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The Best Mineral Face Sunscreens

June 14, 2021

The best advice my mother ever gave me? Wear sunscreen everyday! Her incredible skin is proof that daily sunscreen use works! So yesterday we discussed body sunscreens but today I wanted to focus on the best natural and mineral face sunscreens.

Now I know it’s tempting to just slather that body sunscreen all over your face but I really wouldn’t recommend it. Oftentimes body sunscreens use way heavier oils that will likely cause clogged pores and breakouts. Natural body sunscreens, while more expensive than conventional, tend to be more affordable than natural face sunscreens because they can get away with using ingredients that are cheaper (in price, not quality) but also aren’t necessarily what you want to be putting on your face.

That’s why I use a different body and face sunscreen. Also natural sunscreen tends to give that “white glow” that you get from pure zinc oxide so you will likely want a different formula for your face so you don’t look like a ghost. Although if you’re into that – go for it!

I’ve spent the last few years trying out different natural face sunscreens but in the last year or so brands have come out with some EPIC products. I can honestly say that the natural face sunscreens you can buy these days are just as good, if not better than conventional sunscreen. So with that, I thought I’d share my favorite natural and mineral face sunscreens with you and why I think each one is worth investing in.

Also! As mentioned yesterday, always look for a product that has Broad Spectrum SPF. Okay let’s do this…


There are plenty of other natural facial sunscreen brands out there that I didn’t include either because a) I don’t like them or b) I haven’t tried them. Consider this a running list that I’ll add to if I discover others I like, but for now this list of the best natural face sunscreens seems pretty comprehensive with at least one option for everyone. Let me know in the comments below if there are any other face sunscreens you love.

Like this post? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

The Best Natural Face Sunscreens

01. ILIA Skin Tint (SPF 40)

This product is amazing! It is NOT a foundation but it does provide a light coverage that evens out skin tone. Not only that, but it also contains 40 SPF and skin benefitting ingredients like hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. The shade ranges are incredible and it leaves zero white-cast. It's a perfect everyday product.

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02. Suntegrity Impeccable Skin (SPF 30)

Tanya and I have been looking for a product like this for a long time, and Suntegrity finally answered! This is more of a BB cream so it provides coverage that you don't get from their tinted 5-in-1 which essentially just masked the white hue. While it isn't entirely a foundation (I still need to use concealer for any zits I have), it does even out skin tone and dries down matte. Perfect for anyone looking for an oil-free option with a great shade range.

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03. Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream (SPF 30)

If you're an OG Healthy Maven fan then you know I'm obsessed with this product. It's insanely expensive so I only buy it once a year in the big bottle at the Credo Beauty sale (20% off!). I always buy the tinted version and I love how moisturizing this product is but you barely notice it at all.

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04. Hynt Beauty SUN PREP (SPF 25)

Do I trust this natural face sunscreen for a day at the beach? Absolutely not. It even says on the bottle: reapply after getting wet and every 2 hours. This "barely there" facial SPF is exactly that: barely there. It's the only sheer natural facial sunscreen I have found so if you want something that you can put under your makeup with zero white tint, you will love this one!

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05. Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR CC Cream (SPF 30)

We all need a beach day SPF and for those days I reach for this Juice Beauty CC cream. It is reef-safe and has anti-aging benefits that none of the other facial sunscreens on this list have so it's kind of a double-whammy. I will reapply it throughout the day but I trust that I won't burn or overexpose my skin when wearing this. Note: This one is a bit thicker with a very slight white cast (though likely less for the darker shades) but I trust this one for those very sunny beach days for this reason.

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06. Saie Slip Tint (SPF 35)

This new-to-me tinted moisturizer (jumped on the train a littler late ) is great for dry skin looking for an extra dose of hydration plus a solid 35 SPF protection. It comes in a great variety of shade ranges and leaves zero cast. I don't know that I trust this for a beach day (I still reach for the Juice Beauty CC cream for that) but it's a great everyday SPF with a nice overall coverage for all skin types.

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07. Unsun Cosmetics Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 30)

This sunscreen gives a nice dewy glow without the white cast. Great for sensitive or blemish-prone skin! I don't know that I'd rank this as my favorite but it is on the slightly-more affordable side as far as natural face sunscreens go.

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  • Reply
    September 22, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    I recently switched to a natural sunscreen and the feel and results are visible better than the conventional ones. I knew Ilia was a great brand but now I want to try your recommendation! Do you have any specific ingredients that you look for when buying a natural sunscreen?

    Thank you for the great post! Have a great day. 🙂

  • Reply
    Alexandria Cannito
    May 29, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I have been looking for a natural face sunscreen to use but wasn’t sure which brand would be best. This list has been helpful for comparing brands. Thank you for sharing!

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