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Caring for your skin begins with protecting it from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunblock. Sun damage goes beyond a temporary sunburn. It can lead to multiple skin concerns, such as wrinkles and other signs of premature aging, melasma, sunspots, and even skin cancer. Using a hydrating mineral sunscreen with naturally-occurring minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can help form a protective barrier on your skin's surface, reflecting harmful UVA and UVB rays, without irritating sensitive skin.


CeraVe has multiple effective mineral sunscreen options that not only help protect against sun damage, but also contain three essential ceramides that work together to lock in moisture and help restore the skin’s protective barrier—along with other ingredients that help hydrate, calm, and soothe. Explore our best mineral sunscreens for face and body, water-resistant sunscreen sticks for easy touch-ups, as well as formulas made specifically for babies.


Find the answers to some frequently asked questions about mineral sunscreen below.

  • Mineral sunscreen is made from naturally-occurring minerals, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It creates a barrier between your skin and the sunlight, and reflects damaging UVA and UVB rays away from your skin to protect it.


  • Mineral sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure, and reapplied every two hours, or after swimming or sweating. The FDA requires that all sunscreen products have a shelf-life of at least three years.1


  • Follow the directions on your product packaging to see how much mineral sunscreen to apply to your face. Generally, you should use about a nickel-sized amount. Use enough mineral sunscreen to fill a shot glass to cover your entire face and body.


  • The directions on your product label will tell you how to apply your mineral sunscreen, whether it’s a lotion, stick, or spray. And don’t forget to apply mineral sunscreen to your ears, hands, and tops of your hands, feet, and head. It’s also important to apply a lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher to your lips.

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