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12 Mineral Sunscreens That Won't Leave You Looking Like a Pasty Mess

Stay sun safe with these upgraded takes on physical SPF
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You already know that sunscreen is a summer (and well, really year-round) must. But what you might not be aware of is there are actually two types of sun protection: chemical and mineral (also known as physical). Mineral sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect your skin from the sun, tends to be a great option for people with sensitive skin.

That's because physical SPF sits on top of your skin and acts as a barrier to UV light, whereas chemical sunscreen gets absorbed, which can cause irritation in people prone to sensitivity. Mineral sunscreen is also generally a better pick for the environment, as certain chemicals in chemical sunscreen can cause damage to coral reefs.

While there are a lot of good reasons to use mineral sunscreen, many formulas leave a pasty white cast, thanks to the zinc oxide.

Luckily, there are some pretty amazing new formulations out there that virtually melt into skin so you don't have to worry about looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost (or Mark Zuckerberg on a wind surfing excursion) the next time you head to the beach. Here, our favorite mineral sunscreens to keep you shielded from the sun this summer and beyond.

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If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then this mineral SPF is the one for you. The fragrance-free formula is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores, while rose extract and aloe vera help balance your skin's oil levels. Plus, it's got a matte finish so you don't have to worry about looking greasy midday.

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This mattifying mineral sunscreen features non-nano zinc oxide that not only blocks UVA and UVB light (the types of UV that cause premature aging and burning, respectively) but also blue light from your phone that can damage skin. It's also formulated with oil-absorbing ingredients and antioxidants.

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Slather your face and body in this mineral sunscreen that seamlessly blends into skin with no cast left behind. As a bonus, it's loaded with antioxidants for additional environmental protection.

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Stick sunscreens are super-convenient — you can throw them in your bag without having to worry they'll spill open, and you can easily apply (and reapply) on the go. This gentle, mineral, fragrance-free stick is the perfect pick for sensitive and acne-prone skin types.

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