Update: Gluten Free Sunscreens

Summer is almost upon us, and that means we’ll be spending more time in the sun.  We all know that overexposure to the suns rays can cause skin cancer, but so can the chemicals found in sunscreens.  For those that suffer from allergies or sensitivities, finding a safe sunscreen can be difficult.  Read on to find out which sunscreens are allergy friendly and the least toxic to apply to your skin, and the skin of your children.

Last year I posted a blog on Gluten Free Sunscreens, but this year I decided to take that list one step further.  As a Mother, my number one concern is avoiding my sons’ allergen which happens to be grains.  My number two concern is to prevent an overexposure of toxins in our bodies and our environment.  Since many of you have multiple sensitivities, this year I have included an Allergen Column, listing those sunscreens that contain grain ingredients, and nut ingredients.  Most importantly I have included a column with the rating the product received from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and its mission is to protect the public health and the environment. This year the EWG’s Skin Deep Database received a facelift of sorts, it is now easier to navigate and more robust.  An online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, Skin Deep provides safety ratings for tens of thousands of personal care products.  The database presents two ratings for products and ingredients, a hazard rating and a data availability rating. The hazard score, a 0-10 scale from low to high hazard, reflects known and suspected hazards.  The data availability rating – none, limited, fair, good or robust — reflects how much scientists know – or don’t know – about an ingredient’s safety.  I have listed the hazard rating in this blog, but for more information about any of the listed products you should visit the EWG Skin Deep Database:  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep.

While I can not list every sunscreen available, this list should provide enough information for you to make an informed decision.   As always, I recommend that you contact the company directly if you have questions or concerns…Especially since companies change their ingredients and suppliers frequently.


Organic Gluten Free Sunscreens

EWG Rating


Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Sun Sensitive SPF 45+



Keys Solar Rx Moisturizing Cosmetic Sunblock, SPF 30+



Desert Essence SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen



Lavera Sunblock Children and Babies SPF 30


* and ***

Natures Gate Organics Be Solective, Sunscreen for Face SPF 30



Jason Natural Cosmetics Sunbrellas: Natural Sunblock, SPF 30



UV Natural Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+



Soleo Organics SPF 30+ Sunscreen



Alba Sunscreens



Loving Naturals SPF 30 Sunscreen



Loving Naturals Clear Body Sunscreen, SPF 30+ (does not contain nuts)



California Baby



Earth’s Best: Sunblock Mineral Based, SPF 30+






Non-Organic Gluten Free Sunscreens

EWG Rating


Blue Lizzard Australian Sunscreens



Coppertone (all products)



Banana Boat (Sunscreens Only)



Bull Frog Superblock Sunblock Lotion SPF 50



Bare Minerals SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen for Faces



Neutrogena Waterguard Kids Sunblock Lotion SPF 70



Neutrogena Spectrum+ Advanced Sunblock Lotion, SPF 55



Topix Replenix: CF Advanced Anti-Photoaging Complex SPF 45



Obagi – Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35



Solbar Zinc Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 38            



Fallene Cotz Water Resistant Sunscreen, SPF 58



Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 60 Sensitive Sunscreen



Vanicream Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin, SPF 30



* Product contains Xanthan Gum which is a corn derivative.

** Not listed in EWG, but this companies products usually score 0-3.

*** Contains Nut Oil.

**** Do not use on children under 6 months of age.

Be safe and have fun in the sun!

Personal Care

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23 responses to Update: Gluten Free Sunscreens

  1. Paul

    It's just amazing how much bad stuff there is in what we would consider inconsequential products. This is stuff we put all over our largest organ; our skin! Thanks for the reminder and all the research. Keep up the great work!

  2. John Valenty

    Thank you for this list! I'm always paranoid about trying any new product for fear it will have hidden gluten, and this saves me hours of research!

  3. Psychiatrist in Sacramento

    Gluten in Sunscreen? I wouldn't have even thought of that! Thank you for helping me avoid a flare-up because of my ignorance.

  4. Coinn Collecting in San Diego

    I didn't even know Xantham Gum was a corn derivative. One more thing to avoid…

  5. Podiatrist in Charlevoix

    I've never heard of half of these sunscreens. I'll have to try to find a place that actually sells them. Thank so much for the list!

  6. Laura

    All of these sunscreens should be safe, and the Environmental Working Group Seal of Approval always makes me feel better. Many will not be available in your local drug store, but health food stores should carry them. Remember, ordering on-line can save you time and money so that is definitely an option for these sunscreens. Thank you all for your comments :)

  7. Lisa

    I try to double-check my "safe" list with other reliable sources.

  8. nerissa

    Thankyouu very much iam just starting out this helps out a lot thankyou

  9. Whitney

    I’m a little disappointed in this post-as I have yet to find a Banana Boat sunscreen-or product for that matter without tocolpheryl or tocolpheryl acetate (Vitamin E)-which is gluten-and have only found one Coppertone product that is such. I’ve spent close to an hour combined in two different stores thouroughly reading ingredients and have found only 3 sunscreens that are gluten free-a Walgreens brand spray, one Burt’s Bees liquid sunscreen, and Coppertone sensitive skin liquid sunscreen. The Coppetone was extremely thick and hard to apply and did not stay well, after getting in the water my whole body turned white because of the lotion and it came off on my hands very easily. This was very disappointing as it was a small bottle and pretty pricy.The Walgreens spray was the least expensive and worked great for me-definitely what I would suggest to anyone.

    • Laura

      Whitney, I am sorry that you’ve had a difficult time finding a gluten free sunscreen. This list was published last year, and unfortunately companies change their ingredients frequently. What was a gluten/grain free product last year may contain gluten this year. I will update the post shortly and double check those products that you mentioned in your comment. I have also found that when it comes to saving time and money it can be beneficial to purchase gluten and grain free products on-line from a reputable company. Many provide a full list of ingredients for their products, and have return policies.

      • Angela

        This is so very helpful. I am new to all this and helping my kids be gluten and dairy free is very overwhelming. It’s amazing once you become a label reader what you learn. Did not know tocopheryl was gluten. Sigh!! So much to learn.

  10. Bob Oatman

    Really people, this is a parody site. Gluten is your friend! Unless you have celiac’s its all bull$hit!

    • Laura

      Bob, I’m sorry to hear that you feel this way. Oddly I had just started working on updating the list of Gluten and Grain Free Sunscreens for 2014 because many people do react to the gluten in these products. Understand that while you may feel this site is a parody, we who suffer from Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivities find that gluten is not our friend. Something to think about when you are standing by the bedside of a relative who is dying from pancreatic cancer. Be well Bob/troll.

  11. Audrey

    If you are able please put link to the ingredients list for those you catalog.
    I have reactions to Bergamot also

    • Laura

      Audrey, I typically put a link for each to the companies website if the company has one. Stay tuned, it’s a work in progress.

  12. Lissa

    Thank you for your great work on this issue, you are very much appreciated.

  13. Michele Mackellar

    Laura I noticed you stopped doing your blog on Sunscreen May 2014..
    do you have another site?

    • Laura

      Michele, Unfortunately time constraints prevented me from putting the Gluten Free Sunscreen blog together this year. It is a labor intensive project and I receive very little positive feedback or acknowledgement. I have had to become selective in what I have been posting. I am working on an Updated Gluten Free Personal Care product list that will include Sunscreens.

  14. Melanie

    This was very helpful to read about. I never thought about gluten being in sunblock. Thank you, thank you and one more thank you from my little kiddos. Please update if u can!

    • Laura

      Melanie, I am glad the information was helpful. I am in the process of updating the list, it is a time consuming process. Stay tuned for an updated list in the next few weeks.

  15. gordon


    Thank you for having posted this information. Even though it is old information, it is still useful to be able show to people who do not believe that such products (sunscreen) can have gluten. I appreciate your efforts and wish you well.


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