Here Comes the Sun: 4 Options for Non-Toxic Sun Protection from Local KC Experts

Summer is coming, promise! It keeps teasing– but it really is coming. We all know it is important to take care of our skin out in the sun, but normal sunscreens carry toxins like oxybenzone, which has been linked to threats on your health. Why not try out one or two of these recommendations from local KC experts?

Local “wellness curious” personality Sarah Buchanan of INDULGE reached out to some of her favorite green beauty babes here in KC to see what natural sun protection they are recommending this summer. Here is what they shared:


Within Apothecary | 122 Southwest Blvd

Gina Ciaccio-Holmberg of Within Apothecary is currently using Marie Veronique Tinted Sunscreen, a tinted non nano zinc sunscreen that is available in 3 shades and good for all skin types. The non nano zinc protects you from both UVB rays, which cause sunburn, and UVA rays, which could be considered more dangerous.

Price point: $50– but Gina is offering a discount at Within Apothecary to anyone who mentions this article!

Photo courtesy of Hand and Land.

Photo courtesy of Hand and Land.


Hand and Land | 11527 Ash St

The ladies of Hand and Land share their love for Josh Rosebrook Day cream with SPF. The cream is nutrient rich, meaning it carries potent herbal actives and plant oils said to not only moisturize but to protect and repair skin. They also utilize zinc oxide to provide effective sunblock against skin-damaging solar rays, both UVB and UVA.

Price point: you can find it for $50.

Photo by Kaley Kocinski.

Photo by Kaley Kocinski.


SKIN KC | 6247 Brookside Plaza

Stephanie Simkins at SKIN KC is using all things Suntegrity– including face, tinted face, body, lip and bronzer. The whole brand is dedicated to protecting and rejuvenating skin. They formulate their products with antioxidants, amino acids and zinc oxide to repair and protect. The line features sunscreens for the face and body, as well as a gentle formula for sensitive skin and babies.

Price point: products range in price and they are offering a 15% off purchase if you sign up for email.

Photo by Anna Petrow

Photo by Anna Petrow


WIld Wash Co | found in stores across KC, including Made in KC

Sarah Preu of WIld Wash Co says she ops for the all natural approach - Sun hat, lots of leafy greens and low sugar. Whether you are a sunscreen wearer or not, these are great tips to adopt. Dark, leafy greens provide UV protection at a cellular level through the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin. Low sugar to help avoid AGEs (Advanced glycation end products) which cause aging and are bad for rejuvenating skin. And, well, let’s be honest– we all wanna keep our skin young and fresh.

There you have it– the best protection from sun damage, as recommended by some of KC’s leading beauty and wellness experts. So put on that hat, lather up, and go enjoy some sunshine! Happy summatime, y’all!