Mineral sunscreen is lauded as the next generation of sun protection—but what is it, exactly? Here’s your answer: mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to physically prevent UV rays from reaching the skin rather than chemical agents that absorb and filter UV independently.
Not only are mineral formulas gentler on sensitive skin, but they’re also considered the best type of sunscreen for the acne-prone, as anti-microbial zinc oxide even has acne-fighting benefits. The best part, however, is that today’s advanced formulas won’t leave even a hint of chalky residue behind… and we know, because we tested them. These 9 killer mineral sunscreens are guaranteed to protect your beautiful complexion, even when you’re basking in the sun.