Best mineral sunscreens

If you are like me and have sensitive skin, it’s difficult to find the right sunscreen.

My skin is acne prone, dry in the winter and normal-oily in the summer, and very sensitive. I don’t want the heavy greasy feel and no thanks to the white line in the hair! It’s a tall order!

Here is what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has to say about sunscreens. And here’s what they say about the ingredients in sunscreens.

I can sum it up for you – no retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, octinoxate, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, avobenzone due to toxicity or cancer concerns. Some of these ingredients absorbs into the bloodstream! No to fragrance. Personally, no to cetearyl alchohol.

Yes to zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and Meroxyl SX / Ecamsule. Yes to antioxidants. Because UV rays can create free radicals when hitting the sunscreen particles. Yes to SPF 30 or SPF 50. Yes to non comedogenic. Let’s get started!

Dr Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50 – 4/5drdennisgross

This sunscreen feels like a dream. It’s actually perfect. However, it’s also quite expensive. The ingredients are beautiful and include green tea extract, amla extract, vitamin C, vitamin E. It is completely clear and leaves no white cast. What about nanoparticles? I don’t know, so a star off for that, and the price.

Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (12.0%) Inactive Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Biotin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Isostearate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Resveratrol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone, Water (Aqua)

Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen (Face) SPF 50 – 3/5


Overall a good sunscreen. It was not drying, or moisturising. It did leave a bit of a white cast and I did get the white hair line :(. It didn’t cause me to break out at all. In fact it seemed to calm down my skin. I did feel it a bit heavy on my skin and this was a bit annoying. It felt nice to wash it off in the evening.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (4%), Zinc Oxide (6%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Cross polymer, Dimethicone PEG-8 Laurate, Polymethylmethacrylate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/ C12-22 Alkylmethacrylate Copolymer, Lecithin, Trisiloxane, Oleic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Alumina, Methicone, Isostearic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Chloride

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Baby Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 50


It’s for a baby, it’s zinc based – check check. Unfortunately it does leave a white cast and it’s quite drying. Great for people with oily skin. I don’t think it had any antioxidants either. 3/5.

MD Solar Sciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

Will update soon!

Actives: 2% Titanium Dioxide, 17% Zinc Oxide
Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Iron Oxides, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract.