Editor’s Picks: The 40+ Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Face

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Mineral sunscreen for face

When it comes to your face, you already know that daily sunscreen is essential to shield your skin from sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.

But if you're not using a mineral sunscreen, with the right concentration of active ingredients, you're probably getting less protection than you think!

Of the 16 different sunscreen filters used 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 recently delisted.

Also consider that zinc oxide is the single most effective ingredient available for filtering out UVA rays. Not only does UVA account for more than 90 percent of the UV light that reaches our skin, it is also highly carcinogenic and the culprit behind sun-related skin damage.

That's why I've put together the ultimate guide to the best mineral sunscreens to protect your face.

Whether you prefer sheer or tinted, matte or dewy, there are more mineral formulas to choose from than ever before, at all price points!

What to Look for in a Mineral Sunscreen for Your Face

Before we take a look at my product picks, here are the most important considerations when choosing a facial sunscreen. (My sunscreen ingredients tutorial covers these in more detail!)

  • High in zinc oxide: To get full broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB, you have two choices. You can look for a formula that contains at least 20 percent zinc oxide on its own. Alternatively, a combination of 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide along with at least five percent titanium dioxide will be equally effective.
  • Low in PUFAs: Oils with a high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are easily oxidized in UV light, releasing free radicals and triggering cellular damage. So they shouldn't be present in high quantities—I avoid them in the first five ingredients, which typically make up 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.)
  • Low in fragrance: Since they're a common cause of irritation, fragrances and essential oils are best to be avoided or at least limited, especially if you have sensitive skin. 
  • Low in silicones: Although it's a matter of personal preference rather than safety or efficacy, I prefer to avoid silicones because they congest and dehydrate my skin (not to mention I dislike how they look and feel!). That being said, I have included several silicone-based options in this guide, which tend to be more affordable and widely available.
  • 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 they have to pay to perform the test.
  • Reef-safe: Mineral sunscreen ingredients will not do damage to coral reefs. 

To make your shopping decisions easier, I've noted which of these features are applicable to the products below, along with their cruelty-free status. 

The Best Mineral Sunscreens for Your Face

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30

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

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30

Akt Therapy D-Luxe Daily Bronzer SPF 30 protects with a high concentration of zinc oxide—25 percent—while it gives your skin a natural-looking bronze tint. The rest of this minimalistic formula is comprised of natural ingredients (think: olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E).

Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell BB Benefit Balm Un-Tinted SPF 30

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

Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell BB Benefit Balm Un-Tinted SPF 30

Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell BB Benefit Balm Un-Tinted SPF 30

Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell BB Benefit Balm Un-Tinted SPF 30 balances and protects acne-prone skin with 20 percent zinc oxide. It also mattifies excess oil, reduces the appearance of large pores, and lightly hydrates, courtesy of willow bark extract, corn starch, jojoba oil and hyaluronic acid.

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC Color+ Correct SPF 30

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

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC Color Correct SPF 30

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC Color+ Correct SPF 30

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC Color+ Correct SPF 30 is a CC cream and tinted sunscreen aimed at sensitive skin types. Besides the active ingredient, 20 percent zinc oxide, it's formulated with rose stem cells to support a healthy skin barrier, plus hydrating aloe, glycerin and jojoba oil. There are two sheer shades to choose from, but unfortunately they're only for light and tan skin tones. 

Andalou Naturals BB Beauty Balm SPF 30

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

Andalou Naturals Perfecting BB Beauty Balm Natural Tint SPF 30

Andalou Naturals Perfecting BB Beauty Balm Natural Tint SPF 30

Andalou Naturals BB Beauty Balm SPF 30 is a BB cream offering 20 percent zinc oxide along with a sheer, natural-looking tint. There's not much difference between the two shades, which both cater to lighter skin and will help to even out tone. Go for Perfecting if you're after anti-aging (it has antioxidants, plant stem cells, resveratrol and CoQ10) and Vitamin C if you want brightening (it's loaded with the vitamin C derivative magnesium ascorbyl phosphate).

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 all over the face as well as body to protect your skin with 20 percent zinc oxide. This fast-absorbing formula contains coconut fatty acids, fatty alcohols, glycerin, avocado oil and jojoba oil for non-greasy hydration. It may feel a little sticky at first, but eventually dries down (or you can pair it with some translucent powder).

Ava Isa Aurora Rose Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

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

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 contains only 15 percent zinc oxide—but it's boosted by Bio UVA Ultra, a patent-pending organic material that increases both the SPF number as well as the UVA protection by 60 percent. Available in two matte shades, this one has a nude-rose tint with very fine, subtle shimmer (which I can't detect on my skin).

Ava Isa Pure Untinted Ultra Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen

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

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 also features 15 percent zinc oxide along with Bio UVA Ultra to make it an SPF 45 with up to 60 percent more UVA protection. This version also has a transparent, matte finish, but doesn't have any tint or shimmer. No matter which shade you go with, I recommend applying it to your face in quadrants and blending as you go, since it dries down very quickly.

Ava Isa Sun-é-Serum Drops SPF 35

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

Ava Isa Sun-e-Serum Drops SPF 35

Ava Isa Sun-é-Serum Drops SPF 35

Ava Isa Sun-é-Serum Drops SPF 35 is a breakthrough innovation in suncare—a weightless, transparent serum that is packed with the maximum 25 percent zinc oxide. It is transparent on all skin tones, and feels like you've got nothing on your skin. Bonus: It also includes Micah, an antioxidant that prevents free radicals before they are formed.

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 an affordable drugstore option that gives you 21.6 percent zinc oxide and 80 minutes of water-resistance. But due to its high silicone content and heavier feel, you'll probably want to save this one for beach days and outdoor activities. Darker tones may also find that it leaves a white cast.

Avène Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

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

Avene Mineral Fluid SPF 50

Avène Mineral Fluid SPF 50+

Avène Mineral Fluid SPF 50+ promises very high protection with its 14.6 percent zinc oxide and 11.4 percent titanium dioxide. It's lightweight, with a matte finish, but is best suited to fair to medium skin tones, since it tends to be whitening. You're also getting up to 80 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 can be used on both your face and body to ward off UV rays with 22 percent zinc oxide. The rest of the formula uses natural ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and coconut oil to hydrate without greasiness.

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 has 24.08 percent zinc oxide and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. That and the affordable price make up for the fact that it's not the most elegant formula (it's silicone-based, with a shiny finish). Light skin tones will have the least trouble with its whitening effect.

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 is specifically formulated for sensitive skin, so it's made with 20 percent zinc oxide and no fragrances or preservatives. It's water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, and is quite hydrating, with a dewy finish. For that reason (as well as the silicones), it may be best for drier skin types.

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 was recently reformulated—so now it has more of the active ingredient, a higher SPF number, and a weightless, invisible texture. You're getting 25 percent zinc oxide in a lightweight lotion that becomes completely transparent and semi-matte on all skin tones. 

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

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

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 one of the most protective options, with 25 percent zinc oxide plus Norwegian spruce extract for additional antioxidant benefits. It comes in a universal sheer tint with a dewy finish, so it could easily replace a light-coverage foundation. 

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

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

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 one of the best options for oily skin, as it contains 20 percent zinc oxide in a lightweight and oil-free lotion. The finish is matte and non-greasy, although it may be too whitening for darker tones. It also has a tendency to pill, so try to avoid layering it over or under other products.

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

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

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+

Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30+ gives you 20 percent zinc oxide and a sheer layer of colour. It comes in five shades, so there should be a tint for every skin tone (or you can mix and match them). The coverage level is light but buildable to about a medium, and the formula is oil-free.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

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

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 lightweight cream sunscreen that protects your skin with 20 percent zinc oxide. Initially, it can seem a bit whitening, but I've found that goes away—at least on light skin—as it sets. The finish is slightly dewy, and unlike most of the brand's other products, it does not break me out.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

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

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 also features 20 percent zinc oxide, but in a sheer tint. While it doesn't offer coverage, it eliminates any whitening effect, and would be suitable for medium to deep skin tones. (Fair skin will find it too warm and dark.)

EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

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

EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 is unlike any lotion sunscreen you've tried, thanks to an innovative collaboration between Venus Williams, Credo Beauty and The Sunscreen Company. With 25 percent zinc oxide, it offers the highest possible UV protection, but is invisible on all skin tones, with a non-greasy feel.

EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

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

EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35 is another ingenious formula that's especially perfect for people who hate sunscreen. It contains 25 percent zinc oxide in an ultra-lightweight liquid serum, which disappears on your skin—leaving zero texture or colour. So just like On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30, it is transparent even on dark skin tones.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

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

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer is formulated for blemish-prone complexions, and gives oil-free hydration plus sun protection using 20 percent zinc oxide. Its blend of plant-based ingredients (which includes aloe, apple juice and coconut fatty acids) leaves skin with a slightly dewy finish. I've found it has a white cast initially, which fades after a few minutes. 

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

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

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Moisturizer offers the benefits of a 20 percent zinc oxide sunscreen and a tinted BB cream in one. There are three shades, as well as a sheer version, and all give light coverage with a dewy finish. Unfortunately, the range doesn't cater to deep tones (try the Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30 instead).

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30

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

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 an anti-aging CC cream and sunscreen featuring 20 percent zinc oxide. Choose between five shades (ranging from light to deep), which deliver sheer coverage and a dewy glow. Meanwhile, vitamin C and plant-derived stem cells help to correct signs of sun damage.

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

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

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 can be used as both a daytime moisturizer and sunscreen. Besides its 20 percent zinc oxide, the formula features vitamin C to brighten, vitamin B5 to hydrate, and vitamin E to quench free radicals. This one does tend to be whitening until it sinks into the skin.

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

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

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32

Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 was designed for acne-prone skin, so in addition to its 20 percent zinc oxide, it has a light, non-greasy texture. The beige tint camouflages uneven tone and prevents a white cast, and the addition of probiotics helps to support a healthy skin barrier.

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30

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

Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic SPF 30

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 both primes and protects with 20 percent zinc oxide in a blend of moisturizing botanical ingredients. Housed in a pot, this sunscreen has a thicker texture and a semi-matte finish, and its white cast tends to disappear once blended out. It also plays perfectly with makeup, without causing the pilling that often occurs with other sunscreens. 

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer SPF 30

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

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 provides maximum sun protection thanks to its combination of 25 percent zinc oxide and four percent titanium dioxide. It's a tinted lotion that is suitable for light to medium tones, and gives sheer coverage while eliminating the usual white cast. However, for deeper complexions, it likely won't be dark enough.

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

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

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 is one of your cleaner options, made with 19.5 percent zinc oxide and emollients like coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba esters. It has a thick but non-oily texture, and once it dries down, the white cast dissipates and the finish is semi-matte.

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

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

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 protects with 21.6 percent zinc oxide and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. However, I wouldn't call it "sheer." As we saw with most of the other drugstore options, it is a silicone-heavy formula that goes on white and gives skin quite a shiny look. So it does need to be worked into the skin, and may not be the best for dark tones.

NUORI Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30

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

NUORI Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30

NUORI Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30

NUORI Mineral Defence Sunscreen SPF 30 is an all-natural sunscreen packed with 23 percent zinc oxide. Suitable for all skin types, it has a non-sticky texture that dries down matte and clear, while also priming skin for makeup application. Like all the brand's products, it is made in small batches every 10 to 12 weeks for maximum freshness and potency.

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30

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

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 may look like a self-tanner, but it is in fact a tinted sunscreen, featuring 20 percent zinc oxide and a bronzey tint. That makes it perfect for medium to dark skin (or light skin if you like a tanned look), with zero white cast. You're also getting up to 80 minutes of water-resistance. 

REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen

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

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 an ultra-light and matte formula with 22 percent zinc oxide as its active ingredient. This one is ideal for anyone with normal to oily skin, since it contains rice starch to minimize pores, absorb excess oil and control shine. On my fair skin, I have not noticed any white cast whatsoever.

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 is a 100 percent natural face and body sunscreen that combines 20 percent zinc oxide with coconut fatty acids and plant-derived emollients. It has an ever-so-slight tint that won't show up on your skin, but helps to eliminate a white cast. The texture is on the thicker side, but it doesn't feel heavy and the finish is matte.

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 combines 19.3 percent zinc oxide with 9.1 percent zinc oxide to give both your face and body a high level of protection. And thanks to the brand's WetForce technology, it becomes even more effective when exposed to water or sweat. (For this reason, it does take some effort to thoroughly remove.) While it doesn't feel greasy, it is silicone-based and tends to have a whitening effect, so you'll probably want to save this one for the beach or outdoor sports.

Solara Suncare Time Traveler Ageless Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Solara Suncare Time Traveler Ageless Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Solara Suncare Time Traveler Ageless Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 30

Solara Suncare Time Traveler Ageless Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 30 treats the signs of aging while it protects your face with 20 percent zinc oxide. Copper peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and squalane are some of the key ingredients in this formula that work on cellular repair and hydration. You're also getting 40 minutes of water-resistance.

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30

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

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 BB cream and tinted sunscreen featuring 20 percent zinc oxide. It comes in four shades, but unfortunately, they only range from fair to medium, with no options for darker tones. The coverage is light—just enough to even out imperfections, with a dewy finish.

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30

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

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 acts as a makeup primer, moisturizer and mineral sunscreen. The active ingredient, 20 percent zinc oxide, protects your skin as the aloe, coconut fatty acids, glycerin and castor oil deliver non-greasy hydration. The finish is slightly dewy, but it does require good blending to reduce its white cast.

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

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

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 could replace your usual tinted moisturizer, BB cream or CC cream, while offering sun protection at the same time. It contains 20 percent zinc oxide along with two percent titanium dioxide, and comes in four shades—but unfortunately, nothing for skin tones darker than medium. The finish is semi-matte, and the coverage level is similar to a light foundation. Just be aware that this formula is silicone-based.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

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

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+ not only has a great price point, but it also protects with 20 percent zinc oxide and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. Unlike most drugstore sunscreens, it is not high in silicones, nor does it feel heavy on the skin. It also has a sheer tint, so it should blend seamlessly with all skin tones, with a slightly dewy finish.

W3ll People Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

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

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 both a tinted moisturizer and a sunscreen, and ideal if you're looking for a higher coverage level. It boasts 20 percent zinc oxide, and comes in four shades, from fair to deep. Note that they tend to run a little darker and warmer versus other brands. This packs a lot of pigment, and I'd describe the coverage as medium, with a dewy finish. I recommend using a powder on top to mattify and prevent it from sliding around.

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