Gluten Free Sunscreens

by Living Freely Gluten Free

When going gluten free you quickly learn that you must start checking your beauty, body, and household products for gluten ingredients as well. Sunscreen is not exception to that. This post will tell what sunscreen is gluten free, how to identify gluten in sunscreen and what my personal favorite gluten free sunscreen is. Is will also is, Is Blue Lizard gluten free?

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Gluten Free Sunscreens

Last year I was diagnosed with skin cancer. It was scary, but I honestly wasn’t incredibly surprised. With red hair and incredibly fair skin the sun has never been my friend. However, I do live in sunny California and avoiding the sun is simply not an option.

Using sunscreen is something I didn’t do as much as I should have when I was younger. I was the only fair skinned one in my immediate family and purchasing sun screen wasn’t a priority. As an adult I make sunscreen a priority and because of that I have tried many brands of gluten free sunscreen.

In this blog post I will provide you with my personal favorite gluten free sunscreen, but I will also let you know what sunscreens are gluten free. Here is a list of product ingredients you need to look for to avoid gluten in sunscreen.

Gluten In Sunscreen

Is Banana Boat gluten free?

I reached out to Banana Boat and here is what they sent me…

All of our sun care products undergo appropriate and rigorous testing to ensure they are properly labeled and meet all relevant Banana Boat regulations. You can feel confident using our products for safe and effective sun protection, when applied as directed by the product labels.

The ingredients in our products are disclosed on the labels using ingredient names assigned by experts and recognized by governments around the world.

We do not add to our products common food allergens such as tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, dairy, or gluten. Nonetheless, we recommend that consumers always read the label and check the list of ingredients.  We also suggest consumers carefully test the product before use or consult their physician in advance if concerned about the possibility of sensitivity to certain ingredients.

If we can be of further assistance, you can reach us at 1-800-723-3786, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 6 pm Eastern Time.

So, what I would take from that is if none of the ingredients listed above are present, then this should be safe, but they are not claiming anything.

Is Blue Lizard gluten free?

Per Blue Lizard products do not contain gluten.

Is Coppertone sport sunscreen gluten free?

I have reached out to Coppertone and I am currently waiting to find out if Coppertone sport sunscreens are gluten free.

Is Thinkbaby sunscreen gluten free?

Some, or should I say most Thinkbaby brand sunscreens are safe. I looked over all of the products and below are the ones I found to be safe and labeled by the company as gluten free.

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen- The website states that is in fact gluten free. I will assume the vegetable glycerin and tocopherols are derived from other plant based materials.  This is the tube not the stick. The stick does not state gluten free.

ThinkSport Kids Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ (tube, not stick)- The website states this is gluten free. It does however contain vegetable glycerin and tocopherols. Since the website states gluten free, I will assume that this is derived from something other than wheat or gluten.

ThinkSport Safe Sunscreen 50+ for adults (tube, not stick)- The website states this is gluten free.

ThinkSun Everyday Face Sunscreen- The website states this is gluten free

None of the sunscreen sticks stated gluten free. I emailed the company and I am waiting to hear back. 

What Sunscreen is Gluten Free?

Neutrogena- After calling Neutrogena, they were able to confirm that the following products are gluten free:

The Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70

Also, Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 85+

And, Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 30 and SPF 100+ ref 1630022

All Sunbum products are gluten free and vegan!

Some Coola products are gluten free.

Some Thinkbaby sunscreens are safe.


My favorite gluten free sunscreen


Coola- Some Coola products contain tocopherol, I have found though the majority of their regular sunscreens are safe. I love Coola as far as a sunscreen goes. The ingredients are clean, it works really well, and some of the fragrances are amazing!
Hempz Yuzu and Starfruit- This daily gradual tan lotion also has an SPF in it which makes it the perfect lotion to use everyday. I love this stuff!
Sunbum- All of the Sunbum products are gluten free and vegan. There affordable and effective. You can find their products in many different stores and its always a go-to for me.

Did I miss your favorite gluten free sunscreen? If so, please comment below so I can add it. Have a safe summer friends!

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Catherine June 25, 2020 - 6:46 am

This is very eye opening for me I’ve never even thought of gluten in sunscreen, my husband and I both need to watch for this. Thank you for providing such great recommendations, I’m going to give Sunbum a try!

livingfreelygf June 25, 2020 - 1:56 pm

You’re welcome Catherine. It’s hard to believe all of the places it is hidden. SunBum is awesome 🙂


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