If you have sensitive skin you may find a mineral sunscreen less irritating. I have tried many types of sunscreens, and chemical-free mineral products are the only ones that don’t give me a rash.
A good mineral sunscreen costs about $20 to $30 dollars. You may find a sale but expect to pay in that range. Read labels carefully when shopping for sunscreen. I have seen products labeled “organic” and “natural” that contain chemicals. Try before you buy to make sure you like the feel of a cream or lotion. I have also tossed mineral sunscreens because they felt so icky or smelled terrible. This is another reason why I prefer the products listed below, even if I pay a little more.
There are plenty of good sunscreens with ingredients added to minerals, but if you are really sensitive they might bother your skin. I have reviewed them and will cover more. We test them on discerning DolceDolce.com contributors. The sunscreens reviewed below contain pure mineral with no chemicals.
Here are a few to try:
Avène Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body: This is an advanced, lightweight, chemical-free sunscreen for the face and body that provides maximum broad-spectrum sun protection without irritation. Avène says its “non-Nano mineral particles are enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E to protect against damaging sun-induced free radicals and Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin.” The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen.
The sheer, non-whitening lotion provides 24-hour hydration. It is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes. If you hate the sticky, gummy feeling of many sunscreens you will love this one. After it soaks in skin feels soft and has a healthy look. It is also fragrance-free. This is one of the most comfortable sunscreens I have ever worn. I even worked out in it and it didn’t get icky.
Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is a pure mineral sunscreen with powerful antioxidants. It provides protection against both UVA. The Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 also carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Active Seal of Recommendation. This compact comes in two shades that blend with most skin tones. It looks natural and even helps to hide minor skin flaws. I carry this with me for touchups. It is very useful during long days especially when traveling in sunny places. I can be sure to keep my face protected by touching it up.
Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted by La Roche-Posay is a tinted mineral sunscreen. It contains Cell-OX Shield, which LA Roche-Posay describes as a “unique patent pending antioxidant technology to provide advanced UVA/UVB protection.” This is a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that is water resistant up to 40 minutes. The universal tint blends with most skin tones. This is a very good mineral sun screen.