First of all, a confession: I haven’t always treated my skin like the goddess it is. Years back I used to go to the beach or hiking or boating and I wouldn’t protect it enough because I was stupid and wanted that lovely bronze color. Dumb! I know. But we all make mistakes and if you can learn from them then you at least got something from being stupid. Now of course, I put sunscreen on even if I am just going out to the car. You might not be as hardcore as me, but all of us still need to be vigilant when it comes to the sun. Remember: Sunscreen is the best thing you can do for you skin as it is number one anti-aging product.

Anyway, this post is going to be all about mineral sunscreens, which means that all of them contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or a combination of them. Mineral sunscreens are perfect for those of us who have sensitive skin or sensitive eye areas (me included), but they often have some major drawbacks – they either make you look like Casper the ghost from the whiteness in them, or they are too greasy, or do not behave well under make up. Or all of these things at once. Not fun. So, I am constantly searching for THE ideal mineral sunscreen that doesn’t make us look like greasy ghosts with bad makeup. Finding them is difficult, believe me, I have tried literally hundreds, but as soon as you get the right one you are more likely to use it every day.

#1. bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Shield Daily Lotion

This mineral-based sunscreen is formulated with antioxidants to help protect against environmental stressors, while UVA/UVB filters help protect against the damaging effects of the sun. It has a unique, color-adapting pigments that blend beautifully with your skintone, leaving behind an invisible finish. I found it to be a good primer for my skin before i apply a foundation, which is a pretty rare thing for a mineral sunscreen. It could be worn along as well as it does not give too much of a greasy finish.

#2. Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen with Olive Polyphenols SPF 40

One of my personal favorite sunscreens that does not feel sticky, does not look white and works well under make-up. It is quite a find for those with oily skin as it does not turn our skin into a swamp of grease. It never causes any breakouts on my skin so i would especially recommend it for those with acne-prone skin.


#3. NeoStrata Targeted Treatment Sheer Physical Protection SPF 50 PA++++

This is a great option for people looking for a sheer mineral sunblock with excellent protection. It dries down natural on the skin and plays well with most of my liquid foundations. It needs to set for a few minutes though. I would recommend to wait for a few minutes before applying make-up after any sunscreen, this way it is more likely for foundation to go well with your sunscreen.

#4. MDSolarSciences Daily Anti-Aging Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizer

This broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer goes on beautifully, smoothes the skin and does not give a white cast. When it sits on the skin you can barely notice it. Isn’t that what we are looking for?

#5. Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Daily Tone Correcting Primer

This tinted primer does not leave a white cast, yet it provides great protection from the sun due to high amount of titanium dioxide. It gives sheer to medium coverage that blurs imperfections and minimizes the look of pores and that make it to be my go to sunscreen.

#6. Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer Normal to Dry

Very nice mineral sunscreen that goes on smoothly and does not make you look like a ghost. The only drawback I have noticed is that it pilled under one of my foundations, but behaves well under powder foundation. And by the way, it works well not only with normal and dry skin but also with oily skin like mine.

#7. Coola Suncare Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte Tint

This sunscreen comes in a lightweight whipped-cream texture and provides slightly a matte finish. Do not be throw off by its yellowish tint. When blended it totally adjusts to your skin color. Overall, it’s a great go-to sunscreen of mine. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to