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Vegan Sunscreens

As the warmth of summer envelops us, it's time to soak up the sun's rays and embark on exciting adventures under clear blue skies. But as we bask in the sunlight, it's crucial to protect our skin from harmful UV radiation. Thankfully, there's a solution that not only shields us from the sun but also takes a compassionate stance toward our animal friends. Join us as we explore the world of animal-free sunscreens, paving the way for a sustainable and kinder summer experience.

Why is sunscreen so important?

Sunscreen acts as a protective barrier between our skin and the sun's rays, containing various physical or chemical ingredients that reduce the risk of sun damage, aging, and skin cancer. These ingredients work by absorbing, scattering, or reflecting UV radiation, preventing it from penetrating deeper layers of the skin. The effectiveness of sunscreen is measured by its sun protection factor (SPF). However, it's essential to note that sunscreen should also provide broad-spectrum protection, safeguarding against both UVA rays, which have a longer wavelength and can deeply affect the dermis, and UVB rays, which primarily impact the outer layer of the skin. The link between sun exposure and skin cancer is well-established, especially with prolonged exposure during peak sun hours, increasing the risk. Consequently, it becomes crucial to protect our skin from harmful rays throughout our lives. The prevalence of skin cancer globally is on the rise, making sun protection an essential part of safeguarding our skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation.

How do I properly apply sunscreen?

The American Cancer Society and the Skin Cancer Foundation both recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Some studies have demonstrated that most consumers underapply sunscreen. It is recommended to apply sunscreen generously at least 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow proper absorption into the skin. Reapplication every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating, ensures continuous protection throughout the day.

What animal-derived ingredients should I avoid?

If you come across any of these ingredients in sunscreen, they may not be immediately recognizable as animal-derived, especially if you are unsure of their source.

Are there vegan sunscreens?

At VeganMed, we are driven by a mission to enhance accessibility to animal-free products, including sunscreens. Here are some of our favorites that don't contain any animal-derived ingredients:

With water, dimethicone, and glycerin, this sunscreen keeps your skin hydrated and nourished. Meanwhile, extracts from neem leaf and flower, hibiscus sabdariffa fruit, and other natural elements offer additional benefits, including antioxidant properties and soothing effects.

With its non-nano 100% mineral zinc oxide formula, SunShady creates a physical barrier against harmful UV rays, blue light, and environmental pollutants. Every ingredient in SunShady is 100% plant-based, vegan, and non-toxic, making it a clean and ethical choice for conscious consumers.

Its active ingredients, Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, and Octocrylene, work synergistically to provide superior protection. Meanwhile, the inclusion of nourishing components like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and Tocopheryl Acetate ensures your skin stays healthy and well-moisturized.

At VeganMed, we understand the power of making conscious choices. We stand alongside you in this journey towards a healthier, happier planet. Deciphering all of the ingredients and determining whether a sunscreen is reef-safe and animal-free takes some time, so we've done it for you! With VeganMed, you can explore a diverse range of animal-free health products. Look at our selection HERE.

Co-authored by: Obianuju Obi


Disclaimer: The product and/or information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We do not lab test the products to confirm that they are free from animal ingredients, and it is possible that the formulation and ingredients could have changed. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product. The information provided in this post is accurate and up to date as of the date it was written. However, please note that circumstances and facts may change over time, and new information may become available that could alter the accuracy or relevance of the content. We encourage readers to verify and cross-reference any information provided here with trusted sources or consult relevant professionals for the most current and accurate updates.


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