How to Choose the Best Mineral Sunscreen

Congratulations! You have made the switch to a reef friendly, mineral-based sunscreen. No more endocrine disruptors, no more synthetic chemicals and carcinogens, and no more coral reef bleaching! Now all you need to do is choose the best mineral sunscreen for you…

But Badger, you make so many incredible sunscreens! How is a person to choose the right one?

Fear not, outdoor adventurer! We have three simple categories to choose from: Daily, Active, and Sport. And within each of these categories, we offer both non-nano zinc oxide and clear zinc oxide options. No matter the occasion, we’ve got you covered.

How to choose the best Badger sunscreen

SPORT SPF CREAMS: Moisturizing and water resistant (80 min) for surfing and other sports.

SPF 40 Clear Kids Sunscreen

Meet our most popular sunscreens! Offering at least 80 minutes of water resistance and boasting the highest SPF values for Badger sunscreens, no wonder these sunscreens fly off the shelves. Our Sport line offers two creams and two face sticks, making sunscreen application super convenient for any on-the-go Badger.

When to use Sport sunscreens: Surfing, swimming, playing outdoor sports, cycling, and dancing at festivals.

ACTIVE SPF CREAMS: Moisturizing and water resistant (40 min) for beach, swimming, and activity.

SPF 30 Clear Active Sunscreen

These are our most versatile sunscreens. Offering at least 40 minutes of water resistance, they won’t sweat into your eyes and are the perfect pairing for all of your active adventures. With a wide range of SPF values, fragrances, and even color (yes, we have a tinted sunscreen!), we’ve got the perfect match for each person in the family.

When to use Active sunscreens: Hiking, going for a quick jog, doing yard work, kayaking, running through the sprinkler, and jumping in the pool.

DAILY SPF LOTIONS: Easy to apply and non-greasy lotions for everyday wear.

SPF 30 Clear Lotion Sunscreen

Our Daily sunscreen lotions are our lightest blend in skin feel and texture. As a water-based formula, they are non-greasy and a breeze to apply. One important thing to note, however, is that they do not provide water resistance. This means they are well suited for everyday use around town but not an ideal choice for water-based or sweat-inducing activities. The Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion is a great option for full body coverage while the two Rose options are a perfect daily face sunscreen.

When to use Daily lotions: Walking, as a face moisturizer in the morning, enjoying a BBQ in the back yard, and winning at a game of corn hole.

Still have questions about which sunscreen to use?

Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Ask us in the comments below!

What’s the best sunscreen for

  • my face? Just about any of our sunscreens are great options! We would suggest any of our Daily Lotions as they are super simple to apply. Need something more water resistant? Our Clear SPF 30 Unscented would be our next choice!
  • my baby/children? All of our sunscreens are incredibly safe to use. However, our favorites for babies and kids are our SPF 35 Baby Cream and our Kids line. We took our basic SPF 30 Unscented Cream formula and added a few extra ingredients to make options specifically for Babies and Kids of all ages! Need further proof that these products are safe for little ones? All of our Baby and Kids sunscreens are hypoallergenic, and our SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen is even Pediatrician Tested. Now that’s some safe sunscreen!
  • Sensitive skin? Again, we only make simple and safe sunscreens. However, we would recommend any of our unscented sunscreens as they will have the most basic formulas.

Don’t forget that the best sun protection is staying in the shade and covering up with extra layers. When you are trying to choose the best mineral sunscreen, though, no matter the occasion, we have the perfect option for you. Happy outdoor adventures!

2 comments on “How to Choose the Best Mineral Sunscreen

  • Miranda R. says:

    I have been using your Badger sunscreens throughout the summer and have had a tough time with it getting on my clothes and swimsuit and not coming out. Are there any tips for removing it from clothing? Or a specific cream or lotion that does not stain as much? I have currently been using the Active Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Cream.

    • Badger Balm

      Hey Miranda! Great question. If you let the product soak into the skin for a few minutes before letting fabric touch it directly, you can reduce the chance of stains. It is best to rub the product onto the skin well and let sit for a moment to allow the mineral particles to spread out evenly over the skin. The best way to remove a zinc oxide and oil stain is by applying watered down rubbing alcohol (50/50) directly to the stain then dabbing gently to lift the stain.

      If you do not have alcohol on hand, stains resulting from natural oils may be removed that same way you would remove a salad dressing stain: apply a dish soap directly to the stain (because regular laundry detergent does not contain oil-removing properties), then launder as normal. It usually does the trick!

      As for different sunscreens, have you tried any of our Clear Zinc sunscreens? Those definitely have a less-whitening effect, although are still initially white.


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