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Best Vegan Sunscreens Australia A Review

Do vegans need sunscreen?

Do Vegans Need Sunscreen?

Yes! Everyone who spends time outdoors should wear sunscreen. There is an anti-sunscreen movement out there. They probably don't live in Australia. While some foods may increase sun protection, they will not adequately protect you from the rays, especially the ones we experience down under. The sun is a siren. She will call you in with her beauty and warmth and then fry the heck out of you. I am affiliated with Amazon, but I only recommend the sunscreens I have tested and use myself.

Why Don't People Want to Wear Sunscreen?

I can empathise with some reasons people do not want to wear sunscreen. I get this; I have commented on many reasons in my reviews. However, Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer globally. Skin cancer rates are primarily due to the high levels of sun ultraviolet (UV) radiation, combined with a predominantly fair-skinned population that enjoys outdoor activities.

Here are the main reasons why people want to forgo slapping on the sunscreen:

Texture and Feel: Some sunscreens can feel greasy or heavy on the skin. This can be particularly uncomfortable in humid or hot weather.

White Cast: Certain sunscreens, especially those that contain physical blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, can leave a white cast on the skin.

Breakouts: Some individuals find that certain sunscreens cause them to break out or exacerbate acne.

Sensitivity: Some people may be allergic or sensitive to ingredients in specific sunscreens, causing skin irritation or rashes.

Eye Irritation: If sunscreen gets into the eyes, it can cause burning or stinging.

Inconvenience: Applying sunscreen can be seen as an additional, time-consuming step in one's routine, especially if reapplication is needed throughout the day.

Misconceptions about Need: Some believe they don't need sunscreen because they have darker skin, don't burn easily, or are only outside for short periods. While it's true that darker skin has more natural protection than lighter skin, everyone is at risk for the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Chemical Concerns: I understand not wanting to put chemicals on your skin. There's ongoing debate and research about the safety of certain chemical sunscreens, which has led some people to avoid them.

Environmental Concerns: Some sunscreens contain chemicals that are believed to be harmful to coral reefs and marine life. Oxybenzone and octinoxate, for example, have been banned in some areas due to concerns about their impact on coral reefs. Many brands are aware of this concern and advertise that they are 'reef safe'.

Vitamin D Concerns: There's a belief among some that wearing sunscreen might prevent the skin from producing enough vitamin D. However, most experts believe that short daily exposures to the sun are sufficient for vitamin D production and that it's better to get additional vitamin D through diet or supplements rather than risk skin damage.

Cost: High-quality sunscreens, especially those that address some of the above concerns (e.g., being reef-safe or suitable for sensitive skin), can be expensive.

Cultural or Societal Beliefs: In some cultures, tanned skin is desired as a sign of health. You know what ain't healthy? Skin cancer. Time to move on from the 'bronzed Aussie' stereotype.

Why Some Sunscreens Are Not Vegan

Animal-derived Ingredients:

  • Chitosan: Derived from the shells of shrimp, crabs, or other crustaceans.

  • Collagen: Extracted from animal tissues.

  • Oleic Acid/Oleyl Alcohol: Can be derived from both plant and animal sources, so it's essential to verify the source.

  • Stearic Acid: While it can be sourced from plants, it is sometimes derived from animal fats.

  • Lanolin: Extracted from sheep wool.

  • Beeswax: Derived from insects, it is considered an animal product.

Animal Testing: Even if a sunscreen does not contain animal-derived ingredients, it may still be tested on animals.

Environmental Concerns: Some vegans choose products based on their environmental impact, in addition to concerns about animal welfare. Sunscreens, particularly those containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, have been linked to coral reef bleaching.

Choosing the Best Sunscreen for Delicate Skin

Finding skincare products can be tricky if your skin is sensitive. Sunscreens can easily irritate fragile skin. But it's important to use one. Sunscreen can prevent premature aging and skin cancer. Finding the right one can also take time. I'm here to help. This review should point you in the right direction, saving you time, irritated skin and money.

Going Natural and Eco-Friendly

If you prefer products that are natural and vegan, there are many sunscreen options for you. Vegan sunscreenholds hold up well to conventional sunscreen lotions. Natural sunscreens may be a good choice. They can be gentle creams and often contain organic ingredients.

Some traditional sunscreens can harm the ocean and coral reefs. If possible, choose one labelled reef-friendly, ocen safe and/or non-chemical. Look for eco-friendly packaging or packaging that can be recycled. Using these sunscreens helps protect marine life and keep our oceans healthy.

Next time you go to the beach, choose these environmentally friendly options to protect your skin and the ocean. These considerations will make the sunscreen safe for your skin and the environment.

Picking the Right Sunscreen for Kids

When choosing sunscreen for kids, it’s important to pick something gentle and safe. Look for sunscreens that are chemical-free and made with natural ingredients. Make sure they offer broad-spectrum protection. Being water-resistant adds protection while they swim and play.

Benefits of Broad Spectrum and Physical Sunscreens

Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreens, like those with Zinc Oxide, create a barrier on your skin. The barrier reflects the sun’s rays. This type of sunscreen helps prevent skin aging and damage. Whether you need something for your face, body, or both, there are many options to keep your skin safe from the sun.

What is the Best Vegan Sunscreen?

You get used to using specific products, then you go vegan, and you have to find new products to meet old needs. This is what happens to us when we transition. One of the products I struggled to replace was, you guessed it, sunscreen. So what vegan sunscreens should you consider in Australia?

I sincerely empathise with those who do not wear or do not like to wear sunscreen. I don't have classic sensitive skin. I break out in a rash if I use products. But I do have what I would describe as 'cranky' skin. It knows what it likes, and if it doesn't get what it wants, it gets irritated, dries, or breaks out.

My skin does not like to be suffocated by anything heavy or oily. It is not a fan of heavy fragrances or chemicals around my eyes. With all this in mind, here is my review of the products I have tried and tested.

These are my opinions on what is best, based on my skin type.

Vegan Sunscreen Review Australia

Naked Sundays $$

I do not recommend Naked Sundays products, here's why:

I really wanted to like this Australian brand. I found this brand for sale at Mecca. I tested several of their products in-store and took home some samples. Unfortunately, they were not for me. But that doesn't mean they are not for you.

"Naked Sundays is your SPF "BeautyScreen" - a hybrid between sunscreen & skincare. We are Vegan & Cruelty Free with zero whitecast, packed skin-loving ingredients, high performance SPF made in Australia (with the strictest SPF rules in the world!) and cute AF packaging to boot."- Naked Sundays

Both the tinted and untinted sunscreens were extremely thick. As a result, they were difficult to spread, and I needed to pull my skin to get it on. I needed more confidence about an even coverage. Sunscreen like this is impractical for repeat application as the buildup would be too much.

Also, their sunscreens have a fair amount of oil. The last thing I was not a fan of was the smell. This is a personal preference, but to me, it smells like lollies or something a 12-year-old girl would use. The fragrance was irritating to my eyes and nose. I'm clearly not their demographic. Avoid these if your skin dislikes anything heavy, oily or smelly.

What I did like is that it's Australian, it has tinted options and the SPF is high. I would like to change my mind about this brand one day. Hopefully, as the brand matures, it will create a range that is lighter and less fragrance-heavy.

Mecca Cosmetica

I recommend some Mecca Cosmetica sunscreens but not others. Read to find out which ones I liked and ones I was not so impressed by.

To Save Face SPF 30 Facial Sunscreen $$

Mecca has many vegan sunscreens, including their brand. I have tried three products in their range with varied results. I like that this collection has a good range of high SPF coverage.

The SPF30 Facial sunscreen is not tinted and is lightweight. This sunscreen was runny, meaning I could easily apply and reapply throughout the day without worrying about even coverage. There was no issue with the smell or quality. Using this over time did dry my skin a little. It would be great if this had a higher SPF.

In A Good Light Face Tint with SPF 30 $$

The tinted sunscreen was similar to the non-tinted. There are three tint options. The consistency of the tinted sunscreen is much thicker but has a lightweight feel. It is easy to apply and reapply.

The smell and quality was good. I was not too fond of the pump container it comes in. It makes it challenging to get the sunscreen out. I ended up taking off the pump top and directly squeezing it out.

Save Body SPF50+ Hydrating Sunscreen (Fourth Choice) $$

Save Body SPF50+ Hydrating Sunscreen Mecca Cosmetica

I recommend Mecca Cosmetica SPF+. It is my fourth favourite.

Of the products I have tried in the Mecca range, this is my favourite. I like that it is SPF 50. Even though it has a thick consistency, my skin doesn't hate it. It is rich, creamy and smells good without being irritating.

It goes on nicely without leaving streaks. Reapplication is good, and my skin does not dry out using this. It does add a thick layer to my skin, which can sweat off if it is warm. If you want to use this for extended time outdoors, this could be an issue.

"A luxe facial sunscreen with broad spectrum 50+ UVA and UVB protection, this formula has a natural matte, non-greasy finish that doesn't leave the skin with a white cast." - Mecca

Cancer Council

The Cancer Council makes many of the locally bought products. Traditionally, I have not liked to use these on my face. In the past, they have been thick, smelly, oily and sting when it gets in your eyes.

It seems that the Cancer Council is aware of the demand for more modern creams for various skin types. They have been producing more options in the last several years. Their packaging still needs to be clearly labelled for vegans.

I contacted them to be sure I could recommend vegan products. The Cancer Council were accommodating. Here is what they replied with:


Thank you for your webmail enquiry.

Our sunscreens are not tested on animals. Lab testing of SPF and water resistance is conducted on human volunteers as regulated by the TGA.

The only animal-derived ingredient that may be occasionally used in our sunscreens is beeswax. Beeswax is the ingredient that is used to achieve water resistance. Everything other than our Face Day Wear and cosmetics ranges (which are not water resistant), would contain beeswax.'

Our Sunscreen manufacturer, Vitality Brands, has confirmed the following products are vegan:

Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+ 4Hours Water Resistant

Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+

Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+ Light Tint

Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+ Medium Tint

Face Day Wear BB Cream SPF50+ Light Tint

Face Day Wear BB Cream SPF50+ Medium Tint

Face Day Wear Fluid SPF50+

Face Day Wear Serum

Face Day Wear CC Cream SPF50+ Light Tint

Face Day Wear CC Cream SPF50+ Medium Tint

If you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch and thank you for supporting the Cancer Council."

Cancer Council Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+ (Second and Third Choice) $

Face Day Wear SPF 50 Cancer Council Sunscreen Review

Yes, I recommend Face Day Wear Moisturiser, it is my second choice.

I have been using the Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+. It is lightweight, smells slightly of sunscreen on application, is not oily and allows my skin to breathe. I am confident in even coverage. Reapplication is smooth; it can feel a tiny bit powdery, but this is welcome over heavy or oily.

This was the cheapest product on the list. Prices range from just over $10 - $15 depending on where you purchase it. You can now also buy it in larger tubes for about $20. You can buy it at Woolworths, Coles, Big W, Kmart, as well as chemists. This makes it also the easiest to access. It comes in a 75 ml bottle and a 150 ml bottle.

I am happy to tell you I finally found something my 'cranky' skin does not have a tantrum over. If this is the one you're interested in click on the Amazon link: Face Day Wear Moisturiser SPF 50+.

Cancer Council Day Wear Water Resistant Spf 50+ $

Face Day Wear Moisturiser Matte Invisible SPF50+

I recommend Cancer Council Day Wear Water Resistant Spf 50+. It is my third choice (but the best water-resistant). I have been testing out the water-resistant version of this product over the summer. I like this product and it.

I live near the beach and we have a season pass to a theme park, so I have been able to test this out in both salt and chlorine water. It protects me without disappearing into the water, applies well and is light on the skin.

It comes in a 75 ml or a 150 ml bottle. I buy the larger 150 ml bottle as I use this as a face and body sunscreen. If you are interested in this product here is the Amazon link: Day Wear Water Resistant SPF 50+.

DERMAVEEN Ultra Light Day Lotion SPF50+ $

Dermavine vegan sun

Dermaveen is my first choice and new favourite.

It comes in a 50 ml pump bottle. Dermaveen is extremely lightweight, non-greasy and applies evenly and easily. One pump covers my face and neck. It is designed for sensitive skin types and has no heavy fragrance. I have been wearing it for months without irritation or pore blockage. This product is so lightweight that I forget that I'm wearing it. I love this sunscreen and have stopped looking for anything better.

Dermaveen Ultra Light Day Lotion is growing in popularity. It retails for around the AUD 20 mark. Here is a link to Amazon so you can order it straight to your door Dermaveen Ultra Light Day Lotion.


If you have any suggestions to add to the conversation, please get in touch by filling in a contact form. Looking for body lotion? Read Sukin Body Lotion Take Your Skin from Dull to Delightful. Thank you for reading.


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