You may have read this title, seen the words, “mineral-based SPF” and immediately thought of a white overcast on your face-well, think again! I live in the golden state, aka California, in the city of the Angeles, aka Los Angeles, CA. Living in Los Angeles means that wearing is as essential as Instagramming your morning iced-matcha latte. I know a lot of people have reservations with wearing mineral-based sunscreens.
My relationship with sunscreen is decades strong, like I have baby pictures of my mom applying some on my skin, and in this time, I’ve tested dozens of chemical and physicals SPFS. I am an advocate for mineral-based sunscreens because of expert's advice and recommendations. My reasonings for choosing mineral-based sunscreens are outlined in this article by Shape. The main reasons I chose mineral-based products is because of how they block both UVA and UVB rays. After doing some research I learned that whether you’re indoors or outside, you could still be exposed to both types of UV radiation.
In a video by Allure Magazine titled “A Dermatologist's Entire Routine, from Waking Up to Skincare | Work It | Allure” I learned about your exposure to screens and longer time spent by windows could be potentially damaging to your skin. These two points raised by Dr. Idriss (@ShereeneIdriss) resonated with me as I looked at my daily routine. On a normal day working from home, I work by windows a lot or even under shade around my house. I also sit in front of my computer and phone a lot more than usual since I’m on Zoom meetings or calls all day for my job in communications and marketing.
With this essential information now on the table let’s actually talk about the best mineral-based sunscreens I’ve found. Here are my top mineral-based sunscreens for summer, whether you’re sitting by the beach or sitting in front of you laptop watching Netflix.
Top Mineral-Based Sunscreens for Summer 2020
Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 by Drunk Elephant
Since my first major Drunk Elephant haul, I have been obsessed with the Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30! Drunk Elephant’s mineral-based SPF was actually my introduction into the world of physical sunscreens when I first moved back to Los Angeles. Besides nostalgia, I’m always stocked up on this product because it works so well!
The formula includes Drunk Elephant’s signature marula oils. Not only does my skin feel hydrated all day, but it looks plump and fresh too. Definitely a perfect mineral-based sunscreen to wear around when passing the day on Zoom meetings, to running to the store, or lounging around outside. This mineral-based sunscreen has traveled with me and endured the craziest of scenarios: the elements of Utah at Sundance; the chaos of running up and down the Oscar's red carpet; and recently the runs and hikes I've taken around Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
I’ve let my family and friends use it and not only is never a white cast, because of the tint, but it’s always flattering! Drunk Elephant delivers on its promise (as always), “This unique formulation is ideal for daily use without any white residue or greasiness. With a universally flattering tint it leaves the complexion gorgeous and glowy.
Mattescreen Sunscreen SPF 40 by Supergoop!
I’m never shy of stocking up on samples from Sephora and this was a mineral-based sunscreen that I had been waiting to get a sample of! The MatteScreen Sunscreen SPF 40 by Supergoop! is the latest addition to my skincare routine, but it’s quickly made the list of my top mineral-based sunscreens for summer.
According to Supergoop.com, "This formula smooths your skin's appearance and minimizes the look of pores, all with broad spectrum SPF 40. Apply generously to your face for a natural look with shine control." On days when I want a nice matte look, this top mineral-based sunscreen by Supergoop delivers. I haven’t used this sunscreen extensively; my sample was a pea sized tube. It's a great lightweight physical sunscreen that actually blurs the size of my pores! As someone with oily-combination skin I'm always trying to find formulas that are both matte but not over-drying.
However, after the week I used it I quickly put in my order from Sephora! I wasn't even done and I knew I wanted more. As always, when it’s Will it has to be extra.
I'm a person that likes to cut to the chase - these sunscreens are my all-time favorite and best mineral-based sunscreens for summer 2020. Instead of listing several physical sunscreens that could work, I wanted to list the two that do work. These are SPFs that I #stan and that have survived the Hollywood trenches with me and daily use while living in Katy Perry's California.
I hope that you too have been inspired to explore the world of mineral-based sunscreens after reading this post! Because whether you're sitting in the sand, poolside, or on Zoom meetings all day, it's important to protect your skin. And you might as well look good, and feel better doing it!
Let me know what's your current favorite sunscreen for summer 2020. Do you think you'll be trying a mineral-based one anytime soon? Let me know if you try these by sharing a pic on social and tagging me @Willsshowem
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Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.