The 19 Best Vegan Sunscreens Safe for You, Safe for the Planet

The 19 Best Vegan Sunscreens Safe for You, Safe for the Planet

Whether swimming in the sea, posing by a pool, or batting a ball, make sure you are protecting your skin this summer with the best vegan and sustainable sunscreen. 

Welcome to the new age of hydrating, lightweight, and effective SPF products that protect you and the planet. Reef and skin safe, vegan skin care is sustainable and better for you.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer by 50%. However, chemical sunscreens—using ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene—can cause environmental damage, in particular to coral reefs, leading Hawaii and other places to ban them.

These 19 vegan wonders are not only vegan and cruelty-free but are ocean and reef-friendly, too. When you swim, snorkel, and splash about, or lay on the beach with a good book, they biodegrade without harm to the natural world.

So, when the sun comes out, stay safe and sustainable and slap on one of these sunscreens!

Salteee Sunscreen

1. Saltee Daily Protection Formula

Saltee Daily Protection Formula is for those who love to travel but without leaving climate-unfriendly footprints behind them. This London-based brand’s range is carefully formulated to provide daily protection whether on an exotic beach or the bus to work. All products are vegan friendly, cruelty free, paraben free, responsibly sourced, and packaging is created using recycled materials. Free from oxybenzone and octinoxate free, this sunscreen is safer for our oceans too.

Can be used as with or without make-up for a summer-sheen!

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Tropic Suncare

2. Tropic Sun Day UV Defence

Be gone both UVA and UVB rays! This water resistant SPF50 is your daily defence against sun damage and premature ageing. Totally tropical, its banana flower extract calms the skin whilst the coconut scent screams summer. Also, it’s a super sinker, leaving no grease or chalky whiteness on the skin. Plus, it carries the Protect Land + Sea logo, which means it’s certified reef-safe. 

If that wasn’t enough, every Tropic purchase now funds education for children living in some of the world’s poorest, most communities in either Cambodia, Nepal, or Myanmar.

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Kiss My Face

3. Kiss My Face SPF 30 Cool Sport Air Powered Spray Sunscreen

The Kiss My Face mission is to walk gently and respectfully through the earth with its “clean” skincare products. The brand uses sustainable, plant-based ingredients and never tests on animals. This vegan sunscreen is made with non-nano minerals and blended with nourishing avocado and aloe. The angle spray means you can get to all those hard-to-reach but burnable places so you can practice safe sun whatever sport you get up to.

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Glossier Invisible Shield

4. Glossier Invisible Shield

What makes this vegan wonder so wonderful – apart from the fact that it smells great, is suitable for all skin types, and is cruelty-free – is that it’s so light and transparent, you will not know you are wearing it. It genuinely is invisible. Genius. 

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Green People

5. Green People Sun Lotion SPF 15

As well as UV filters, antioxidants and suntan accelerator, this sun lotion is also reef safe, vegan society approved and contains 87% certified organic agricultural ingredients, including aloe vera, edelweiss, inositol, green tea, and avocado. The plant-based packaging is fully recyclable and 10% of Green People profits go to conservation and wildlife charities. 

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Evolve Climate Veil

6. Evolve Climate Veil SPF 20

Evolve excels at combining science with sustainability. Climate Veil Tinted SPF combines natural high-tech anti-ageing ingredients – polyphenol-rich Lingonberry stem cells and hyaluronic acid – with reef safe, mineral zinc oxide to produce the ultimate protection with a dewy tint. The brand is determined to become the UK’s First Plastic Negative Beauty Company. It’s well on the way with 60% of its shipping packaging containing recyclable materials and 100% of its plastic bottles, lids, and paper cartons are recyclable. 

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Solait Sunscreen

7. Solait SPF 15 Moisturising Lotion

You’ve got to love Superdrug. Most of its own-brand products are cruelty-free. Plus, its labelling system makes it really easy to see which are suitable for vegans. The Solait sun lotion range offers sun protection ranging from SPF 10 to 50. Cheap as chips, you can buy it in any Superdrug store or from their website.

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Soleil Toujours Sunscreen

8. Soleil Toujours

Protect the delicate skin on your face and keep your makeup fixed with this 70%+ organic micro mist! Packed with aloe extract, green tea leaf extract, and sodium hyaluronate to help calm and hydrate the skin, the convenient 2oz sprayer is a perfect size for pocket or bag, so it’s ready for easy reapplication throughout the day. This is luxury skin protection – you are paying for the highest quality ingredients and stylish packaging – but Soleil sun-care is safe for our bodies, and the world’s reefs.

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Dr Dennis Gross

9. Dr. Dennis Gross Lightweight Wrinkle Defence Sunscreen SPF 50

Dr. Dennis Gross, M.D, is a board certified dermatologist who – inspired by the skincare concerns of his patients at his NYC practice – created cruelty-free, clean skincare products using the best of science and nature. A great range for problematic skins, the brands offers specific sun-care for fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, acne, and dry skin. Paraben-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, and vegan, this product is the first line of defence in the war on wrinkles!

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Stream 2 Sea Sunscreen

10. Stream2Sea SPF 30

Containing a potent antioxidant blend of green tea, tulsi, wakame, and olive leaf, this water resistant sun cream allows for 80 minutes of swimming that’s safe for you and the sea. Stream2Sea is mineral based and proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, and coral larvae, having passed stringent HEL Labs Protect Land + Sea certification. Plus, the non-greasy formulation comes in sustainable sugarcane resin tubes or bottles are made from recycled milk

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Alba Sport Sunscreen

11. Alba Sport Sunscreen SPF 45

Sun’s out, swimmers on! This fragrance-free, botanically moisturizing sunscreen keeps you protected both in and out of the water and on and off the pitch. Fast-absorbing, lightweight, and vegan, the lotion is sweat and water-resistant with a biodegradable formula free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Great. Anyone for tennis?

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Jason Family Sunscreen

12. Jason Family Sunblock SPF 45

This brand was born in 1959 when a group of Californians decided to  heritage use simple, wholesome ingredients to produce safer body products. In fact, Jason means “healer” in Greek! Now, as well as shampoos, shower gels and moisturisers, Jason makes this superb sunblock for the whole family. Non-greasy with a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB protection, it’s tear-free too! For you and your kids! 

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Odylique Sunscreen

13. Odilyque Natural Sunscreen

If you suffer from prickly heat, this plant-based, organic sunscreen allows your skin to breathe and protects it at the same time. Vegan, hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and reef safe, it’s also ideal for the sensitive skin of children and babies. Plus, it’s the first-ever sun screen both organically certified and approved by the Fairtrade Foundation! 

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Bare Republic Sunscreen

14. Bare Republic Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen Gel-Lotion

So great to find a super-light gel that’s also super-hydrating. This vegan formulation is specifically designed to protect the delicate skin of your face. Plus, Bare Republic pride itself on making sun-care with recyclable and sustainable materials that are Hawaii Reef Compliant.

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Sun Bum Sunscreen

15. Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 50

Broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy, and mineral moisturizing – you’ve got to love the Bum! The smooth-glide stick is fab for face, lips, nose, and ears. It’s super-compact too, so can fit in a pocket, purse or backpack. Trust the Bum too – it’s vegan and nasties-free.

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Goddess Garden Sunscreen

16. Goddess Garden Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen 

Goddess Garden offers formulas that are certified organic, vegan, reef safe and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free. So this mineral sunscreen is safe for sporty types and the environment! The shea butter and coconut oil give your skin a little extra soothing as you’re moving.

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Babo Botanicals

17. Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

This brand is named for a stuffed bunny named Babo and is committed to urban farming which educates children on gardening and nutrition. What’s not to love? Slap this vegan zinc-based zinger on your skin knowing that it does good for people and planet. 

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Pacifica Sea + C

18. Pacifica Sea & C Sheer Sunscreen Spray SPF30 

This 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand uses Vitamin C and marine plant extracts to nourish your skin whilst you are splashing in the sea or posing by the pool. Plus, Pacifica believes in reincarnation! The company will take your used product and turn the plastics into razors and toothbrushes that you can on the brand website. 

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Coola Sunscreen

19. Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

It’s sheer genius! This mineral sunscreen lotion protects without the annoying white cast. Formulated with zinc oxide actives, it provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection whenever you need it. Even better, it’s vegan, hydrating yet non-greasy, so goes on smooth for a lightweight feel. 

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