Drunk Elephant's new Umbra Tinte

Summer Suncreams – minus the harmful chemicals

There has been a lot of articles lately about chemicals in sun cream seeping into the bloodstream. Here are the sun protectors we love this year, that avoid the most harmful chemicals and use minerals instead:

A wonder product beloved by dermatologists, this super-light mineral suncream is great for sensitive skin. It also comes in a tinted version for everyday use. £37 at Cowshed

REN’s latest product has been years in the making; a mineral suncream that uses next-gen zinc oxide to protect from UVA and UVB rays. Silicone-free, vegan and made with over 99% natural ingredients and mattifying too – we’re queuing up to buy. £30 at Liberty.

Drunk Elephant’s award-winning Umbra Tinte (also Umbra Sheer non-tinted) offers a mineral SPF 30, anti-ageing benefits plus, a hint of tint. The ideal summer base. £30 at Space NK.

For the body, if you like to go lower with your SPF and tan gently, The Organic Pharmacy’s Cellular Protection suncream in SPF 25 is a great option; using that important zinc oxide as well as shea butter, jojoba and rose hip. £39 at The Organic Pharmacy.

LA brand Salt & Stone also use zinc oxide in this mineral suncream SPF 30. Mineral suncreams are usually a little thicker, and can take longer to rub in – definitely the case here. However, the feel is luxy and there’s a lovely smell so you don’t mind spending a bit longer applying it. £18 at Liberty.

Ultrasun offer a whole range of different products that are a mixture of chemical and mineral-based. This SPF 50 Body Mineral suncream also protects against Infrared for anyone going into extreme heat or with very sensitive skin. Also in SPF 30 and available for the face. Their kids suncreams are very good too. £28 at John Lewis.

We love this lightweight mineral Daydream primer from Californian brand, Coola which you can build into your daily routine; apply before your make up and know you have a base of SPF 30, or just wear alone. £42 at Cult Beauty.

Fans of Avène Eau Thermal, look out for their mineral suncream in SPF 50; water-resistant and with a matte-finish too. £17.50 at Boots.

— Daisy Allsup
15th May 2019