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FYI: You Should Be Wearing Sunscreen Every Single Day (Yes, Even Indoors)
Wearing sunscreen every day is absolutely essential, especially on your face (yes, even if you're indoors). Just because the sun isn't frying you, that doesn’t mean the UV rays aren’t still reaching you and damaging your skin. Just in case you didn't know, sun exposure can lead to skin cancer, melasma, and wrinkles (excuse me while I slather an entire bottle of sunscreen all over my face).
Despite all the dangers of sun exposure, many people still don't wear sunscreen every day, due to other concerns. Sunscreen can sometimes cause or aggravate acne, sometimes gross residue behind, and can contain irritating chemicals. But you can keep the sun protection and skip the rest, if you know what products to shop. Unlike chemical SPF, physical SPF (also known as mineral sunscreen), tends to be less irritating to sensitive skin and safer for the environment. It’s also effective immediately on contact with skin. Awesome, right?
So where can you shop it for yourself? Well, I’ve narrowed down the best mineral sunscreens for your face – the top broad spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays) SPF 30+ protection you can buy.
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1) Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Not to be dramatic, but this face protectant from Supergoop REALLY lives up to its name. It’s super lightweight and spreadable, and, with a clear jelly formula, leaves zero white cast. With silicones as part of its ingredients, it also acts as the perfect makeup primer. It’s no wonder this is ranked as Sephora’s #1 bestselling face sunscreen (not to mention, my personal fave).
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2) Mineral Face Sunscreen Gel Lotion SPF 30
Zinc oxide is the safest and most effective active sunscreen ingredient. And according to The Skin Care Edit, the higher the zinc oxide level in a sunblock, the better protected your skin will be. This gel-lotion from Bare Republic is not only super comfortable on the skin, but it offers 18.2% Non-Nano Zinc Oxide.
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3) Organic Mineral Face Matte Tint Sunscreen SPF 30
In addition to looking for safe ingredients in your sunscreen, you should also look for those that are reef-safe. This formula from COOLA offers both. This little bottle is infused with rose hip seed oil, plankton extract, and shea butter to keep your skin looking vibrant and moisturized.
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4) Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Frank Ocean’s mom, Katonya Breaux, is the creator behind this skincare brand. And if you've ever Googled her, her skin is luminous. Made with PoC in mind, Katonya created this mineral sunscreen in two shades (fair/light and medium/dark) and can be used on all skin-tones. It’s most esteemed quality amongst reviewers is that it leaves zero streaks behind.
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5) Weightless Liquid Mineral SPF 30
First Aid Beauty
This is the ultimate lightweight protection for anyone with oily skin. Grab this broad spectrum SPF from First Aid Beauty. Offering a super-sheer tint that works for all skin-tones, this antioxidant-packed liquid goes on smooth and dries with a nice matte finish.
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6) Umbra Sheer Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Packed with an impressive list of antioxidants (like astaxanthin, grape juice extract, and sunflower shoot extract), Drunk Elephant’s classic sunblock also helps defend from free radicals and environmental aggressors. Other ingredients include the brand’s signature marula oil and nourishing raspberry seed, which will leave your skin hydrated and dewy soft.
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7) Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Black Girl Sunscreen
With one of the cleanest list of ingredients on this list, Black Girl Sunscreen is paraben free, cruelty free, and totally vegan. One Target customer raves, "I know as women of color we worry about that ashy/white cast type of look when we put on sunscreen or looking oily but this sunscreen doesn't cause either one of those things to happen."
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8) Brush-On Sunscreen Mineral Powder for Sensitive Skin
Concerned about having to reapply your SPF throughout the day and ruining your makeup as a result? No worries. This super convenient brush is great for quick touch-ups. It not only provides SPF 50, but acts as a setting powder, absorbing excess oil.
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9) Poof Part Powder SPF 45
One part of the face that often gets overlooked is the scalp. And thanks to this translucent powder-based sunscreen from Supergoop, you can now protect that skin on the top of your head without having to worry about greasy sunscreen getting in your hair. It's a beach bag essential, truly.
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10) SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Face Stick
One of the worst parts of having to apply sunscreen is getting it all over your hands, but this on-the-go sunscreen stick solves that problem. I love this glide-on formula, because it contains cocoa seed butter, jojoba seed oil, and Vitamin E to keep delicate face skin moisturized and protected from pollutants.
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11) UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
This top-selling broad spectrum lotion has over 3,000 5-star reviews on Amazon and is especially good for those who have hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or are acne-prone. This tiny tube is loaded with 9.0% transparent zinc oxide that's super gentle on skin.
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12) Everyday Face Sunscreen SPF 30
This UV-blocker checks off all the boxes of a quality sunscreen: broad spectrum, 20% zinc-oxide concentration, cruelty-free, water-resistant, reef-safe, gentle on skin, AND leaves no white-cast.
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13) Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50
Currently using any BHA’s, AHA’s, retinol, or benzoyl peroxide in your skincare routine? Even more reason to wear sunscreen on the daily (all those chemical exfoliants increase sun sensitivity). This daily cream contains SPF 50 to keep your skin extra protected. And just like all other Naturopathica products, it smells AH-MAZING.
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14) Face Mineral-Based Sunscreen SPF 30+ UVA/UVB
This mineral-based sunscreen delivers both zinc oxide and octinoxate for UV protection, as well as moisturizing hyaluronic acid to keep your skin nourished. But what really stands out about this bottle is that it's cap turns blue to warn you when harmful UV rays are present.
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15) Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
Great for those with dry skin, this baby is infused with squalane which provides weightless long-lasting moisture. So instead of reapplying moisturizer and SPF throughout the day, you can accomplish both with this one product.
The sun has set on days of slathering our bods in baby oil to get that I'm-a-bronzed-goddess glow. It's 2020 and we know damn well that using SPF is an essential practice in healthy-skincare, especially when damaging UV rays are part of the equation. With the arrival of the spending-time-outside season (aka summer), sun-exposure is tough to avoid. This is why we crafted a shopping guide to the top-reviewed and safest sunscreens available — along with all the deals you can currently score on them, too. Refinery29's SPF-coverage is all-encompassing: from best-for-your-skin type to situational exposure levels, general explainers, new product releases, and more. Here, we're specifically targeting a batch of customer-approved sunscreens and where you can snag them on discount (every dollar counts because that sweet-summer-skin elixir is pricey, people). We hunted through a sea of product reviews to find the best SPFs around, according to the healthy-skin humans who use them IRL. These protective goods aren't only top-rated buys but they're also all sensitive-skin friendly, provide long-lasting coverage, and are either completely paraben or oxybenzone-free (a.k.a. reef-safe). Scroll on to lotion-up with the savviest, most sustainable, and (where applicable) slashed-price SPF. Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?We Found The Top Women-Approved LubesThe Best SPF Moisturizers For Your Daily RoutineSunscreens You Won't Hate Applying (& Reapplying)
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