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Best Sustainable Sunscreen of 2021

Feb 17, 2021

Aside from a mixed bag of DNA, the most influential factor in reducing the appearance of aging skin looking skin is a near-religious use of sunscreen. Fortunately for millennials, terms like “climate change” and “ozone layer” were already familiar by the time they were born. Today’s summers are not the summers of the 1960’s youth –– summers when air was equal parts baby oil and secondhand smoke. Unfortunately, it took us decades of skin cancer research to acknowledge that although the sun is vital to our survival, it is also something to be protected from. 

No matter what teen glamour magazines tell you, melanin does not hang out in our skin for aesthetic reasons. It, like sunscreen, is our body’s armor against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is why those who do not naturally have much melanin in their skin will burn more easily when in the sun. People who intentionally expose their skin to increased levels of UV rays as part of a beauty regimen (ie. sunbathing and tanning salons) should keep in mind that these same rays actually have the potential to "reduce skin elasticity and cause a person to age prematurely. Suffice it to say, sunscreen is your friend.”  

Below I’ve included a list of some of our favorite sunscreens and the Certified B Corporations that you can buy them from. But keep on reading because beneath that, you’ll find a short-and-sweet explanation of the origin of this love/hate story between our skin and the sun. 

Best Sustainable Mineral Sunscreens

  • Badger Balm’s SPF 30 Unscented Clear Zinc Daily Sunscreen Lotion for Face & Body: Fragrance-Free 

  • Badger Balm’s SPF 30 Active Clear Zinc Sunscreen 

  • Goddess Garden Organics’ Daily SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen 

  • Goddess Garden Organic’s “Face the Day: SPF 30 Moisturizer and Firming Primer”

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Ariel Maccarone portrait by Graham John Bell
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Ariel Maccarone is a Los Angeles-based author, musician ("Black Mouth"), and artist. Her writing has been featured in Boston Poetry Magazine, Argentina-based art magazine Apapacho Gallery, Yay! L.A. Arts & Culture Magazine, FOTO MOFO Photography Magazine, and elsewhere. At Yay! L.A. and FOTO MOFO, Ariel also served as Assistant Editor. She has worked as a freelance social media consultant for clients such as Red Bull and PEN Center sponsored publishing house Unnamed Press as well. 

Most recently, Ariel served as a co-founder and Director of Content and Partnerships for The FIG ("The Future Is Good", a forthcoming online marketplace for sustainable and ethical brands.  

When not writing, she can be found wandering the Santa Monica mountains with a Jack Russell Terrier that hasn't learned to "sit", "stay", or "come."