The Doctors' Top Picks for Mineral Sunscreens


Protecting yourself from sunburn and the sun's harmful rays is important no matter what time of the year it is and dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra shares her top mineral sunscreens (an alternative to chemical sunscreens), which contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that sit on the skin and deflect the sun.

She says these products are great alternatives for people who might be concerned UV rays, want good SFP protection and being mindful of the ingredients in traditional forms of sunscreen, which she notes are safe when applied as directed. Dr. Batra's top picks are:

MD Solar Science Creme Sunscreen and Beauty Balm

The Mineral Creme sunscreen provides maximum protection and is silky smooth and blends quickly. It is also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (ideal for sensitive skin and acne-prone skin) and is naturally derived. Its UVA-UVB protection helps reduce the risk of photoaging and skin cancer. The Beauty Balm delivers anti-aging benefits in a whipped texture and has a matte finish. The Beauty Blam also reduces the appearance of redness and discoloration.

Solar Protection TiZo 

This sunscreen lotion goes on dry and stays dry without being oily or greasy. It has vitamins A, C, and E, which can help protect and act as a moisturizer for the skin, while shielding it from the sun's harsh UV rays and may also help to prevent visible signs of aging. It also has a matte finish and can be great for layering under makeup. 

Colorescience Sunforgettable Powder Sunscreen SPF 50

Made from a mineral formula, Colorscience provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It contains a small amount of natural-looking tinted color which can help with the appearance of your complexion. It is easy to apply on top of makeup and is chemical-free and non-greasy. 

Coola Organic Mineral Sunscreen Spray

This option comes in a handy travel-size and is great for taking on vacation. It contains natural antioxidants derived from cucumber, algae, strawberry, and red raspberry seed oil, which is said to provide enhanced UV protection. It provides SPF protection that will last through sweat, swimming, and sports.

As always, Dr. Batra stresses to always use sunscreen when you are outdoors and strongly warns against DIY natural sunscreen, as there is no proof they are safe or effective.

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