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Paraben Free Sunscreens

Welcome to our carefully curated collection of paraben-free and PABA-free sunscreens, designed to provide you with the safest and most effective sun protection without parabens. In our commitment to health and safety, we understand the importance of choosing sunscreens that not only protect your skin from harmful UV rays but also do not contain ingredients that can cause a skin allergy.. Dive into our selection and learn why switching to paraben-free and PABA-free options with you have hypersensitive skin is a smart choice for your skincare routine. 

Understanding the unique needs of your Baumann Skin Type is crucial, so be sure to look for the skin type octagon next to these paraben and paba free SPF products to determine if the SPF is recommended for you. If you do not see an octagon, this indicates that you should: 1. Determine your Baumann Skin Type, or 2. Log in to your account to shop for paraben free serums according to your Baumann Skin Type.

 

Learn more about clean beauty standards in our Clean Skincare Blog.

 
 
 
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EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Sunscreen

$16.00 - $43.00

Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

Alastin

Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

$24.00 - $76.00

EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 Tinted

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 Tinted

$43.00

Pavise Dynamic Age Defense SPF 30

Pavise

Pavise Dynamic Age Defense SPF 30

$110.00 - $130.00

EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Clear Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

$45.00

Derma Made SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer
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Derma Made

Derma Made SPF 50 Tinted Moisturizer

$34.00 Regular price $68.00

EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

$36.00

PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

PCA Skin

PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

$54.00

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+

ISDIN

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion SPF 50+

$70.00

Pavise Lip Defense SPF 30

Pavise

Pavise Lip Defense SPF 30

$50.00

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

$40.00

Alastin Silk Shield All Mineral SPF30

Alastin

Alastin Silk Shield All Mineral SPF30

$18.00 - $62.00

Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Glow™ Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

Black Girl Sunscreen

Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Glow™ Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

$19.00

Neocutis JOURNEE FIRM - Revitalizing & Refining Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Neocutis

Neocutis JOURNEE FIRM - Revitalizing & Refining Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

$93.00 - $209.00

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50

Colorescience

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50

$54.00

Revision Skincare Original Intellishade SPF 45 Tinted Moisturizer

Revision

Revision Skincare Original Intellishade SPF 45 Tinted Moisturizer

$84.00

SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

$60.00

EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 Tinted

$17.00 - $47.00

EltaMD UV Active Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Active Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

$38.00

Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45

Revision

Revision Skincare Intellishade Matte SPF 45

$84.00 - $150.00

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

Colorescience

Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

$79.00

Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Matte™ SPF 45

Black Girl Sunscreen

Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Matte™ SPF 45

$21.99

EltaMD UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+

$46.00

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

MDSolarSciences

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

$32.00 - $43.00


The Importance of Avoiding PABA and Parabens in Sunscreen

PABA (Para-Aminobenzoic Acid) and parabens have traditionally been used in sunscreens for their UV-filtering capabilities and preservative properties, respectively. However, with growing concerns over skin sensitivities and the potential health risks associated with these chemicals, the demand for safer alternatives has risen.

Understanding Contact Dermatitis: The Role of PABA and Parabens

A significant portion of individuals with allergic contact dermatitis show reactions to PABA and parabens. Studies suggest that around 4% of people with this condition test positive for allergies to parabens. While less common today due to reduced usage, PABA-related sensitivities were once more prevalent.

Cross-Reactive Preservatives in Sunscreen to Avoid

For those with allergies to PABA and parabens, it's essential to be aware of other preservatives used in sunscreens that might cause cross-reactions. Certain chemicals, such as benzophenones and cinnamates, can act similarly to PABA, while some preservatives may share properties with parabens. We'll explore which substances to steer clear of to ensure your sunscreen is truly safe for your allergy-prone skin.

Safe Alternatives to Paraben in SPF

If you are allergic to parabens, here is a list of other preservatives in sunscreen that you can use. Note that all of these do not meet clean beauty standards but are alternatives to parabens if you are paraben allergic:

Ethylhexylglycerin - A mild preservative derived from glycerin, ethylhexylglycerin is not only effective against bacteria but also enhances the skin feel of products, making it a popular choice in clean beauty formulations.

Phenoxyethanol - Recognized for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, phenoxyethanol is a commonly used alternative in clean beauty products to protect against bacteria and fungi, though used in concentrations deemed safe (typically under 1%).

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) - Often used for its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E can also help preserve the integrity of a product by protecting it from oxidation, a natural process that can degrade sunscreen ingredients over time.

Natural Extracts - Certain clean beauty brands might utilize extracts from plants with preservative properties, such as grapefruit seed extract (Citrus Grandis) and rosemary extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis), which offer antimicrobial benefits and can contribute to the product's overall effectiveness and stability.

Caprylyl Glycol - An alcohol derived from caprylic acid, caprylyl glycol is used for its antimicrobial properties and as a humectant and skin conditioning agent, often found in formulations that prioritize safer, more natural ingredients.

Sorbic Acid and Salicylic Acid - These organic acids are sometimes used for their antimicrobial properties, protecting products from spoilage and extending their shelf life.