Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen Review: SmartShield


I spent most of my youth outdoors, either running around the neighborhood with friends or on the tennis court or playing after school sports. Needless to say, the harsh southern California sun had its way with my skin. Terms like SPF or UV weren’t on the tips of everyone’s tongues just yet. We preferred Baby Oil and Bain de Soleil!

There isn’t much I can do to remedy the sun damage done. Instead I take seriously the warnings of my dermatologist and am hyper-vigilant about sunscreen. I have tried them all. Who wants the oily residue or the strong fragrance or the anti-eco ingredients most sunscreens contain? Clogged pores? Ugh.

SmartShield is my new favorite. It’s waterproof, sweat-proof and made especially for the active and eco-conscious. Petroleum free, marine safe and biodegradable, it absorbs quickly into the skin and won’t stain your clothes or leave your hands slippery. Smartshield sunscreens are used by serious athletes and the US Coast Guard, as well as fly fishermen and scuba divers.

I tried it for myself to see if it was good enough for you, our eco-chic readers. My conclusion: an eco thumbs up. Reasonably priced in lotion, spray, gel and towelettes, they even offer a self-tanner and after-sun gel. Available at SmartShield.

Go ahead, have some fun in the sun”¦without the sunburn or the burn on the environment.

Want more? Of course you do!

Luanne’s sun protection guide and report on coral reef devastation.

Sara’s eco-friendly picnic essentials.

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4 thoughts on “Environmentally Friendly Sunscreen Review: SmartShield

  1. Thanks for the sunscreen tip. As I become less toxic and more sensitive to chemicals, I need to seek out purer and purer foods and products. I truly can’t tolerate commercial-mainstream-chemical products anymore! And of course, I see that as a good thing!

  2. At last, properly marine-friendly sunblock. Brilliant! 🙂 Thanks for the tip-off, Kim……

    I live in a country where being dark orange and leathery is still (still!) a desirable thing for anyone between 15 and 40. Ironic really: all that lovely rain to soothe skin and unblock pores, and still the sunlamps come out. 🙂

  3. I’m sorry to say it, but after reviewing the ingredients on the website for SmartShield SPF 30, I don’t think this is a very eco-friendly or healthy option for sunscreen. I don’t want to be an alarmist, but some of the ingredients are considered carcinogens, specifically Padimate O, a PABA derivative.
    Parabens have been found to be hormone disruptors. Octinoxate has also been linked to reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption.
    A great place to find out whether a product is safe is http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.
    Unfortunately, I couldn’t find SmartShield on this site, so I submitted the ingredients list to them to analyze.

    It’s so hard to find the right sunscreen these days. One that I’ve tried that has the least amount of toxic ingredients is Keys (though it has kind of a funny smell). You can get it here:

  4. Liz, you’ve done us all a great service by investigating further. We ought to contact SmartShield to see what they have to say. Thanks so much for doing some digging! 🙂

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