By Farryn Stock|
April 26, 2022|
3 mins read
It’s safe to say that we are all grateful to be seeing a little sunshine return to the UK again. Whilst we don’t want to walk before we can run, long hot summer days surrounded by the smell of freshly cut grass, sipping away on Pimm’s are definitely underway. With that, one essential item should be at the top of everyone’s list if we are all going to make the most of this warmer weather, and that is sun lotion.
Whether you tan easily or burn, sun cream is something that we all should be using every day but particularly in warmer weather. UV rays are able to reach our skin, even on days when it seems cloudy, and can have serious long-lasting effects. In fact, even on an overcast day, 80% of the sun’s UV rays reach earth. When ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate our skin they damage it, increasing the risk of premature aging and developing skin cancers. By just applying an SPF 15 every day, you decrease your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40% and lower your melanoma risk by about 50%.
Our skin is not something that can be replaced, so taking care of it is extra important. Unfortunately, a lot of sun creams can be extremely damaging to our planet and the beings that live within it. Thankfully, there are some wonderful brands and people out there making vegan lotions that both your skin and earth will thank you for. Here are our top picks for vegan suntan lotion for each and every skin type:
This all natural, vegan sunscreen is perfect for everyday application with SPF 15 protecting you from UVA and UVB rays. The Edelweiss sun cream is suitable for sensitive skin and for those who suffer with prickly heat, as the natural ingredients avoid clogging pores. It also includes a natural tan accelerator that helps skin tan up to 28% faster, great for that gentle summer glow.
Unbeknown to most of us, Superdrug’s infamous Solait suntan lotion is in fact vegan and vegetarian-friendly, as well as being cruelty-free. Solait offers a whole range of variations in SPF factors, as well as sun cream for children specifically and it’s all vegan. Solait also contains a 240hour hydrating formula, so the skin doesn’t get dried out from sun exposure. Inopportunely, the brand doesn’t provide any hint on the label that their sunscreen is vegan, which is why if you see a brand you like, it’s always good to do a little research first before buying.
Price: £8.49 (for SPF30)
Combining both natural and chemical ingredients, this non-greasy reef-friendly suntan lotion is the perfect balance between ensuring your skin is taken care of whilst also being friendly to the planet. Having won awards by beauty bible in 2021, and also being Protect Land and Sea certified, this lightweight sun cream has been recognised for its skincare benefits. The hydrating formula leaves no white residue and green algae extract helps protect skin from environmental damage.
Sinta Naturals is an all-natural, vegan, mineral sun cream that is certified reef safe and suitable for all skin types. Coming in an SPF30, this offers great UVA and UVB protection for all skin types. Also, one of the most eco-friendly options on our list, this sunscreen is completely plastic-free and biodegradable, so all packaging is kinder to our planet.
The ultimate chic sunscreen by Odyskin is as natural and gentle as they come. Coming in both factor 50 and factor 30, the message is clear with this one – keep skin safe and radiant. Hand made with 99.1% natural ingredients, Odyskin sunscreen is light enough that it can be used on both the body and face, saving on packing space. They were also one of the first brands in Europe to combine an all-natural sunscreen with plastic-free packaging, as the tubes are made out of easy-to-recycle aluminium.
Sleek, aesthetically minimal, and vegan, Glossier is a Gen Z favourite, and looking at their Invisible Shield Sunscreen it’s understandable as to why. Made for the face, their transparent formula is created from a water gel rather than cream so that it feels as light as a serum. Their active microcapsules also instantly absorb into the skin meaning that it’s ideal for those who need an SPF to go under makeup.
As the UKs number 1 premium sun care brand, Ultrasun know a thing or two when it comes to taking care of Britain’s skin. Although the entirety of the Ultrasun sunscreen collection is vegan (minus their lip balm) we wanted to highlight their Sports Gel, as it is the perfect sunscreen for those who enjoy outdoor activities and sports. As well as protecting from UVA and UVB rays, this gel also protects from Infrared A rays. Their dry touch technology means that the gel is absorbed instantly and is completely water resistant, so you can play in the sun and sea without fear of burning.