Editor’s Picks: 19 of the Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreens for Your Body

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Zinc oxide sunscreen for body

Now that I've shared the best zinc oxide sunscreens for your face, let's talk about SPF for the rest of your skin!

You might be thinking it doesn't matter as much whether you use a mineral sunscreen on your body.

But you'd be wrong. 

It may be even MORE important to choose a mineral SPF for your body, because you’re covering a much larger surface area—and therefore using a lot more product. 

If you aren't using a zinc oxide-based sunscreen, that could mean more exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals, and more risk of sunburn and premature aging. (Yes, your body can get sun damage... like "chinkles," a.k.a. chest wrinkles!)

For complete broad-spectrum protection, stick with one of the body sunscreens below. Zinc oxide remains on the skin surface and reflects away the light, making it the safest and most effective filter we have available in North America. 

Keep reading to find out what to look for, plus the best body formulas I've found to date!

How to Choose a Zinc Oxide Sunscreen for Your Body

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Here's what I look for in a body sunscreen:

  • High-zinc: Sunscreens should contain at least 20 percent zinc oxide, or 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with 7.5 percent titanium dioxide.
  • PUFA-free or low-PUFA: I suggest avoiding polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)—they're unstable oils that easily oxidize in UV light. PUFA-free sunscreens are safest, but I've listed some low-PUFA options here which shouldn't be too harmful. (By "low-PUFA," I mean products without PUFAs in the first five to 10 ingredients.)
  • Fragrance-free or low-fragrance: It's most important to avoid or limit fragrance on your face, but you may wish to do the same for your body.
  • Non-whitening: For the least amount of whitening, choose formulas that are tinted and/or contain micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Yes, the latter would be considered "nano," but so would nearly ALL sunscreens, according to EWG (even if labels say otherwise). The good news is, they've been shown NOT to significantly penetrate the skin either way.
  • Water-resistant: It's a good idea to choose a water-resistant body sunscreen if you plan to be swimming—or sweating!
  • Reef-safe: As mineral formulas, all of the products below are safe for coral reefs.

You'll notice I haven't included silicone on this list. My face doesn't love silicone, so I definitely avoid it there, but I don't think it's a big deal in a body sunscreen. 

On to my top picks!

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

✓High-zinc PUFA-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

With 19 percent zinc, Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 gives you good protection (it’s just one percent shy of my criteria). You also get 40 minutes of water-resistance, and it happens to be silicone-free.

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

✓Low-PUFA ✓Non-whitening ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free✓Reef-safe

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

If you're looking for a spray-on sunscreen, Beautycounter Countersun Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 has you covered. It sprays from any angle, and comes in two shades: Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. It's slightly low in zinc oxide (14.5 percent), so I'd use this more for topping up your protection when you're outside for several hours.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen is an ideal sunscreen for sports, especially if you are looking for a more natural option. Not only does it contain 20 percent zinc oxide, but it also gives you 80 minutes of water-resistance. Very rare for a silicone-free formula!

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50 is an affordable drugstore option with great protection. It has 21.6 percent zinc oxide, but you'll need to rub it in well to avoid a white cast. This is also a good choice for sports, as it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Derma E Sun Defense Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Derma E Sun Defense Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

Derma E Sun Defense Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 Body protects you with 20 percent zinc oxide in a lightweight, natural lotion. It is also silicone-free and fragrance-free.

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of your best bets on Amazon. This formula features a high amount of zinc oxide (22 percent) in a natural base of aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. 

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Sport SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Sport SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Sport SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Sport SPF 30 is one of the simplest, most natural formulas, and packs 20 percent zinc oxide. It features nourishing coconut, olive and jojoba oils, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 is another excellent drugstore choice. It has 21.6 percent zinc oxide, and is oil-free, fragrance-free and water-resistant. The whitening dissipates as you blend it out.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50 features 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide (which is very close to my criteria). It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and is fragrance-free.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion gives you good protection with 15 percent zinc oxide and five percent titanium dioxide (although 7.5 percent of the latter would be even better!). This formula is fragrance-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 Plus WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children gives you complete UVA and UVB protection with 19.3 percent zinc and 9.1 percent titanium dioxide. It is water-resistant for 80 minutes, and gets even more effective when wet. So I'd choose this for any activities where you really need your SPF to be locked on.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Non-whitening ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31 is like a non-greasy body butter, thanks to its thicker texture and yummy scent. It's super-hydrating and all-natural. There's 20.1 percent zinc oxide in here.

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30 is a hydrating but non-greasy sunscreen that can be used all over. It has 20 percent zinc oxide, and is silicone-free and fragrance-free.

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Reef-safe

Coppertone Pure and Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a new formula with a very high concentration of zinc oxide—24.08 percent! With so much of the active ingredient, you'll need to blend it in well to eliminate the white. This one is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a 20 percent zinc oxide formula that gives you 80 minutes of water-resistance. It also hydrates with cocoa butter, coconut oil and shea butter.

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 is a very natural option, containing coconut oil, shea butter, and 19.5 percent zinc oxide. This one has a semi-matte finish and can be used on the face as well as the body.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower is a body butter and sunscreen in one. It protects with 22 percent zinc oxide, while shea butter and coconut oil hydrate dry limbs. You can also wear this in the water for up to 80 minutes.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Non-whitening ✓Water-resistant✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut

There's also a tinted version, the Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Bronzing Body Butter Coconut. It gives you a bronzey glow (that is probably best suited for medium to dark tones), and protects with 22 percent zinc. It, too, is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Fragrance-free ✓Water-resistant ✓Cruelty-free ✓Reef-safe

Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen gives you 20 percent zinc oxide and 80 minutes of water-resistance, making it another good option for sports or water activities. It is also silicone-free.

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