Allergic Living’s 2019 Top Allergy-Friendly Sunscreens List

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Published: June 13, 2019

Finding the right sunscreen can be tricky when food allergies and sensitive skin are as much on your mind as UV protection. To help you with the skin protection search, Allergic Living has rounded up the best allergy-friendly formulations to protect the whole family.

Our list shows which allergens these products are free of, and we’ve also selected sunscreens crafted without harsh chemicals, to avoid skin irritation. See also: ‘About Our List’ at the end.

Alba Botanica: Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

 

This ultra-moisturizing, lightweight, fragrance- and tear-free sunscreen is made with active kids in mind. The biodegradable, reef-friendly formula is water-resistant and contains sunflower seed and jojoba seed oils, as well as aloe vera to soften and protect sensitive skin.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus gluten-free
Does Contain: shea butter, sunflower seed oil
May Contain: Other nuts. Lines are cleaned to FDA specifications, but brand does not make nut-free claim.

U.S., shop at Vitacost.com and Amazon.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca

All Good: SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray

 

Protecting tender skin and the planet, All Good SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray features ingredients that are free of most top allergens and sesame. And it’s kind to reefs, since it’s biodegradable and organic. Prefer a lotion? They have your back. Both forms are water-resistant up to 80 minutes, use non-nano zinc and are free of oxybenzone and GMOs.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Does Contain: coconut,** sunflower seed (tocopherol) oil, jojoba oil
Note: Product does not contain nuts, except coconut.

U.S., shop at Allgoodproducts.com
Canada, shop at Well.ca

Attitude: 100% Mineral Sunscreen

 

Shield and soothe sensitive skin at beach barbecues with Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen infused with oatmeal (uses gluten-free oats). The SPF 30 broad spectrum lotion is EWG verified and certified by the National Eczema Association thanks to its fragrance-free, no nanoparticle, hypoallergenic formula.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame. Also, gluten-free.
Does Contain: coconut** oil derivatives
Note: Product does not contain nuts, except coconut.

U.S., shop at Attitudeliving.com and Amazon.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca, CA.attitudeliving.com and Well.ca

Aveeno: Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Infused with natural oat extracts, this mineral sunscreen moisturizes and soothes sensitive skin while providing sweat- and water-resistant protection. Easy to apply and free of fragrance, parabens and phthalates, this easy-to-find sunscreen is the perfect beach companion.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, tree nuts, soy, egg, fish, shellfish), plus sesame
May contain: gluten (oats are not certified GF)

U.S., shop at Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Canada, shop at Walmart.ca

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen: Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30+

 

Inspired by Australia’s harsh UV rays, Blue Lizard’s Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen is seriously strong sun protection. Made without fragrance, parabens or chemical sunscreen ingredients, this formula is water-resistant up to 40 minutes. And, with a bottle that turns blue in harmful UV light, you’ll have a constant reminder to be sun safe.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Does Contain: coconut**
Note: Since FDA includes coconut as a nut in food labeling laws, product does not make nut-free claim.

U.S., shop at Bluelizard.net or Amazon.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca

BeautyCounter: Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

 

This good-for-you, good-for-the-planet line has gained traction in recent years. Its products are created without harmful chemicals – what the company calls, “questionable ingredients.” These include reef-friendly, mineral sunscreens, which are made from non-nano zinc blended with citrus oils to create a delicate scent and light feel. Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, this SPF 30 lotion provides a physical barrier to harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish)
Does contain: shea butter, beeswax, coconut**
Note: Product contains shea and coconut, but not more common tree nut allergens.

U.S., shop at Beautycounter.com
Canada, shop at Beautycounter.com

California Baby: Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen

 

Award-winning Super Sensitive Sunscreen from California Baby is fragrance-free and formulated for delicate skin with no PABA or harsh chemicals. Free of major allergens, it’s manufactured exclusively in a dedicated facility; there is no cross-contact with other products. Eco-friendly and 100% organic, this water-resistant sunscreen is perfect for all ages.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Does contain: coconut**
Note: Product does not contain nuts, except coconut.

U.S., shop at Californiababy.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca

COOLA: Mineral Face Matte Sunscreen SPF 30 – Cucumber

 

With its natural cucumber scent and matte finish, this antioxidant-infused lotion is a smart addition to any beauty routine. Used daily under makeup, the sensitive skin formula provides up to 40 minutes of water-resistant sun protection while moisturizing and protecting skin with luxurious plankton extract and rose hip seed oil.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Does contain: shea butter
Note: Product does not contain nuts, except shea butter.

U.S., shop at Coola.com and Sephora.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca and Global.ulta.com

Goddess Garden: Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen

The mineral-based, broad-spectrum block withstands water activities, is vegan and biodegradable. Non-greasy and sheerer than ever, thanks to a new formula, this sunscreen is safe for the whole family to use. Great for sensitive skin and safe for the environment.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame
Does contain: shea butter, coconut oil,** sunflower oil.
May contain: gluten

U.S., shop at Goddessgarden.com
Canada, shop at Well.ca

Neutrogena: Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 60+

 

Boasting one of the highest SPFs we found and a National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance, this all-natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen is tailor-made for sensitive skin. Oil-free and lightweight, the gentle, mineral formulation is made without fragrances, dyes or harsh chemicals.

Free of: Top 8 allergens, plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Does contain: beeswax

U.S., shop at Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca and Global.ulta.com

Raw Elements: Face Stick SPF 30+

Produced in a factory that does not manufacture any of the Top 8 allergens or sesame, the SPF 30 sunblock by Raw Elements glides on for 80 minutes of no-mess, fragrance-free protection. It provides effective in-water defense without harming the marine environment. It can even be applied underwater!

Free of: Top 8 allergens, plus sesame
Does contain: sunflower oil, hemp seed oil, beeswax

U.S., shop at Rawelementsusa.com and Amazon.com
Canada, shop at Clementinefields.ca

Vanicream: Sunscreen Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35

 

Created with hyper-sensitive skin in mind, this mineral and chemical sunscreen provides non-greasy, water-resistant protection free of dyes, fragrances, parabens, lanolin and formaldehyde. Made in the company’s FDA-inspected factory that does not manufacture any of the Top 8 allergens or sesame, this formulation – a combination of zinc and octinoxate – shields skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Free of: Top 8 allergens, plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Does contain: castor oil

U.S., shop at Dermstore.com
Canada, shop at Amazon.ca

Notes

About Our List: These product reviews are based on information supplied by manufacturers who have been asked directly about food allergen control processes. Dedicated facilities are mentioned where applicable. The rest of the sunscreens on the list are made in facilities that thoroughly clean lines after every product run to FDA standards.

In the case of eczematic skin, we suggest asking your allergist or dermatologist for ingredients advice before applying any sunscreen.

**Coconut is technically a fruit, not a nut. If you are nut-allergic, ask your doctor if coconut is safe for you.

With files from Caroline Moassessi