If you have plans to visit Little Corona del Mar Beach, stroll around Doty Trust Park, or sunbathe on your patio, sunscreen is a must. But there are so many sunscreen options out there. How can you know which one is best for you and your family?

Some sunscreens are made of artificial ingredients, while others are made from natural ingredients. And just as our bodies like natural ingredients in our food, so too does our skin like natural sunbathing lotions. Here are three reasons to try the natural kind of sunscreen this summer.

It’s gentle on sensitive skin.

Have you ever heard of photoallergic reactions? According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, synthetic chemicals in many sunscreens can irritate your skin and cause an allergic reaction of inflammation of the skin. Instead of using these synthetic chemicals, natural sunscreen uses titanium dioxide or zinc oxide to block the sun’s harmful rays. These mineral ingredients are less irritating on the skin than synthetic chemicals.

It protects against both types of UV rays.

Did you know that there are two types of UV rays? UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns. But UVA rays cause skin cancer, aging, and wrinkles by penetrating deep into your skin. Unfortunately, many sunscreens only protect against UVB rays. While chemical sunscreen absorbs UV rays, which protects you from UVB only, natural sunscreen (also known as physical sunscreen) reflects the rays from your skin, which protects you from UVB and UVA. If you care about preventing skin cancer and avoiding sunburns, natural sunscreen might be the right choice for you.

It’s environmentally friendly. 

One of the problems with chemical sunscreens is that they can hurt the environment when they enter the ocean. But mineral-based, natural sunscreens don’t have ingredients that damage reefs and hurt marine life. How can you know which sunscreens are safe? Here are some we like. All of these options are natural, safe alternatives to chemical sunscreens.

This summer, make the switch to natural sunscreen. Physical sunscreens are gentle on sensitive skin, guard against both types of UV rays, and are friendly to the environment. Everything you could want in sunscreen!