When allergens are a top concern, there’s more to finding the perfect sunscreen for your family than comparing SPFs. To help with the search, Allergic Living has put together a guide of allergy-friendly sunscreens, made to care for skin while providing serious sun protection.

In our reporting, we contacted manufacturers directly to confirm their top food allergen claims and processes. We also kept sensitive skin in mind – the picks on our list are made without harsh chemicals. See as well: ‘About Our List’ at the end, which includes allergen information about coconut and shea butter.

Alba Botanica: Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45

Alba Botanica’s Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45 is extremely gentle on uber-delicate skin, plus it’s also biodegradable, reef-friendly and cruelty-free. Easy to apply, this mineral formula is free of 7 top allergens and gluten, contains calming aloe and chamomile. It is also free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA and synthetic fragrance.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and certified gluten-free.
Does Contain: shea butter, coconut
Note: Does not contain nuts, except coconut and shea (see note at end).

U.S., shop at Albabotanica.com

All Good: SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray

All Good: SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen Spray

Free of most top allergens and gluten, this water- and sweat-resistant formula sprays on easily without the use of propellant chemicals. The spray employs a reef-safe combination of non-nano zinc oxide and organic ingredients, including green tea, rose hip extract and jojoba oil. Affords up to 80 minutes of skin-soothing, broad spectrum protection.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does Contain: coconut, sunflower seed oil, shea butter
Note: Does not contain nuts, except shea and coconut (see note at end). 

U.S., shop at Allgoodproducts.com and Amazon.com
Canada, shop at Well.ca and Mec.ca

Babo Botanicals: Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50

Tailor-made for your family’s sensitive skin, Babo Botanical’s new fragrance-free, hypoallergenic Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray contains non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Easy to apply, this sunscreen provides up to 80 minutes of water- and sweat-resistant protection. It also contains aloe and calendula to help soothe and moisturize skin as it protects.

Free of: 7 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does Contain: shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil
Note: Does not contain nuts, except shea and coconut (see note at end). Though not a direct ingredient, company did not answer on sesame.

U.S., shop at Babobotanicals.com

Bare Republic: Mineral SPF 30 Body Sunscreen Gel-Lotion

For ultra-lightweight mineral coverage unlike the chalky formulas of old, Bare Republic’s new Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Gel-Lotion is a hydrating, fresh option. Free of synthetic fragrances, dyes and parabens, and made with non-nano zinc oxide, this vegan formula effortlessly soaks into skin, without vigorous rubbing, making it a good option for sunbathers of all ages.

Free of: 7 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, eggs, sesame, wheat, fish and shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does contain: shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil. While this product does not contain soy, others in this collection do.
Note: Does not contain nuts, except shea and coconut (see note at end).

U.S., shop at Gobareoutside.com

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen: Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+

For head-to-toe protection from 97% of the sun’s harmful rays, Blue Lizard’s Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+ is a top pick. Made without oxybenzone or octinoxate, this formula is free of harsh chemicals that can irritate skin and harm the ocean. Recommended by dermatologists for people with eczema and rosacea, this mineral formula stays on the skin’s surface. It provides up to 80 minutes of water-resistant protection.  

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and certified gluten-free.
Does Contain: coconut, castor oil
Note: As the FDA includes coconut as a nut in food labeling laws, product does not make nut-free claim (see note at end).

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

California Baby: Super Sensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion

Ideal for delicate skin, this California Baby formula is made without harsh chemicals, fragrances, common allergens or irritants. Produced in a dedicated facility, where allergen testing is done. This mineral formulation sits atop skin instead of being absorbed, with titanium dioxide as the active ingredient. It is recommended for the whole family – including newborns.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does contain: coconut
Note: Does not contain nuts, except coconut (see note at end).

U.S., shop at Californiababy.com and Amazon.com
Canada, shop Californiababy.com and Luckyvitamin.com

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

For an antioxidant-rich sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while it fights pollution, the effects of blue light and free radical damage, look no further. COOLA’s Full Spectrum 360˚ Mineral Sun Silk Crème does all of that and more, with a transparent, non-greasy, fragrance-free formula that’s gentle on skin.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does contain: coconut
Note: Does not contain nuts, except coconut (see note at end).

U.S., shop at Coola.com and Ulta.com
Canada, shop at Well.ca

Earth Mama Organics: Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40

Infused with a subtle tint, thanks to iron oxide, this fragrance-free, mineral sunscreen protects without leaving a chalky finish. Made without toxic chemicals, this gentle non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen provides sensitive skin with up to 40 minutes of water-resistant UVA/UVB protection. At the same time, organic argan oil and organic red raspberry seed oil moisturize and soften.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does contain: argan oil, coconut oil, shea butter
Note: Contains argan oil, derived from the nut of the argan tree. Reaction reports are rare but, with nut allergy, you may wish to avoid. Also contains coconut.

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

Goddess Garden: Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen

With a lengthy list of mineral sunscreens for the whole family on offer, it’s clear that Goddess Garden knows sun care. For active days, we like the company’s sheer, unscented Sport SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen for sensitive skin. Reef safe and vegan, this formula offers up to 80 minutes of water-resistant, chemical-free, allergy-friendly protection.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does contain: shea butter, coconut oil, sunflower oil.
May contain: gluten
Note: Does not contain nuts, except coconut and shea (see note at end).

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

KINeSYS: SPF 50 Fragrance Free Spray Sunscreen

This lightweight, spray sunscreen is ideal for applying in a rush, or to squirmy kids. Not only is it quick-drying and non-greasy, this sunscreen is also free of the Top 9 allergens plus gluten, and is made without added fragrance. Sweat- and water-resistant, it’s no wonder this easy-to-use formula is a favorite with outdoor enthusiasts.  

Free of: The 9 top allergens (peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), plus gluten-free.
Note: Product contains no nuts; suitable even for those avoiding coconut. Tocopherol is synthetic, not derived from soy.

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

Suntegrity: Unscented Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

Unscented and free of major allergens, Suntegrity’s Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen is a safe, non-greasy way to guard delicate skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Zinc oxide provides broad spectrum UV protection while organic green tea, cucumber and pomegranate seed oil soften and soothe skin. 

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame , wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does contain: castor oil, sunflower seed oil
Note: The sunscreen is produced on shared lines, but the lines are cleaned and sanitized before every production run.

U.S., shop at Suntegrityskincare.com and Amazon.com
Canada, shop at Thedetoxmarket.com

Supergoop!: Mineral SheerScreen SPF 30

New from Supergoop!, Mineral SheerScreen is an ultra-light formula made with non-nano zinc oxide for 100% mineral sun protection. Worn alone or under makeup, this allergy-friendly lotion contains aloe leaf juice and plant squalane for hydration. Plus, blush clover extract helps to protect skin from blue light.

Free of: The 9 top allergens (peanuts, nuts, dairy, soy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Note: Some of the brand’s other products contain coconut and shea butter (see note at end).

U.S., shop at Supergoop.com and Revolve.com

Vanicream: Sunscreen Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 35

As always, Vanicream’s new formula was created specifically for sensitive skin. Non-greasy, fragrance- and dye-free, this light lotion uses zinc oxide to provide broad spectrum protection. Made in a dedicated facility free of the 8 top allergens and gluten, this sunscreen is a smart choice for the whole family.

Free of: 8 top allergens (peanuts, nuts, dairy, egg, sesame, wheat, fish, shellfish), and gluten-free.
Does Contain: soy lecithin, castor oil
Note: Lecithin used is derived from soy. Very little soy protein is left after processing, but those with severe soy allergy should discuss with their doctor whether this product is suitable.

U.S., shop at Vanicream.com and Amazon.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 and gluten-free certifications 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.

Source: allergicliving.com

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