Alba Botanica Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 18 >pro: Perfect for everyday use. Along with microfine titanium dioxide, this sunblock is loaded with botanicals such as green tea (Camellia sinensis), echinacea (Echinacea spp), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), and aloe vera to soothe sun-parched skin and fight free radical damage. >con: Contains parabens, antibacterial chemicals that may mimic estrogen and interfere with the body’s normal hormone signals.
California Baby SPF 30+ Sunscreen, Everyday/Year-Round >pro: A safe way for the entire family to guard against sun damage. This rich cream glides on and leaves skin silky smooth. The lively lemongrass scent makes it a pleasure to use. >con: Product also contains some ethyl- and propyl-parabens, antibacterial chemicals that may mimic estrogen and interfere with the body’s normal hormone signals.
Dr. Hauschka Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15 >pro: Contains skin-friendly horse chestnut bark, antioxidant-rich quince seed extract, and nourishing plant-based moisturizers such as shea butter and avocado. The delicate rose scent belies the strong screening of this water-resistant cream. >con: A bit pricey, and the lasting fragrance may be a problem for scent-sensitive people.
Jason Active Block SPF 40 >pro: This paraben-free, broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), water-resistant formula contains aloe vera gel, sunflower oil, and jojoba oil. Deep-sea algae extract, antioxidant-rich green tea, and Ester-C (an enhanced vitamin C product) give you an edge up on premature aging. >con: Although Jason relies on natural minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to guard against ultraviolet rays, this product also includes some potentially estrogenic sunscreen chemicals.
Kiss My Face Sun Screen with Oat Protein Complex SPF 18 >pro: This soothing moisturizing cream prevents irritation and inflammation with oat protein and oat beta-glucan—a combination that stimulates the immune system to protect against sun damage. >con: Contains parabens and diazolidinyl urea, which can release formaldehyde as it degrades.