Gear Guide 2012: Elemental Herbs Zinc Sunscreen

Using pure zinc oxide, Elemental Herbs sunscreen protects you from the solar radiation and the sun's harshest rays.


Some sunscreens contain chemicals purported to diminish water quality and pose a cancer threat, but this reformulated lotion from Elemental Herbs uses pure zinc oxide (the non-nano particles are large enough that they don’t get absorbed by your skin) to shield you from solar radiation. Testers found it thick but spreadable; once applied, it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. “It kept my fair skin unburned during a five-hour hike at 11,000 feet,” reports one Colorado tester. $16; 3 oz.;