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July 15, 2012

The Best Natural Sunscreens

Summer is in full swing and I’ve finally got a handle on the sunscreen situation. As a rule of thumb, I prefer mineral sunblocks—those containing zinc and/or titanium dioxide—which have the best safety profile. I avoid synthetic sunscreens, such as oxybenzone, which the EWG reports can disrupt the body’s natural hormones, not to mention irritate sensitive skin. After slathering and dabbing dozens of defenders, I find myself reaching for these six on a regular basis:

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BEST BODY: Soleil Organic Mineral Sunblock for Body SPF 45 ($45)
It’s even hard for me to comprehend spending double digits on a sun protector, but this feels so velvety, so luxe and so good for my skin I’m chalking it up to vaca purchase. You know, that kind that doesn’t count.
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This is for those of you who apply sunscreen from head to toe the second you jump out of the shower. This daily lotion with spf will make that process a whole lot easier.
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BEST LIP BALM: Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 ($12)
Ever since an esthetician applied this silky, lemony, petroleum-free balm to my lips at the end of a facial I’ve been dreaming about getting an entire tube for myself. And I need another tube or pot or tin of lip balm like a hole in the head so that’s saying something.
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BEST WATER-RESISTANT: Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SFP 50 ($30)
I’ve search forever for a water- and sweat-resistant sunblock for my face that doesn’t feel like a water- and sweat-resistant sunblock—and doesn’t make my eyes and skin burn when I start sweating. This is so lightweight and elegant, I practically ration it out.
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BEST FACE: Coola Mineral Face Tinted Rose Essence SPF 20 ($36)
When someone asks for a facial sunscreen recommendation, nine times out of ten this is what I say. Perfectly tinted and not the least bit life-guard pasty, it’s the only thing I wear on hot days.
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BEST MAKEUP: Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 ($38)
For those of you with oily skin or who can’t comprehend layering on multiple products in the morning, this mattifying, skin-perfecting and protecting primer is the ultimate multi-tasker. It’s also my favorite of the BB creams.
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This post originally appeared on DivineCaroline.com
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    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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