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9 of the best mineral sunscreens 2022

Curious about mineral sunscreens? Discover 9 of the best mineral sunscreens of 2022 & find out how they differ from popular chemical sunscreens.

There’s no doubt that sunscreen and sun creams are absolutely essential for healthy skin; however, it can be hard work finding a sunscreen you’re totally satisfied with.

If you’ve struggled to find your SPF soulmate with traditional chemical-based sunscreens, mineral sunscreens could be worth a try.

Once upon a time, mineral sunscreens were often written off due to the white ‘cast’ they would leave on the skin. But times have changed! Innovative formulas have changed the game when it comes to mineral sunscreens and there are so many to choose from.

Discover nine of our favourite mineral sunscreens here at H&B, as well as a little more information to help you decide if they could be a good choice for you in this article.

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What is mineral sunscreen?

Mineral sunscreens are a form of sun protection for our skin that use minerals instead of chemicals.

They’re sometimes referred to as a physical sunscreens and work by absorbing and then deflecting or scattering the UV radiation, as well as absorbing the UV light and releasing it as heat.1

The two main chemicals used in mineral sunscreens are:

  • Zinc oxide
  • Titanium dioxide

Is mineral sunscreen better than chemical?

It totally depends on what you’re looking for in a sunscreen; there are pros and cons to both.

Mineral sunscreen offers the following benefits:

  • They provide protection from the sun immediately after you apply it
  • They tend to last longer in the sun2

They can also be a great choice for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as they sit on the surface of the skin rather than get absorbed.

People often turn to mineral sunscreen as chemical sunscreens can have their draw backs, like:

  • Need to be applied 20 minutes before sun exposure
  • Have to be applied regularly
  • Can be harmful to marine life and reefs3

However, mineral sunscreens can sometimes leave whitish ‘casts’ on the skin, so may not be suitable for people with darker skin tones (even though this is much less common now).

They can also sometimes require larger amounts to be applied to provide adequate protection.

Ultimately, the best sunscreens are the ones you will actually use on a regular basis. Dermatologists from the British Skin Foundation claim:

“The best sunscreen is the one you will use regularly and in the correct quantities.”

Which is better, mineral or physical sunscreen?

They are pretty much the same thing, so neither!

Which mineral sunscreen is best?

You can find mineral sunscreens to suit different wants and needs.

For example, there are mineral sunscreens designed specifically for sensitive skin.

9 of the best mineral sunscreens 2022

Here is our round-up of the best mineral based sunscreens on the market for the face and body (and your children), including:

  1. The best mineral sunscreen with zinc
  2. The best ocean-friendly mineral sunscreen
  3. The best high-strength mineral sunscreen
  4. The best vegan mineral sunscreen
  5. The best sunscreen for sensitive skin
  6. The best mattifying mineral sunscreen
  7. The best mineral face sunscreen
  8. The best tinted mineral sunscreen
  9. The best mineral sunscreen for babies

Starts out white, rubs in clear! This easy-to-apply sunscreen is a refreshing alternative to those annoying sunscreens that leave you with a blotchy ‘white cast’ on your skin.

The active ingredient is 18.75% uncoated clear zinc oxide, which offers broad-spectrum SPF30 coverage with excellent UVA and UVB protection.

Although this sunscreen provides a high level of protection, it is also incredibly gentle, moisturising and great for all skin types – a clear winner in our books!

Key benefits

  • Easy-to-apply 18.75% uncoated clear zinc oxide sunscreen that blends with your skin tone
  • Offers broad-spectrum protection SPF30 with excellent UVA / UVB protection and added moisturisation
  • 98% organic ingredients, no added fragrances, and great for all skin types

Kind to you and the environment, this sunscreen by Green People gives you the best of both worlds.

The ocean-friendly formula is

non-greasy and great for sensitive skin and families.

You can expect highly effective broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection, and it’s great for people who suffer from prickly heat.

Key benefits:

  • Offers highly effective, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection
  • Easy-to-apply formula suitable for sensitive skin and prickly heat
  • Made with 84% certified organic ingredients

High-strength sun protection meets an ultra-light formula in this innovative SPF50 sunscreen.

This high-tech formulation glides effortlessly onto the skin, using 100% mineral filters to provide sun protection and a very high 95% UVA filter.

You won’t find any chemical filters here! Instead, protective antioxidants and infraguard step in to guard your skin from the negative effects of sun damage.

Key benefits

  • Ultra-light formula with heavy duty SPF50 protection and over 95% UVA filter
  • Effortlessly glides onto skin with 100% mineral filters, infraguard, and nourishing antioxidants
  • Infraguard formula also protects skin from high energy visible light, aka blue light
  • Free from perfume, mineral oils, and chemical filters

If you’re looking for a 100% mineral and 100% vegan-friendly mineral sunscreen – you’ve found it with the H&B Mineral Sunscreen. Formulated with natural filters, antioxidants and oils, it leaves the skin feeling nourished as well as protected throughout the day.                      

This formula offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection from the sun, while causing no damage to coral reefs or local fish – win, win!

Key benefits

  • Vegan friendly and cruelty free 100% mineral sun protection
  • Natural broad-spectrum SPF15 protection from UVA and UVB rays
  • Reef-safe: this formulation doesn’t contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, which are known to harm local fish and coral reefs
  • Also comes in SPF30 and SPF50
  • Packaging made from recycled plastic

What our customers think

Sunscreen can be tricky when you have sensitive skin, which is why Alba Botanica have designed this fragrance free sensitive mineral sunscreen.

This formula offers broad spectrum SPF30 sun protection to protect you from UVA and UVB rays, while remaining lightweight and easy to absorb.

It also contains naturally nourishing and antioxidant-rich ingredients like sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, aloe vera, grape seed oil, and vitamin E.

Key benefits

  • Premium SPF30 fragrance-free sun protection formulated for sensitive skin
  • Water resistant (60 minutes) and biodegradable – so it’s reef-safe
  • Botanically moisturising mineral formula with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Enriched with grape seed oil, vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, jojoba seed oil, aloe vera and other nourishing ingredients

This Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen is the product of six years of research into a SPF that’s good for your skin – in more ways than one.

It provides everyday broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection from the sun, without the greasy finish a lot of sunscreens leave you with.

This sensitive, no-shine and 100% vegan formula is easily absorbed and the perfect protective addition to your skincare regime.

Key benefits

  • 22% zinc oxide provides a physical shield to effectively block and reflect UVA and UVB
  • Helps protect skin from negative effects pollution and free-radical damage with yellow passion fruit seed extract and minimise pore appearance
  • A vegan-friendly way to protect the skin from sun with a mattifying finish

You don’t want a greasy face when you apply sunscreen – we get it – and so do Ultrasun.

This mineral sunscreen provides heavy-duty sun protection that’s gentle to sensitive facial skin. It glides effortlessly onto skin for over 90% UVA filter protection from 100% mineral filters.

It also contains the revolutionary anti-ageing enzyme Ectoin, as well as other powerful antioxidants to keep your skin feeling fresh.

Key benefits

  • Ultra-light mineral SPF30 protection for the face
  • Water resistant and suitable for sensitive skin
  • Free from perfume, mineral oils and chemical filters
  • Formulated with antioxidants and Ectoin to help prevent premature signs of ageing

A beautiful combination of sun protection and tinted skin nourishment – this sunscreen is a must-have for your daily beauty regime.

Reef-safe mineral-based zinc oxide provides broad-spectrum SPF20 protection from the sun, while polyphenol-rich lingonberry stem cells and hyaluronic acid nourish the skin.

Key benefits

  • Beautifully tinted with mineral light-reflecting pigments for a bright, dewy finish
  • Formulated with reef-safe mineral-based zinc oxide to deliver a lightweight yet broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays
  • Enriched with ingredients your skin will love like polyphenol-rich lingonberry stem cells and hyaluronic acid

This tinted sunscreen is also available in a darker shade.

What our customers think

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  1. The best mineral sunscreen for babies

Put your baby’s skin in safe hands with Badger’s baby sunscreen.

This highly effective formula offers broad-spectrum mineral SPF30 protection from the sun, as well as moisturising ingredients like chamomile and calendula.

It’s super easy to apply and is one of the highest rated sunscreens on the Environmental Working Group list – so you know it’s good!

Key benefits

  • Specially formulated to protect baby’s delicate skin from the sun’s harmful rays
  • Gentle and effective broad-spectrum SPF30 protection from organic ingredients including zinc oxide
  • One of the highest rated sunscreens on the Environmental Working Group list
  • Contains moisturising and soothing ingredients like chamomile and calendula

The final say

We hope this guide has helped you find the right mineral sunscreen for you – now get out there and test it out in the sunshine!

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 19 April 2022

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