Allergic Living’s 2020 Top Allergy-Friendly Sunscreens List

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Published: June 23, 2020

Allergic Living has rounded up the best allergy-friendly sunscreens to keep your family safe from damaging rays. We contacted manufacturers directly to confirm their top allergen claims – information that is not always readily apparent on websites. 

Our list also keeps sensitive skin in mind. The sunscreens here are also made without the use of harsh chemicals. See also: ‘About Our List’ at the end.

Alba Botanica: Kids Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

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 6 allergens (peanuts, dairy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus gluten-free
Does Contain: shea butter, sunflower seed oil
May Contain: Other nuts, soy or sesame. Lines are cleaned to FDA specifications, but brand does not make tree nut, soy or sesame free-from claims.

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

All Good: SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray 

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 made from reef safe non-nano zinc oxide and botanical ingredients. Prefer a lotion? They have your back. Both products are water-resistant up to 80 minutes and are free of oxybenzone and GMOs.

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame. Also gluten-free, though not produced in a certified gluten-free facility.
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: Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude: Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Shield and soothe sensitive skin at beach cookouts with Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen. The SPF 30 broad spectrum, natural lotion is allergy-friendly and easy to apply. This EWG-verified formula is fragrance-free and employs natural sunscreen ingredients such as non-nano zinc oxide.

Free of: Top 8 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame.
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.caCA.attitudeliving.com and Well.ca

Aveeno: Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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+ 

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 the 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 ca.iHerb.com

California Baby: Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen 

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, so there is no cross-contact with other products. Eco-friendly, 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 Californiababy.com and Amazon.ca 

COOLA: Full Spectrum 360º Mineral Sun Silk Crème Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 30

COOLA: Full Spectrum 360º Mineral Sun Silk Crème Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 30

With its silky finish, this organic, antioxidant-infused lotion is a smart addition to any beauty routine. Used daily under makeup, the sensitive skin formula provides broad spectrum protection while minimizing free radical damage. Plant stem cells and vitamin B-3 promote radiant, moisturized skin.

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

U.S., shop at Coola.com and Sephora.com

Earth Mama Organics: Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40

Earth Mama Organics: Mineral Lotion SPF 40

For uber-gentle sunscreen formulated without chemicals that can harm people, coral reefs or the planet, Earth Mama Organic’s line of broad spectrum mineral sunscreens is hard to beat. The company’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 is made without most top allergens and is fragrance-free. Crafted with organic ingredients where possible, this gentle formula is also water resistant up to 40 minutes.  

Free of: Top 7 allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus sesame.
Does contain: argan oil, coconut, sunflower seed (tocopherol) oil, jojoba oil
Note: Product contains argan oil, derived from the nut of the argan tree. Reports of reactions are rare but, with nut allergy, may wish to avoid. Also contains coconut. 

U.S., shop at earthmamaorganics.com and Amazon.com

Goddess Garden: Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen   

Goddess Garden: Sport SPF 50

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
Note: Product does not contain nuts, except coconut and shea 

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

KINeSYS – SPF 50 Fragrance Free Spray Sunscreen

KINeSYS – SPF 50 Fragrance Free Spray

This allergy-friendly and gluten-free formula is easy-to-apply and dries quickly to a non-greasy, non-drying finish. With vitamin E (soy-free) to soothe sun-kissed skin, the fragrance-free and water-resistant sunscreen is perfect for kids and adults, whether you’re sweating at the tennis court or lounging at the beach. 

Free of: Top 8 allergens, plus sesame. Also gluten-free.
Note: This product is suitable even for those avoiding coconut.

U.S., shop at Kinesysactive.com
Canada, shop at Kinesysactive.ca

Neutrogena: Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 60+

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+ 

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 
Canada, shop at Clementinefields.ca

Vanicream: Sunscreen Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35 

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 Allergycanada.com 

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 in compliance with FDA standards.

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

Note on Coconut and Shea Butter: Coconut is technically a fruit, not a nut. If you are nut-allergic, ask your doctor if coconut is safe for you. Read more about coconut here. A study has found shea butter unlikely to trigger nut reactions. Speak to your own doctor if you have nut allergy, and read more here.