Sun protection is key year-round, and especially while undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, when skin can become particularly sensitive to UV exposure. Here’s a primer on shopping for the safest sunscreen this season, along with some of our favorite mineral sunscreen picks.


Safe Sun Care 1,2,3s:

  1. Look for non-nano zinc oxide or zinc oxide + titanium dioxide as the active ingredients in your sunscreen formula. This is called mineral, or physical, sunscreen. It is naturally broad spectrum.
  2. Rub it in well. Mineral sunscreen starts working immediately (no need to wait any amount of time before sun exposure).
  3. Reapply every 2 hours (depending on the product instructions) and after swimming, sweating, or getting wet.
  4. Wear protective clothing and accessories for extra protection: UPF fabrics, hats, and sunglasses.


Need a new sunscreen formula?

Try these tested and approved product picks.

Best for Face: Mama Sol Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30, Solara Time Traveler

Best for Body: Badger Sport Mineral Sunscreen Cream SPF 40, Eleven Game Set Match SPF 50, All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, Love Sun Body Sheer Perfection

Best for Kids: Badger Baby or Kids Mineral Sunscreen Cream SF 40, Babo Sensitive Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Best Spray: Solara Go! SPF 30 Mist, Babo Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, Bare Republic Mineral Sport Sunscreen Spray SPF 50,

Best Daily SPF Under Makeup: Saint Jane Luxury Sun Ritual SPF 30, Alo Daily SPF Face Moisturizer

Best Tinted Moisturizer with SPF: Suntegrity 5-in-1 Tinted Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30


Want more information, including FAQs, on the healthiest sunscreens? Tune into our Ask the Experts series on Safe Suncare with Jolene Hart, CHC.