The 8 Best Clean Sunscreens

Written by: the Editors of goop


Updated on: March 18, 2024


Challenges drive change and innovation, says goop’s VP of product development, Akshay Talati. And in the realm of clean mineral sunscreens—those made only with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to physically block UVA and UVB rays by sitting on top of the skin—what’s changed is that they’re easier than ever to blend seamlessly into skin.

It wasn’t always that way. While chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays in the skin and contain some of the most irritating chemicals used in the beauty industry—including endocrine disruptors and even sun-sensitizing ingredients—they also blend easily. But clean beauty has caught up: “Formulating elegant, all-mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreens that are SPF 30–plus, with no white cast on any skin tone and without a shiny, pasty, or sticky texture, was difficult,” says Talati. “But better premade dispersions with small and uniform particles, advanced coating tech that allows for transparency, elegant wetting agents for lightweight textures, film formers to enhance sweat and water resistance, and SPF boosters for improved efficacy have made a huge difference.” So we’ve been able to fill the goop shop with clean sunscreens that both meet our standards of safety and apply beautifully. We winnowed this story down to the eight that feel particularly luxurious and go on like a dream. Below, some more details on what made the cut and why.


Chemical sunscreens employ a potent combination of chemicals like oxybenzone, octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate), homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and avobenzone, many of which are endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors are scary because they’re most harmful in small doses, as they mimic the hormones that our bodies create daily and can interfere with everything from our reproductive systems to our metabolism. They’re particularly bad for young ones, whose systems are rapidly developing.


Active Ingredients: Mineral sunscreens will list zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide only. Be wary of the term “mineral-based,” which often means zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide has been mixed with chemical sunscreen. The sunscreens in the goop shop are mineral-only.

Water Resistance: A sunscreen can claim to be water-resistant only if it has undergone a 40- or 80-minute test. If water resistance is not stated clearly on the label, the sunscreen will most likely wash or sweat off. Not all the sunscreens in the goop shop are water-resistant.

Broad-Spectrum: This is important, as it means that the sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. All the sunscreens in the goop shop are broad-spectrum.

Even if the active ingredients are mineral, make sure the formula is not otherwise loaded with toxic ingredients. Red flags include phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, fragrance, and anything ending in “-paraben.” Our picks in the goop shop are free of these ingredients.

8 Clean Sunscreens

  1. For Body

    Hydrating Full Coverage Body Lotion SPF 30
    goop, $32
    This hydrating, unscented, lightweight lotion—from the radiant Katonya Breaux, who is also Frank Ocean’s mom—protects and nourishes skin at once. Breaux created this formula after struggling to find eco-friendly sunscreens for people of color. Moisturizing baobab oil luminizes as prickly pear, bitter orange, and cucumber extracts help soothe skin for a more fortified, glowing complexion.
  2. For Face

    goop, $38
    This sheer, gorgeous sunscreen melts beautifully into skin. It’s slightly tinted, but if you warm it with your fingertips for about 10 seconds, it blends into skin invisibly, leaving a translucent, dewy finish. Skin-loving grape-seed oil, hyaluronic acid, and aloe soothe and hydrate, while vitamin E plumps and firms. It’s perfect for all skin types—especially sensitive—and comes in a chic plastic-free tube made from eco-friendly bioresin.
  1. For Face and Body

    Tower 28 Beauty
    SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation
    goop, $32
    This silky-soft everyday mineral sunscreen is perfect worn on its own or with makeup. It comes in 17 tinted shades for lightweight, reef-safe, ultramoisturizing sun protection that works for virtually any skin tone. And it combines soothing aloe and skin-loving prickly pear to nourish and hydrate, as well as nonnano zinc oxide to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. For Face and Body

    Algae + Zinc Sea Kale Sunscreen Serum
    goop, $52
    This serum-sunscreen uses nonnano zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB rays as moringa, sunflower, raspberry seed, and flaxseed oils intensely hydrate. A proprietary algae blend and marine botanicals deliver an additional dose of nourishment and protection and leave skin looking radiant.
  1. For Face and Body

    The Organic Pharmacy
    Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF 50
    goop, $69
    This nourishing SPF 50 sunscreen works beautifully for both face and body. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide block the sun’s harmful rays as aloe, shea butter, rose hip, and calendula soothe and moisturize skin.
  2. For Face and Body

    Grown Alchemist
    Natural Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30
    goop, $42
    Soothing rose hip, lavender, and parsley seed oils combine in this chic, silky mineral sunscreen that nourishes, firms, and moisturizes skin. It protects against UVA and UVB rays, sinks right in, and fits easily in your bag.
  1. For Face

    Everyday Mineral Face Sunscreen SPF 30
    goop, $47
    The gorgeously textured, perfect-for-any-skin-type sunscreen blends beautifully into skin. Zinc oxide blocks UVA and UVB rays, while coconut, lavender, rose hip, and green tea extracts soothe, nourish, and hydrate.
  2. For Face

    Saint Jane
    Luxury Sun Ritual Pore Smoothing SPF 30
    goop, $38
    This sheer mineral sunscreen doubles as primer and melts right in to subtly blur the look of pores. It’s loaded with antioxidants from hibiscus and green tea and nourishes with jasmine and desert rose, leaving skin smooth and comfortable. (Plus, how chic is the tube.)