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If you find yourself asking, “why use sunscreen”, let me start by saying it is one of the leading causes of premature aging, causing things like:
dark spots (hyperpigmentation)
In addition to these cosmetic woes, we have the more serious concern of skin cancer. For years now, doctors and research scientists have warned us of the increased risk of skin cancer from too much unprotected sun exposure. So stay pretty AND healthy by protecting your skin. These following recommendations are my picks for the best American made sunscreens for the face.
Prevention is the best beauty tip available. There is a limit to how much damage modern products and treatments can fix. Good skincare and sun protection are the best things you can do to preserve your skin's health. So enjoy the summer sun, poolside parties and ball games, just do it with some SPF you can trust because it is American-made.
Everybody in the business of beauty and personal care is offering some kind of sun protection. We researched the options for sunscreen for the face made in the USA.
Vichy Ultra Light Fluidcarries an SPF of 50. Vichy sun care is designed to complement any existing regimen. Many of us are afraid of disrupting a good thing by introducing new products to our faces. Rest assured Vichy makes little impact other than functioning as it is designed. The fluid is insanely light. It feels more like a serum than anything. This is a great product to have on hand for times when you plan to be outside all day such as the beach, sporting events and summer festivals. The packaging is easily totable for reapplication too. Visit the Vichy Amazon shop.
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral SPF 30 is a plant-based, non-toxic mineral sunscreen. It protects skin from UVA/UVB and infrared rays while defending skin against environmental stressors and pollution. It’s clinically shown to decrease pollution on the surface of the skin. The zinc oxide formula is non-comedogenic transparent, non-greasy and fast-drying. It not only protects skin, but acts as a hydrating primer thanks to the presence of the ultra-moisturizing squalane. Shop Biossance at Sephora.
Derma E offers several facial sunscreen options that are vegan and packed full of skin care benefits. They also have a body sunscreen that is in a clear formula that leaves the skin sheen and healthy looking.
Juice Beauty is chemical free and uses mineral zinc oxide paired with antioxidants. Their Stem Cellular CC Cream is a personal favorite with an SPF of 30 and medium coverage. Visit the Juice beauty Amazon shop.
Although Rosacea Care focuses on those who struggle with rosacea, anyone can use their products. One of our editors who has oily skin has used the tinted ZincO and loves it! This mineral-based sunscreen contains 14.5% zinc oxide, one of the highest percentages on the market. Plus, the tint gives color to the face while protecting you from the sun's harmful rays.
Angie Barnes is a Beauty and Style Editor showcasing American made products in her realistic advice, practical routines and reviews. She also serves up professional makeup and skin care services as a Licensed Esthetician in a busy salon.
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral SPF 30 is a plant-based, non-toxic mineral sunscreen. It protects skin from UVA/UVB and infrared rays while defending skin against environmental stressors and pollution. It’s clinically shown to decrease pollution on the surface of the skin. The zinc oxide formula is non-comedogenic transparent, non-greasy and fast-drying. It not only protects skin, but acts as a hydrating primer thanks to the presence of the ultra-moisturizing squalane.
Thanks for sharing, this is a great list. I love Urban Decay products, I didn’t know they made a sunscreen.
I’m always looking for new facial sunscreens to try, since my skin is sensitive. I also use only mineral. The Biossance Squalane+Mineral looks great, & I’ve put it on my list to request a sample of next time I’m near a Sephora location!
Sunscreen is so important and people can’t slack off and not use it.
I hadn’t even thought about looking for USA-made sunscreens, but I definitely want to try some of these out.
I definitely need to give the Vichy a try because as a ginger I need all the sun protection I can get! I currently use the Physicans Formula organic BB cream that has SPF30 in it.
I’m using the Vichy and it is awesome.
I have freckles as well and Vichy just seems to protect them better for some reason.
Hope that helps!
Love Coola!! I also like Scarlet’s natural for my baby 🙂
I have Lupus so wearing sunscreen is an absolute must! But I have to admit that I haven’t found one for my face that I really like, so I try to use makeup that has some in it. Not the best. But the Vicchy sunscreen sounds like what I need!
Sunscreen is crucial. Never leave home without it! 🙂
Thanks for this. There is so much misinformation out there about sun damage!
LOL. We posted about sunscreen on the same day. I guess we’re all hoping for sun.
I have been using the Vichy for a while and love it – but I didn’t realize it was made in the USA – surprise!
I’ve been thinking about trying Vichy for a while myself, and didn’t realize it was made in the USA, either – do you use the one listed here as a daily moisturizer? That’s what I’m looking for – a daily moisturizer with more built-in SPF than the standard 15 that most companies make.
Megan, I do not use the Vichy currently but I would use it in addition to your regular moisturizer when you try it. It is a nice add on for the higher SPF, you can’t find that in a daily moisturizer. Good luck.
LOVE the Urban Decay brand!
Great list. Do you know how these products rate on the EWG sunscreen lists?
I do not know where they all rate but I do know that Coola is limited to low hazard. Vichy is moderate and I am not sure of the rest, they are not natural based products so I assume that at minimum they are moderate. Check out our list of Organic Sunscreen where all the products get a low rating. https://www.usalovelist.com/organic-sunscreen-made-in-usa/