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Powder-based, mineral sunscreens that can be applied with a brush or a make-up puff are all the rage these days. Why? Because they are easy to use, they keep your skin looking fresh, and there is no oily feeling or greasy mess on your skin after application. As all of the below products are mineral-based, they work to reflect UV rays away from the skin and are potentially less harmful than chemical formulations, whose active ingredients have been found to make their way into the bloodstream, according to recent studies. And our favorite part? You can keep them in your handbag without worrying about the product spilling all over the inside of your bag.
We've rounded up three top-rated powder mineral sunscreens, all of which pair ease-of-use with sun protection.
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45
This mineral sunscreen by Peter Thomas Roth (formulated with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) offers SPF 45 protection and comes in a translucent formula, so it doesn't leave you looking like you have makeup on your face.
It's a splurge, for sure, but the no-mess application and paraben-free formulation has legions of fans. Sensitive skin-types can rejoice: the product is formulated for use on everything from oily to combination skin, so it's unlikely to cause breakouts.
ColorScience Sunforgettable Brush-On Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
This Colorescience product comes in a range of shades, including fair, medium matte, medium shimmer, tan, and deep (so if you're looking for a bit of gleam, you can find it). The application is sheer but not chalky, and it offers broad spectrum, SPF 30 protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
Even better is the convenience factor: It's easy to slip into your purse, so you can be sure you have sun protection with you, everywhere you go.
Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen
Jane Iredale's Powder Me Dry Sunscreen comes with a puff-like applicator and a mirror that makes applying anywhere on your body (even your scalp) easy. It's also water-resistant for up to 40 minutes—just pop it in your beach bag and have it on hand to reapply throughout the day.
The vegan and gluten-free product comes in three color selections: tanned, golden, and translucent. "Tan" can mean different things to different skin tones, so unless you get a chance to try this product in person before you buy, we'd suggest sticking with translucent and applying it over a bronzer that you know suits your skin tone.