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Sunscreen is a must anytime you’re going to be in the sun, but it’s important to pick the right type for your skin and your lifestyle. While most traditional bottles are chemical-based sunscreens, these can sometimes irritate sensitive skin. Enter mineral sunscreen — a safe and effective alternative to typical tubes that is especially recommended for this skin type.

Mineral sunscreens physically block UV rays by reflecting them away from the skin, while chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays, Marisa Garshick, MD, an NYC-based board-certified dermatologist told Insider.

Jeanine Downie, MD, board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey, pointed out that mineral sunscreens aren’t necessarily “healthier” for your skin than chemical sunscreens — if you choose a chemical option with gentle ingredients, it shouldn’t irritate sensitive skin and you won’t deal with any white residue. But some people do prefer an always-gentle mineral sunscreen or want to err on the side of caution until we understand exactly how the chemical ingredients absorbed into our bloodstream interact with human hormones.

Mineral sunscreen’s biggest downside is that it’s traditionally been hard to rub in, leaving your arms and legs with a white sheen. But newer formulas rub in just as well as chemical sunscreens, and many brands have formulated options specifically for those with a darker skin tone. 

Whichever sunscreen you’re using, it’s important to always use SPF 30 or above and to reapply the formula every two hours if you’re in the Northeast, every hour if you’re closer to the equator, Dr. Downie said. You should apply sunscreen more often if you have fairer skin, too.

With dermatologist-backed perspectives, research, and testing, we rounded up the best mineral sunscreens — and a complementary FAQ on sunscreen use and efficacy — below.

Here are the best mineral sunscreens of 2021:

Best mineral sunscreen overall: CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50
Best budget mineral sunscreen: Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen Lotion
Best spray-on mineral sunscreen: Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray
Best mineral sunscreen for darker skin: SkinMedica Total Defense Repair SPF 34 Tinted Sunscreen
Best water-resistant mineral sunscreen: EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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The 6 best mineral sunscreens for all skin tones, backed by dermatologists

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