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Editor’s Picks: 11 of the Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreens That Protect Your Skin With Little to No White Cast

The next generation of zinc oxide sunscreens.
Best zinc oxide sunscreen

If you’re concerned about sunburn, skin cancer and the signs of aging (and who isn’t?!), then a zinc oxide sunscreen is the best way to safeguard your skin. Here in North America, zinc oxide is the only active ingredient that gives you extensive protection against both UVA and UVB rays.[1]

As a mineral, it’s also very safe, since it remains on the surface of your skin instead of absorbing into blood and tissue—so it won’t cause hormonal disruption. Plus, its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

The only downside? Zinc oxide has a bad rep for giving your skin a chalky white cast.

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But that’s changing, thanks to a new generation of zinc oxide sunscreens that virtually disappear on your skin. Here’s what to look for, and the best formulas I’ve found.

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