Face Sunscreen Roundup: Chemical Sunscreens and Mineral Sunscreens

In honor of National Sunscreen Day, Skin Cancer Awareness Month and summer being around the corner, I’m going to share four of my favorite sunscreens for the face. Spoiler alert: all of them are at least SPF 45! The first two I’ll be sharing are chemical sunscreens and the last two are mineral sunscreens.


Ultra Violette Queen Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

$47.00 AUD (roughly $32.55 USD) | 50 ml / 1.69 fl. oz.

This sunscreen comes in a bottle that you would typically find a serum or oil in, with a dropper! The dropper actually comes in handy when measuring out how much sunscreen to use. The brand suggests 2-3 full droppers to cover your face, neck, chest and ears. It’s very lightweight and has more of a watery consistency so it won’t feel uncomfortable using that much. Personally, having oily/combo skin, I find lightweight sunscreens to work really well. This one keeps me well protected from UVA and UVB rays, blue light, infrared light, visible light and pollution. And I won’t forget to mention how dewy it makes my skin look with absolutely no white cast left behind! The only downside to this product is that it contains fragrance, which I know some people prefer not to use.

Our friend Hannah English (who’s my go-to for almost all sunscreen info) actually uses Screen Queen to reapply throughout the day with a very simple method that you can read all about here. Alternatively you can visit her Instagram highlight titled “REAPPLY” to watch how she does it!

Paula’s Choice Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50

$10.00 - $33.00 USD | 15 ml / 0.5 fl. oz. - 60 ml / 2 fl. oz.

I found this sunscreen to be very similar to the Ultra Violette Queen Screen, in terms of that watery, lightweight consistency. I was glad to find out that it works just as well too! Again, no white cast. This one is actually fragrance free, so if you’re on the fence about Queen Screen due to the fragrance, this is a great alternative. It did leave my skin looking slightly more matte than with the Queen Screen, which is what it claims to do. It’s also got tons of antioxidants in it like grape seed extract, green tea leaf extract, pomegranate extract and more.

Soleil Toujours Extreme UV Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45

$55.00 USD | 40 ml / 1.35 fl. oz.

This is one of the first mineral sunscreens that hasn’t left a white cast on me. It is a little bit thicker than the two I mentioned before, but it’s still not as thick as a cream. This one is really a no-fuss product for me because it always works no matter what skincare I’m wearing under it or makeup that I’m wearing over it. It doesn’t pill, which I absolutely love since I’ve had some experiences with sunscreens pilling. There is a slight fragrance, however it’s derived from natural ingredients. This sunscreen has 81% natural ingredients and 100% natural fragrance. It also includes one of their ingredients, EcoSunComplex, which is red algae, Vitamin C ester, Vitamin E and bisabolol. According to Soleil Toujours the EcoSunComplex is supposed to, “reduce UV-induced skin damage, prevent loss of firmness, and increase skin smoothness.” It’s also free of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate.

Avene Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50+

$28.00 USD | 40 ml / 1.3 fl. Oz.

This is the most recent face sunscreen I’ve tried and it’s tinted! It comes in a non-tinted formula as well, which I have tried, but I prefer the tinted one because it doesn’t leave a white cast. The regular one did just a little bit and I had to rub it in more than I’m used to. Avene’s Tinted Mineral Sunscreen doesn’t contain fragrance, Octinoxate or Oxybenzone and is broad spectrum. Avene is known for their Thermal Spring Water, which you can find in this formula along with antioxidants. The consistency of it is lightweight and watery and will absorb into your skin quickly without that greasy look. This one might be something I’ll be using pretty often since I don’t like to wear foundation. I just like a nice tint!