Upgrade your skin protection game with these sunscreen products for the face and body that aren't greasy, heavy or chalky.
Now that summer is here, we all need to incorporate sunscreen lotion into our daily skincare ritual, applying full protection even if the sun is not shining everyday. While there are a lot of options for skin protection out there, it is important to take your unique skin into consideration.
Sun protection is hands-down the most important step in your skincare routine. It protects you from the sun damage of UVA rays and UVB rays, which ranges from dark spots, skin damage and premature aging to melanoma to skin cancer. SPF sunscreen is something that you need to wear every single day for UVA and UVB rays protection.
Beauty brands have realized that the best way to get us to wear sunscreen consistently is by creating the best sunscreen products that we actually want to wear — and as a result, the past few years have seen some pretty incredible innovations in formulas. The SPF of today is lightweight, blends easily and provides other skincare benefits, like protection from antioxidants or a hydration boost.
Below, shop ET's recommendations for the best sunscreen to provide unparalleled protection for your face, body, and sensitive skin this summer.
Best Sunscreens for Face:
Glossier Invisible Shield
The Glossier Invisible Shield sunscreen is the sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen. Invisible shield is lightweight SPF 35 water-gel formulation that feels like a serum yet protects your skin from harmful UV rays.
Tula Brightening Serum Skin Tint Sunscreen
This Tula formula combines sunscreen and a tinted moisturizer creating a weightless skin tint packed with skin-first ingredients to boost your daily glow while protecting your skin from UV rays. Find the perfect match for your skin tone online.
CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen
Regardless of your skin type, you can guarantee that your skin will feel nourished and glowing with CeraVe's Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen.
Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Hydrating Fluid Face Moisturizer SPF 50
This Paula's Choice solution offers full-spectrum sun protection via a lightweight, full-coverage formula.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF 50
If you’re the type of person who forgets to reapply or worries about ruining your makeup, then you need to check out this powder product. This facial sunscreen comes in a self-contained brush that you simply dust on top of your skin whenever you need a re-up on SPF. We wouldn’t recommend using this as your primary means of sun safety (it can be tricky to ensure you've covered everywhere adequately), but it’s a convenient way to keep your skin protected against UV rays.
Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick
The award-winning sunscreen is not only formulated well for your skin, but with the travel sized packaging, this is the best sunscreen style for reapplying conveniently on the go.
Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50
Stock up on mineral sunscreen for summer that can be worn alone or is just as effective when paired with makeup.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Drunk Elephant is a cult-favorite skincare brand for a reason. Tap into their skin-cocktail properties with the Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30.
BeautyStat Cosmetics Universal C Skin Refiner Vitamin C Serum with SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen
This sheer zinc sunscreen brightens and protects skin from harmful UV rays and environmental stressors while reducing and preventing dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles by including 20% vitamin C serum, all while helping your dry skin.
Coola Full Spectrum Sun Silk Drops
This genius product protects you from not just sun damage but also the increasing threat of high-energy visible light (HEV). Yes, that’s right: There are more forces at work than just UV radiation trying to hurt your appearance. Scientists have found that we expose ourselves to damaging blue-violet and invisible light that our digital devices emit. This full-spectrum SPF fluid contains a specific HEV filter alongside the UVA and UVB protection. It has a clean formula infused with organic botanical extracts and is an absolute joy to apply — this sun protection product will make your skin feel silky and soft to the touch almost immediately.
Best Sunscreens for Body:
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Another Skin Cancer Foundation–approved sunscreen, Sun Bum's SPF 50 will shield you from UVA/UVB rays while enriching your skin with vitamin E and offering a pleasant smell. If you're looking for a hardworking daily go-to, try this one.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 70
Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray is a favorite for its convenience and pleasant scent. It's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen For Face SPF 60
This award winning face and body sunscreen is loved by dermatologists.
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Moisturizing Body Sunscreen
Aveeno's hypoallergenic broad spectrum SPF 60 sunscreen made with prebiotic oats offers a weightless and refreshing feel.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen
Shiseido's award-winning Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion uses technology to become even stronger when it's exposed to heat, water and sweat. In addition to withstanding your active lifestyle, it goes on clear and is suitable for all skin types.
Australian Gold Sunscreen Spray Gel with Instant Bronzer
Paraben-, aluminum- and dye-free, this SPF 15 sunscreen doubles as an instant bronzer. With just a few spritzes, you can get the illusion of a sun-kissed tan, even if you have no beach trips on your radar.
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Paraben free, fragrance free, oxybenzone free, octinoxate free, silicone free, aluminum free, cruelty free and vegan, the Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 sunscreen protects against sun damage, fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Best Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin:
EltaMD Skincare UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Walk into any dermatologist’s office and you’ll see a bottle of this unassuming sun protector on their shelves. That’s because this broad spectrum sunscreen formula is safe for sensitive skin and made for those who have acne prone skin or suffer from rosacea and other sensitivity issues — some dermatologists even use it on patients post-laser or chemical peel (yes, it’s that non-irritating). If SPF lotions in the past have left your face red and stinging or caused you to break out, this face sunscreen is definitely one to try to protect you from sun exposure.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Sunscreen For Face SPF 50
Lightweight and 100% mineral sunscreen, this formula from La Roche-Posay is gentle on sensitive skin, leaving healthy glow.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen
If you’re the type of person who thinks sunscreen is a pain, then let the weightless wonder that is Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen change your mind and protect you against harmful UV rays. It’s invisible (no white cast!), scent-free and so lightweight that you won’t be able to tell the difference between this and your regular face moisturizer and you won't feel like you have oily skin. Bonus: It also has makeup-gripping properties, which makes this sun protection work fabulously as a primer.
Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF
If you're hoping to invest in a full-coverage SPF for summer, make sure it's this Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF — courtesy of Meghan Markle's go-to skincare brand.
BLUE LIZARD Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen
Tired of searching for the right sunscreen that offers reliable protection without causing irritation? Try out this mineral sunscreen from Blue Lizard, which contains zinc oxide and provides efficient UV defense, rubs in easily, and has zero fragrance.
ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel
This Korean sunscreen brand has a cult following on TikTok and for good reasons. For dry skin, wear this at the beach for the ultimate protection.
Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
Tap into the benefits of a weightless, mineral sunscreen that aims to provide full, all-day coverage — and is from one of skincare's top celeb-loved brands, no less.