This is a new installment of our Clean Beauty Series. With it being summer, now is the perfect time to share with you clean beauty mineral sunscreens. But before we get into that, I want to talk about the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens.
Chemical Sunscreens are technically sun filters. The vast majority of sunscreens on the market contain chemical sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone or octocrylene. They’re called sun filters because they absorb the sun’s UV energy and release it back into the air as heat. They are popular because they provide easy, transparent blendability into the skin.
Mineral Sunscreens (physical sunscreens) are the preferred sunscreen. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical particles that sit on the surface of the skin and scatter or reflect sun’s rays away from the skin. Mineral sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin.
Top Clean Beauty Mineral Sunscreens
ThinkBaby was the first sunscreen to ever rate #1 on EWG. And has been since 2010. It is actually the number 1 baby sunscreen. There are no harmful chemicals and ingredients. I am a fan since it doesn’t leave a white cast on the body. Their ThinkSport Face is slightly tinted and blends into the skin effortlessly.
The Countersun Collection was added last year to Beautycounter’s sunscreen range. The difference with the Countersun and their regular sunscreen is that the Countersun also protects against blue light. Protection against blue light products have become super popular as of late. Their sunscreen is made out of non-nano zinc and California poppy. If you are not a fan of lotion, this collection also has a stick, spray and tinted sunscreen sprays. The tinted sunscreen sprays are so nice and give you a nice fake tan as well.
This sunscreen makes a perfect primer before applying makeup. This one also protects against blue light. It contains yellow passionfruit seed extract to boost the skins defense system against pollution and free radical damage. And rice starch to absorb oil and minimize the size of pores.
What is your favourite mineral sunscreen?