50 sunscreen options for every mood, from barely-there mineral powder to thick-ass zinc
Is anyone else beyond ready to get into full-on summer mode? It’s going to be here before you know it, and with it, the need to stock up on all our fave sunscreens. Look, we don’t need to tell you all the reasons why it’s imperative that everyone, not just beauty lovers, use sunscreen. No matter what your skin tone might be, everyone is susceptible to sun damage and it is just not worth it.
If you want to go down the litany of horrors that sun damage can cause, we’ve got: melasma, age spots, redness, burns, wrinkles, boils and sun blisters, premature aging, moles, skin tearing and cancer. Vanity aside, nothing is worse the risk of cancer — you do not want to mess with the exposure to harmful UV rays, and this is why the goddesses invented spray tans and bronzer.
No matter what kind of sunscreen you prefer, these days there is something for everyone. Some people love the dependability and heartiness of thick, zinc-filled sunscreens, while others prefer ultra-lightweight, sheer coverage. The large volume of sunscreen options can make it overwhelming when doing your shopping, so we’ve gone ahead and made it easy for you to find exactly what you’re looking for — you can even try glitter sunscreen if that’s your vibe. Whether you prefer the ease of touching up your sunscreen over makeup in powder form, are looking for a barely-there serum fluid, or need a heavy duty body sunscreen for your impending beach vacation, we’ve got you covered.
1Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
Few things are as big a drag as realizing you forgot your facial sunscreen after you’ve completed your full makeup beat. Thanks to this Kate Somerville product, you get the full power of SPF 50 in the convenience of a setting spray.
2PCA Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Hydrate your skin while also protecting it with this lightweight, nourishing moisturizer and sunscreen.
3Chuda Sheer Hydration Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Say goodbye to greasy skin with this rapidly absorbing formula enhanced with powerful skin care actives for high-end skin health.
4La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer
Use this daily, oil-free moisturizer to protect your skin against damaging UV rays, thanks to its SPF 30 formula that helps restore skin’s natural protective barrier.
5Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Not only do you get the benefits of sunscreen, but you also get Tatcha’s weightless, anti-aging formula that leaves you with matte, poreless looking skin.
6Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Leave your skin looking healthy and moisturized for up to eight hours with no residue or white marks thanks to the clean, light formula that layers invisibly. This oil-free sunscreen is non-comedogenic and won’t cause breakouts.
7C’est Moi Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Perfect for adults and children alike, this sunscreen is made with zinc oxide for powerful protection and organic aloe that soothes the skin.
8Cerave Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Restore your skin’s natural barrier while protecting it from the sun with this perfectly priced sunscreen.
1Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Take this convenient sunscreen stick wherever you go. Its clear formula won’t leave you streaky and a protective veil becomes stronger when it comes into contact with water or sweat, so you’re covered no matter what.
2Aloe Up White Collection Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
The summer coconut-mango fragrance will transport you to the tropics while this hydrating and light sunscreen protects your skin without clogging pores.
3G.M. Collin Dry Touch SPF 50+ Sun Protection Cream
This broad-spectrum and water resistant sunscreen can be used on the face as well as body. It’s specially made with chemical filters that leave a light and dry finish without a chalky residue.
4Cerave Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50
You’ll love how lightweight this affordable sunscreen is.
5Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20
This everyday moisturizer makes remembering to wear sunscreen easy, and you can have peace of mind going about your day knowing you’re covered.
6Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50
This gradual sunless tanner leaves you looking like a glowing goddess while also protecting you from the sun. It’s magic!
7Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Water Light Lotion
You can’t beat the Kiehl’s formula — the brand has been around almost 200 years for a reason. Not only does it shield your skin from rays thanks to sun-filters, but its water-like formula leaves skin smooth, refreshed, and protected.
8Banana Boat Simply Protect Sport
Banana Boat is a classic for a reason, and its latest product offers SPF 50, so you know you’re in good hands.
9Jane Iredale HandDrink Hand Cream SPF 15
This hand cream will not only make your skin feel soft but since it has SPF 15, it will protect it as well. Since we usually forget to apply sunscreen in this area, know that you’re in good hands (literally) with this product.
1Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
Load up your skin with antioxidants and protect it from UVA/UVB rays, free radical, and oxidative damage.
2Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50
You know you can depend on Dermalogica products, and not only does this protect from UV rays and free radicals, but it also minimizes skin-aging triggers.
3Tarte Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Tarte’s first-ever sunscreen is vegan and helps to protect your skin from UV rays while healing, moisturizing, brightening, and re-invigorating your skin. You’ll love the anti-oxidant infused liquid lotion formula.
4Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
This chemical-free daily moisturizer gives you a hint of coverage and a whole lot of sun protection.
1Alba Botanica Very Emollient Kids Mineral Sunscreen
If it’s made for kids, you know it’s going to be powerful and effective as well as gentle on your skin.
2Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Wetforce for Sensitive Skin & Children
The new formulation of Shiseido’s popular sunblock is now made with gentle ingredients and is a mineral-based sunscreen that can be used on both face and body.
3Supergoop Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Perfect for both face and body, this lightweight sunscreen features soothing olive polyphenols and calms redness, irritation, and inflammation while safeguarding against hyperpigmentation.
4Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 30
Enjoy this affordable, water-resistant sunblock made with natural plant extracts, which protects and nourishes your skin.
5Arbonne RE9 Advanced Prepwork Soft Focus Veil SPF 30
This lightweight sunblock creates a soft focus effect on your skin to blur any pores and lines. It’s a like an Instagram filter that comes with SPF! The best part? It’s also made with 100% mineral-based sunscreen.
1Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45
Already did your makeup? No problem, just dust on Supergoop’s new mineral UV protection sunscreen and give your skin a satin finish that sets your makeup and shields it from harmful rays.
2Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush On Sunscreen Shield SPF 50
Thanks to its all-mineral formula, this powder sunblock acts like a shield against harmful UV rays and can be worn alone or over makeup.
3Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF Dry Sunscreen
This nourishing powder protects and soothes your skin and can not only be used for your face, but your body and scalp as well.
4Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45
It doesn’t get much more convenient than this on-the-go, self-dispensing brush full of broad-spectrum sun protection.
5Tarte Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Aside from how sweet this brush packaging is, how easy will it be to swipe on some sunscreen while going about your summer fun?
1Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm with SPF 15
Don’t forget to keep those lips from getting burned and peel off. This lip balm protects your delicate mouth skin and comes in four different shades.
2Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
This iconic lip balm not only comes in a wide variety of shades, but its luxurious texture offers protection from the sun all day long. It’s a classic.
3Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm
This buttery, rich lip balm provides SPF 18 protection and you can’t beat the chic packaging.
4Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25
Pick from six different shades for a sweet lip and plenty of sun protection.
5Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick SPF 15
You’ll love this rosy pink sheen and all the good, neuropeptides infused in this solid-to-serum lip product.
Serum and Fluid
Serum and Fluid
1Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen
With SPF 35 to protect your skin, this clear water-gel formula with active microcapsules instantly absorbs into skin without leaving a greasy residue or white cast, making it ideal for people of color.
2Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
A multi-tasking moisturizer that protects against UV rays, pollution, and environmental damage with a lightweight, silky formula that is ideal for layering under makeup.
3Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50
This sheer, fast-absorbing fluid is as lightweight as they come and provides protection against sun damage while also infusing your skin with antioxidant-rich botanicals. Perfect for layering under makeup.
4La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light SPF 60 Sunscreen
This famous French brand is a cult-fave for a reason. This ultra-light fluid has advanced broad spectrum protection in a game-changing light texture. It absorbs quickly, has a weightless texture and gives your skin a matte finish.
1Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30
Who doesn’t love that summery coconut scent? This non-aerosol spray is water-resistant and has anti-aging benefits as well. So spray it on and hop in the pool.
2Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This iconic French brand tackles sun protection the modern way with this lightweight, non-greasy spray oil that makes it easy to reach your back and other nooks and crannies.
3Hampton Sun SPF 55 Continuous Mist
You’ll feel like you’re on vacation every time you take a spritz of this high-end sunscreen.
4Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 45
This affordable classic is probably waiting for your at your neighborhood drugstore. You can always count on it.
1Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm with SPF 30
Enjoy the current sale price on this skin-loving and dewy bb cream.
2Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40
You’ll get hooked to this illuminating, color-correcting, blendable tinted moisturizer thanks to its flawless finish and incredible protection.
3Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
This gentle and fragrance-free formula is ultra nourishing and rich with antioxidants that protect, soothe, and soften skin.
4IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Protecting Powder SPF 50
This game-changing face pressed finishing powder gives you buildable, sheer-to-medium coverage that looks effortlessly soft and keeps your skin safe from sun damage.
5Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free
If you’ve got oily skin, then this cult-fave tinted moisturizer is for you. All the protection of a sunblock with the coverage of a tinted moisturizer — without turning into a grease ball.
6Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Get the power of SPF 30 with the benefits of an improved skin tone and blurred imperfection thanks to this nourishing water-gel formula.