SERVE AND PROTECT
Everything you need to know about the latest, best sunscreens
Mineral sunscreens have never been the most discreet (hello, chalky white cast) or user-friendly (great to see you, impossible-to-blend chunks) but they’re fast becoming a popular choice for those who want to avoid chemical sunscreen filters.
In response to the demand, mineral sunscreens have gotten a makeover and they’ll be parading their silky, sheer, blendable new selves on beauty shelves this spring.
Traditionally, the ingredients have been tricky to work with—pure titanium dioxide, for example, has a natural white pigment responsible for leaving that chalky film on your skin. But technology innovations have allowed beauty brands to incorporate the filters more easily into creams and lotions for better spreadability and feel. “We learn more every year, and we learned how to improve aesthetics and UV protection,” says Naomi Furgiuele, lead
R& D for Neutrogena and Aveeno, both of which are launching new mineral formulas this season.
Whether they’re made with pure zinc, smaller particles of zinc and titanium dioxide or innovative additions that help the filters blend and diffuse, these are nothing like the pasty, glue-like formulas of the past. Here are the newest mineral sunscreens on the block.
This sophisticated sunscreen combines mineral filters with plant extracts that also act as filters ( karanja oil and a rice- derived compound) as well as a natural infrared filter, coralline rose extract, in an airless pump. BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PROTECTION U.V., $134, ONE2ONEONLINE.COM
This essence-like tinted liquid is so fast-absorbing and barely detectable on skin that it will convert even the biggest sunscreen skeptic. GARNIER OMBRELLE ULTRA LIGHT ADVANCED TINTED LOTION SPF 60, $28, DRUGSTORES
Using the scientif ic equivalent of an Instagram filter on titanium dioxide to soften the filter’s reputation for chalkiness, this sunscreen creates an invisible shield. CLINIQUE MINERAL SUNSCREEN LOTION FOR BODY SPF 30, $41, THEBAY.COM
This portable compact evens out skin while it protects and gives a glow that doesn’t veer into greasy territory, thanks to its powderybut-not-matte finish. BIODERMA PHOTODERM MINERAL COMPACT SPF 50+, $30, BEAUTYBOUTIQUE.CA
Inspired by Japanese “shaka- shaka” skincare formulas that you shake before use, this water-in-oil emulsion combines titanium dioxide, light oils and mattifying talc to ensure an even application.
LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS ULTRA-FLUID BODY LOTION SPF 50, $36, SHOPPERS DRUG MART
Powered by pure zinc oxide and a patented ingredient technology called Purescreen, this lotion slathers on clear and buttery smooth. NEUTROGENA SHEER ZINC MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 50 BODY LOTION, $16, DRUGSTORES
Packed with hydrating shea butter and skin-soothing aloe, making it ideal for dry skin, this fragrance-free formula is vegan and gluten-free.
LIVE CLEAN FACE MINERAL SUNSCREEN LOTION SPF 45, $17, SHOPPERS DRUG MART