2009 best sunscreens & moisturizers with SPF

UV Natural Sunscreen

The 2009 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Sunscreen consumer guide is out and the following are the top 10 best moisturizers with SPF and best beach and sport sunscreens.

Best Moisturizers with SPF
1.Keys Soap Solar Rx Cosmetic Moisturizing Sunblock, SPF 30
2.Marie Veronique Organics Creme de Jour Tinted, SPF 30
3.Devita International Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer 30
4.SanRe Organic Skinfood Supple Sunshine, SPF 30
5.Lotus Moon Sage Sun Protective Creme, SPF 25
6.Institut Dermed Sun Protective Cream Oil Free, Untinted, SPF 28
7.N.V. Perricone M.D. Targeted Care Solar Protection Face, SPF 26
8.Sue Devitt Promarine Tinted Moisturizer, SPF 30, Capri
9.Winter Sun Trading Company Sierra Madre Sun Cream
10.Sun Science Organic Daily Wear, SPF 30

Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens
1.Soleo Organics Sunscreen Organic chemical free sunscreen, SPF 30+
2.Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30
3.UV Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
4.Mexitan Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
5.Lavera Sunscreen Neutral, SPF 40
6.California Baby Sunscreen Lotion No Fragrance, SPF 30+
7.Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30+
8.Kabana Skin Care Green Screen Organic Sunscreen, SPF 22
9.Obagi Nu-Derm Physical UV Block, SPF 32
10.EltaMD Elta MD UV Physical, SPF 41

These are all mineral/physical sunscreens containing zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or both and I have a review of some of these natural sunscreens.  To find out if your favorite sunscreens made it to the list or the list of best lip balms with SPF, read here.

You will also realize that most of the top sunscreens are of natural formulation. Well, no surprise considering EWG rate products via the safety levels of their ingredients. Hence, many chemical sunscreens don’t make the grade, even though they may contain photostable sunscreen ingredients.

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Comments

  1. knockingknees says

    Unfortunately, for the list of
    “Best Moisturizers with SPF”, you can’t get most of them in Singapore. I have ordered Soleo via an Oz online store and tried it on my face. That was stupid, because it was oily and oily and oily.

    • sesame says

      Yup, most of it are unavailable here. Soleo is but like what you said, is very oily. I would use it on my body but even so it’s rather thick.

  2. knockingknees says

    Oh and another comment, I was very tempted to order Devita Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer but I saw the reviews on Makeup Alley.

    It seems that there are some doubts as to the “real” protective properties of it. If you have tried it, I would surely be interested to know how it was!

    • sesame says

      No, never tried this but one reader mentioned this product before and she had good things to say about it. I’ll have a look at the makeupalley link you gave me later…

  3. stiffedneck says

    Hi everyone. This is my first time visiting this site and I’m very excited so far, seeing how helpful and informative viva woman and everyone is. I’m searching for a moisturizer with good SPF in it, and I’m torn between Jason Natural, Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection, and DDF Enhancing. I’m 24 with combination and medium-tone skin. Can someone please help me end this confusion? Thanks.

    • sesame says

      Jason Natural has a number of sunscreens – the one I used before, Sunbrellas SPF30 has both zinc oxide and titanium and surprisingly, was good when I went swimming on a hot day. But it gives a whitecast and some don’t like it as daily wear although it isn’t greasy.

      I haven’t tried Shideido Ultimate Sun Protection because at that time, I was told it needs a special cleanser. But I tried the Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF34 and it felt quite good overall except for the fragrance.

      I’m not familiar with DDF Enhancing though.

      You can read my reviews on the two products here:

      http://www.vivawoman.net/2007/10/08/jason-sunbrellas-mineral-sunblock/

      http://www.vivawoman.net/2007/03/05/shiseido-sun-protection-lotion/

  4. says

    this information is very useful.thank you.but what would you recommend me with SPF 80? First of all not every company has it. and what is the best one for sensitive skin? thank you.

  5. sesame says

    SPF80? Why do you need something that high? SPF30 or 50 is fine. You might want to try the ones from Marie-Veronique Organics if you have sensitive skin.

  6. says

    thank you. but this is not my own desire.this is what doctor said. so this is why I asked because never tried those myself and this is not for me, it’s for my father( he has problems with health:( )

  7. Joanna says

    I am looking to try the creme de jour as I really cannot find anything better in the market (i mean by just reading the ingredient list :) I cannot choose between the tinted and non-tinted><

    • sesame says

      I’ve only tried the non-tinted which leaves a slight whitecast on my fair skin. If your skin is darker, then it’s better you use the tinted version. Personally, I like Creme de Soleil better.

  8. Katie says

    Have you heard of Avado baby sunscreen? It seems to be quite similar to Soleo. Is soleo too oily on the face for everybody, or just those with oilier skin?

    • sesame says

      Have not heard of Avado. I’ve tried feeling Soleo and it’s very oily for most skin types.

  9. Jumana says

    hello..
    lately ive been really going crazy looking for an eye spf..now Im only 19 years old so i don’t really like those “anti-wrinkle” products.. I just want to protect my eye area with an organic sunblock but couldn’t find any :((((
    i tried to look for face and eye sunblock and it didn’t seem available either..
    have u tried Avon liiv botanicals eye cream spf 15??
    if u find time i would really appreciate if u could help me :)
    thank you hun^^
    <3

    • sesame says

      Yes I agree that it’s difficult to find eye products with SPF. I used to use the Eucerin one but it isn’t natural or organic. You can find my review here http://www.vivawoman.net/2008/04/28/eucerin-hyaluron-filler-eye-treatment/. Currently, I use my Marie-Veronique sunscreen over my eyes because it’s lightweight enough.

  10. Jumana says

    isn’t it Marie-Veronique sunscreen might be harmful for ur eyes since it is for face use?? i really have no idea..
    Ive read abt ur milia seeds too and I’m developing some since I never knew facial ccreams cannot be applied in ur eye area :S
    I’m trying to get the Avon Liiv Botanicals eye cream spf 15 but found that their active ingredients are Oxtinoxate and titanium dioxide and sadly zinc is not included :(
    Would u advice me to still use it?? I’m so scared since I’ve never used strong products in my face until recently..
    Thank you for ur help :)

    • sesame says

      No, it’s not harmful. It’s lightweight enough for the eyes. Milia seeds get developed if the molecus of the product’s ingredients are too big so yes, in general, not advisable to apply moisturizers around your eye area. I have however applied some other types of oil and they worked well. So it depends.

      As for eye products, I can’t recommend as I do not know many. Their SPF are not high anymore. Usually around 15. So if you are using the Avon one and have no problems with it, just continue. At least you get some level of protection. The combination of titanium dioxide and oxtinoxate will make it more stable.

  11. Marie says

    I’ve tried the Soleo and had problems using it. The smell is horrible. I would say its unbearable. The consistency is a thick, white, greasy Crisco type formula. I have dry skin and this never absorbed in. It sat on my skin like grease in a skillet. I’m being perfectly honest. It’s back to the chemical, less protection type sunscreens for me.

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