If you aren’t already incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine, this is your sign to start! Sunscreen protects the skin from the harsh UV-rays from the sun, which not only can increase the risk for skin cancer, but is also a major player in premature aging of the skin. It’s never too late to start picking up a new healthy skin habit, and applying mineral sunscreen daily will allow you to enjoy your time outside while reducing the impact UV rays have on the condition of your skin.
Mineral sunscreens protect your skin by creating a physical barrier that blocks UV-rays using physical ingredients like zinc oxide, and is safer and less irritating to the skin than sunscreens that achieve a similar effect using chemicals. While mineral sunscreens may have had less-than-ideal formulas in the past, these days there are many brands coming out with excellent sunscreens that are lighter on the skin and that don’t leave a harsh white-cast behind. Most mineral sunscreens are also reef-safe, making them far friendlier to our planet and oceans compared to chemical sunscreens.
If you haven’t considered trying out mineral sunscreen in the past, we’ve rounded up some high-quality ones below for you to explore.
Unsun Hydrating Full Coverage Body Lotion SPF 30 ($32)
This scent-free SPF 30 mineral sunscreen from Unsun is infused with extracts of prickly pear cactus, bitter orange, and cucumber that will hydrate your skin while providing protection from the sun. Ingredients like baobab oil will give your skin an all-natural glow after application without feeling oily or sticky to the touch.
MyCHELLE Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 – Tinted ($28)
Coming in four shades and one un-tinted variation, the MyCHELLE Sun Shield is the perfect, light-weight sunscreen for someone with normal to oily skin. The tinted formula is easy to apply and gives your skin a sheer layer of coverage that evens out your complexion for a fresh look. This tint is formulated without harsh ingredients like sulfates, parabens, and fragrances, and contains bentonite clay and safflower which mattifies and soothes the skin. This is a great match for anyone who dislikes the greasy-consistency of typical sunscreens.
SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 32 ($40)
The Essential Defense Mineral Shield protects against both UVA and UVB rays while giving your skin a subtle tint. The smooth and creamy formula will make it easy to blend into the skin, and being hypoallergenic, oil-free, and fragrance-free makes it perfect for anyone with sensitive or acne-prone skin. SkinMedica’s Essential Defense collection also contains an SPF 47 line for those looking for higher levels of protection, and a non-tinted sunscreen.