Editor’s Picks: The 30+ Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Face

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Welcome to my annual mineral sunscreen guide—with a list of the best SPFs to protect your skin from sunburn and premature aging!

Why mineral sunscreen?

Because zinc oxide is the single safest and most effective UV filter we have available here in North America. 

It is the ONLY approved filter that offers extensive protection against both UVA (the "aging" rays) and UVB (the "burning" rays). With the exception of avobenzone, every other filter is inadequate against UVA, meaning they won't do enough to reduce the most damaging and carcinogenic type of rays.

Plus, unlike avobenzone and other chemicals, minerals are highly stable, unlikely to cause skin reactions, and (most importantly) are not associated with hormone disruption.

Keep reading to find out what to look for in a mineral sunscreen, plus the best products on the market at every price point!

What to Look for in a Mineral Sunscreen for Your Face

Best mineral sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens from CyberDerm, Juice Beauty, C-Shells, Coppertone, The Ordinary, Drunk Elephant and Beautycounter.

It would be great if we could just look for the words "mineral" or "zinc oxide" on a label and be done with it. But that's no guarantee an SPF will offer sufficient protection—or that it's good for your skin! 

Here's my general checklist when choosing a sunscreen. (My sunscreen ingredients tutorial covers these in more detail!)

  • High in zinc oxide: For true broad-spectrum protection, you need a) at least 20 percent zinc oxide OR b) 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with at least 7.5 percent titanium dioxide or encapsulated octinoxate. (The latter, while not a mineral, acts like one when it is encapsulated.) Note: I've included a few products that don't quite match these numbers but come very close!
  • PUFA-free or low-PUFA: PUFAs or polyunsaturated fatty acids are easily oxidized in UV light and can trigger cellular damage. They shouldn't be present in high quantities—I look at the first five ingredients, which are typically about 80 percent of a product. Note: If the ingredients are listed in alphabetical order, there's no way to gauge the concentration, so I've excluded such products from this guide.
  • Silicone-free or low-silicone: This one's a matter of personal preference. I avoid silicones in high quantities because they congest and dehydrate my skin (not to mention I dislike how they look and feel!). 
  • Fragrance-free or low-fragrance: Ideally, no fragrance is best, especially if you have sensitive skin. But many people are okay with it in small amounts, whether synthetic or natural (essential oils). Note: Citrus essential oils can be photosensitizing, but that is probably not a concern in the low amounts here.
  • Non-whitening: Zinc oxide tends to leave a chalky white cast, so if you have a medium to dark skin tone, you'll probably want a tinted formula. Light skin can usually get away with non-tinted versions, once they're rubbed in well.
  • Water-resistant: If you plan to swim or sweat a lot, you may want a water-resistant sunscreen. Just keep in mind that many brands don't make this claim, even if their products are water-resistant, because it costs a lot of money to perform the test.
  • Cruelty-free: The majority of sunscreens in this guide have not been tested on animals. (The exceptions are Avène, Aveeno, NeutrogenaCoppertone, La Roche-Posay and Shiseido.)
  • Reef-safe: Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide will not do damage to coral reefs. The only ingredient below that is not reef-safe is the encapsulated octinoxate in CyberDerm's Every Morning Sun Whip.

Why haven't I mentioned nanoparticles? They're not something I worry about, since studies here and here have shown they do not significantly penetrate the skin. 

The Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Face

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

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

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen is a silicone-free and fragrance-free tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 15 percent zinc oxide—but thanks to a patent-pending organic material (Bio UVA Ultra), it delivers 60 percent more UVA protection.
  • Comes in one nude-rose tint with very fine, subtle shimmer (I can't detect it on my skin) and a matte finish. 
  • The brand has recently tweaked the texture to make it smoother and creamier.
  • Suitable for all skin, but you should wear it over a good moisturizer if you are dry.

Ava Isa Pure Untinted Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

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

Ava Isa Pure Untinted Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Pure Untinted Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

Ava Isa Pure Untinted Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen is a silicone-free and fragrance-free mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 15 percent zinc oxide plus patent-pending Bio UVA Ultra, which ups the UVA protection by 60 percent. 
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish. (If you have darker skin, you will find this a little whitening, so go for the tinted version above instead.)
  • The brand has now addressed previous texture issues to make it smoother and creamier.
  • Suitable for all skin, but you should wear it over a good moisturizer if you are dry.

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face

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

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face

Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face is a fragrance-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 21.6 percent zinc oxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish. You'll need to rub it in well to diffuse the white cast.
  • Best for normal to dry skin. I would avoid this if you're oily or acne-prone, due to the high silicone content and shiny look.

Avène Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

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

Avene Mineral Fluid SPF 50

Avène Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

Avène Mineral Fluid SPF 50+ is a new fragrance-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 14.6 percent zinc oxide and 11.4 percent titanium dioxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish. 
  • Suitable for all skin, especially sensitive. 
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower oil (which is unstable).

C-Shells Sundaze Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

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

C-Shells Sundaze Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

C-Shells Sundaze Daily Sunscreen SPF 30

C-Shells Sundaze Daily Sunscreen SPF 30 is a new silicone-free mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 18.9 percent zinc oxide (just one percent below my minimum). If you plan to be outside for many hours, I would choose a sunscreen with higher protection.
  • Non-tinted, with a semi-matte finish. But it does need to be rubbed in, even on my light skin, to make the white disappear.
  • Feels slightly tacky on the skin, but you can reduce this with a little face powder.
  • Suitable for all skin.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the rosehip oil (which is unstable).

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face SPF 50

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

Coppertone Pure and Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face SPF 50

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face SPF 50

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion for Face SPF 50 is a new fragrance-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for your face. 

  • Protects with 24.08 percent zinc oxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a very dewy finish. I find this one leaves you quite white, so it's going to be best for light skin tones.
  • Best for dry skin. Since it's high in silicones and leaves you shiny, I wouldn't recommend this for oily and acne-prone skin.

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

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

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40

CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40 is a fragrance-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face and body.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish. This one may look a little white and chalky on dark skin.
  • Best for dry skin. Oily and acne-prone skin won't like the shininess and the high silicone content.

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30

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

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30 is a fragrance-free sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 25 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish (once it dries down after five minutes). I find the white disappears right away as soon as I spread it around.
  • Suitable for all skin, especially oily and acne-prone skin.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

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

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 is a silicone-free and fragrance-free tinted mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 25 percent zinc oxide (the highest possible concentration).
  • Comes in one sheer universal tint, with a dewy finish. It disappears on the skin, so you shouldn't notice any colour or white cast.
  • Has a unique fluid texture, almost like a dry oil foundation.
  • Suitable for all skin, although oily and acne-prone skin may prefer the brand's matte sunscreen above.

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 Face

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

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 Face

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 Face

Derma E Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 Face is a fragrance-free and oil-free mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish. I find this one gives little (if any) white cast on my light skin, but may not be as transparent on dark skin.
  • I've found it tends to pill a bit with other products—see this tutorial for tips! 
  • Suitable for all skin, especially oily and acne-prone skin.

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

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

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+ is a new silicone-free, fragrance-free and oil-free BB cream and tinted sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Comes in five shades, Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep, so there should be something to flatter every skin tone. (You can also mix and match them.) The coverage level is light.
  • Suitable for all skin, especially oily and acne-prone skin.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

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

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 is a silicone-free and fragrance-free sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish. (I find a bit of translucent powder takes care of that!) This one is whitening on darker skin tones—try the tinted version below instead.
  • Suitable for all skin, but the marula oil may be comedogenic for some people. However, I am acne-prone, and unlike the brand's other products, this does not break me out.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower and raspberry oils (which are unstable).

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

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

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is a silicone-free and fragrance-free tinted sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide. 
  • Comes in one tint, with a dewy finish. I find it slightly too dark for my fair skin but it should be perfect for medium to deep tones.
  • Suitable for all skin, as long as you tolerate marula oil. (Again, this does not break me out even though I'm acne-prone.)
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower and raspberry oils (which are unstable).

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

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

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer is a silicone-free and oil-free mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a slightly dewy finish. I find this one needs a bit of rubbing in to get rid of the white.
  • Suitable for all skin, especially oily and acne-prone skin.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

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

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer is a silicone-free tinted moisturizer/BB cream and mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Comes in Sheer, Ivory, Sand and Tan, giving sheer coverage with a dewy finish. If you have darker skin, try the CC cream below instead.
  • Suitable for all skin, as long as you tolerate coconut oil.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower oil (which is unstable).

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

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

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 is a silicone-free CC cream and tinted mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Comes in five shades, including Natural Glow, Desert Glow, Warm Glow, Sun-Kissed Glow and Deep Glow. The coverage is very sheer, with a dewy finish (I always pair this with powder). 
  • Suitable for all skin.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower oil (which is unstable).

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

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

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Creme SPF 30

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30 is a mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 20.02 percent zinc oxide. 
  • Also contains vitamin B5 (panthenol) to hydrate; a vitamin C derivative (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) to brighten; and vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) to quench free radicals. 
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish. This one does tend to be whitening until it sinks into the skin.
  • Suitable for all skin except sensitive (due to the fragrance).
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower oil (which is unstable).

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer

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

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer is a silicone-free and fragrance-free mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a semi-matte finish. Although it has a thicker texture, once it is blended into the skin, the white should disappear.
  • Suitable for all skin, especially sensitive skin, since it is completely free of fragrance and essential oils.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower, kukui, pumpkin and tamanu oils (which are unstable).

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

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

MDSolarSciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 is a fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant BB cream and tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (If it had 7.5 percent titanium dioxide, it would be perfect.)
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, for sheer coverage with a matte finish.
  • Suitable for all skin, as long as you can tolerate the high silicone content.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 30

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

MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 30 is a fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face and body.

  • Protects with 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (Again, 7.5 percent titanium dioxide would be even better.)
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish. (Darker skin tones should try the brand's tinted sunscreens instead.)
  • Suitable for all skin, but if you are using it on your face, be aware that it is high in silicones.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

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

MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 is a fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face and body.

  • Protects with 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide (7.5 percent titanium dioxide is ideal). 
  • Note that it has the exact same concentration of active ingredients as the SPF 30 above, which is cheaper.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish. If you have darker skin, go for the brand's tinted SPF instead.
  • Suitable for all skin, but only if your skin does fine with silicones.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

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

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 is a fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 17 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide. (Again, 7.5 percent titanium dioxide is best, but it's close.)
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Comes in one sheer universal tint with a matte finish. 
  • Suitable for all skin, but avoid if your skin has trouble with silicones.

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

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

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30 is a new silicone-free tinted moisturizer and mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 25 percent zinc oxide and four percent titanium dioxide. 
  • Comes in one universal tint that gives sheer coverage and eliminates the usual white cast. 
  • Suitable for all skin, except sensitive (because it contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance).
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the argan oil (which is unstable).

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓Low-PUFA ✓Silicone-free ✓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 silicone-free mineral sunscreen for the face and body. 

  • Protects with 19.5 percent zinc oxide (only 0.5 percent below what I look for). 
  • Non-tinted, with a semi-matte finish (once it dries down). The texture is on the thicker side, and it must be rubbed in well to minimize the white cast.
  • Suitable for all skin, but some acne-prone types may not tolerate the coconut oil and shea butter.

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

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

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 50 is a fragrance-free, oil-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 21.6 percent zinc oxide. 
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish (it's definitely not dry!). It does tend to go on white, so is probably not ideal on dark skin tones.
  • Best for normal to dry skin, as oilier types won't love the high silicone content and shiny finish.

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

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

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 is a silicone-free and water-resistant tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Comes in one bronze tint with a dewy finish. This shade will be too dark for light skin, but should be perfect for medium to dark skin.
  • Suitable for all skin.

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen

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

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen is a new silicone-free mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 22 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a matte finish. However, this may leave a white cast on darker skin tones.
  • Best for normal to oily skin, as it contains rice starch to absorb excess oil and control shine (dry skin may find it too drying). I might avoid this one if you are sensitive, as it contains some essential oils and natural fragrance.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the karanja, cranberry and sea buckthorn oils (which are unstable).

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 31

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-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 a silicone-free mineral sunscreen for the face and body.

  • Protects with 20.1 percent zinc oxide.
  • Has a very slight tint, just enough to eliminate the white cast. The texture is thicker than most sunscreens, and very matte (but it doesn't feel heavy).
  • Suitable for all skin, especially oily skin.

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 is a fragrance-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face and body. 

  • Protects with 19.3 percent zinc oxide and 9.1 percent titanium dioxide.
  • Thanks to the brand's WetForce technology, it becomes even more effective when exposed to water or sweat. For this reason, it does take a little more effort to thoroughly remove when you wash your face.
  • Non-tinted and non-greasy, but it definitely gives a white cast, so darker tones will have trouble with this.
  • Best for normal to dry and sensitive skin. If you are acne-prone, keep in mind that it is silicone-based.

Sun Bum Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

✓High-zinc ✓PUFA-free ✓Silicone-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 silicone-free and water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the face and body.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, and must be rubbed in very well to dissipate the white cast.
  • Best for normal to dry skin. Sensitive types may react to the fragrance, and the coconut oil and shea butter may be a problem for acne-prone skin.

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 is a fragrance-free BB cream and tinted mineral sunscreen for the face. 

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Comes in four shades, Fair, Light, Golden-Light and Medium. (Unfortunately, they don't have a deep option.) It gives light coverage, just enough to even out your skin tone, with a dewy finish. 
  • Suitable for all skin.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower and pomegranate oils (which are unstable).

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30

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

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 is a primer and mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Non-tinted, with a slightly dewy finish. However, it may require some blending in to eliminate the white cast.
  • Suitable for all skin. Although the formula does contain some essential oils, the brand claims it is non-irritating based on independent lab testing.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower oil (which is unstable).

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+

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

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ is a CC cream and tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide and two percent titanium dioxide.
  • Comes in four tints—Fair/Light, Light, Light/Medium and Medium—with a matte finish. The coverage level is similar to a light foundation.
  • Suitable for all skin, but oily and acne-prone types may not like the high silicone content.

Supergoop! Smooth + Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

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

Supergoop Smooth and Poreless 100 Percent Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

Supergoop! Smooth + Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40

Supergoop! Smooth + Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40 is a water-resistant tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 17 percent zinc oxide and 0.7 percent titanium dioxide. (Ideally, I'd like to see 7.5 percent titanium dioxide, so I would choose a higher-protection sunscreen for prolonged sun exposure.)
  • Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
  • Comes in one sheer universal tint with a matte finish.
  • Suitable for all skin, although be aware that it is high in silicones.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the argan oil (which is unstable).

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

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

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants

The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with Antioxidants is a new fragrance-free mineral sunscreen for the face and body.

  • Protects with 14.03 percent zinc oxide and 5.44 percent titanium dioxide. (If it had 15 percent and 7.5 percent, it would be better, but this is still decent.)
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish. Due to the thicker, creamy texture, it will give a white cast on darker skin.
  • Suitable for all skin, as long as you're okay with the silicones.

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen

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

Thinksport SPF 50+ Sunscreen is a water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the body.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
  • Non-tinted, with a dewy finish. If you have darker skin, consider the tinted formula below.
  • Suitable for all skin.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower, raspberry and cranberry oils and ascorbic acid (which are unstable).

Thinksport Thinksun Everyday Face SPF 30+

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

Thinksport Thinksun Everyday Face SPF 30

Thinksport Thinksun Everyday Face SPF 30+

Thinksport Thinksun Everyday Face SPF 30+ is a water-resistant tinted mineral sunscreen for the face.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide. 
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. 
  • Comes in one sheer universal tint that is said to blend seamlessly with all skin tones, with a slightly dewy finish.
  • Suitable for all skin. 
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the sunflower, raspberry and cranberry oils and ascorbic acid (which are unstable).

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

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

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30 is a silicone-free and fragrance-free tinted moisturizer and sunscreen.

  • Protects with 20 percent zinc oxide.
  • Comes in four shades—Fair, Light, Medium and Medium-Dark—which I find tend to run on the darker, warmer side. I would describe the coverage as medium, with a dewy finish. As it tends to slide around, definitely use a powder to mattify and set this.
  • Suitable for all skin.
  • I recommend using this up within three to four months, due to the broccoli and argan oils (which are unstable).

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