With the Fourth of July already behind us, summer is in full swing, which means there is no better time to grab your friends and head to the beach for a day of fun and sun. But while there is no better feeling than frolicking in the waves and playing beach volleyball, the glee quickly goes away when your skin starts radiating like a hot plate frying an egg a few hours later. Yes, the need for sun protection is real, but choosing the right sunscreen for your skin isn't always easy.
Beyond typical concerns like sunscreens that feel greasy, make you break out, or leave your skin feeling oily, there are also increasing concerns that some sunscreens can actually be toxic for your skin. While ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, phthalates, parabens, and bisphenol A, fragrance, Methylisothiazolinone, and retinyl palmitate should be avoided, there is one ingredient to look for: zinc. The base for most mineral sunscreens, it protects the skin without the need for harmful ingredients.
Ready to make the switch to all-natural suncare? Here are the best mineral sunscreens on Amazon (according to enthusiastic reviewers).
If you're looking for a tinted mineral sunscreen, look no further than the highest rated suncare product on Amazon. This product has a star rating of 4.7/5.
Glowing Review: "My dermatologist recommended this product, and I'm so glad she did. It has a slight tint to it so it doesn't go on white or pasty. I have not burned while using this on a daily basis. It works very well under makeup and feels like an expensive primer. I can even use this by itself. It isn't greasy at all. I will continue to use this and buy from Amazon."
One of the most reviewed mineral sunscreens on Amazon, this product has over 794 reviews and a 4.5/5 star rating. Naturally calming evening primrose and flaxseed oils deliver abundant omega-3 and gamma-linoleic acid to improve elasticity and help skin retain moisture.
Glowing review: "I have tried just about every sunscreen type and brand out there. I have super-sensitive and oily skin, which is a terrible combination for buying cosmetics, sunscreens, and lotions. This stuff legitimately kept my face completely oil-free the entire day and offered great sun protection. The color is a touch too light for my Middle Eastern skin, but not super noticeable. I have even started using it as a primer when I go out for the evening because it works so well as a matte base to keep the shine at bay (better than my Smashbox or Urban Decay primers)!"
SPF Rx claims to be the first daily water-resistant moisturizing cream that also protects your skin with broad-spectrum SPF 50 sun damage protection. It also has a 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon.
Glowing Review: "I spent a few weeks looking for a moisturizer with HEV and SPF. The ones I found were well over $100. Then I found this. I bought it and tried it—and it’s fantastic. I work eight to 10 hrs a day in front of computers. A few years ago, I looked like I was permanently sunburned. After seeing five different dermatologists, the last one diagnosed me with screen dermatitis. At first, I used a prescription cream to combat the issue. I found this one while waiting for my appointment one day.
I showed it to my doctor and she said to try it. I’ve been using it since. It lasts about three months and I apply it twice a day. It’s great: No white film, not greasy, light feeling. Now if I could find a foundation that worked this well I’d be set."
This MDSolarSciences mineral sunscreen is a lightweight, "barely there" broad-spectrum sunscreen the provides maximum protection and leaves a matte finish. It's hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic and has a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon.
Glowing Review: "I love the feel of this mineral creme sunscreen on my face! It goes on a bit white, but it dries to a translucent, matte, velvety finish. I made the mistake of not letting it dry enough prior to applying eye shadow on my first use, so the makeup didn't go on well at all. It also has the highest level of zinc oxide (17%) in a facial sunscreen compared to any other brands I've researched, so that's a definite win for someone like me who's terrified of the sun due to being riddled with melasma."
More of a foundation with SPF than sunscreen, this product is one of the highest-rated chemical-free zinc and titanium oxide suncare product on Amazon. It has a 4.4/5 star rating on Amazon.
Glowing Review: "Great sunscreen. I play tennis in Florida sun four to five times a week, and this stuff works great. It provides heavy coverage—comes off a little when you wipe the sweat away, but works like a charm as far as sunblock goes. Order one or two darker shades than you would normally as the colors are a little lighter than they appear. I love the product, and find I use it as my base every morning, whether I'm on the court or not."
At only $13, this Bare Republic mineral sunscreen is one of the most affordable on Amazon. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect physically, not chemically, while antioxidant-rich oils and plant extracts offer intense hydration and reparative benefits. The product has a 4.3/5 star rating.
Glowing Review: "I've never been so excited about something in my life. I've been looking for an oil-free sunscreen for so long and couldn't find one. I came across a YouTube video a couple of days ago, and this was the sunscreen the girl was using, and I finally found my skincare savior. This sunscreen goes on your skin as a cream and turns into a matte powder that isn't even noticeable. It can also serve as a primer under your makeup. I love this stuff and highly recommend it. A+++++"
Powered by potent antioxidant-rich Cellular Response Technology, this lotion claims to preserve and protect the skin’s youthful glow. This trendy sunscreen also has a 4.3/5 star rating on Amazon.
Glowing Review: "I use sunscreen every day and I also have oily skin. I had gotten used to blotting my face several times a day to remove the super shine that sunscreen always leaves me. Supergoop works in the sense that it provides protection. What I didn't think would happen was how wonderful it reacted with my skin! So much so that I no longer need to blot! I've always been under the assumption that oily skin + sunscreen = greasy mess, but I was wrong. This stuff is amazing!"
DermaQuest's soothing physical sunscreen harnesses the power of zinc oxide to guard and protect the skin. This mineral-based sunscreen absorbs quickly and works great for sensitized and acne-prone skin. It has a 4.3/5 star rating on Amazon.
Glowing Review: "This sunscreen is the best. It's perfect for acne-prone, sensitive combo skin—it sinks into the skin and provides lovely sun protection. All my other products layer under this beautifully, and my foundation primer, and other makeup glides right on. Has never broken me out. I wore this in the middle of July in Los Angeles at our outdoor fitness convention, and this stuff stayed put, protected my skin and didn't cause any breakouts. Also nice to put on other delicate areas, like décolletage and neck."
Mychelle's unscented, mineral-based sunscreen with aloe and vitamin E claims to soothe and protect without harsh chemicals. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a smooth, clear, and matte finish. It has a 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.
Glowing Review: "This sunscreen is my all-time favorite. I have worked hard to eliminate chemicals from my skincare routine and have tried many alternative sunscreens. I came back to MyChelle because I can mix it with a bit of moisturizer and it glides on, doesn't leave a white film, and doesn't flake when I put makeup over it. Additionally, the price is really reasonable for this quality product. I have oily, acne-prone, mature skin and this doesn't irritate my face or feel the least bit heavy."
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Ed. Note: Reviews have been edited for clarity.