You likely already know the many reasons to wear sunscreen every day: It protects your skin from skin cancer, prevents sunburn, and defends your skin from photoaging. No matter your age, lifestyle, or skin color, sunscreen is a must.
Generally, we opt for mineral sunscreen formulas with zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide because they don’t raise concerns that some chemical sunscreen ingredients do. Take oxybenzone, for instance. This chemical is absorbed by the body, and it shows up in breast milk, urine and blood samples. There’s some evidence that oxybenzone may be capable of disrupting the endocrine system, too. But mineral sunscreens don’t have these issues, so we feel more confident using them.
Besides, have you tried some of these new mineral formulations? They’re so buttery and smooth, and—finally—there are solid options that don’t leave behind a Casper-like gray tint. Ahead, check out five of our favorite mineral sunscreens that we’ll be applying (and reapplying) all summer long.
Here’s what our sunscreen picks have in common:
- They use titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide to protect skin
- The provide broad-spectrum protection of SPF 30
- The formulas are cruelty-free
- They don’t leave a white cast (with the exception of one—you’ll see why we recommend it below)
- The formulas are a pleasure to use, so you’ll look forward to applying sunscreen
Our favorite mineral sunscreens of summer 2023
Forah Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30
From the aluminum tube packaging to the fresh, natural scent, this certified organic newcomer is giving sunscreen a surprisingly fun vibe. The smooth texture melts into skin and feels good on both the face and body—with zero heaviness or stickiness involved.
Fenty Beauty Hydra Vizor Broad Spectrum Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer
This moisturizer is so lightweight that we had to double-check to be sure it was a mineral formula. (Confirmed.) A slight pink tint imparts a subtle glow, and the formula wears exceptionally well under makeup. Better still? The packaging is refillable, and if the melon scent isn’t your thing, you can opt for a fragrance-free formula.
Raw Elements Face + Body Cream SPF 30
The sunscreens we’re recommending here won’t leave a white cast—but this one leaves a little bit, and for good reason: so you know exactly where you’re covered The high-performance formula was developed by a lifeguard who knows how brutal the sun can be—and that there are times when you want to be 100% certain that you’re covered. This water-resistant, non-nano zinc oxide SPF 30 kept every inch of our tester’s skin protected while snorkeling in sunny Hawaiʻi, and if you do water sports like surfing, this reef-friendly formula will protect you without harming marine life.
Unsun Everyday Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Developed to provide invisible protection on a variety of melanin-rich skin tones, this tinted SPF 30 face lotion has a whipped texture that makes it super-easy to blend. Two tint options provide natural-looking protection with a soft matte finish.
Kinlò Always Golden Body Lotion SPF 30
Tennis star Naomi Osaka knows a thing or two about spending hours outdoors. Kinlò, her skin-care brand, offers mineral sunscreens developed with brown skin tones in mind. This body sunscreen has a low-key golden tint to counteract any potential white or gray cast—so after you slather it on, skin looks radiant instead of ashy.