Editor’s Picks: The 20+ Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Body

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

Are you diligent about wearing mineral sunscreen on your face, but use any old SPF—or even none at all—on your body?

You might want to change that habit! 

Using a safe and effective mineral sunscreen is just as important for your body as it is for your face. 

With all that extra skin exposed, you're at greater risk of sunburn if your sunscreen doesn't contain the right active ingredients, in the right concentration. And since there's a larger surface area to cover, you can also absorb more of the undesirable ingredients found in certain sunscreens, such as hormone-disrupting filters—therefore amplifying their harmful effects.

Then there's the potential sun damage. UV rays are equally aging to the skin on your body, and linked to wrinkling, pigmentation and even skin cancer.

That's why I've created this guide to the top mineral sunscreens for your body. Read on to find out the best formulas, and why I chose them.

What to Look for in a Mineral Sunscreen for Your Body

First, I want to share my criteria for choosing a body sunscreen. (See my sunscreen ingredients tutorial for more details!)

  • High in zinc oxide: For true broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays, zinc oxide is the best filter we have available here in North America. I look for at least 20 percent zinc oxide on its own, or a combination of 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with at least five percent titanium dioxide. (However, I did include a few products here that are just below these amounts!) Keep in mind that titanium dioxide tends to cause 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. (But be aware that some brands list sunscreen ingredients alphabetically instead of by concentration.)
  • Low in fragrance: It's always better to limit fragrance ingredients if you can, however, they're usually not as irritating for the body as they are to the face.
  • Low in silicones: If you get breakouts on your neck, chest or back, I suggest limiting or avoiding silicones, which can exacerbate acne.
  • Water-resistant: When you're swimming or sweating, a water-resistant sunscreen will stay put on your skin. However, since brands have to pay to make this claim, some sunscreens may be water-resistant even if they don't say it.
  • Reef-safe: Fortunately, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are not harmful to coral reefs.

For each product in this guide, I've listed these points as a quick reference, along with its cruelty-free status. Now, let's find your body a great SPF!

The Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Body

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Attitude 100 Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of Canada's best-kept sunscreen secrets. It's made with 20 percent zinc oxide and has a short, all-natural ingredients list. The texture is creamy and non-greasy (although it can feel slightly sticky initially, before it dries down). Besides Fragrance-Free, it also comes in Tropical and Orange Blossom.

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30

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

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30

Attitude Mineral Sunscreen Face and Body SPF 30 can be used on both your face and body to shield skin with 20 percent zinc oxide. Like the brand's body formulas, it's made with all-clean ingredients, with the addition of avocado and jojoba oils for extra hydration.

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100 Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is a hypoallergenic version of the brand's original formula, and aimed at sensitive skin. In addition to 20 percent zinc oxide, it's enriched with one percent colloidal oatmeal to soothe irritation, and is fragrance-free.

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 gives you strong protection with 21.6 percent zinc oxide in a fragrance-free formula that's suitable for sensitive skin. Although it is high in silicone, it is sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

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

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 protects with 19 percent zinc oxide (just one percent below what I like to see!). It has a rich, moisturizing texture, and leaves skin with a dewy finish. You're also getting 40 minutes of water-resistance. 

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 features 22 percent zinc oxide, along with natural ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Despite the oils and butters, it's still lightweight, with no greasy residue, making it suitable for both face and body.

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 boasts the highest concentration of zinc oxide in this guide—24.08 percent—and gives you a full 80 minutes of water-resistance. However, it is silicone-based and the texture is on the thicker side, so it's not quite as spreadable as other formulas.

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

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

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40 can be used on both the body as well as the face, and offers 20 percent zinc oxide protection. It's also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, and is especially good for sensitive skin since it is both fragrance- and preservative-free.

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

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

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body is a clean sunscreen featuring 20 percent zinc oxide and mostly plant-derived inactive ingredients. The brand recently updated the formula as well as the packaging—so it's still nice and lightweight, but has a new tendency to leave a bit of white residue.

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+

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

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ offers the brand's highest concentration of active ingredients with 19 percent zinc oxide and four percent titanium dioxide. This sunscreen is ideal for active lifestyles, since it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and won't drip into your eyes and sting. It's also oil-free, fragrance-free and low in silicone.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

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

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen just got a new look, but it's the same formula inside with 20 percent zinc oxide. Even though it is silicone-free and packed with natural ingredients, it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it a great choice for sports, swimming or sweating.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50

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

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 features a combination of 15 percent zinc oxide with five percent titanium dioxide, and is formulated for 80 minutes of water-resistance. Surprisingly, it's also lower in silicones than most drugstore options, and is both fragrance-free and oil-free.

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 

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

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is 100 percent natural, with 20.4 percent zinc oxide in a base of almond oil, coconut oil and glycerin. It's also water-resistant for 80 minutes, and has a moisturizing semi-matte finish. Choose from Fragrance-Free or Lightly Scented with tiaré and vanilla.

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 

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

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Love Sun Body Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 offers an even higher level of protection, thanks to its 21 percent zinc oxide and 7.2 percent titanium dioxide. Just like the SPF 30, it's also 100 percent natural, with 80 minutes of water-resistance, and comes in Fragrance-Free as well as Lightly Scented.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

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

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Moisture Defense Body SPF 50 wards off UV rays with 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (If the latter was five percent, it would be even better!) Although oil-free, it features a unique array of ceramides and humectants to help repair the skin barrier. Plus, it's water-resistant for 80 minutes.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense Body Lotion SPF 50

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

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 has new packaging, but the ingredients inside haven't changed. This is a 21 percent zinc oxide sunscreen with a hydrating lotion texture, thanks to coconut oil and shea butter. It has a natural cocoa-vanilla scent, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. 

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

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

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 gives you 21.6 percent zinc oxide in an affordable sunscreen that's also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. The downside is that it's high in silicones, and has a thicker texture that requires time to work in.

Pacifica Mineral SPF 50 Body Butter Pineapple Flower

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

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 creamy, fragrant body butter that contains 22 percent zinc oxide and offers 80 minutes of water-resistance. There's also a tinted version, the Bronzing Body Butter Coconut (which has the same concentration of active ingredients) and a tinted version with shimmer, the Bronzing Body Butter Crystal Shimmer (with 19.5 percent zinc oxide).

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

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

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 not only contains 20 percent zinc oxide, it is also 100 percent natural with ingredients like coconut fatty acids and shea butter. Still, its texture isn't greasy at all, so you can easily use this all-over, and the barely-there tint minimizes any white cast.

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

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

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 not only offers a high level of UV protection—with 19.3 percent zinc oxide and 9.1 titanium dioxide—it also gets even more effective when you get wet. So this is a good one to consider if you spend a lot of time in the water. It's still gentle enough for sensitive skin, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

Solara Suncare Clean Freak Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

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

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 infuses your skin with botanicals while it protects using 20 percent zinc oxide. You get up to 40 minutes of water-resistance, and post-sun exposure, the antioxidants from ingredients like kakadu plum, pomegranate and raspberry leaf extract will actually help to repair your skin. There's also a Scented version.

Solara Suncare Glow Getter Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

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

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 gives you a veil of luminous hydration as it fights UV with 20 percent zinc oxide. Coconut oil and shea butter nourish your skin, caffeine tightens, and an ethically-sourced mica provides subtle, flattering shimmer. This one is also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

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

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 protects with 20 percent zinc oxide as it hydrates your skin with natural ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. It has a beachy scent, a slightly thicker texture, and is water-resistant for 80 minutes.

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Body Sunscreen SPF 30 features 20 percent zinc oxide along with aloe vera, coconut oil and antioxidants like green tea and pomegranate extract. This mostly natural formula is non-greasy, and infused with essential oils for a light citrusy scent.

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

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

Thinksport SPF 50 Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen has 20 percent zinc oxide and a surprisingly lightweight texture, thanks to its aloe vera base. You'll find that it spreads around easily and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy. This one is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

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