Must-try mineral sunscreens to brighten up your summer
Whether you’re on your daily commute, or lying out in the sun on a tropical beach, your skin is being exposed to harmful UVA and UVB rays, that can lead to permanent skin damage. While soaking up the rays is great for boosting levels of Vitamin D, you must also take measures to protect your skin from burning. And the best way to protect your delicate skin is to use a high factor SPF every day.
If you haven’t heard, mineral sunscreen is having a moment, and for good reason. Recent technological advancements have resulted in the use of smaller zinc and titanium oxide particles, meaning that you are no longer left with a thick, white, chalky residue, that many a cricket player is used to representing on the field. In addition to this, mineral sunscreens are less likely to clog the pores, so are a perfect choice for those suffering from acne.
Containing the UV blocking minerals zinc oxide and titanium oxide, mineral sunscreens work to create a protective barrier on the skin, reflecting the sun’s damaging rays. Unlike chemical sunscreens that only filter rather than block rays, mineral-based formulas often contain fewer ingredients, making them perfect for use on sensitive skin. So, with that said, to keep you protected this summer, we’ve rounded up some of the best mineral sunscreens on the market.
Enriched with antioxidants and physical sun filters this light SPF is perfect for everyday use. Protecting skin with an invisible shield this refreshing formula creates a barrier between skin and the elements for UV and environmental protection, defending against premature ageing.
Sustainably sources, this high factor SPF os one of the 'cleanest' sun protection products you can get your hands on. With added ingredients, evening primrose, linseed, plankton extract and omega-rich acai oil this cream has the added benefits of soothing, toning, hydrating to strengthen and rejuvenate sun-kissed skin.
Providing UVA and UVB protection, this all mineral, chemical and fragrance-free formula creates a natural barrier to protect the skin against sunburn. Unlike others, this mineral sunscreen is easy-to-rub-in and is also hypoallergenic making it perfect for use on the most sensitive skin. Water resistant for up to 80 minutes this is the perfect protection for water sports lovers.
This mattifying face sunscreen with Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and blue light protection is made with all naturally derived ingredients. Suitable for all skin types the cream is easily absorbed and can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine, and can even be worn under makeup. With antioxidant Passion Fruit extract, protecting against pollution and free radicals, and Rice extract, soothing redness, this mineral SPF leave skin mattified and works through the day to combat oil and shine. What's more, the tube is made using 50% recycled plastic and the cap is made from 100% recycled plastic.
Avène Tinted Mineral Fluid SPF50+ is a gentle sun lotion for even the most sensitive skin that contains a blendable tint for creating a natural-looking golden glow. Formulated with a powerful mineral-based complex this cream creates a defensive barrier on the skin to protect against harmful free radicals. Protecting the skin against a broad spectrum of UV rays the water-resistant and antioxidant formula ensures skin is kept glowing and healthy.
Made of 100% mineral UVA/UVB protective filters this sunscreen is not only fragrance and paraben free, but it's also water-resistant and hypoallergenic making it perfect for even the most sensitive skin, and those allergic to chemical filters. In addition to the sun protection offered by this product, it also offers anti-oxidant action while Vitamin E protects the skin cells against damaging UV rays, preventing premature ageing.
Velvety soft to the touch this antioxidant high-protection tinted liquid is suitable for all types of skin. Housed in a handy case with a washable sponge this nifty formula protects the skin from damage caused by the sun and free radicals while also hydrating the skin for an even and luminous complexion.
Another ultra-light formula, this lotion is free from perfume, mineral oils, PEG/PPG emulsifiers, silicones, preservatives and chemical filters. Containing antioxidants and Ectoin to help prevent the signs of ageing this high factor SPF offers heavy duty sun protection. The slick consistency glides effortlessly across skin, absorbing instantly without leaving a greasy residue.