The Best Biodegradable Sunscreens

Did you know that your current sunscreen my be harming coral reefs and sea life? Sunscreen has become a serious environmental issue, a study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Coral Reef Conservation Program has found that a common chemical used in sunscreens is harmful to our oceans. Hawaii has recently passed a bill that places a ban on the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone (that common chemical) and octinoxate. Several other sites around the world have done the same. Spare spectacular coral reefs and wear one of these biodegradable sunscreens on your next beach vacation.


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For Your Face

Best for Outdoor Sports – Badger Sport Sunscreen Stick SPF35

This Zinc Oxide sunscreen is your best bet when it comes to surfing and performance sports. It’s a bit tough to rub in and may leave you with some traces of white, but that’s a small sacrifice to be made as this sunscreen is safe for you and the environment. This sunscreen stick is water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes.


  • No added fragrance
  • Non-GMO
  • Cruelty Free
  • Made with organic and skin-soothing Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa, and Shea Butter

Cost: $9.99 (0.64 oz)

Best for Lounging by the Pool – Skinnies SPF30 Sungel

Skinnies is a New Zealand brand of sungel that has recently made its debut here in the US. Its silky-smooth gel goes on clear, dries quickly and feels weightless. This sungel is water and sweat resistant for up to 40 minutes, so be sure to keep it handy for re-application.


  • UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection
  • Made without alcohol
  • Vegan friendly
  • Not tested on animals
  • Gentle enough to be used on anyone’s skin, regardless of age

Cost: $32.99 (3.4 oz)

I received a free sample of Skinnies from The Lane Communications Group and Skinnies.

Best for Daily Use – alba BOTANICA facial sunscreen fragrance-free SPF30

This facial sunscreen won’t clog pores and is made with antioxidant-rich Green Tea, Grape Seed, and Vitamin E to nourish your skin, and Aloe Vera and Chamomile to moisturize and smooth. This hypoallergenic sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.


  • 100% Vegetarian Ingredients
  • Gluten-Free
  • Not tested on animals
  • No synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates, or artificial colors

Cost: $10.08 (4 oz)


For Your Body

Best for Outdoor Sports – Tropical Sands All Natural SPF50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

This sunscreen is water-resistant and great for snorkeling. The hypoallergenic and all-natural formula is safe enough to use on all skin types and all ages. This sunscreen is made with Green Tea and is said to be easier to apply than other Zinc Oxide sunscreens. In addition to Zinc Oxide, this sunscreen contains Titanium Dioxide.


  • UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection
  • No chemical fragrances, parabens or emulsifiers
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with ingredients recommended by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)

Cost: $19.95 for (5.4 oz)

Best for Lounging by the Pool – Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive Sunscreen SPF30+

The bottle of this sunscreen will tell you when it’s necessary to use, sunscreen is always a good idea, but this bottle turns blue when exposed to UV light. Is the bottle blue? Put on some sunscreen! This sensitive sunscreen is water-resistant for 40 minutes. Because it is made with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide it’ll be a little easier to apply than a purely Zinc Oxide based formula.


  • No parabens or fragrances
  • Gentle mineral protection makes it ideal for sensitive skin
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection – The bottle changes color when exposed to harmful UV light.

Cost: $24.99 (8.75 oz)

Best for Daily Use – Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen SPF30

This mineral lotion isn’t greasy, making it a wonderful option for daily wear. It is rich in antioxidants and made with moisturizers like Sunflower Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, and Cocoa Seed Butter. Unlike most Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide sunscreens, this one has a dreamy Coconut, Orange, and Vanilla scent. Replace your regular lotion with this and know that if you plan on taking a dip in the pool, it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.


  • Paraben-free, dye-free, PABA Free, alcohol-free, and gluten-free
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Dermatologist and Pediatrician tested
  • Not tested on animals
  • Hypo-allergenic

Cost: $5.39 (5 oz)

Which of these would you take on your next beach vacation? Please let me know in the comments!

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  1. July 27, 2018 / 6:54 pm

    Thank you for this list! Gotta test out the alba botanica one!

  2. July 25, 2018 / 4:12 am

    This issue is so blooming important! Good on you for highlighting it girl. Over from x

  3. July 24, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Interesting topic raised! Never thought of sunscreens from this perspective.

    • Morgan Celeste
      July 24, 2018 / 8:22 am

      Thank you! I hadn’t either until a recent trip to Mexico, biodegradable sunscreens were the only sunscreens allowed on the tours we did.

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