Animal-Friendly SPF

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

By Sara Wilchowski & Renata Block, MMS, PA-C

I love my dog and my cat, of course. My love and appreciation for her have grown my love and affection for animals of all kinds.

Since my dog takes walks with me outside, she even gets some physical blocking SPF on her nose and ears; yes, animals can get skin cancer, too.

Sunscreen is considered an over the counter product. Unlike cosmetics, OTC products are subject to being tested on animals at the discretion of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, a company can waive this if the ingredient has already been tested and is already on the market. The good news is, the vast majority of sunscreen ingredients have been around for a long time; therefore, no need to test on animals. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, to test the effectiveness of SPF, it is tested on paid volunteers.

Here is a shortlist of Leaping Bunny approved SPF for your sun-safe summer!



Kiss My Face


Juice Beauty

Goddess Garden

Zeb’s Organics

Paula’s Choice

3rd Rock Essentials

Alba Botanica

Nature’s Gate

Ocean Potion

I would love it if you shared your favorite cruelty-free finds with the Diva so everyone can be knowledgeable of the options out on the market! Click here to purchase some of my faves! MUAH!????

Diva Tip: Chemical and Physical Sunscreens exist and are two different types of topical sunscreen potions available. A Chemical formulation must be applied at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, whereas physical can be applied immediately prior! Reapply both every 1-2 hours.

Sara Wilchowski is a Full-Time Physician Assistant practicing in Michigan.

Renata Block is the creator of Savvy Derm Diva, an online resource for proper skin care. GiGi Approved is a monthly column discussing cruelty-free skincare options! Make sure you follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Need a dermatology consult? Please visit Advanced Dermatology & Aesthetic Medicine, LLC or Call/Text 847-802-9667 for a TeleDerm appointment. MUAH!????