We have all seen the tag line “Mineral sunscreen no white cast” or “Mineral sunscreen without a white cast”. I know that I have gone through at least half a dozen sunscreens with this claim, only to try it out and have both myself and my children looking chalky and ghostly. So why does mineral sunscreen leave that white cast? Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, the minerals that make up mineral sunscreen are white by nature. The natural color of these ingredients cause products that are made by them to hold that color. And because mineral sunscreens work by acting as a reflector above the skin, the white color often remains atop the skin.
Luckily, with technological advances, reducing the white appearance of zinc has made great strides. Many companies have also begun offering a tinted option for sunscreen. However, even with those advances, many of the products on the market have still been created with white skin in mind and a prominent white cast is often still seen on melanin-kissed skin. I for one became frustrated with this and especially when it came to finding a sunscreen for my children.
Thankfully, my frustration led me to create BabyDonna’s mineral sunscreen stick for other parents in similar situations that are searching for a mineral sunscreen for their melanin-kissed kids. Our sunscreen stick is made from 100% non nano clear zinc which allows it to better blend into darker skin tones. We avoid using the phrase mineral sunscreen with no white cast because we know that with zinc the darker skin becomes the more chances there are to have some form of a white cast left. However, our sunscreen stick was made to be light, clear and easy to apply and blend into darker skin tones. You can purchase our sunscreen stick here and try it out on your little one.