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The Best Mineral Sunscreen Formulas

The Best Mineral Sunscreen Formulas

Mineral Sunscreen: Decoded

Whether you’re spending the summer in a hot or cold climate, SPF (short for Sun Protection Factor) is an essential element of your daily skincare routine. The wave in popularity of mineral sunscreens has thrown SPF into the beauty spotlight, and this season the Beauty Expert team are opting for formulas that physically block and mirror the sun’s rays. Continue reading to learn the best mineral sunscreen formulas to add to your collection.

What is Mineral Sunscreen?

In comparison to Chemical Sunscreens, Physical Mineral Sunscreens are thicker in consistency, taking longer to sink into the skin but providing multiple skin benefits. Using Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, these active mineral ingredients physically block and reflect the sun’s rays to provide instant and natural broad-spectrum protection.

What are the Benefits of Mineral Sunscreen?

  • Mineral SPF is perfect for sensitive and rosacea skin as the ingredients won’t irritate.
  • It delivers sun defence as soon as the product is applied.
  • Mineral SPF is more likely to be formulated using ‘clean’ ingredients that are kind to skin and kind to the planet.
  • It acts as a mineral barrier against free radicals which cause premature ageing. This can be boosted with the application of antioxidants such as Vitamin C.

What are the Best Mineral Sunscreen Formulas?

  1. The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF30 with Antioxidants
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    The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF30 with Antioxidants

    The Ordinary are known for their effective no-fuss formulas, and their SPFs are no exception. This smooth broad-spectrum sunscreen is powered by minerals, and protects against the sun’s harmful rays and free radical damage on the skin. At the same time, this hydrating formula boosts skin repair and overall condition. Furthermore, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

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  2. Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield SPF30
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    Omorovicza Mineral UV Shield SPF30

    A bestselling product from Omorovicza, the Mineral UV Shield deserves a place in your routine. This 100% mineral formula never feels heavy, and works well on all skin types. Formulated with Vitamin C to reduce the impact of free radicals, it also acts to correct uneven skin tone. The finish is matte, making this a daily staple and a travel essential. Depending on your skin type and the season, you can wear alone or apply on top of moisturiser. Omorovicza advises to re-apply every 2 hours.

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  3. Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield
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    Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield

    The clue’s in the name, this product has been created with city life in mind. A 100% mineral shield against sun damage and pollution, the Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield is your daily defence to deflect toxins, retain moisture and defy the visible signs of ageing.

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  4. Murad City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50
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    Murad City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50

    Created by the experts at Murad, the City Skin Age Defence Broad Spectrum SPF50 is a 100% mineral fragrance-free suncreen that’s easily absorbed into the skin without leaving residue. This multi-benefit formula utilises Titanium Dioxide and Vitamin C to block UVA and UVB rays, pollution, infared radiation and blue light. Delivering a luminous finish, all skin types will love this.

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  5. Paula's Choice Calm Mineral Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oily Skin
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    Paula's Choice Calm Mineral Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Oily Skin

    If you prefer a moisturiser and SPF in one, the Paula’s Choice Calm Mineral Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an ideal choice. Enriched with a blend of minerals and antioxidants to deliver hydration, anti-inflammatory benefits and broad-spectrum protection in one simple step, this lightweight formula is particularly effective on oily, combination and sensitive skin.

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  6. Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF50
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    Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF50

    A high concentration of protection at SPF50, the Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield SPF50 is a nourishing blend of Wheat Proteins and 100% mineral UVA and UVB filters to fully protect the complexion. With a breathable finish that sits well under makeup, this product is one of Darphin’s most coveted products for a reason.

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  7. Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Spray
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    Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Spray

    One of the best mineral sunscreen formulas for the body, the Bioderma Photoderm Mineral SPF50+ Spray can be used by adults and children above six months. Ideal for sensitive skin, you’ll love the soft cream texture, safeguarding the skin against the sun’s harmful rays. You’ll also love how convenient the spray bottle is for application on the go.

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