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My Favourite Mineral Sunscreen

With the weather warming up, it’s really important to have a good mineral sunscreen that can work well with or without makeup.  Sunscreen like many cosmetic products can be very personal in terms of texture, finish, and smell.  When it comes to mineral sunscreen, the white cast left behind by the zinc oxide and titanium dioxide can scare people off.  For this reason, women spend a lot of time and money trying to find their favourite mineral sunscreen.  A good sunscreen needs to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays but also feel great on your skin. Have a look at this blog post where I break down what to look for when shopping for a mineral sunscreen.  

What’s your skin type and lifestyle?

Before I get into my favourite mineral sunscreen products, it’s important to note the type of skin you have and the kind of lifestyle you lead. These factors will help you determine which sunscreen to use, how much to use and when to reapply. Are you out in the sun for a few hours each day? We often don’t wear an adequate amount of SPF,  or reapply either. Are you short on time and need an all-in-one sunscreen and moisturizer? Is your skin oily in the summer or dry? Continue reading to learn about my top three mineral sunscreens.  I share the benefits of each and the best tips on how to wear them effectively with or without makeup.

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My Favourite Sunscreen Products:

1) Helena Lane Sun Cream- SPF 30

Helena Lane Skincare hails from Vancouver, BC. Her sun cream is a completely waterless, oil-based sunscreen with a nice, dense texture. This cream is beautiful, moisturizing and rich making it my favourite mineral sunscreen for dry skin. It provides protection comparable to SPF 30 with 19% non-nano zinc oxide.  The zinc oxide content offers you broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Helena Lane’s Sun Cream applies like a butter but melts into the skin without leaving a trace behind. When applying, use a little spatula to ensure that water stays out of the jar. This product is perfect for anyone looking for a rich moisturizer and SPF in one.  It comes in two scents and two sizes: the Chamomile Calendula is unscented and the Lemongrass Lavender is perfect for repelling those pesky bugs that come out in the summer. Helena Lane’s Sun Cream is perfect for sensitive skin and babies over 6 months.  The only drawback of this product is that it will melt on hot days if kept in a warm environment.

Helena Lane Sun Cream

2) Cocoon Apothecary ReflectorSPF 30

Like the Helena Lane sun cream, the Cocoon Apothecary Reflector is also a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30. It does not have the high zinc oxide content of Helena Lane’s Sun Cream as it only contains 6% zinc oxide.  However the addition of 9% titanium dioxide, boosts this product into the full spectrum protection category. The Reflector blends smoothly into the skin, and has a nice matte finish.  This is great if you get oilier throughout the day in the summer.  The top ingredient in Cocoon Apothecary’s Reflector is shea butter. It also contains rice bran oil, and other plant ingredients such as sea buckthorn making it moisturizing and soothing. If vegan skincare is important to you, this is my favourite mineral sunscreen for this category!


Cocoon Apothecary Reflector SPF 30

3) Consonant Skincare The Perfect Sunscreen- SPF 30

The Perfect Sunscreen is made by Toronto brand Consonant Skincare. It contains 10% zinc oxide and 6% titanium dioxide, providing an SPF 30 broad spectrum protection.  This sunscreen goes on smoothly and the aloe vera gives it a nice cooling affect. Jojoba oil provides a velvety light texture and leaves skin glowing. This sunscreen contains red and black iron oxides giving it a slight tint that blends beautifully into all skin tones.   This is a rare find in true mineral sunscreens! The Perfect Sunscreen absorbs easily into the skin and leaves behind a matte, non-drying finish. If your skin is extremely dry, I would recommend layering a hyaluronic serum or your moisturizer on before applying your SPF products.  

Woman holding Consonant Skincare sunscreen

4) Just Sun Daily Defense Tinted SPF 30

Just Sun Daily Defense Tinted SPF 30 is a beautiful lightweight facial moisturizer that serves as a 3-1 product – protects, moisturizes and revitalizes. This is important because often conventional sunscreens protect from the sun, but the rest of the ingredients in the formula don’t do any favours for your skin. SPF protection is important, but it’s just as important to have nutrient-dense ingredients like jojoba, shea butter, and raspberry seed oil to moisturize and heal the skin from the sun. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide: 10.1 % and titanium dioxide: 6%, this tinted mineral SPF melts into the skin beautifully. It makes it perfect for anyone with combination to dry skin and can be used by the whole family.  I often find that mineral sunscreens marketed for children are very hard to blend in.  That’s not the case with Just Sun. If make a purchase in my store, ask me for a sample!

Just Sun Daily Defense Tinted SPF 30

How much to use?

The recommended amount of product you should use ranges between a quarter of a teaspoon to half a teaspoon for adults. These amounts should have your face covered.  It’s important to be able to see the product when you apply it before blending it out.   Be sure to reapply after 40 minutes int the sun and again every hour depending on how active you are or how much you sweat. One shot glass (1 oz) is recommended for an adult’s face and body according to

What’s the correct way to apply sunscreen?

Once you’ve applied your SPF, anything you add on top will dilute the SPF. This is because SPF ratings are given on the product worn on the skin alone without anything else on top.  If you don’t wear makeup, then you can use an SPF product as a moisturizer (regular or tinted) and stop here. Remember to reapply when you’re in the sun for prolonged periods of time. 

If you wear makeup, you’ll have to apply it after your SPF product.  However, you need to keep in mind that you might be losing a bit of that SPF protection.  A makeup product with SPF can give you additional protection here.  Whether you wear makeup or not, you will have to apply your favourite sunscreen after 40 minutes in the sun.  The sunscreen will have to cover your makeup base at some point.  Don’t skimp on the sunscreen when you reapply.  Refer back to that point above that I made about covering your face with 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 a teaspoon of your favourite mineral sunscreen.  So I say, forget the makeup base and get yourself a sunscreen product you like and you will wear. 

Final Thoughts

Wearing a sunscreen is absolutely essential for taking proper care of your skin. It will protect you from damaging UV rays, and will keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.  The makeup will not.  

If you want to see these mineral Canadian sunscreen products on my skin, check out my recent YouTube video for a demo!

I hope this clears up any confusion about mineral SPFs, and the order at which to apply it. Finally, if you have any questions or comments about sunscreen or skincare in general, don’t hesitate to post your questions below. 


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