The best mineral sunscreens

The top 10 sunblocks with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide

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Stephanie Papanikolas
Jun 18, 2020 · 4 min read

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Mineral sunscreens are ever-popular. Two minerals — titanium dioxide and zinc oxide — form a protective barrier over the skin that blocks out UV rays. Besides offering reliable sun protection, these physical sunscreens are often recommended for people with sensitive skin. The problem? Even mineral-based sunscreens might contain inactive ingredients that can potentially cause irritation or breakouts. As someone with acne-prone, sensitive skin, this simply doesn’t cut it. So I did what any good skincare blogger would do and got to work. I analyzed the ingredients of hundreds of mineral sunscreens to find the very best for people like me. In my opinion, these 10 products are the best of the best when it comes to sunscreen for sensitive skin.

The best baby sunscreens

Baby sunscreens are designed to be gentle on newborn skin. Fun fact: you can use a baby sunscreen at any age.

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50

  • reef-safe

  • non-greasy, lightweight formula

  • with papaya, sunflower, and jojoba extract

  • $20.99 for 6 oz

Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

  • unscented and free of synthetic fragrance

  • non-greasy — but a heavy consistency

  • tends to leave a white cast on most skin tones

  • $10.59 for 3 oz

Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen SPF 50

  • unscented and free of synthetic fragrance

  • mattifying finish — great for oily/combo skin

  • “tear-free” formula won’t sting eyes

  • $10.99 for 3 oz

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The best mineral sunscreen sprays

If you want a mineral sunscreen with no white cast, sunscreen sprays are often the way to go. Plus, they’re so easy to apply!

SUPERGOOP! Play 100% Mineral Mist SPF 30

  • with marigold and chamomile extract

  • non-aerosol mist

  • $34.00 for 6 oz

Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Sunscreen Spray SPF 30

  • unscented and free of synthetic fragrance

  • aloe and bentonite are the main ingredients

  • award-winning (including a Prevention Natural Beauty Award)

  • $18.99 for 6 oz

Bare Republic Coco Mango Mineral Spray SPF 30

  • reef-safe

  • tropical scent with hints of vanilla

  • non-aerosol mist

  • $14.99 for 6 oz

All Good Sport Sunscreen Water Resistant Spray SPF 30

  • reef-safe

  • unscented and free of synthetic fragrance

  • soothing aloe is the first ingredient

  • oil-absorbing bentonite makes this a non-greasy sunscreen

  • $16.99 for 6 oz

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The best drugstore mineral sunscreens

You don’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability with these products.

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

  • a mineral sunscreen made for your face (but feel free to use it on your body, too)

  • antioxidants from green tea and vitamin C help fight free radicals

  • $14.99 for 2 oz

MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30

  • mineral sunscreen with a light tint

  • blends well with no white cast

  • $32 for 1.7 oz

CoTZ Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40

  • unscented and free of synthetic fragrance

  • untinted formula with no white cast

  • non-greasy and water-resistant for up to 40 minutes

  • $25.49 for 3.5 oz

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If you’re as much of a skincare geek as I am, you know that everyone’s skin is different. What works for one person might not work for you. That’s why it’s important to get to know your skin and listen to dermatologist-backed research when it comes to choosing your products. I hope my reviews are helpful, but at the end of the day, the best mineral sunscreen is the one that works best for you!

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