Editor’s Picks: 20 of the Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Body

Because sun protection shouldn't stop at your neck.
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Best mineral sunscreen for body

If you're diligent about sunscreen on your face, but use any old SPF—or even none at all—on your body, then you might want to change that habit. A safe, effective mineral sunscreen is just as important for your body as it is for your face. 

Without proper protection, the skin below your neck is equally vulnerable to sunburn, skin cancer and the signs of aging. And since there's a larger surface area to cover, safe ingredients are key. Otherwise, you could absorb more of the undesirable compounds found in certain sunscreens, like hormone-disrupting filters (therefore amplifying their harmful effects).

That's why I created this guide to the best mineral sunscreens for your body. Read on to find out what I look for on labels, and the top formulas to choose from.


What to Look for in a Mineral Sunscreen for Your Body


When choosing a sunscreen for your body, here are the most important things to check:

  • High in zinc oxide: For true broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, your sunscreen should have at least 20% zinc oxide on its own, or a combination of 15-20% zinc oxide with at least 5% titanium dioxide. (However, I did include a couple products in this guide that are just below these amounts!) Keep in mind that titanium dioxide tends to produce a white cast, so if you have darker skin, you'll probably prefer a zinc-only formula.
  • Low in PUFAs: Oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, a.k.a. PUFAs, are so unstable that they break down in UV light and generate free radicals that cause cellular damage. To minimize their effects, I avoid them in the first five ingredients, which usually represent about 80% of the formula. (Just be aware that some brands list sunscreen ingredients alphabetically instead of by concentration.)
  • Low in fragrance: It's always better to limit irritating fragrance ingredients if you can, although they're usually not as problematic for the body as they are for the face.
  • Low in silicones: If you get breakouts on your neck, chest or back, I suggest limiting or avoiding silicones, which can trap acne-causing debris in your pores.
  • Water-resistant: When you're swimming or sweating, a water-resistant sunscreen will stay put better on your skin. (That said, since brands have to pay to make this claim, some sunscreens may be water-resistant even if they don't say it.)
  • Reef-safe: Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are not harmful to coral reefs.
  • Large sizes: Since body sunscreen needs to cover a big surface area, we tend to go through a lot more more product, so I always look for tubes that are at least 3 oz. or larger in size.

The Best Mineral Sunscreens for Body of 2021


Solara Suncare Clean Freak Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

Solara Suncare Clean Freak Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

Solara Suncare Clean Freak Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

  • Details: Solara Suncare Clean Freak Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 is a fragrance-free, silicone-free sunscreen that infuses your skin with hydrating botanicals while it protects. But that's not all. Post-sun exposure, it has multiple antioxidants to help repair your skin. It comes in both Scented and Unscented versions.
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, glycerin, shea butter, propanediol, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, Epsom salt, squalane, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 40 minutes.

Solara Suncare Glow Getter Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

Solara Suncare Glow Getter Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

Solara Suncare Glow Getter Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

  • Details: Solara Suncare Glow Getter Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 is a luminizing, silicone-free sunscreen that shields your skin from UV as it gives you a radiant glow. It's spiked with caffeine for extra tightening, and an ethically-sourced mica for subtle, flattering shimmer. 
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, glycerin, shea butter, propanediol, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil, Epsom salt, coffee seed oil, squalane, sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, mica.
  • Water resistance: Up to 40 minutes.

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

  • Details: Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 is a lightweight, silicone-free sunscreen that sinks in fast and can be used on both face and body. Since it was designed for acne-prone skin, it's unlikely to exacerbate body breakouts, and has added probiotics to support a strong skin barrier.
  • Active ingredient: 22.4% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coconut alkanes, fatty alcohol, glycerin, aloe, probiotics.
  • Water resistance: None.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

  • Details: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen is a silicone-free sunscreen that is ideal for outdoor sports and water activities, since it offers a long duration of water-resistance. It's also made from plant-based ingredients, and is so moisturizing that it could replace the need for body lotion.
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, coconut oil, apple juice, grape juice, fractionated coconut oil, castor seed oil, Epsom salt, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

  • Details: MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50 is a clean, silicone-free sunscreen packed with an array of natural oils and butters. It's super-hydrating, water-resistant and lightly scented with cocoa and vanilla.
  • Active ingredient: 21% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, shea butter, fatty alcohols, coconut oil, glycerin, karanja oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

  • Details: Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is a non-toxic sunscreen that can be used from head to toe, on adults and babies alike. It's fragrance-free and silicone-free, with a sheer finish, and lightly hydrates without feeling heavy. 
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, squalane, glycerin, fatty alcohol.
  • Water resistance: None.

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

  • Details: Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is an all-natural, Ecocert-certified sunscreen with a non-greasy texture. Even though it is formulated from just a few simple ingredients (and no silicones), it's also highly water-resistant. Choose from Fragrance-Free or Lightly Scented with tiaré and vanilla.
  • Active ingredient: 20.4% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, glycerin, fatty alcohol, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

  • Details: Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is a natural sunscreen that offers an even higher level of protection than the brand's SPF 30, thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide. While it's not quite as sheer (you'll need to rub it in well), it is silicone-free, water-resistant, and available in Fragrance-Free as well as Lightly Scented.
  • Key ingredients: 21% zinc oxide, 7.2% titanium dioxide.
  • Other ingredients: Almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, glycerin, fatty alcohol, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

  • Details: Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen is an affordable, water-resistant sunscreen made from mostly natural ingredients. It's non-greasy, easy to spread and has a surprisingly lightweight texture, thanks to its aloe vera base. 
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, fractionated coconut oil, glycerin, hydrogenated castor oil, Epsom salt, sunflower seed oil, jojoba oil, vitamin C, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50

  • Details: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50 is a sensitive skin-friendly sunscreen lotion featuring all-mineral active ingredients and a long duration of water resistance. Surprisingly, it's low in silicones (unlike most options at the drugstore), and is both fragrance-free and oil-free.
  • Active ingredients: 15% zinc oxide, 5% titanium dioxide.
  • Other ingredients: Synthetic emollients, silica, stearic acid, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

  • Details: Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30 is a non-greasy sunscreen with zinc oxide and an array of antioxidants in an aloe vera base. This mostly natural formula is low in silicone, and infused with essential oils for a light citrusy scent. It also comes in an Unscented version.
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, fractionated coconut oil, glycerin, hydrogenated coconut oil, Epsom salt, jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, hyaluronic acid.
  • Water resistance: None.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

  • Details: Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is a light, antioxidant-infused sunscreen that you can use on your face and body. Like all the brand's products, it is free of fragrance and essential oils, and only contains a trace amount of silicone. It also comes in a tinted version, Umbra Tinte (although that tube size is 1 oz. smaller).
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, pentylene glycol, glycerin, fatty alcohol, silica, marula oil, aloe, seaweed extract, algae extract, sunflower sprout extract.
  • Water resistance: None.

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

  • Details: Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a hydrating and water-resistant sunscreen with an addictive beachy scent. It's the brand's most natural formula, with not only mineral actives but also plant-based oils and butters (and no silicones). It has a slightly thicker texture, but doesn't feel greasy on your skin.
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Coconut oil, shea butter, fatty alcohols, cocoa butter, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

  • Details: Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower is both a water-resistant sunscreen and a creamy, fragrant body butter. It nourishes with a mix of natural emollients and humectants (and no silicones), and has a light tropical scent that is naturally derived. 
  • Active ingredient: 22% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Shea butter, fatty alcohols, coconut oil, glycerin, cocoa butter, caffeine, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

  • Details: CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is possibly the most protective mineral sunscreen around. In addition to the maximum concentration of zinc oxide, it contains Bio UVA Ultra, a patented organic material that increases the UVA protection by up to 60%. It has a thin, fluid texture, and is silicone-free and fragrance-free. It also comes in a Tinted version. 
  • Active ingredient: 25% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coconut alkanes, safflower oleosomes, Norwegian spruce extract.
  • Water resistance: None.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

  • Details: Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31 is a 100% natural sunscreen featuring coconut oil and shea butter. It goes on smooth, with a barely-there tint that minimizes any white cast. It's also free of silicones, and scented with a natural coconut-vanilla aroma that smells good enough to eat.
  • Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, fatty alcohols, glycerin, shea butter.
  • Water resistance: None.

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

  • Details: Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is a fragrance-free and silicone-free sunscreen comprised of simple and natural ingredients like coconut and jojoba oils. It has a lightweight feel, with no greasy residue, making it suitable for both face and body.
  • Active ingredient: 22% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Aloe, shea butter, coconut oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: None.

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

Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50 WetForce for Sensitive Skin Children

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

  • Details: Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children is a high-protection sunscreen that is not only water-resistant—it also  becomes even more effective when you sweat or get wet. Although it is silicone-based, it's fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin.
  • Active ingredients: 19.3% zinc oxide, 9.1% titanium dioxide.
  • Other ingredients: Dimethicone, glycerin, raspberry fruit extract, aloe extract, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+

  • Details: EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ is a transparent, water-resistant sunscreen specifically designed for active lifestyles. As such, it is formulated to prevent any product from dripping into your eyes and causing stinging. It's also fragrance-free and low in silicone, and contains the brand's highest concentration of minerals (each being just 1% below the percentages I look for). 
  • Active ingredients: 19% zinc oxide, 4% titanium dioxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coco-caprylate/caprate, glycerin, salt, silica, jojoba esters, vitamin E.
  • Water resistance: Up to 80 minutes.

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

  • Details: Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is a silicone-free and water-resistant sunscreen formulated with only non-toxic ingredients. Its active ingredient is just 1% below the percentage I look for, and it blends in with virtually no white residue. It's also extremely moisturizing, and leaves skin with a glowing, dewy finish.
  • Active ingredient: 19% zinc oxide.
  • Other ingredients: Fractionated coconut oil, coco-caprylate, synthetic emollients, glycerin, Epsom salt, beeswax.
  • Water resistance: Up to 40 minutes.

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