Natural Protection from the Sun

As the warmer weather arrives, many of us begin to spend a lot more time outdoors. As we shed our layers for the feel of warm sun on our skin, it’s time to think about protecting ourselves from damaging UV rays. The Co-op provides a wide selection of natural and mineral-based skin protection products. 

We use the Environmental Working Group’s standards to help guide which sunscreens we carry.

Badger‘s sunscreens are natural and mineral-based. The advantage of mineral sunscreens is that they provide a physical block to UV rays. Additionally, they offer broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays using the mineral Zinc Oxide. 

We have two new clear zinc Badger sunscreen creams: 

Badger Baby Broad Spectrum Clear SPF 40 for $15.99 and is on sale for $13.99. 

Badger SPF 40 Clear Unscented, also $15.99 and on sale for $13.99. 

Alba also offers mineral-based sunscreen. The active ingredients Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are gluten-free and biodegradable. Alba Kids SPF 30 is $10.99. 

New this year are Reef Safe options from Alba which include: 

Hawaiian Aloe SPF 30 for $9.99 

Hawaiian Green Tea SPF 45 at $9.99 

It’s also essential to protect yourself from bugs and ticks when spending time outdoors. Check out some tips for how to do that, plus some of our bug and tick repellents, here.