I have a confession; until I was in my mid-twenties, I almost never used SPF. As someone who rarely got burnt, I was under the impression that I didn’t need it; that unless I went bright red, the sun wasn’t doing me any harm. Needless to say, I’ve realised how naive I was and spent the last few years making up for it with ALL the sun cream.
But, for anyone who’s still unsure on the subject, let me level with you; no matter what your skin tone, it’s incredibly important that you wear SPF when exposed to UV rays. Wearing SPF not only helps to protect you from free radicals which can cause skin cancer but also prevent signs of premature aging. Now, if that hasn’t got you reaching for the sun cream to protect your skin, I don’t know what will!
While a few years ago it was more difficult to shop for cruelty-free sun cream, today there are some great options online and on the high-street, with many using eco-friendly, paraben-free and natural ingredients that are reef-safe and never tested on animals.
These are the five best cruelty free SPF products to use everyday…
The perfect sun cream for daily use, Pai facial SPF contains 99% natural ingredients, including protective mineral zinc oxide and cotton extract. This non-greasy formula sits comfortably underneath your makeup and is suitable for all skin types.
With a sun protection factor of 30, it gives enough protection for all year round. Plus it’s reef-safe, meaning that it won’t harm coral or marine life when you wear it in the ocean.
Sensitive skin? Look no further than Jason’s hypoallergenic SPF range. Offering facial and body sun cream for adults and kids, Jason’s products are made with nourishing natural ingredients (such as shea butter and green tea extract) that protect and soothe your skin. The collection is reef-safe and easy to find at your local Holland & Barrett.
The newest addition to BYBI’s range, Daily Defence is an SPF30 sun cream that doubles up as a facial moisturiser; hydrating skin and protecting it from UV rays. Not only is this product reef-safe, but the tube is also made from sugarcane (a carbon-neutral material that’s totally recyclable) earning extra points for sustainability.
If you’re looking for a purse-friendly sun cream that you can pick up on the high street, Superdrug’s Solait moisturising range is the perfect option. Like all of Superdrug’s own products, Solait SPF is a cruelty-free formula, plus it’s water-resistant, offers 24-hour protection and can be purchased in SPF 15, SPF 30 and SPF 50 for extra protection. Win, win, win.
Tropic’s sun stick is conveniently pocket-sized so that you can easily top up your sun cream while on the go. It’s SPF50 for maximum protection and contains natural ingredients, like vitamin e and marshmallow root extract that are gentle on the skin. The formula is also reef-safe, making it a perfect option for beach days.