Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Best Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin and Allergies

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Suncare for Vegans and AllergiesAlisa Fleming ~ The longer days of summer offer ample time to get out and enjoy the sunshine, and most doctors now advocate letting your skin soak up some of those brilliant rays and the accompanying Vitamin D. However, too much time in the direct sunlight will turn many of us into upright lobsters. Most of us need some sunscreen to ease our pale skin into the great outdoors.

Skin care can be a tricky issue for anyone with sensitive skin, but we're prepared. Karen at Avoiding Milk Protein and I have rounded up a list of sun protection brands that cater to vegans, sensitive skin, and ... food allergies. Even though we usually only concern ourselves with the food we ingest, food-based ingredients and extracts linger in many lotions and can cause hives, rashes, or other reactions to those who might be allergic.

Keep in mind, though the companies listed below cater to sensitive skin issues, skin reactions vary greatly from person to person. Spot check any new lotion on a patch of skin before smearing it all over your body, and use extreme caution whenever severe allergies are a concern ...

The following is a list of sunscreens and other cosmetic products that have allergy information on their web sites. Many other companies will answer questions about allergies on the phone.:

Kiss My Face has both vegan and gluten free information on it's web site. They offer several different sunscreens and a bug spray.

Kineys offers skin care and  sunscreen with the claim that "No parabens, preservatives, nanoparticles, nuts, nut oil, gluten, dairy, egg, soy, sulphites or colourants have been added to these products."

Desert Organics includes products that are 100% vegan, wheat and gluten free.

Sun Sacks SPF 30 roll on sunscreen is free of any nut extracts (UK).

Alba Botanica offers vegan information on their website. [I have had great luck with their sunscreens which are quite affordable for an all-natural product]

Affusion Skincare is vegetarian and vegan friendly, with gluten free options.

Arbonne offers certified vegan products, and they have gluten free list. Some products do contain nut-based ingredients.

California Baby makes natural care for babies, kids and sensitive adults. They vow, "No nut oils, gluten, soy, oats, and dairy." They also offer a bug repellent.

Here are a few additional sunscreen brands that I mention in the skin care and cosmetics section in Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook:

Nature's Gate is 100% vegan / dairy-free. Inquire on other allergy concerns.

Blue Lizard has been recommended to me by those with sensitive skin and who have tots with multiple food allergies.

Avalon Organics is another natural skin care company that is 100% vegan / dairy-free, but of particular note is their "baby" line that includes a natural mineral sunscreen.

And more to add to these lists:

Episencial makes a sensitive skin Sunny Sunscreen that is top rated by the Environmental Working Group, and it is dairy-, nut-, and gluten-free.

Article by Alisa Fleming, founder of and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.

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