Sunscreen-Free Ways to Keep the Sun Off Your Skin

A chic dress and a hat may be all you need to keep away the sun's rays. (Photo: Svitlana Sokolova/Shutterstock)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I don't wear sunscreen, mentioning how I choose to stay out of the midday sun and wear layers and hats to protect my skin instead. Here are some great eco-friendly hats, sunglasses and other cover-ups that can help keep skin protected with plenty of style.

This cute African straw fedora comes in three colors, including natural straw, aqua and black. "Made by hand using natural materials sourced sustainably from Madagascar’s precious forests. The sale of these bags enables families to gain economic independence and promotes environmental conservation. This is achieved through fair trade partnerships with artisans who make a living wage through our 'trade not aid' business model."

These oversized sunglasses will protect your eyes and the skin around them — though it's always a good idea to wear a hat as well as glasses. Made from recycled materials, they are perfect for the beach or while driving with the top down.

This sweet organic hemp/cotton cape and coverup is ideal for those days that are cooler (when it's easy to forget how strong the sun can be).

An organic cotton pareo like this one from loovve can be used to cover up whatever bits are in the sun; it can be worn around the waist to keep the legs covered, or thrown over the shoulders.

This pretty silk jacket/cover up by E. Factor is made in Los Angeles, and would not only work as a beach cover-up, but would pair well with jeans and a tank top for a casual look.