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Editor's Picks: 25 of the Best and Safest Sunscreens for Your Face

The top SPFs on the market to shield your skin from sun damage.
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Every summer, I round up the best sunscreens I've found, and this year, I've got more options to show you than ever before!

We've already talked about my favourite tinted sunscreens, which offer sheer to medium coverage, as well as sun protection, in an array of non-whitening shades. (If you missed that list, check it out here.)

Now, it's time for the main event—my complete guide to high-performing sunscreens for your face!

As always, I ONLY recommend mineral SPFs, and specifically ones that are high in zinc oxide, the best ingredient we have available in North America for full UVA and UVB protection. (Elsewhere in the world, Tinosorb M, a.k.a. Bisoctrizole, and Tinosorb S, a.k.a. Bemotrizinol, are also safe filters to look for.) 

My 2018 list includes lots of new products I've discovered (and new loves such as Ava Isa, DeVita and Kosmea), which are designed to be lightweight. But I've also included several face/body formulations, at more affordable price points—remember, you don't necessarily NEED a special sunscreen for your face, since the active ingredients are the same! 

Which one(s) you choose just depends on your skin, your preferences, your budget and your activities. Personally, I care most about water-resistance and affordability when I'm on the beach, swimming, etc., going through a lot of product. But for day-to-day city wear, I want an elegant, matte finish and no silicones.

Whatever you're looking for, I've definitely got you covered here. Read on to discover the top sunscreens to protect your most precious body part!

The Best Sunscreens for Your Face

Best sunscreen for face

Face sunscreens from Derma E, Drunk Elephant, DeVita, CyberDerm, Kosmea, Juice Beauty and Ava Isa.

Any product I try has to meet my sunscreen criteria, which I'll briefly recap:

  • Zinc oxide: Ideally, 20 percent zinc oxide or more, or 15 to 20 percent zinc oxide with at least 7.5 percent titanium dioxide. There are a couple of exceptions below, which I will explain!
  • PUFA-free or low PUFA: Polyunsaturated oils (PUFAs), which are extremely unstable, should not be in the first five or so ingredients because they become toxic in UV light.
  • Free of AHAs and vitamin A: Alpha-hydroxy acids and retinyl palmitate (or other forms of vitamin A) increase photosensitivity. None of the sunscreens on this list contain them!

Other considerations include:

  • Silicones: Silicone-free or low silicone is best for skin, but I do have a couple high-silicone products (which would be appropriate for swimming, sports, etc.).
  • Whitening: I've noted the ones I find (or that claim to be) non-whitening, but keep in mind I have light skin! If the white cast is a major concern for you, be sure to read my tinted sunscreen guide.
  • Fragrance: None is best, but some formulas do contain natural or synthetic fragrance.
  • Parabens: Everything here is paraben-free.
  • Cruelty-free: The brands here that are NOT cruelty-free are Neutrogena and Shiseido.
  • Water-resistance: Not every brand makes this claim, because it's a test they actually have to pay for (who knew?!). So you MAY still get water-resistance from other formulas, even if they don't promise that.
  • Reef-safe: Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are reef-safe. The only ingredient here that is not is CyberDerm's encapsulated octinoxate, which is safe for skin—just not for coral reefs.

Note: I'm not concerned about nanoparticles, especially with zinc oxide-only formulas, which have not been shown to penetrate the skin (see EWG's article here). For more background on how I choose sunscreen, check out this tutorial!

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Attitude 100 Percent Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

Attitude 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is my favourite affordable sunscreen option with a super-minimal, clean ingredients list. This is a face and body product with a lotion texture, which dries down beautifully so it's not greasy or heavy. Although it also comes in Tropical and Orange Blossom, I would go for this fragrance-free one.

Where to buy: Attitude 

Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide (20%). Other Ingredients: Aqua, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, glyceryl isostearate, glyceryl stearate, C10-18 triglycerides, glycerin, polyhydroxystearic acid, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, xanthan gum, sodium gluconate.

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100 Percent Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

Attitude Sensitive Skin 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is almost identical to the brand's original fragrance-free sunscreen, but with the addition of one percent colloidal oatmeal (oat kernel flour) to soothe the skin. Again, it feels great on the skin—I've been using this brand for several summers now!

Where to buy: AttitudeWell.ca 

Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide (20%). Inactive Ingredients: Aqua/eau/water (solvent), Caprylic/capric triglyceride (emollient), Cetearyl alcohol (thickener), Cetearyl glucoside (emulsifier), Avena sativa (oat) kernel flour (soothing agent), Glyceryl isostearate (emollient), Glyceryl stearate (emulsifier), C10-18 triglycerides (emollient), Glycerin (humectant), Polyhydroxystearic acid (emulsifier), Ethylhexylglycerin (emollient/preservative), Caprylyl glycol (emollient/preservative), Xanthan gum (viscosity controlling agent), Sodium gluconate (chelator).

Ava Isa Pure Untinted SPF 45

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Ava Isa Pure Untinted SPF 45

Ava Isa Pure Untinted SPF 45. (Note: Final packaging will be in a larger 80 mL tube.)

Ava Isa Pure Untinted SPF 45 is a new sheer matte sunscreen launching this month from The Sunscreen Company (it also comes in a tint, which I reviewed and swatched here). If you're looking for an elegant, lightweight, non-whitening formula with amazing protection, this is it! 

Note: Even though it only has 15 percent zinc oxide, this is a true SPF 45 because it features a new, patent-pending, certified organic material (Bio UVA) that increases the UV protection by 60 percent. They're not using any anti-inflammatories or antioxidants to artificially inflate the SPF number!

Where to buy: The Sunscreen Company • Well.ca (available July 2018)

Active Ingredient: 15% Zinc Oxide. Other Ingredients: Aqua, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate*, Isostearic Acid*, Polylactic Acid*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Propanediol*, Undecane*, Tridecane*, Cetearyl Olivate*, Sorbitan Olivate*, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate*, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Cerium Dioxide, Silica, Aluminium Hydroxide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin*, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Xanthan Gum. *Certified organic

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Low silicone ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25.

CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 25 is a lightweight sunscreen that I've been recommending for many years now. What makes it unique is the combination of zinc oxide and encapsulated octinoxate—the encapsulation makes it act like a mineral, and is completely safe. This sunscreen doesn't leave a white cast and dries to a semi-matte finish.

Where to buy: CyberDerm • Well.ca

Active Ingredients: (w/w) 15% Zinc Oxide (ZinClearTM), 7.5% Octinoxate (Encapsulated). Other Ingredients: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth 20, Steareth-20, Glycerin, Cetyl, Dimethicone, Methylcellulose, Trisodium Ethylenediame Disuccinate, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, PVP, Chlorphenesin, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA.

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50

CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50.

Coming later this summer, CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra SPF 50 is replacing the original Simply Zinc, a product I've praised time and time again on this website! I've been testing a lab sample of the new version, which now has a tint and a more fluid texture. You can see my swatches here. Of note is the higher zinc oxide content, 25 percent, and SPF 50 thanks to the Bio UVA innovation I mentioned (soon be included in ALL The Sunscreen Company's sunscreens). If you found Simply Zinc too heavy, white or greasy before, I urge you to give Ultra a shot!

Where to buy: The Sunscreen Company (available August 2018)

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide* 25%. Other Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Cococaprylate/Caprate*, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate*, Isostearic Acid*, Polylactic Acid*, Coconut Alkanes*, Sodium-Phospho-Magnesium Silicate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes*, Water/Eau, Picea Abies Extract, Propanediol*, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Cerium Dioxide, Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polyhydroxystearic Acid. May Contain: Black, Yellow, Red Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide. *Certified organic

Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Low silicone ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

Derma E Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of my favourite sunscreens for oily and acne-prone skin. Although a white lotion, it blends out clear, sinks in fast and feels really lightweight to wear. 

Note: This one is prone to balling up if you wear it over a moisturizer or serum. Try layering a couple drops of face oil underneath it instead. When I do that, it doesn't pill!  

Where to buy: Amazon.caAmazon.com • Amazon.co.uk • Derma E • DermstoreeBay • iHerb • Walgreens • Well.ca

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Coco-Caprylate (Coconut Derived), Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Lauryl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Glycerin (Vegetable Derived), Microcrystalline Cellulose (Plant Derived), Cellulose Gum (Plant Derived), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Phytic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol. *Certified organic 

DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30

DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+.

DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+ is a new discovery this year, and I absolutely love it. Along with Derma E, I would not hesitate to recommend it for acne-prone and oily skin—well, any type of skin, really! It is a super-minimal, natural formula, and dries down incredibly fast, becoming matte and clear. Although it falls just short of 20 percent zinc (it has 19 percent), I'd say it's the perfect sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen!

Where to buy: Amazon.ca • Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk • DeVita • iHerb

Active Ingredient: Micronized Zinc Oxide 19%. Inactive Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (certified organic aloe vera gel), Purified Water (aqua), Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Glyceryl stearate SE (derived from vegetable oil), Stearic acid, Lecithin phospholipid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Allantoin, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is your best bet at Sephora. On light skin, I think you'll find it nice and sheer, but there's also a tinted version that I've reviewed and swatched here. There is some super-fine shimmer, but I honestly can't even detect it on my skin (I know others do see it, though!). It dries ever so slightly dewy, but not greasy, and I appreciate that it doesn't feel like I'm wearing sunscreen. Because of the marula oil, which is a heavier oil, this probably isn't ideal for acne.

Where to buy: Drunk ElephantSephora

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Propanediol, Steareth-21, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Silica, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Sprout Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil/Tocopheryl Succinate Aminopropanediol Esters, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Sea Water, Acetyl Glucosamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Glycine, Sucrose, Lecithin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491)

Green Cricket SPF 30 Face Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Water resistant ✓ Reef-safe

Green Cricket SPF 30 Face Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen

Green Cricket SPF 30 Face Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen.

Green Cricket SPF 30 Face Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen is new to me this year, and it would be great for someone with dry skin who wants minimal, natural ingredients. It is a very emollient, hydrating formula and could easily replace a moisturizing cream. Be aware that it does leave an oily finish.

Note: The ingredients below are what is posted on their website, but the back of the label actually lists them in a different order—the same order as LaSpa, below! As it turns out, the same formula is being sold by two different companies... this is the cheaper one! 

Where to buy: Amazon.caGreen CricketWell.ca

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide powder 20%. Other Ingredients: Isoamyl Cocoate; Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil; Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride; Cera Alba (beeswax); Persea gratissima (avocado) oil; Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax; Tocopherol; Bisabolol.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer could also replace a daily face cream. While it is creamy and hydrating, I think it's fine for acne-prone skin, too, because it is oil-free and unlikely to clog pores. Just keep in mind that it leaves skin shiny, so you'd probably want to powder it down. 

Note: Juice Beauty also makes a tinted CC cream with the same amount of zinc and five shades—I've swatched mine here!

Where to buy: Amazon.ca • Amazon.com • AnthropologieBluemercury • Bloomingdale's • Credo BeautyDermstore • Free People • Juice BeautyNeiman Marcus • Sephora • SkinStore • Ulta

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, sorbitan stearate, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, tocopherol (Vitamin E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), sodium hyaluronate†, punica granatum (organic pomegranate juice extract)*, algae extract, cucumis sativus extract (cucumber extract), panthenol, citrus limonum bark, iron oxides, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin†, citrus reticulata (mandarin oil), citrus aurantium (petitgrain oil). *Certified organic. †Plant derived.

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30.

Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 is yet another new sunscreen in my rotation. This is a product I could happily wear daily without feeling like I needed to rush home to wash my face! It does have a tint, which I've swatched here, but doesn't really cover; it's just non-whitening. It absorbs in about a minute, becoming semi-matte and not at all oily.  

Where to buy: Amazon.ca • Amazon.com • KosmeaWell.ca

Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Aqua. Caprylic/capric triglyceride. Caprylyl Glycol. Cetearyl Alcohol. Hydroxypropyl starch phosphate. Phenethyl alcohol. Sorbitan stearate. Boswellia carterii Oil (Frankincense). Cetearyl glucoside. Citrus sinensis Peel Essential Oil (Sweet Orange). Lavender Essential Oil. Pelargonium graveolens. Flower Oil. Polyhydroxystearic Acid. Rosa canina Seed Extract. Sucrose cocoate. Xanthan Gum. Aloe barbadensis leaf extract. Camellia sinensis Leaf Extract. Carthamus tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil. C.I. 77491. C.I. 77492. C.I. 77499. Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract. Glycerin. Isoamyl laurate. Rosa canina Fruit Oil. Citric Acid.

LaSpa Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Water-resistant ✓ Reef-safe

LaSpa Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

LaSpa Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

So, just like Green Cricket, LaSpa Moisturizing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is a an oil-based sunscreen with a short, natural ingredients list... the SAME ingredients list! It wasn't until I examined the back of this label that I discovered Green Cricket actually formulates this product FOR LaSpa (they're both Canadian companies). I'm still recommending both for dry skin, and this one has a nicer label, but it is also double the price!

Where to buy: LaSpa

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: beeswax, bisabolol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, isoamyl cocoate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, tocopherols.

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Water-resistant ✓ Reef-safe

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50.

If you don't mind silicones and need a waterproof SPF at not too high a price point, Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is one to try. Truth be told, I don't find this particularly "sheer," and you have to rub it in well to get rid of the white. I would not wear this daily, but it does the job for the beach or pool!

Where to buy: Amazon.ca • Amazon.comAmazon.co.ukCVSJet • Neutrogena • Target • Walmart 🇨🇦 • Walmart 🇺🇸 • Well.ca 

Active Ingredient: Zinc oxide 21.6% (sunscreen). Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Ethyl Methicone,Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica, Colloidal Oatmeal, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Flower/Leaf/Stem Juice, Glyceryl Behenate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Dimethicone/Bis-Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Vanilla Coconut Natural Sunscreen SPF 31

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Vanilla Coconut Natural Sunscreen SPF 31

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Vanilla Coconut Natural Sunscreen SPF 31.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company Vanilla Coconut Natural Sunscreen SPF 31 is a 100 percent natural sunscreen with a really unique texture. It's thick but not oily, has a very slight tint, and spreads out beautifully, becoming clear and almost matte. This can be worn on face and body, and I've used it for a couple years now with no breakout issues. If you want a natural SPF but without the oiliness of Green Cricket/LaSpa, I'd suggest this one or DeVita

Where to buy: Rocky Mountain Soap Company • Well.ca

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20.1% Other Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aqua, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin*, Coco-Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Natural Vanilla Flavour/Aroma, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Hectorite, Natural Coconut Flavour/Aroma, Xanthan Gum. *Organic

More Face Sunscreens to Try

Besides the products above, all of which I've personally tested, I have a few more face sunscreens to share that I've come across during my research. These would also be good choices, as they meet or come close to what I look for in terms of ingredients.

Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer SPF 30.

Block Island Organics Natural Face Moisturizer SPF 30 is a face-specific sunscreen that is said to be invisible on the skin. It has antioxidants as well as a high level of zinc, 22 percent.

Where to buy: Amazon.comBlock Island Organics

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 22%. Other Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice*, Aqua (Deionized Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Gluconolactone, Glycerin*, Glyceryl Isostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lecithin*, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Zemea (Corn) Propanediol. *Certified organic

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

Block Island Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is the brand's face/body sunscreen, and I actually like the look of this formula a little bit better, as it doesn't have any PUFA oils (they use more stable coconut oil and jojoba oil instead).

Where to buy: Amazon.caAmazon.comBlock Island Organics

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 22%. Other Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice*, Aqua (Deionized Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Gluconolactone, Glycerin*, Lecithin*, Octyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Zemea Propanediol. *Certified organic

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Water-resistant ✓ Reef-safe

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen.

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen is the brand's water-resistant sunscreen, and perfect if you do lots of outdoor activities but still want a natural, silicone-free product.

Where to buy: Amazon.caAmazon.comBloomingdale's • BluemercuryCredo Beauty • DermstoreFree PeopleGoop • Juice Beauty • Sephora • SkinStore • Ulta

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice)*, cocos nucifera (organic coconut oil)*, pyrus malus (organic apple juice)*, vitis vinifera (organic white grape juice)*, caprylic/capric triglyceride†, sorbitan stearate, ricinus communis (castor seed oil), hydrogenated methyl abietate, polyglyceryl-10 laurate, magnesium sulfate, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil)*, tocopherol (Vitamin E), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C), citrus limon (lemon extract), iron oxides, phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin†, citrus reticulata (mandarin oil), citrus aurantium (petitgrain oil). †Plant derived. *Certified organic.

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Low silicone ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Creme SPF 30

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30.

Kerstin Florian Correcting Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30 is one of the few day creams I've seen that actually measures up in terms of sunscreen ingredients (most are way too low in actives). This has a great 20 percent zinc and barely any silicone.

Where to buy: Amazon.ca • Amazon.comB-Glowing • Dermstore • Kerstin Florian • SkinStore

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide (20.2%). Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Coco-Caprylate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Propanediol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Squalane, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuun (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Lauryl Glucoside, Phytic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoyxethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Geraniol.

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen and Primer

Kypris Pot of Shade Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer.

Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30 Sunscreen & Primer comes in a pot, not a tube, and if Jean Godfrey-June loves it, you know it's a good product. With a thicker but non-greasy texture, it can be worn on its own or as a primer under makeup.

Where to buy: Amazon.caCAP BeautyContent Beauty & WellbeingCredo BeautyCult BeautyGoopKyprisNet-a-PorterNordstromThe Detox Market

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Coconut Alkanes, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Silica, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Rose (Rosa Damascena) Flower Extract, Algae, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Isostearic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Sweet Iris (Iris Pallida) Leaf Cell Extract, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Kukui (Aleurites Moluccanus) Seed Oil, Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo) Seed Oil, Squalane, Xanthan Gum, Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophylum) Seed Oil, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Chaparral (Larrea Tridentata) Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free Non-whitening ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Water-resistant ✓ Reef-safe

MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme SPF 50

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 is a little low on titanium dioxide (it should have 7 percent), but it's an option if you are looking for a matte finish and up to 80 minutes of water-resistance. There is a tinted version of this product that I talked about here.

Where to buy: Amazon.comBirchbox • Dermstore • MDSolarSciences • Revolve •  Sephora • Shen Beauty • Space NK • Walmart

Active Ingredients: 17% Zinc Oxide, 2% Titanium Dioxide. Other Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Isostearate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Polysilicone-15, Iron Oxides, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 Non-Tinted

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 Non-Tinted

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 Non-Tinted.

I've already mentioned its tinted counterparts here, but MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 Non-Tinted would be best if you find those too dark—or if you're looking for more zinc! While the tints have only 16 percent, there's 20 percent in this product, giving you full protection.   

Where to buy: Amazon.caAmazon.com • DermstoreiHerb • MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20.5%. Other Ingredients: Bentonite, Bisabolol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Diheptyl Succinate, Galactoarabinan, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Jojoba Esters, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopherol, Water.

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Silicone-free ✓ Non-whitening Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50.

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 is a lightweight, matte sunscreen with natural ingredients. However, I'd avoid this one if you are sensitive, due to the many essential oils.

Where to buy: Amazon.comDermstoreGoopNaturopathica

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 19.5%. Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Jojoba Esters, Dextrin Palmitate, Ethyl Macadamiate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Polyglyceryl-3 Pentaolivate, Stearyl Heptanoate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) oil, Oleyl Erucate, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Diheptyl Succinate, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Gluconolactone, Magnesium Sulfate, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Jojoba Oil/Macadamia Seed Oil Esters, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange Oil), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cinnamonium Camphora Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Peel Oil, Isostearic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Squalene, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Phytosterols, Oleuropeinyl Glucoside.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children

✓ High-zinc ✓ PUFA-free ✓ Fragrance-free ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Water-resistant ✓ Reef-safe

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin and Children

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children is a face and body sunscreen that's always on my list because it's the most protective product if you plan to be in the ocean, lake or pool. Not only does it contain high levels of actives, but it also features an ingredient technology that makes it become even MORE effective after being exposed to water.

Where to buy: Amazon.comBarneys New YorkBloomingdale'sCos BarHudson's BayNordstromOrchard MileSaks Fifth AvenueSephoraShiseidoUlta

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Low silicone ✓ Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Reef-safe

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30.

Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 is described as a rich, hydrating yet non-greasy sunscreen that also doubles as moisturizer and makeup primer. The brand also makes a BB cream-esque tinted sunscreen in four shades, the lightest of which I've swatched here.

Where to buy: Amazon.comDermstore • Free PeopleShen Beauty • Suntegrity • The Detox Market

Active Ingredient: Zinc-Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil Extract), Water (Aqua), Sorbitan Stearate (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate (Plant Derived), Hexyl Laurate (Plant Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone (Mineral Derived), Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Astaxanthin (Algae Source), Hyaluronic Acid (Plant Derived), Chlorella Emersonii (Red Algae) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, Citrus Reticulata Blanco (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide*, Ethylhexylglycerin*. *Paraben-free anti-microbial agent.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+

✓ High-zinc ✓ Low PUFA ✓ Low silicone ✓ Non-whitening Paraben-free ✓ Cruelty-free ✓ Water-resistant ✓ Reef-safe

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+.

Thinksport Everyday Face SPF 30+ is a tinted, water-resistant lotion that would be suitable for outdoor sports. The ingredients list is mostly natural, with just a bit of silicone further down.

Where to buy: Amazon.caAmazon.comAmazon.co.uk • iHerbTarget • Thinksport • Walmart 🇨🇦 • Walmart 🇺🇸 • Well.ca

Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%. Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate (Coconut Based), Pine Wood Resin, Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Olive Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, Cranberry Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid (Made From Vegetable), Currant, Citrus Paradisi, Iron Oxide.

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