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Nature. Travel. The outdoors. They’re our passions. And we don’t want to kill them, either directly with toxic products or indirectly through something like a sunburn. Sadly, finding a natural sunscreen that is eco-friendly (biodegradable & reef safe), cruelty free (no animal testing), water resistant, and provides broad spectrum protection can be a challenge.

Luckily, we’ve found Beyond Coastal.

Beyond Coastal sunscreen comes in two varieties: Beyond Coastal SPF 34 Active Sunscreen, and Beyond Coastal’s SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen.

Both sunscreens provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, and are oxybenzone free, paraben free, gluten free, and are waterproof/water resistant. Beyond Coastal’s Natural Sunscreen however is zinc oxide based, and is reef safe, vegan, hypoallergenic, and fragrance free.

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We subjected Beyond Coastal’s natural sunscreens to rigorous testing from multiple reviewers over the past month, and the results far surpassed expectations: both Beyond Coastal’s Active and Natural Sunscreen lines continued to protect under high temperatures, harsh sun, and high-intensity activities such as running, hiking, biking, and even swimming — often going far beyond their advertised 80 minute limit.

In my own testing, Beyond Coastal provided protection through an entire afternoon of cycling and swimming, with no additional reapplication. Two of our reviewers are literally the palest, most sun-sensitive people I know, and experienced no sunburns or discomfort despite enduring an entire day with only a single application. 

Beyond Coastal’s also makes a face sunscreen called the ‘Face stick’, which is applied with an applicator (similar to a deodorant stick). This in my opinion is perhaps Beyond Coastal’s best feature: sunscreen protection without ozone-depleting spray, and without getting your hands slippery or greasy, which is pretty critical for things like cycling or rock climbing. Beyond Coastal, if you’re listening, consider making a Body Stick to go along with your Face Stick. Seriously, why aren’t all sunscreens made to be applied this way?

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