Zinc oxide

Sun Bum Original vs. Mineral SPF 50 sunscreen comparison review

Both of these sunscreens were available at The Four Seasons resort in Maui, Hawaii. Which one is superior?

Sun Bum was founded in 2010 and offers vegan, cruelty-free products that support the beach lifestyle. I love their packaging, too—it looks just like the bottle has been carved out of a surfboard. I’ve always been curious about their sunscreens, so I was pleased to see that the Four Seasons resort in Maui offered complimentary “reef-friendly” Sun Bum SPF 15, 30, and 50 sunscreen to their guests. (As you might have guessed, I only hit up the SPF 50 throughout my stay.) Later,…

Coppertone Pure & Simple Sunscreen SPF 50 For Face Review

This sunscreen has just about the highest percentages of zinc oxide (24.08%!) but it blends in pretty easily and is fragrance-free. However, it may be unsuitable for acne-prone skin.

I’ve definitely been on a zinc oxide sunscreen kick lately. It’s the best all-in-one sunscreen filter available in the U.S., and it’s reef-safe. When I first came across Coppertone Pure & Simple Sunscreen SPF 50 For Face in CVS, the high zinc oxide percentage caught my eye: a whopping 24.08% (the FDA allows up to 25 percent in sunscreens). Plus, it was labeled specifically for facial use, and I rarely see that in a drugstore. Usually you only see general-purpose sunscreens…

Badger Clear Zinc Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Review

This zinc oxide-based sunscreen takes a while to blend in, but it's fragrance-free and reef-safe. Plus, it only contains five ingredients!

I’m always on the hunt for a good zinc-based sunscreen, since physical sunscreens tend to be gentler on sensitive skin, and zinc oxide is the only FDA-approved sunscreen filter in the U.S. that protects against UVA1, UVA 2, and UVB rays—the full spectrum! Plus, it’s a reef-safe sunscreen filter, which is a nice bonus. So why doesn’t everyone use zinc oxide sunscreen? Most of the time, zinc oxide-based sunscreens are notorious for producing a ghostly, chalky effect, which makes…