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Editor’s Picks: 19 of the Best Mineral Sunscreens to Protect Your Skin All Year Round

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Best mineral sunscreen

You already know that sunscreen is essential to shield your skin from sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging. But unless you’re using a mineral formula, your SPF may not be as safe or as effective as you think. 

Get this—out of the 16 different sunscreen filters available in the US, the FDA regards only the mineral ones, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to be “GRASE” (Generally Recognized As Safe and Effective). The other, chemical sunscreen filters (including avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule) were delisted in 2019 based on a lack of safety data regarding their absorption into the body and the long-term effects.[1]

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Not only are mineral sunscreens safer, they can also give you incredible protection. Zinc oxide happens to be the single most effective ingredient for filtering UVA rays, which are the most harmful and account for up to 95% of the UV light that reaches our skin.[2]

But not all mineral sunscreens are created equal—and that’s why I created this guide. Read on to find out exactly what to look for, and the best products I’ve found.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in a Mineral Sunscreen

The Best Mineral Sunscreens of 2022

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Ghost Democracy Invisible Lightweight Daily Sunscreen SPF 33
EleVen by Venus Williams Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
EltaMD UV Glow Broad-Spectrum SPF 36
REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen
Salt Stone Lightweight Sheer Daily Sunscreen SPF 40
Odacite Sun Guardian Oceanic Glacial Water Day Creme SPF 30
CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32
First Aid Beauty Mineral Sunscreen Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic SPF 30
Solara Suncare Time Traveler Ageless Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen Primer SPF 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
Ava Isa Sun-e-Serum Drops SPF 35
Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer
Kinship Self Reflect Sport SPF 60 Triple Ceramide Moisturizing Sunscreen
Cocokind Daily SPF Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 32

Further Reading

  1. Food and Drug Administration. (2019, February 26). Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use. Federal Register.
  2. UV Radiation & Your Skin. Skin Cancer Foundation. 

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