4th June 2019

5 Best Mineral SPF For Face

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Two questions keep cropping up: 1) ”What is mineral sunscreen?” and 2) ”Is mineral SPF better for you?”. A minefield for most, and a complete mystery to some, I’m here to guide you through the best mineral suncream options and answer any questions you may have about this trending topic.

To answer the first question, mineral sunscreens are also known as physical SPFs, or more commonly known as sunblocks. Why? Because they create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. They don’t penetrate your skin, they sit on the surface and reflect UV, which makes them the ideal option for skin types prone to breakouts and sensitivity, but on the flip-side, this also means you need to top-up more frequently.

Secondly, Mineral sunscreen uses active ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to protect your skin, rather than chemicals. So yes, I think Mineral SPF is better for you (if you have problematic skin), and now you know what mineral sunscreen is. Here are my tried and tested favourites…

Top Tips for Using Mineral SPFs

 

As much as mineral SPFs are in demand right now, they sometimes get a bad rep for the dreaded white cast and thicker textures; but I’ve found 5 of the best mineral SPF that you’ll love as much as I do.

1) Never rub them in. Always apply them in downwards motions, and you’ll avoid a white cast.

2) Always apply mineral sunscreens 20 minutes before heading into the sun.

3) Make sure you top up every 80 minutes to avoid burning your skin. Choose zinc oxide based SPFs if you want a higher UVA/UVB absorption.

 

#1 The Best Mineral SPF for Oily Skin

Best Mineral SPF for Oily Skin REN Clean Screen
REN Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen SPF30

What is it?

Texture: Cream

✔️ Zinc oxide (22%)
✔️ Non-nano
✔️ Vegan
✔️ Broad Spectrum protection
✔️ UVA/UVB & blue light protection

Why is it different?

When a sunscreen takes six years to develop, you know it’s going to be better than ‘good’. REN are calling this ‘the cleanest SPF’ on the planet; as it doesn’t compromise on your skin or the environment. Plus, what’s unique about this mineral SPF is the fact it’s the only mattifying SPF in this line-up, making it great for oily t-zones or combination skin types.

My thoughts?
When I thought I couldn’t love REN any more than I do, they launch Clean Screen, a mineral SPF that’s kind to my oily skin, but also kind to the environment. I need to start by telling you how incredible Clean Screen smells; unlike many mineral sunscreens, this one smells a little like green tea with a slice of lemon, which adds to the pleasurability. It’s your standard Mineral SPF white cream texture, but a little bit goes a long way, you don’t need to use a lot to reap the benefits.

 

#2 The Best Mineral SPF for Premature Ageing

Best Mineral SPF for Anti Ageing Caudalie Anti Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF50
Caudalie Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare SPF50

Texture: Cream

✔️ Titanium Dioxide
✔️ Non-nano
✔️ Vegan
✔️ Broad Spectrum protection
✔️ UVA/UVB & blue light protection

*Contains Avobenzone and Ethylhexyl Triazone.

 

What is it?

Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle SPF 50 is a mineral facial SPF made with ingredients that are both kind to the skin and nature. Comfortable to wear and pleasurable to use, its delicately scented formula is entirely biodegradable while offering your skin the maximum protection when you’re in the sun.

Why is it different?

More targeted to those that are conscious of the ageing effects of the sun, thanks to Caudalie’s patented antioxidant technology, this mineral SPF can help protect your skin’s DNA up to 99%. It also is enriched with Caudalie’s famous grape water to keep your skin soft and smooth. Our customers love the unique scent of frangipani flowers- it’s a constant reminder of sunnier skies!

My thoughts?

You’ll love this sunscreen if you want your SPF to have skincare benefits too. Its moisturising formula feels like silk on the skin, giving a healthy, bouncy glow.

 

#3 The Best Tinted Mineral SPF

Best Tinted Mineral SPF Clarins Mineral SPF30 Compact Texture
Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact for Face SPF 30

Texture: Fluid

✔️ Zinc and Titanium Dioxide
✔️ Vegan

✔️ Water and sweat resistant

✔️ Oil-free

What is it?

Clarins Mineral Sun Care Compact is a tinted mineral SPF that instantly protects the skin while making it glow. Its nomadic compact packaging, made from recycled plastic makes it perfect for taking to the beach (sand won’t get it in), or your makeup bag. I love the fact it’s equipped with a handy mirror and a silicone sponge for easy and hygienic touch-ups.

Why is it different?

Skincare pioneers, Clarins have taken their beauty expertise and creating something extra special with SPF, and there are so many reasons to get excited about it. Not only is it the only tinted formula in this line-up, but this means even darker skins won’t experience white cast. It’s also an excellent option for men, as its seamless coverage is great at unifying the skin.

My thoughts?
I’m going to go as far as saying this is the best-tinted SPF I’ve ever tried. Beauty editors (including myself) are raving about this compact mineral SPF, and I feel I have to tell you why. This mineral SPF took me by complete surprise. Why? A few reasons. It feels water-like and weightless, giving the skin an incredible dew that never fails to fake a good skin say. It sits perfectly under make up; you get no pilling or excess shine, just a bouncy, soft texture which is all thanks to this 100% plant-based formula.

 

#4 The Best Mineral SPF for Face and Body

Best Mineral SPF Face Body Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Texture
Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF 50+

Texture: Milk

✔️ Zinc and Titanium Dioxide
✔️ Vegan

✔️ Unscented

✔️ Water resistant

What is it?

Made with sun intolerant skin in mind, Bioderma’s Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ is a mineral sun cream for both the face and body. Formulated with 100% mineral UVA/UVB protective filters, it’s gentle milky formula keeps skin safe in the sun.

Why is it different?

Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ is the SPF for you if you have extremely sensitive skin, or if you just hate applying sun cream. You’ll love its minimal formula and spray format. Plus, you can use this mineral sunscreen on your face and body. It’s also completely safe and suitable for children over six months old.

My thoughts?
Bioderma are completely trustworthy when it comes to sensitive skin friendly suncare, and their Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ is no different. I’m a huge fan of its lightweight texture, and the fact I only need to pack 1 spf to use on my face and body as this one doesn’t break me out as its non-comedogenic.

 

#5 The Best Daily Mineral SPF Moisturiser

Best Mineral SPF Moisturiser bareMinerals Moisturiser SPF30 Texture
bareMinerals SkinLongevity Vital Power Moisturiser SPF30

Texture: Fluid

✔️ Zinc (12.506%) and Titanium Dioxide (3.28%)

✔️ Vegan

 

What is it?

bareMineral’s debut moisturiser: Vital Power SPF30+ is a day cream with a bonus of mineral-based SPF 30. Lightweight and breathable, thanks to bareMineral’s expertise in makeup and textures, the consistency of this mineral SPF is that of a moisturiser, which sits seamlessly underneath makeup, and it also makes skin look healthy and radiant when worn alone.

Why is it different?

This mineral sun cream is different as it’s a moisturiser and SPF in one product – which is great for anyone who wants a do-it-all formula. The SkinLongevity moisturiser ticks all of the boxes for radiance. A combination of peony and black coffee extract is what helps to full dullness and dehydration for glowy, supple skin results.

My thoughts?

I do love layering my skincare, but this is the perfect option for those who don’t. This moisturiser doesn’t feel heavy; neither is it heavily fragranced. This a great skincare option for everyday protection, as well as prolonged radiance with its dullness diminishing ingredients line up. Prefer a mineral SPF powder, try the bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 instead.

 

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