The Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreens That Won't Make You Feel Greasy
Zinc Oxide Sunblocks
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide—the two main sun-blocking ingredients used in mineral sunscreens—both provide excellent UVA and UVB protection, so sunscreens containing zinc and titanium are solid choices. However, zinc oxide is thought to have a slight edge when it comes to UVA protection, which is why a subset of mineral sunscreen users look for a formula that lists zinc oxide as its only active ingredient. (Refresher: UVA rays penetrate skin more deeply than UVB rays and are the main cause of photoaging. Both can cause skin cancer.)
In the past, that meant settling for a thick cream that's impossible to rub in, but now, those who prefer a zinc oxide sunscreen no longer have to settle. "Mineral sunscreens have come a long way," says Deanne Robinson, M.D., dermatologist at Modern Dermatology of Connecticut. "Many options are pretty lightweight and apply smoothly without the chalky white finish." Convinced? Here are the best zinc oxide sunscreens to add to your skin-care routine.
Ren Clean Screen Mattifying Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Few things are worse than applying sunscreen and feeling like an oil spill, so this SPF that's designed to mattify skin is a godsend. It has passion fruit seed extract which might fight the effects of aging caused by UV rays.
Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
Like many of Aveeno's products, this sunscreen for sensitive skin contains oats, a soothing ingredient that relieves skin of itchiness and irritation.
Coola Mineral Sun Silk Crème SPF 30
This zinc sunscreen is designed to defend your skin from multiple aggressors. In addition to zinc oxide, it has a combination of antioxidants targeted to minimize damage from pollution and blue light exposure. (ICMI, blue light is emitted from smartphones and other LED screens and might contribute to aging.)
Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
A cruelty-free and vegan option, this lotion has coconut oil and shea butter, two of the most hydrating ingredients.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face
Fans of Neutrogena's Dry-Touch sunscreen line can try this completely zinc-based face sunblock. It's oil-free, water-resistant, and broad-spectrum SPF 50.
Mychelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid Non-Tinted SPF 50 - Non-Tinted
This sunscreen doubles as a mattifying primer, so you can use it to prep your face for makeup when it's sweltering out. It contains clay, which soaks up excess oil.