The most important part of your summer skincare routine? Sunscreen. Regardless of whether you already wear some type of sun protection on the daily (which is always advised, no matter the season), now that it’s summer, there’s really no excuse not to add a mineral sunscreen to your beauty arsenal. Aside from the general reasons to adopt a mineral suntan lotion into your regimen (namely, they use natural ingredients and offer unparalleled UVA and UVB protection), the five products below are the best of the best — moisturizing, silky smooth, residue-free, and ultra luxurious. Check out the mineral sunscreens that are guaranteed to protect you from those harsh UV rays.
Murad’s SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen is called “City Skin” for a reason! This ultra-light formula goes beyond the average product by not only shielding skin from UVA and UVB rays, but also from environmental pollutants. Protection from environmental pollutants, such as air pollution or blue light from devices, will prevent premature aging of the skin, helping you achieve an even skin tone and reducing fine lines. If you’re a city slicker who struggles with poor air quality on the daily, then Murad’s City Skin Age Defense is for you. In addition, it offers the highest SPF available on the mineral sunscreen market.
Dermaologica is known for specializing in beauty products for people with sensitive skin. If you’re prone to redness and breakouts, Dermalogica’s Super Sensitive Shield is right up your alley. In addition to protecting your skin against the sun’s harsh UV rays (Super Sensitive Shield is SPF 30), it also includes Dermalogica’s famous “UltraCalming Complex,” which contains oats and different plant extracts and oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, and ginger, to ensure skin stays cool and nourished.
La Mer does it again! If you’re a fan of the world-renowned French skincare brand, then you won’t be able to get enough of the Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid; it’s the very definition of luxury. This unique formula is silky smooth and ultra lightweight. It also absorbs quickly, making it an easy addition to your morning skincare regimen. And of course, it wouldn’t be a La Mer product without the brand’s patented Miracle Broth. Infused into every one of its lavish beauty products, Miracle Broth contains sea kelp and helps with moisture, regeneration, and radiance.
Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, Peter Thomas Roth’s Max 50 UV Milk Ultra Lite Sunscreen both protects the skin and works to prevent signs of aging. It uses a soft and sheer milky formula that can easily be applied after your daily moisturizer. Like Murad, it offers the best SPF available for mineral sunscreens (SPF 50). It’s also odourless, which is ideal for anyone who struggles with fragrance irritants, and it’s waterproof for up to eighty minutes, making it the perfect sunscreen to pack on a beach day!
Powder sunscreen? Yes, please! Colorscience recently released a brush-on powder sunscreen, and thanks to the brand’s innovations, the mineral sunscreen industry has been revolutionized. Boasting powerful SPF 30 protection, this tinted product can be worn alone or over makeup, leaving bronzed, natural-looking, and — most importantly — sun-protected skin. The instructions specify to apply liberally to the face and body. However, be warned that Colorscience’s Sunforgettable Brush-On sunscreen is not waterproof, so it’s best to use this as your daily sunscreen, rather than bringing it to the pool.