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12 Best Mineral Sunscreens for Every Skin Type

Give your skin the strongest and safest sun protection.

best mineral sunscreen

Ask any dermatologist—sunscreen is one of the most important parts of any daily skincare routine. (Or, just ask Ree Drummond, who's advocated for sun protection ever since she had a basal cell carcinoma removed from her neck when she was 30.) Less certain is whether you should go with a mineral vs. chemical sunscreen, but many experts seem to give mineral sunscreens a slight edge.

That's in part because they're kinder to sensitive skin, environmentally-friendly, and offer immediate protection against the sun's harmful rays. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman also notes that while mineral sunscreen generally sits on top of the skin to completely block rays, chemical sunscreens are partially absorbed into the bloodstream, and the side effects of that haven’t been fully studied.“The FDA is calling for more testing to analyze the impact of these chemicals and determine if there is a need for increased safety measures,” she says. “Right now, we recommend that pregnant women and children avoid chemical sunscreens. Since mineral sunscreens are not absorbed into the bloodstream, they are safe for all skin types and ages.”

With all of that in mind, check out this list of the best mineral sunscreens to find the perfect one for you, whether it's a liquid formula, a clear-finish stick, or an easy-to-apply powder. You'll also find plenty of options here for sunscreen for your face and tinted sunscreens. There's a formula for every skin type and tone here as well, including one that was specially created for skin tones from olive to dark chocolate. Click through this helpful gallery and add one of the best mineral sunscreens to your skincare routine today!

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Best Overall
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50

This fast-absorbing sunscreen comes with plenty of perks: It’s noncomedogenic and fragrance-free, so it won’t clog the pores, plus it has a higher SPF and it's water resistant, too. Basically, it's everything you could ask for in a sunscreen.

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Best for the Whole Family
Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

The dermatologist-tested and pediatrician-approved baby care brand has found another winner in their mineral sunscreen with SPF 50. It's sensitive enough for baby and strong enough for the whole family.

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Best for Face
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Oxide Dry-Touch Face Sunscreen
Now 11% off

This affordable drugstore sunscreen offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays to guard the skin from sunburn, damage, and disease. It's also great for sensitive skin since it’s free of fragrance, parabens, phthalates, and dyes.

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Best Face and Body Set
EltaMD Face and Body Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Set

Get total coverage with this top-rated, dermatologist recommended set of facial and full-body sunscreens. The facial sunscreen is perfect for daily use, while the UV sport sunscreen is a great go-to for more active days.

EleVen by Venus Williams
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Best for Sensitive Skin
EleVen by Venus Williams Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35

This lightweight sun serum from tennis superstar Venus Williams is ideal for daily use on all skin types and tones. It contains 25% Zinc Oxide, plus prickly pear stem extract to calm, firm, and hydrate the skin.

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Best Water Resistant
BLUE LIZARD Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide
Now 40% off

This top-rated sunscreen is water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes. Another cool feature is that the bottle turns blue when exposed to harmful UV light, giving you a helpful reminder to reapply.

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Best for Dark Skintones
Unsun Mineral Tinted Face SPF 30 Sunscreen in Medium to Dark

This chemical-free tinted sunscreen was specially created for skin tones from olive to dark chocolate. Wear it on its own or under your makeup as a primer and color corrector.

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Best Splurge
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Drunk Elephant

Even though it includes an impressive 20% zinc oxide, this splurge-worthy sunscreen goes on sheer and won't leave behind any pesky white streaks. It also contains antioxidants like raspberry seed oil, astaxanthin-rich algae extract, and sunflower seed extracts to help defend against free radicals.

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Best Tinted
CeraVe Tinted Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30
Now 13% off

This hydrating tinted sun screen offers a little color and a lot of protection. The lightweight formula blends seamlessly into the skin, leaving you with a healthy glow.

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Best Powder
Larkly SPF 30 Mineral Powder Sunscreen

Sick of all those messy liquid sunscreens? This self-dispensing (and refillable!) powder brush makes putting on sunscreen fun for the whole family. Plus, it features a powerful trio of antioxidants, including resveratrol, green tea and licorice root extracts, which help protect the skin from environmental damage.

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Best Sunscreen Stick
Supergoop! PLAY 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick

This travel-size sunscreen fits easily into your backpack, purse, or diaper bag for quick reapplication to often missed spots, like the top of your ears or the tip of your nose.

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Best for Face and Body
Physical Defense Sunblock 47

This antioxidant-rich sunscreen can be used on both the face and the body for all-purpose protection. Just toss the low-profile bottle into your bag and go!

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