Mineral sunscreens may actually be better for your skin than their chemical counterparts, despite traditionally being known for being chalky, thick and very very white, recent developments suggest.
As mineral-based sunscreens physically block UV, containing ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, rather than filtering the rays like chemical versions, they have been seen in the past as "less user-friendly", with obvious stickiness and whiteness. These side effects are perhaps one reason why a recent survey by the British Association of Dermatologists found that 80 per cent of individuals are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.
Nowadays, however, as Dr Anjali Mahto, the consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, explains, the technology behind mineral sunscreens has not only vastly improved – "new formulations are made of much smaller particles, so can rub into the skin without leaving residue" – but they may also be " better for the skin than chemical sunscreens, especially if you're prone to acne or other skin ailments".
To help keep you protected this summer, we tracked down the best mineral sunscreens for you – whether you have sensitive skin, are worried about premature ageing or simply want to avoid the tell-tale signs of traditional sun protection.
From: Harper's BAZAAR UK
Best for tinted coverage
Alongside providing a defence against UVA and UVB rays, this tinted lotion uses soft-focus technology to improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone. Thus, allowing you to add a boost of radiance to your skin while protecting yourself against premature signs of ageing and inflammation.