking I covered Tristan. Big mistake. He instantly was covered in hives, his eczema flared up, and he was an itchy mess.
Please, learn from my experience and do a small patch test before you lather up your child with any old favorites or new sunblocks. Of course this applies to any skincare product, but for some reason, the sunblock slipped my mind.
In case you’re planning a trip this summer, I also recommend looking into coverup clothing that will help keep your skin protected from the sun. Remedywear™, clothing for eczema offers garments for both adults and kids that are made with TENCEL and zinc-embedded fibers. These fibers are both soothing and nourishing against eczema prone skin and can also protect you from the sun due to 35+ UV protection. Learn more about Remedywear fabric and its construction here.
We’d love to hear from you! What are your favorite natural sunscreens for eczema?