12 Mineral Sunscreens You Can Count On This Summer

As any dermatologist will tell you, the most important thing you can do for your skin is slather on sunscreen — especially come summer when the sun’s rays are stronger and you tend to spend more time outdoors. But sunscreen has slowly been getting a bad rap.

A recent study by the FDA found that only two of the 16 commonly used ingredients in sunscreen are considered “safe and effective.” These were zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the blockers found in mineral formulas. What’s more, new research shows the absorption of chemical sunscreen ingredients into the bloodstream.

I’ll admit that even I was alarmed when I first read about these findings. But it’s still no excuse to skimp on sunscreen. Just consider this: One person dies every hour of skin cancer. It’s the most common cancer in the United States, but using SPF daily will significantly reduce your risk. Plus, there are plenty of formulas that offer safe and effective sun protection.

For those concerned with chemical filters, we’ve outlined some of the best mineral sunscreens below. While each has its own unique benefits, they all work by creating a physical block that reflects the sun’s rays, and unlike those of the past, this new crop blends more easily into skin so you’ll be more comfortable wearing them.



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