The most important part of a skincare routine is sunscreen, it doesn’t matter how many layers of skincare products you are putting on your face, especially during summer, updated for 2023.
Hyram has recommended some of his favorite face sunscreens. I always love he always has different options for a variety of skin types and budgets. His white cast rating system is also helpful for viewers to understand how these products might appear on their skin.
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Mineral Hyram Sunscreens
Formulated only with Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. (Ps. Zinc Oxide is the sunscreen ingredient that Hyram likes the most and that’s why he strongly favours mineral sunscreens).
Force Shield Superlight Sunscreen SPF 30 from Hero Cosmetics
Hyram’s favorite mineral sunscreen, which he praises for its lightweight feel and slight green tint that can offset redness. It has a white cast rating of one.
This mineral sunscreen is a summer essential and it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin and offers broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection. The minimal white cast makes it suitable for a variety of skin tones.
Pipette Mineral Sunscreen – SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Baby Sunblock with Non-Nano Zinc
A budget-friendly option ($20) that Hyram says has a minimal white cast and is not greasy or heavy. It also has a white cast rating of one.
It’s specifically formulated to be gentle enough for children’s delicate skin, while still providing robust SPF 50 protection. The non-nano zinc oxide formula ensures that the sunscreen sits on the skin’s surface to physically block sun rays, rather than being absorbed into the skin.
Bliss Block Star Tinted Face Sunscreen – 100% Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen With Zinc Oxide & Titanium Dioxide
Recommended for those who want a tinted moisturizer and for those with oily skin. Hyram praises the formula for its ability to mattify the skin and control excess oil.
This tinted moisturizer and sunscreen combo is perfect for those with oily skin. It is a great two-in-one product for summer.
Mineral Hyram Body Sunscreens
Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
A more resilient option with a more noticeable white cast. It’s water-resistant, making it a great option for beach or pool days.
It offers water-resistant, broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection with a slightly more noticeable white cast, ensuring your skin stays protected even in water.
Native SPF 30
A mineral formula that has the least amount of white cast for a body sunscreen formula. It feels lightweight and blends into the skin easily.
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This body sunscreen offers a minimal white cast and a lightweight feel. It’s a great choice for those seeking a comfortable, easy-to-blend formula for all-over body protection.
Korean Chemical Sunscreens recommended by Hyram
SCINIC Enjoy Super Mild Sun Essence SPF50+ PA++++
A lightweight gel moisturizer with no white cast that Hyram highly recommends. He plans to use it himself daily during the summer.
It feels like nothing on the skin, making it ideal for those who dislike the feel of traditional sunscreens. It’s a top choice for daily use in the summer.
Relief Sun RICE + PROBIOTICS | Organic sunscreen SPF50, PA++++
Hyram praises this sunscreen for its lack of white cast and lightweight feel. It’s a great option for those with combination leaning dry skin.
This sunscreen offers a unique blend of rice and probiotics, providing a lightweight feel and zero white cast. It’s a great choice for those seeking a moisturizing sunscreen.
Torriden DIVE-IN Mild Sunscreen, Vegan, Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA++++
A Korean sunscreen that Hyram loves for its nourishing formula and light feel on the skin. It has a slight white cast, so it may not work for those with very dark skin tones.
It’s perfect for those seeking hydration without heaviness. Although it has a slight white cast, it’s still a great option for most skin tones who are looking for a gentle and ethical product. Its mild formula is designed to be kind to the skin, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin types. As a vegan product, it aligns with cruelty-free and plant-based lifestyles. The non-nano formulation ensures that the sunscreen particles are not absorbed into the skin, but rather sit on the surface to provide effective sun protection.
I will throw in a personal favorite of mine here on top of Hyram’s sunscreens.
Multi-awarded face moisturizer face sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection to help prevent effects of sun damage with peak efficacy against short UVA rays. Suitable for sensitive skin. Oxybenzone-free.
Hyram’s sunscreen recommendations from before
($30): fragrance-free, formulated with 17% Zinc Oxide with a matte and blurred finish. This lightweight, “barely there” sunscreen has a matte finish and is perfect for wearing under or over makeup. It gives a nice blurring effect without the feeling of grease or heaviness. Non-irritating and oil-free, this water-resistant sunscreen won’t clog pores. Suitable for kids 6 months and older.
NO white cast (you will barely notice any), perfect for darker skin tone.
($30): your skin could quickly absorb it and the ingredients are so great, which contain squalane and make it more like a moisturizer with sunscreen. For oily skin, you could use it as a moisturizer and sunscreen. NO white cast, perfect for darker skin tone.
Powerfully invisible broad-spectrum, mineral SPF 30 protects even the most sensitive skin like you’ve never seen-literally. This lightweight, deeply hydrating sheer sunscreen lotion blends in for all skin tones fast without leaving a trace. It calms and cools sun-stressed skin and leaves absolutely everyone with a soft, dewy finish.
($34): feel like a very lightweight tinted moisturizer without fragrance, leave with a matte powdery finish. A multitasker with SPF 30 protection that provides 12 hours of soothing hydration, imparts a natural, luminous finish, and reduces the look of visible imperfections.
($24): This Korean sunscreen feels like nothing and is quickly absorbed by the skin but with some fragrance. This is a daily sun protector for sensitive skin that comes in a water gel formula to provide a light, soft and featherlight finish. High SPF and PA provide UVA/UVB protection without generating ANY greasiness or white cast. As Hyram puts it, this is the lightest sunscreen he’s ever come across.
Krave The Beet Shield($20): great for dry skin, lightweight with a glossy finish. No fragrance. This product has been discontinued. We have written about what really happened to this product and the whole saga.
Hyram Drugstore Sunscreens
Continuing from previous years:
($16): fragrance-free with high-quality ingredients, but leave with some white cast.
Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion provides broad-spectrum protection with 100% mineral sunscreen that reflects the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with three essential ceramides that help restore the skin’s natural barrier and lock in moisture long after.
($16): great for sensitive skin. Formulated with 21% Zinc Oxide, without irritating ingredients. Downside: SEVERE white cast. A mineral sunscreen that features the breakthrough Purescreen naturally sourced 100% zinc oxide sunscreen active ingredient technology.
Let me know your thoughts on these products in the comments if you used them before!
1. Is the Torriden Dive In Mild Sunscreen SPF 50 suitable for all skin types?
Yes, the Torriden Dive In Mild Sunscreen SPF 50 is designed to be gentle and mild, making it suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
2. Can I use the Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 on my face, or is it just for the body?
Yes, the Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 can be used on both the face and body. It’s formulated to be gentle enough for children’s skin, making it suitable for all areas of the body.
3. What does “non-nano” mean in the context of these sunscreens?
“Non-nano” refers to the size of the sunscreen particles. Non-nano sunscreens contain larger particles that sit on the skin’s surface to physically block sun rays, rather than being absorbed into the skin. This is considered safer for both human health and the environment.
4. Are these sunscreens water-resistant? Can I use them for swimming?
While some sunscreens like the SunBum Mineral SPF 30 are water-resistant, others like the Torriden Dive In Mild Sunscreen SPF 50 and Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 do not specify water resistance. It’s always best to reapply sunscreen after swimming or excessive sweating to ensure continued protection.
5. Are these sunscreens reef-safe? Can I use them in areas where there are restrictions on sunscreen ingredients due to marine life protection?
Both the Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 and Torriden Dive In Mild Sunscreen SPF 50 use non-nano zinc oxide, which is considered to be reef-safe. However, it’s always best to check the specific regulations in the area you plan to visit, as restrictions can vary.
6. Why is Korean sunscreen so good?
Korean sunscreens are often praised for their innovative formulations that prioritize both protection and user experience. They tend to be lightweight, non-greasy, and often offer additional skincare benefits like hydration or anti-aging properties. They also frequently use advanced sunscreen filters that provide robust protection while minimizing skin irritation.
7. Which sunscreen is best according to dermatologists?
Dermatologists typically recommend broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher, which protect against both UVA and UVB rays. They often suggest mineral sunscreens, especially for those with sensitive skin, as they are less likely to cause skin irritation. However, the “best” sunscreen can vary depending on individual skin type, lifestyle, and personal preferences. It’s always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist for personalized advice.