Eating a plant-centric diet is a good start in protecting you from the sun’s damaging rays. Studies show that eating certain fruit and vegetables—strawberries and tomatoes, for instance—can build your sun protection defenses from the inside out. Yet if you want to ward off skin cancer, and even prevent aging of the skin, you should make it a habit to slather on sunscreen when you’re outside—even inside, too, as you get ultraviolet (UV) exposure through windows. UV rays, after all, are the cause of most skin cancers and an estimated 90 percent of skin aging, according to the American Cancer Society. By applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, the Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that you can reduce your risk of squamous cell carcinoma by about 40 percent and melanoma by about 50 percent. Trouble is, though, not all sunscreens are vegan, as some may be tested on animals or contain animal byproducts. So just as you do your due diligence to find vegan skincare products, elicit the same care with sunscreen. Luckily, we’re here to help with these nine vegan sunscreens you can find at major grocery and convenience stores.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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1. Nature’s Gate Aqua Block SPF 50 Vegan Sunscreen
No need to question this one: The word “vegan” in the sunscreen’s name says it all. The company says it’s infused with natural botanicals that can soothe and hydrate skin while protecting you from the sun. Plus, it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that have been known to kill marine wildlife and coral life. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 50
Reapplying sunscreen—especially on your face—is a strategy every dermatologist recommends. Yet rather than carting a bottle of lotion with you, this zinc-based mineral face stick is compact enough that it can go anywhere with you, even in your purse or backpack. The smooth, easy glide makes it a cinch to apply to your face, lips, nose and ears.   

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Kiss My Face SPF 50 Cool Sport Air Powered Spray Sunscreen
When you need to get hard-to-reach places on your body or just want a more convenient sunscreen, pick this quick drying, eco-friendly option, which features the cooling aspect of aloe and cucumber. Just note that to get the right coverage with any spray sunscreen, you need to hold the nozzle close to your skin, spray on a healthy dose, and rub it in thoroughly, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And if applying outside, avoid using these sprays on windy days.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Bare Republic Mineral SPF 30 Body Sunscreen Lotion
Mineral sunscreens like this one are advantageous because they work immediately after applying and sit on top of your skin, acting as a shield to deflect the rays, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. On the flip side, chemical-based sunscreens require you to wait for 15 to 30 minutes after applying before you can go outside and act more like a sponge by absorbing UV rays. And, while other Bare Mineral sunscreens contain beeswax, you might chuckle when you see “vegan beeswax” listed on the label, which means it’s not a byproduct of bees but, rather, is a plant-derived formulata intended to resemble beeswax in its properties. This sunscreen is also biodegradable and reef-friendly. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Alba Botanica Fragrance Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
This reef-friendly sunscreen comes with a Skin Cancer Foundation recommendation, and it includes ingredients such as green tea and aloe vera, making it biodegradable. It doesn’t contain synthetic fragrances, so note this if you have sensitive skin. Although the ingredients are listed as 100-percent vegetarian, it is indeed vegan.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Goddess Garden Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen 
If you’re an outdoor fitness enthusiast, this sunscreen has got you covered. It’s a reef-safe zinc product that’s not scented, making it great for sensitive skin. It even contains organic ingredients such as shea butter and coconut oil to give your skin a little extra soothing as you move. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
How can you not love a company named after a stuffed bunny named Babo? This zinc-based mineral sunscreen is unique in that it goes on clear (others may give you a white ghost-like appearance after you first apply). Slather this on your skin knowing that it does good, as the company donates a portion of the proceeds towards teaching urban kids how to garden.   

 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. Pacifica Sun + Skincare SPF 30 Mineral FAceshade Coconut Probiotic Mini 
If you only apply sunscreen to one body part every day, it should be your face. With the sun being the top cause of aging skin, putting sunscreen on your face can help prevent wrinkles, sun spots, and of course, skin cancer. Pacifica is a 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free brand. It’s a mineral-based sunscreen, making it safe for marine life, and the probiotics are designed to revitalize your skin at the same time. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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9. COOLA Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Organic fans, this one’s for you. This lotion contains at least 70 percent certified organic ingredients, including what COOLA calls its Plant Protection Complex which includes red raspberry seed oil, buriti oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and prickly pear extract. Bonus? It goes on smoothly, too. 

Karen Asp is the author of Anti-Aging Hacks and award-winning journalist, as well as a fitness pro certified in plant-based nutrition, world record-holding athlete (in Nordic walking), and a vegan mentor with PETA.

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