It’s here, the 2011 Sunscreen Cheat Sheet! Each year this task gets tougher for many reasons. One is the development of new ingredients and formulations. Another is that there are now many natural sunscreens on the market from big and small companies that fit the bill. I don’t have EVERY natural sunscreen out there in my list but I try to provide a wide variety of products at varying price points. The biggest problem for some is the lack of availability in stores. Sunscreen’s are not cheap and paying shipping on top of a big price tag can set you back a handful. But the sunscreen’s I find to be the best performing are usually worth the few extra bucks.
Best Overall Sunscreen goes to Purple Prairie this year for their SPF 30 Sun Stuff. They just reformulated their SPF 30 lotion and after trying it out I think this one is the best bang for your buck. It works in every sunny situation, doesn’t leave you looking ghostly and has a great ingredients list. Plus, your purchase supports small businesses. A little goes a long way and after testing it out in sun, surf and swimming pools I think it protects great minus the greasy. Double thumbs up.
Best Ingredients goes to Badger for all their sunscreens. Every year Badger sets the bar for safe ingredients and this year is no exception. It’s truly all natural and organic. They have also gone a step further to up the ante on their sunscreen ingredient and are now using non-nano uncoated Zinc Oxide. Badger’s sunscreen is a top performer in protection especially with rough or lengthy swimming. It’s the most water resistant sunscreen I’ve used and protects even after hearty swimming. Badger is always a safe bet. Totally worth the money, especially if you have swimmers.
Best Solid/Stick Sunscreen goes to Babo Botanicals for the Clear Zinc Sports Stick! This is a new product for the company and it doesn’t disappoint. It smells like apples and goes on CLEAR. I can’t stress enough how fabulous that is. It protects, it stays on, it smells good and you don’t look like a channel swimmer gearing up for IronMan. I don’t leave home without it.
Go ahead and check out this years sunscreen contenders.