here's what you need to know about plant-based sunscreen

Organic tinted mineral sunscreen SPF 50 by ästhetik skincare, surrounded by lush green palm leaves

Applying sunscreen is one of the most important steps in a skincare routine. It prevents and reduces wrinkles, dark spots and the signs of aging, and it protects against cancer-causing UV radiation.

With thousands of sunscreens to choose from, it can be hard to find the right one. If nourished, radiant skin is your goal, consider a plant-based product formulated with clean ingredients. Here are seven tips to remember when looking for a plant-based sunscreen.

How plant-based sunscreen works

 While the sun encourages vitamin D production and summer fun, it also emits cancer-causing UVA and UVB radiation. UVB reaches the outermost layer of skin, causing sunburns, while UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and contributes to skin aging. UVA and UBV can increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma or melanoma.

To protect your skin, all sunscreens must block the sun’s rays. A standard formula may include mineral blockers, which reflect UV rays away from the skin, or chemical blockers, which absorb the radiation.

Mineral sunscreens utilize zinc oxide or titanium oxide to block the sun. These are typically better for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin. In the past, some people found mineral sunscreens more difficult to apply. But today, you can find many smooth formulas that look and feel great.

Chemical sunscreens contain a UV-absorbing ingredient, such as octinoxate, avobenzone or oxybenzone. They may feel lighter and more enjoyable to wear, but research the active ingredient in any brand you try. Some of these chemicals can irritate the skin, and many are not reef-safe, meaning they may harm ocean ecosystems.

Most plant-based sunscreens contain mineral blockers. Mineral blockers sit on top of the skin, decreasing the risk of absorption into the bloodstream. This allays some concerns about the long-term use of chemical UV filters.

Physical blockers also are thought to be more effective. As the name suggests, they create a physical barrier between your skin and harmful radiation.

Is it vegan or plant-based?

Some plant-based sunscreens may use ingredients that are natural but not vegan. If a fully vegan product is important to you, look out for beeswax, lanolin or carmine on the ingredients label. Other ingredients derived from animals include collagen, elastin and vitamin D. ästhetik skincare's organic tinted mineral sunscreen SPF 50 is vegan and cruelty-free!

What is the SPF?

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an SPF of 30 or higher for any extended outdoor activity. It should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. For increased protection, you can look for higher SPF formulas. Remember that these still require reapplication to be the most effective.

Is it suitable for my skin?

Every sunscreen formula is unique. Some may be more suitable for certain skin types, for example, or offer additional anti-aging benefits. A non-comedogenic and non-irritating formula is best for any skin type.

Plant-based sunscreens typically include several botanical extracts and natural oils that smooth the skin, enhance hydration, reduce blemishes and fortify the skin barrier. Jojoba oil, for example, is great for rebalancing oily skin, and sunflower seed oil enhances your skin’s barrier for a soft appearance. Hyaluronic acid and vegan glycerin hydrate the skin, and chamomile and aloe vera have soothing properties. Ingredients like calendula, Kakadu plum extract, vitamin C and vitamin E serve as natural antioxidants.

Is it tinted?

Some sunscreen formulations may leave behind a white cast. If you find yourself frustrated with a white cast or are looking for additional coverage, consider trying a tinted formula.

The pigment will help the sunscreen better blend into your skin, helping you look and feel your best while protecting you from UV radiation.

Will I wear it?

All skin experts agree that the best sunscreen is one you wear every day, not just on summer beach days. Even if you don’t go outdoors, you still encounter UVA rays daily.

Blue light from devices can also damage the skin over time. Daily sunscreen wear is vital to combat visible signs of aging and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Our organic tinted mineral sunscreen SPF 50 is reef-safe, vegan and cruelty-free and great for everyday wear. Backed by the science of pure skin, you can trust that our formula will protect you while nourishing your skin!