Editor’s Picks: 19 of the Best and Safest Sunscreens for Your Body

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Best sunscreen for body

Are you careful about high-protection mineral sunscreen on your face, but wear any old SPF—or none at all—on your body?

You might want to change that habit! 

Using a safe, effective sunscreen is just as important for your body as your face. 

With more surface area to cover, there's a greater risk of absorbing undesirable ingredients (like hormone disrupting filters), and more potential for burning if the product doesn't contain sufficient levels of actives. Plus, UV rays are equally aging to the skin on your body, leading to thinning, wrinkling and pigmentation.

That's why I've created this list of the very best body sunscreens on the market right now! 

What to Look for in a Body Sunscreen

Best sunscreen for body

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First, let me go over my criteria for body sunscreen:

  • Zinc oxide: For broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, I look for at least 20 percent zinc oxide or 15 percent zinc oxide with 7.5 percent titanium dioxide. (I did include a few products that come very close!)
  • PUFA-free or low-PUFA: Polyunsaturated oils become toxic in UV light, so I avoid them in the first five to 10 ingredients. But you won't be able to ascertain this if the brand lists ingredients alphabetically, so make sure to check! 
  • Silicone-free or low-silicone: If you get chest or back acne, I suggest looking for a silicone-free or low-silicone formula.
  • Non-whitening: Darker skin tones will find tinted formulas are less likely to leave a white cast.
  • Fragrance-free or low-fragrance: No fragrance is best, however, it's usually not as problematic for the body as in face formulas.
  • Water-resistant: This is a must if you're swimming or playing outdoor sports. However, since brands have to pay to make this claim, some sunscreens MAY be water-resistant even if they don't say it.
  • Cruelty-free: Everything here is cruelty-free, except for Neutrogena and Shiseido.
  • Reef-safe: All products below are safe for coral reefs, since they contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

For more on my sunscreen criteria, read this tutorial!

The Best Sunscreens for Body

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen is ideal for sports, swimming and sweating, as it has 20 percent zinc and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It's also full of natural ingredients and contains no silicones.

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is a lotion sunscreen that can be used on face and body. I definitely prefer it for body, as it tends to leave your skin a little shiny, and requires some rubbing in to get rid of the white. At 19 percent zinc oxide, it's just one percent short of my criteria, so basically decent protection—and it's water-resistant for 40 minutes!

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Derma E Sun Defense Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

Derma E Sun Defense Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

Derma E Sun Defense Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body is a natural SPF that is high in zinc oxide, with a 20 percent concentration. It has a lightweight, spreadable texture, and is free of fragrance and low in silicone. 

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 Plus WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children offers a high level of UVA and UVB protection, with generous amounts of both zinc oxide (19.3 percent) and titanium dioxide (9.1 percent). It actually becomes even more effective when you get wet—so consider this product if you plan to be in the water. 

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Low-silicone ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen is high in zinc oxide, at 20 percent, and has a lotion texture sinks in fast without leaving you feeling greasy. This one is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower is a creamy, fragrant body butter with 22 percent zinc oxide. While there is "parfum" in here, it is natural, not synthetic. This formula is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is a sunscreen that's suitable for both the face and body. It has the highest percentage of zinc oxide on this list, 22 percent, along with great ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil (and no silicones).

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Non-whitening ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50 has a high zinc oxide content, 21 percent, and is rich in coconut oil and shea butter for hydration. It's also water-resistant and has a slight tint to eliminate any white cast. 

Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Supergoop Play 100 Percent Mineral Lotion SPF 50

Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50

Supergoop! Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50 is ideal for a day playing in the sun. It's not only highly protective, with 24 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide, but it's also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free Reef-safe

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 protects with 20 percent zinc oxide in a nourishing lotion base. It hydrates with coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, and is water-resistant for 80 minutes.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free Reef-safe

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50 protects with a combination of 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (It would be even better if it had more titanium!) This one is oil-free and fragrance-free, although not silicone-free. You also get 80 minutes of water resistance.

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50 is a decent drugstore option with a high 21.6 percent zinc oxide. It's also water-resistant. The downside is that you'll need to rub it in to get rid of the white, and it has a slightly thicker texture.

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 is a natural option with coconut oil, shea butter and 19.5 percent zinc oxide. It has a thicker texture that must be rubbed in well, and can be used on both face and body.

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 gives you full protection with 21.6 percent zinc oxide in a fragrance-free formula that's suitable for sensitive skin. I like that it's water-resistant, widely available and has an affordable price.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Non-whitening ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31 is one of the more natural formulas, and is lightweight enough to wear on both face and body. It has a slight tint, although it won't transfer onto clothes at all, and dries down semi-matte. There's 20.1 percent zinc oxide in here and no silicones. 

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Non-whitening ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter gives you a bronzed look along with 22 percent zinc oxide. It is water-resistant, but they don't say anything about it being transfer-resistant... so I would wait until it's fully dry before getting dressed, and wear dark colours if possible, just in case!

Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free

Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free

Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free is a natural sunscreen with 20.4 percent zinc oxide and 80 minutes of water resistance. Even though it is not tinted, it should be suitable even for dark skin as the formula becomes transparent as you rub it in. The brand also makes an SPF 50 version for even higher protection.

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is an affordable sunscreen with 20 percent zinc content and a short, simple, ingredients list. It is silicone- and fragrance-free, and has a creamy texture (although it may feel slightly sticky initially). The brand also makes a version for sensitive skin with one percent colloidal oatmeal.

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Coppertone Pure and Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a water-resistant sunscreen with a very good level of protection, 24.08 percent zinc oxide. Like the Neutrogena one, the texture is on the thicker side, and you will need to massage it in well to eliminate the white cast.

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