Can vegans use sunscreen

My own experience switching to a plant-based lifestyle was enjoyable yet challenging. One of those I found to be quite tricky was replacing all the personal hygiene and skincare products.

Good thing I didn't have to worry about vegan makeup, but I spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the summer. Protecting my skin from harmful UV rays is something I take seriously, but the problem was identifying sunscreen options that are vegan.

Some might say cruelty-free but still contain animal ingredients, while others are perfectly vegan-friendly, but they don't advertise it.

So, over the last summer, I set out to research and test over 50 products to bring you the best options available.

Our Top Vegan Sunscreens (2020 Updated)

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Tarte Tarteguard 20 

​(Editor's Choice)

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  • Provides SPF 20
  • Works as a tinted moisturizer
  • Many positive reviews that it's hydrating and feels light
  • The water-based formula doesn't leave you with oily skin

Kiss My Face 

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  • Maximum SPF 50 protection
  • The convenient air-powered spray makes applying it very easy
  • Claims to be water-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Feels light on the skin with no greasy effect

Goddess Garden 

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  • Very high SPF 50
  • Based on zinc oxide for natural protection
  • Family-friendly product for aquatic sports lovers
  • Uses no chemicals, only environmentally friendly minerals

Avalon Organics

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  • Provides factor 10 protection
  • Based on titanium and zinc oxide
  • Formula designed with added vitamin C to improve skin health
  • Has a nice fresh smell to it

Jason Natural Products

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  • Broad-spectrum SPF 45
  • Water-resistant makes it ideal for swimming
  • Includes green tea extract that can help protect skin from toxin damage
  • Suitable for the whole family

1 - Tarte Tarteguard 20 Vegan Sunscreen (Editor's Choice)

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If it's still early in the summer season and you want to get a bit of a healthy tint added to your skin, then Tarteguard is a very popular choice.

Many users like that it works well as a light and non-clogging moisturizer, as well.

Just keep in mind that it's only factor 20, which may not be enough for intense rays.

PROS

  • Provides SPF 20
  • Works as a tinted moisturizer
  • Many positive reviews that it's hydrating and feels light
  • The water-based formula doesn't leave you with oily skin

​CONS

  • SPF is a bit low for high-intensity UVA and UVB rays

2 - Kiss My Face Cool Sport Spray Sunscreen

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This is another water-resistant vegan product that is ideal for sporty people.

With an SPF of 50, it comes in a convenient spray bottle that makes it easier to apply.

If you're a parent, you'll know all about how much that convenience is worth.

While it claims to be fast-drying, I did find that you need to wait about 20 minutes for it to soak in thoroughly. Hint: avoid the sand at that time.

PROS

  • Maximum SPF 50 protection
  • The convenient air-powered spray makes applying it very easy
  • Claims to be water-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Feels light on the skin with no greasy effect

​CONS

  • Not as quick-drying as it claims to be

3 - Goddess Garden Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

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This is another favorite for families, as it comes in a large enough tube at a reasonable price. You can easily stock up on a few of these for your summer vacation.

It's made with the environment in mind while still maintaining maximum protection.

The main thing we didn't like about it is that you will notice some residue for quite a while after applying it.

PROS

  • Very high SPF 50
  • Based on zinc oxide for natural protection
  • Family-friendly product for aquatic sports lovers
  • Uses no chemicals, only environmentally friendly minerals

​CONS

  • Leaves a noticeable residue