When you hear the word “natural” in reference to sunscreen, it typically means it’s made from organic ingredients and uses minerals, rather than chemicals, to create a safer, more effective and sustainable product. Specifically, these products do not include oxybenzone, an ingredient that can affect hormone levels and ignite allergic reactions in users.
Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin—and thus the bloodstream—which can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing since they often contain harsh ingredients. (Learn more about the FDA’s recent statements on how sunscreen can be absorbed through the skin.)
Natural (i.e., mineral) sunscreens sit on top of your skin and reflect UV rays away from your body. They usually use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to safely and effectively protect skin from the sun’s harsh rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only two ingredients that the FDA has deemed as safe and effective, and until they determine the safeness and efficacy of other ingredients, they are recommending that people use the mineral-based formulas instead.
Below are some of our best-selling mineral sunscreens from loved natural brands.
MyChelle - Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50
Lightweight with a matte finish.
When you don’t want to pile on a thick layer of sunscreen under your makeup—just to have it look caked on and oily—this is a great solution.
MyChelle Sun Shield acts as both an ultra-lightweight tinted moisturizer and a protective sunscreen. Complete with a matte finish, this product also helps reduce oil build-up throughout the day.
Juice Beauty – SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen
Water resistant with zinc-based mineral SPF.
Juice Beauty’s sunscreens are formulated without chemical SPF ingredients to ensure the protection of your skin, your body and the environment.
Made especially for an active outdoor lifestyle, the SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen from Juice Beauty combines all-natural ingredients such as jojoba, aloe, antioxidants and vitamins to create the ultimate daily protection. It also features a light tint to reduce whitening.
Thinksport - Everyday Face Sunscreen SPF 30
For all skin types.
This top-rated Everyday Face Sunscreen includes a slight tint to reduce the typical whitening effect created by the minerals in natural sunscreen.
Designed for everyday use, this sunscreen blends seamlessly into all skin types and makes for a perfect base layer before makeup application.
Baby Bum - SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick
Great for kids.
The smooth-glide Baby Bum Face Stick is tested by dermatologists and pediatricians to ensure your little one’s ultimate protection from harsh UV rays. Rubs in easily and is perfect for protecting the face, lips, nose and ears.
This zinc-based sunscreen is made from safe minerals to ensure it not only protects your skin, but also the coral reefs.
Badger – Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream
For all ages.
This Unscented SPF 30 Badger Sunscreen is a simple natural sunscreen that’s kid and family friendly. Natural and organic ingredients safely block the sun’s harmful UV rays, and the cream is reef friendly, biodegradable, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. No matter where you’re headed, Badger SPF 30 Sunscreen will keep you protected!
This sunscreen is also water and sweat resistant for 40 minutes and contains mineral zinc oxide, a safe and effective active mineral ingredient.
MD Solar Sciences - SPF 30 Mineral Tinted Creme
The perfect makeup primer.
Complete with a natural light tint and matte finish, the silky-smooth SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen is the perfect makeup primer that won’t clog pores.
Made with naturally derived ingredients and safe mineral UV protection, it helps further reduce the chances of photo aging and skin cancer.