Mineral Face Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin (Silicone Free or Not)

List will continue to be updated. Last Updated 6/22/2019

Skin Dry? Cracked? Wrinkling? Blame the Sun.

I’m in my late 20’s and my whole beauty game has changed. I’m over the full coverage look, and…

I want to start Anti-Aging. Now.

People have thrown out statistics that sun damage may be responsible for 90% of skin signs of aging. Yikes. I know sunscreens can be a hassle… and for a lot of you they can cause break outs. This is a list I’ve compiled for myself, as I have sensitive, oily, acne prone skin. I have hormonal problems so some chemical sunscreen ingredients cause painful cystic breakouts.


Chemical sunscreens are bad for the environment, namely the reefs. So why would you do that when you have better options!

I also have a sensitivity to silicones since my diagnosis of my autoimmune disease… But you may have no issues with silicones! (Check out my article and listing of silicone free products) Silicones are not inherently bad in moderation… I’m just super sensitive to it! There are also grades of silicones according to a rep from Glyco… so Dimethicone is lower grade and other things such as cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol are more refined.

If you have no idea what a physical vs chemical sunscreen is… Check out my previous article on sunscreens to get filled in.

Common Physical Sunscreens are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide

Common Chemical Sunscreens are Octinoxate (ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate), Oxybenzone, Octisalate, Avobenzone

Note #1 Some people who have NO issues with breakouts notice some irritation with physical sunscreens. I personally have acne prone skin so I can’t speak to the skin type that is lucky and flawless naturally. (slightly bitter) I have a theory that those of you who are having issues might be less sensitive to Non-nano formulas (they are big enough not to get stuck in pores) I don’t know the research on Non-nano… but maybe give it a try! If a brand claimed non-nano physical active ingredients I listed it in the description.

Note #2 This list does NOT include:
Foundations & BB creams: due to the argument that applying enough for SPF would require a very cakey application
Powder SPF: as the effectiveness is questioned by the FDA earlier this year due to application errors, issues with breathing in physical sunscreens, as well as no resistance to sweat/oils (not waterproof at all)

Silicone Free AND with Physical Active Sunscreen Ingredients

For those of you who may have a silicone allergy or sensitivity as I do. If you don’t care about silicones then move on down to the 2nd half of the list for some great mineral sunscreens!

Name of Brand: Name if product, $Cost and where to buy
– Actives
– Other concerns (for oily skin)”

Babo Botanicals: Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Suncreen SPF 30, $14-22 on Amazon
Actives: Zinc Oxide 12% Non-nano
Also: Safflower Seed Oil 7th ingredient

Mad Hippie: Facial SPF 30+ Sunscreen, $20-$24 on Amazon
Actives: Titanium Dioxide 5%, Zinc Oxide 15%.
Also: Various oils 8th ingredient onwards

La Roche-Posay: Anthelios Body and Face Gentle-Lotion Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50, $22-$30 on Amazon
Actives: Zinc Oxide Non-nano
– La Roche-Posay has SO many sunscreens ranging from chemical to mineral, with and without silicone. I heard ingredients are slightly different in different countries as well so I decided not to list every sunscreen from this brand that I could find because it would be too much!


REN: Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30+ Mattifying Face Sunscreen, $30-35 on Amazon
Actives: Zinc Oxide, Non-nano
Also: Right now this is my favorite sunscreen! It is a little thick but my sensitive skin has no complaints.

SuperGoop: Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40+++, $42 at Sephora
– Actives: ZInc Oxide, Non-nano
– Also: Has slight tint, and claims to help with blue light from technology, as well as free radicals.

Not Silicone Free with Physical Active Sunscreen Ingredients

For those of you who don’t break out with every single thing that is put on their face (aka lucky people) But you still want a physical sunscreen

Name of Brand: Name if product, $Cost and where to buy
– Actives
Silicone and how high it ranks on the ingredient list (indicative of amount present in formula)
Also: Other concerns/comments (for oily skin)

STRONGEST Mineral SPF With good reviews (Mineral sunscreens tend to be chalky looking in high doses)

Austalian Gold: SPF 50 Tinted Face Lotion, $11-15 on Amazon
Actives: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
– Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone 6th ingredient (High-Medium amount)
Also: Oil free

Bare Republic: Mineral Face Lotion SPF 30+, $14-15 on Amazon
Actives: Zinc Oxide 1.7%, Titanium Dioxide 3.2%
– Cyclopentasiloxane 8th ingredient (Medium-low amount)
Also: Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil as 1st ingredient, and many other oils in this formula. Watch out for those who have oily skin!
– Bare Republic also makes a number of mineral sunscreens with relatively medium-low amounts of silicone such as

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen: Sensitive Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30+, $14-15 on Amazon
Actives: Zinc Oxide
– Cyclomethicone 8th ingredient (Medium-low amount)
Also: Oil free, tube cap turns blue in harmful UV light! Cool!

Clinique: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face (Sensitive Skin), $33-36 on Amazon
Actives: Titanium Dioxide 3.2%, Zinc Oxide 2.0%
Dimethicone 2nd ingredient (high amount)
Also: Oil free

Coola: Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint, $36 on Amazon
Actives: Titanium Dioxide 3.2%, Zinc Oxide 1.8%
Cyclopentasiloxane 4th ingredient (medium amount)
Also: Jojoba Seed Oil (7th ingredient)

Kopari Beauty: Sundaze Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF30, $34 at ULTA
Actives: Zinc Oxide 12%
Dimethiconol 15th ingredient (low amount)
Also: Jojoba Seed Oil (7th ingredient)

Neutrogena: Pure and Free Liquid SPF 50, $10-$13 on Amazon
Actives: Titanium Dioxide 5%, Zinc Oxide 3%.
– Dimethicone as 4th ingredient (medium amount)
Also: Oil-free, fragrance-free, PABA-free
Neutrogena also has their Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60, $8-14 on Amazon
– Same actives, Cetyl Dimethicone as 12th ingredient (medium-low amount)

The Ordinary: Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 with antioxidants, $9.70 on Sephora
– Actives: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide
Cyclopentasiloxane 2nd ingredient, PEG-10 Dimethicone 5th ingredient (high amount)
Also: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil 7th ingredient

If you guys have more suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments and I might add it to the list

Stay healthy and happy everyone!


******FULL DISCLOSURE: This are my personal experiences and thoughts. I am not being paid by the brand or the company to review this product or talk about any claims. This product was not sent to me. Links in this post are a part of the amazon affiliates program.*******


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