Sunscreen, sunblock, sun tan lotion, whatever you call it… there’s a bajillion to choose from. Some sunscreens come as a spray, others in a tube of lotion, but roll on and stick form are my personal favorites.
The reason, you ask? Global warming. We love effortless spray bottles, but they contain specific chemicals that protect you from the sun — not the wild life that resides in the ocean blue.
When aerosols are used haphazardly, the chemicals will settle on the ground in a toxic cloud of pollutants that are swept into the ocean. Not only this, but it can easily get in your eyes, or worse, ingested — bleh, not the type of drink I want on a hot summer day.
To make your life simpler, I’ve compiled a list of 10 sexy, safe, and environmentally friendly sunscreen roll ons and sticks to choose from. Happy browsing!
This just in, the must-have sunscreen of the summer brought to you by Supergoop! Self-proclaimed experts on SPF, Supergoop! uses active ingredients avobenzone (3.0%), octisalate (5.0%), and octocrylene (10.0%) in their popular roll on sunscreen stick, all of which aid each other in protecting skin from UV rays. However, it is important to note that large quantities of these chemicals can be harmful… so they aren’t the best choice formulaically. The popularity of the product comes from its wearability, leaving a glowy hydrating finish (all while protecting you), and packed inside an easy to store twist-up case.
What is a mineral sunscreen, you ask? Instead of using (sometimes harmful) chemicals to block those UV rays, minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide have natural properties that protect your beautiful skin. Sun Bum’s Mineral Roll-On sunscreen uses the roll application method to help blend the product into skin (although you may have to rub in the excess). Topping off your look with a nourished look, this sunscreen really takes the bum–cake.
If you’re a sweaty human like me, the blistering heat of the summer leaves perspiration in some… interesting places (I promise, I really didn’t pee!). Which is why lathering on some good waterproof protection is always a good idea. Banana Boat’s Sport roll-on is here to save the day, made to resist the power of water and give us two hours of uninterrupted protection courtesy of acrylate copolymer, a water resistant agent. Ready, set, roll!
The importance of a clean and sustainable lifestyle is not just a trend to be followed; if you’re going to call yourself an eco-friendly queen, you bes’ start acting like it. Butterbean is a good place to start, with a mission to help you invest in quality products that work to heal the planet. Made with zinc oxide, coconut oil, vitamin E, neem & sunflower oils, and beeswax, this organic sunscreen stick is bound to be your skin-mate.
You’ve heard it from your dermatologist, Cetaphil is your affordable ticket to healthy skin. Taking skin sensitivity into account, the Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Stick moisturizes without clogging pores, leaving behind a hydrated feel instead of grease and slime. This is in part due to the lack of harsh chemicals found in some sunscreens, including avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate; minerals, unlike those controversial three chemicals, complement sensitive skin.
There are few bad things about summer, but one of them may be the white cast that most lotion sunscreens leave in their wake. As a teen, there was no worse feeling than thinking you looked sexy, but really? You forgot to rub in your sunscreen. With Shiseido, this will never be a problem; the clear lotion (in an easy, breezy, portable sun stick form) uses WetForce and HeatForce technology to create an extra shield in extreme conditions.
Impressive is an understatement when it comes to the eco-consciousness of sunscreen company Little Hands Hawaii. Not only are all products reef safe, their Head to Toe Mineral Sunscreen Stick is made of biodegradable materials to help prevent the spread of waste. On top of this, it comes in different shades apart from the standard paper white: light neutral (which has pink undertones), and medium neutral (for yellow, brown, and red undertones). The drawback to this addition of undertone specificity: a lack of shade range, excluding large percentages of the population. All people deserve blendable sunscreen — come on Little Hands!
Life will certainly be all good if you invest in All Good’s Mineral sun stick. Silky smooth and ready to blend like butter on perfectly toasted bread, this sunblock (made with zinc oxide) sits on top of the skin so as to not clog those pesky pores. The use of natural ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E and jojoba oil help maintain reef and skin safety! P.S. If you apply before web surfing, your skin will be in the clear — that’s right, it protects against HEV, aka blue light. I don’t know about you, but that makes me pretty stoked!
To love or not to love fragrance, that is the question. Well, for my sensitive skin (and nose) besties, the answer is, we’re just not that into you. Scented products contain synthetic chemicals that often irritate the skin and clog pores, something that many don’t want in their skin protectant. Babo Botanicals understands such concerns and uses plant based ingredients and their infamous ‘Nutri-Soothe™ Complex’ to generate healthy skin. It seems they have a crush on avocado oil, cocoa butter, jojoba seed oil, and shea butter, featuring them in many of their products.
Made with people in mind, Raw Elements formulates their products without common allergens like nuts, soy, or gluten. This struck me as particularly human because of the clear attention given to those who may struggle to find products that work for them. With a large list of certifications (Leaping Bunny, non GMO, all natural products, and so on) AND an easy, mess-free application, I see no reason not to run and grab this product — brb.
Are you ready to switch to sunscreen sticks and roll ons? We are! Tell us your thoughts in the comments.