22 Best Face Sunscreens To Buy In 2021

Genevieve Scott

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Hot girl summer is officially underway, and you know what that means: Time to slather on the confidence - and SPF - as you get ready to live your best life. Lucky for you, we've just made it that much easier with our compilation of the best sunscreen choices for your face...

Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer

Brand: Fenty Skin
Price: $35.00

Ever wonder the one beauty product Rihanna can't live without? We'll give you a hint: You're looking right at it. The Hydra Vizor lightweight SPF 30 moisturizer - perfect for all skin types, btw - will not only keep you protected at all times, but will also do so without leaving any stubborn smudges. "Hydration + sun protection—Every. Damn. Day," as the brand's official website states. What more could we possibly ask for?

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But it's not just the product's silky smooth formula that'll have you running to reapply every day. With a fresh melon scent and sleek, refillable bottle, we can't help but wonder: Is there anything RiRi didn't think of when designing the innovative product? So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the product's official site to be on your way to looking and smelling like the Fenty goddess herself.

Unseen

Brand: Supergoop!
Price: $34.00

Ever heard of a sunscreen that wasn't, well, white? How about one that was invisible? We know, it sounds almost too good to be true, only our next skincare product is all too real. And with a name like "Unseen?" You're getting exactly what you paid for. Not only will you never have to worry about white residue again, but you'll also be getting a whole lot more upon purchasing.

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The truth? We weren't the only ones in mind when Supergoop! blessed us with this hidden gem. Not only will our skin be thanking us for the invisible, oil-free SPF 40 formula, but so will Mother Nature. That's right, the reef-safe, cruelty-free product was also designed in the most environmentally friendly way possible. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and pick up yourself a bottle. The universe will thank you.

Protect + Hydrate

Brand: Aveeno
Price: $9.88

If Jennifer Aniston uses it, you already know you're in for a real treat. And priced at under $10? Who would've thought the secret to ageless beauty was one trip to the drugstore away? So, what exactly does the Aveeno SPF facial sunscreen line have that all of those other products don't? Two words: Prebiotic oat.

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Not ringing a bell? Allow us to help you out here. Picture a silky, nourishing complex great for dry, itchy skin that doesn't make you feel like you just slathered a bottle of oil onto your face. That's right. Oil-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic, the weightless product will absorb right into your skin - all while getting the job done. Oh, and did we mention the lotion is dermatologist approved? Yep. Could we BE any more excited? Head on over to Aveeno's official website to see why the Friends star can't get enough of the skincare line...

Mineral SPF 50 Shimmer Sunscreen

Brand: Bare Republic
Price: $12.97

Granted, many of you might opt for a shine-free, matte alternative when it comes to slathering on that SPF. But for those of you looking to spice things up? We've got a feeling you're going to like this next one: Bare Republic's Mineral Shimmer Sunscreen - otherwise known as sparkling suntanning lotion. Yep, you read that right. Because who says you always need to play it safe when it comes to staying protected?

Best Drugstore Sunscreen
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But don't worry, you won't be waking up the next morning with any mysterious rashes or sudden breakouts. The mineral-based product doesn't use any chemical actives, synthetic fragrances, parabens - or any other ingredients you wouldn't want on your face, to put it simply. So, where exactly does it get its glow? Nature. Yep, non-nano Zinc Oxide, along with natural, sustainable light-reflecting mica, was enough to get the job done here. And we'd be lying if we said we weren't amazed.

Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops

Brand: Coola
Price: $46.00

We know: One glance at that price, and you might just be tempted to keep on scrolling. But wait. Don't go anywhere just yet. Once you hear what makes our next sunscreen so great, we've got a feeling you won't mind shelling out a little bit extra. Well, what is so special about this one? For starters, with a name like "Sun Silk Drops," let's just say the silky formula certainly lives up to its name...

Coola, Sunscreen for face
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Thanks to a plant-based complex, the lightweight drops will have your skin feeling like its best self in no time. Not only will you be protected from every harmful ray under the sun (see what we did there?), but the 30 SPF UVA/UVB-protectant will also keep you safe from another threat: HEV lights - you know, that pesky light your iPhone, computer, and TV all have that keeps you up until the wee hours of the night. But what you probably didn't know, is that the sun also emits that same light. Don't worry, neither did we. And thanks to Coola, we'll never have to think about it again…

Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion 

Brand: Neutrogena
Price: $10.62 (*On sale now!*)

When you hear "water gel lotion," there's a good chance you're expecting, well, exactly that. But if that's the case, you'd actually be wrong. Our next product is so much more than that. Meet your new best friend: Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion - otherwise known as one of Neutrogena's fastest-selling facial products. And there's good reason for that. Struggling with acne? Tired of slathering on thick, greasy formulas? The lightweight product has got you covered.

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In fact, the oil-free, non-comedogenic product will leave your skin feeling both refreshed and hydrated - all while staying safe under the sun. But that's not all. With SPF 50, the water-resistant formula (which, btw, many have called the best-smelling sunscreen they've ever used) will have you staying protected for up to 8 hours upon application. So next time you find yourself at the beach or pool? Feel free to dive right in - just please, no splashing.

Anthelios Anti-Pigmentation

Brand: La Roche-Posay
 ‎Price: £20.00 (about $28.00)

Sure, most sunscreens out there can help protect you from those harmful rays. But what about after you make your way home from the beach? That's right, we're talking about hyper-pigmentation marks - something not talked about often enough. Lucky for us, La Roche-Posay already knows that. That's why they've teamed up with dermatologists to create the perfect solution: Anthelios Anti-Pigmentation.

La Roche Posay Sunscreen
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The SPF 50 lightweight sunscreen will not only keep you protected while you get your tan on, but also after, preventing any pigmentation that might normally follow. But perhaps our favorite part? Its tinted formula - designed to help conceal any prior blemishes you may opt to cover before heading outside. But don't worry, its hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic ingredients will ensure you won't be clogging any pores. Is there anything else we missed?

Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen 

Brand: CeraVe
Price: $33.25

There are many reasons why our next facial sunscreen is worthy of your attention - and we're not the only ones who feel that way. The best-selling product is often sold out on retailer websites, but once you get your hands on it, you'll understand why. For starters, the lightweight mineral product leaves a flawless finish, all while providing the utmost protection (SPF 30, by the way).

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That being said, the tinted formula can be worn either alone or under your favorite makeup products. And with three essential ceramides to both lock in and maintain moisture? Your daily skincare routine just got that much easier: Not only will it hydrate your skin, but it'll do so without any stubborn grease or residue. Still not impressed? Perhaps its "Skin Cancer Foundation Daily Use Seal of Approval" award will do the trick...

Silken Pore Perfecting

Brand: Tatcha
Price: $65.00

Sure, we've already scrounged up the best lotions for extra-dry skin; We've found products specially designed for pigmentation. But what about our precious pores, that look like we've just put them under a magnifying glass anytime we rub lotion onto our face? Safe to say, that's all about to change. Meet "Silken Pore Perfecting," otherwise known as the answer to all of our prayers.

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The weightless, anti-aging sunscreen will not only protect you from future wrinkles, but it'll also keep your pores in line thanks to its state-of-the-art formula. With touches of Japanese wild rose and calming loquat leaf extract, get ready to get that glowing skin you've always dreamed about. But perhaps our favorite part? The lightweight formula can also double as a makeup primer. We know, the price tag might suggest otherwise, but trust us: This one's a steal…

Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen

Brand: Hawaiian Tropic
Price: $8.92

You're in luck: We can confidently say that Hawaiian Tropic's Silk Hydration formula is exactly as dreamy as the colorful bottle suggests. In fact, one whiff of this lotion, and it'll feel like you've just stepped into your very own tropical oasis. But the sunscreen's coconut scent isn't the only reason you'll like this one. Well, what's so great about it?

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Not only will its 30 SPF keep you safely out of harm's way, but you won't have to worry about any greasy, thick residues with this one. The surprisingly subtle, silky formula is as weightless as the name suggests. In fact, you might just forget you're wearing any sunscreen to begin with. Luckily, the lotion's heavenly scent will help you out with that one. And did we mention the product is PETA-certified cruelty-free, reef friendly, and supported by the Skin Cancer Foundation? 'Nuff said.

Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer

Brand: Olay
Price: $29.24 (*On sale now!*)

As Olay themselves put it, "don't let moisture (or SPF) weigh you down." Safe to say, the beauty brand knew exactly what they were talking about when they blessed us with their Regenerist Whip facial moisturizer. With a special cream-to-liquid technology, their SPF 25 lotion is like nothing we've ever seen before. In fact, from the looks of it? Good things might just come in small packages, after all.

Olay, Face sunscreen, best
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Tucked away in a little red container, the lightweight formula is so airy, it'll change the name of the sunscreen game forever. And with an Amino-Peptide Complex II? The product will also fight against any potential wrinkles or fine lines. Finally, a sun lotion that can protect, prevent and keep our skin looking dewy at all times. Are you as impressed as we are? Head on over to their official website to check it out for yourself.

Resting Beach Face

Brand: Everyday Humans
Price: $24

Whoever said don't judge a book by its cover was clearly talking about our next beauty product. Sure, it might be called Resting Beach Face, but one look at the innovative product, and you're bound to have a smile on your face. As for what makes it so great? Think eco-friendly packaging with all of the good stuff hidden inside.

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That's exactly what you'll be getting when you purchase Everyday Human's "Resting Beach Face" facial sunscreen serum. The antioxidant-infused formula, along with its hyaluronic acid, is so hydrating, you won't even have to bother applying any moisturizers after. Plus, you'll be getting a gorgeous glow - all "while throwing shade at sun damage, dehydration, and urban pollution," as the website states. A win, win if you ask us. Speaking of winning, keep scrolling...

Unrivaled Sun Serum

Brand: EleVen by Venus Williams
Price: $50.00

She may know a thing or two when it comes to the courts, but we'd say Venus Williams struck gold when she created her own sun-care line. And from the looks of it? "Unrivaled" has officially gone unmatched. As for why exactly it has everyone talking - including Allure, who crowned it their 2020 Best of Beauty Award? For starters, it really is a game-changer.

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With 25% Zinc Oxide, you'll be getting full UVA/UVB protection - all while leaving your skin with a demi-matte finish. In other words? Don't worry about any stubborn oily residue. The vegan, cruelty-free product (comprised of naturally derived ingredients, btw) is exactly the formula your skin has been looking for. And having been made in collaboration with The Sunscreen Company, perhaps it's no surprise we can't get enough of it.

Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion

Brand: Coppertone
Price: $8.97

We all remember Coppertone for their, um, selective choice in branding back in the day. But forget that little girl and her dog who once hijacked our sunscreen bottles: We're here to talk about the beauty brand's latest drop, Pure & Simple. Much like the company's former products, the lotion was designed with sensitive skin in mind. And we'd say Coppertone certainly delivered...

Coppertone, Best sunscreen, Face
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With natural ingredients such as tea leaf, sea kelp, and lotus extract, the mineral-based SPF 50 product provides sun protection your whole family can rely on. In fact, not only is the sunscreen hypoallergenic, but it also has no PABA, parabens, phthalates, dyes, or oxybenzone. Not to mention, the innovative formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes upon application. So feel free to splash around in the sun without having to worry about reapplying.

Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Face Sunscreen

Brand: Kylie Skin
Price: $28

Rise and shine! Did you really think Kylie Jenner's name wasn't going to make it onto our list? Of course, we had to feature the queen of cosmetics and perhaps her most impressive product to date (psst, no, we're not talking about any lip kits here): We're talking about Kylie Skin's invisible facial moisturizer - designed to moisturize, smooth and protect, of course. But that's not all it does...

Kylie Skin, Best sunscreen
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With shea butter, meadow-foam seed oil, natural algae extract, and Vitamin E, this dreamy formula will have you feeling like the goddess that you are in no time. You can also expect a non-greasy, super light finish - perfect for those hot summer days. And priced at just $28 a piece, you can proudly say you share the same skincare routine (well, sort of) as Ms. Jenner herself. Not too shabby, huh?

Tinted Face Lotion SPF 40

Brand: KINLÒ
Price: $20/under

If you also never expected Naomi Osaka to drop her very own sun-care line, don't worry, neither did she. But after endless years in search of the perfect protection for darker skin tones, she decided to take matters into her own hands. And, well, we're certainly glad she did. Labeled KINLÒ, the tennis champ's upcoming product line, has officially propped her ahead of the game.

Tinted Sunscreen for Face
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As Osaka proudly announced on April 28, her upcoming skincare line has been "formulated specifically for people with melanated skin tones." As for what to expect? According to Business Insider, we'll be introduced to several revolutionary products, including body spray, chap stick, and our favorite: Tinted facial cream, designed alongside dermatologist Dr. Naana Boakye, MD. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait until Fall to get our hands on the dreamy product. But in the meantime, we'll be waiting patiently here. Go on, keep scrolling.

That Big Screen

Brand: J.Lo Beauty
Price: $45.90

Last but most certainly not least, we're about to let you in on a little secret: Ever wonder how J.Lo gets her famous glow? Sure, there are the 5 S's that she famously swears by: "Sleep, sunscreen, serums, supplements, and living a healthy, sane life." But there's also a new factor at play - her very own beauty line. Dubbed "J.Lo Beauty," you can bet the singer pulled out all of the stops when it came to sharing decades worth of beauty habits.

J. Lo, Skin, Sunscreen
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But we're here to talk about one in particular: Her sunscreen routine. Dubbed "That Big Screen," the star's latest beauty product will have you feeling camera-ready in no time. And with good reason. With licorice root, hyaluronic acid, and natural sugars - among other natural ingredients - the silky formula will leave you glowing. Sorry, J.Lo, we know you said love don't cost a thing, but if you ask us? It costs approximately $45.90...

Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen

Brand: Versed
Price: $21.99

It's perhaps the one question we can't help but ask each and every time we slather on that SPF: will I break out tomorrow morning? Lucky for you, the answer has officially never been more clear (see what we did there?). Versed's daily mineral sunscreen is not only as lightweight as ever, but your skin will actually be thanking you upon application. "Why," you wonder? Keep scrolling.

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The airy, creamy formula is bound to glide onto your skin like butter - minus all of that grease, of course. Both oil-free and vegan, the product will leave you with the perfect finish, "not too dewy, not too matte," as their site proudly puts it. And with non-nano zinc oxide? Feel free to catch those rays without worrying about any harmful UVA and UVB rays penetrating that precious face of yours. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to their official site to be on your way to healthy, hydrated, and protected skin! (Psst, just don't forget to recycle the eco-friendly bottle upon finishing.)

Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

Brand: SkinCeuticals
Price: $54.00

For all of our gals with combination skin, you're going to love our next one. Tired of sunscreens leaving you with either too much moisture or simply not enough? SkinCeuticals is here to help. Not only will their Daily Brightening SPF leave your skin as hydrated as ever, but will do so without all of that extra, stubborn grease. But that's not even the best part.

Skinceutical, best face sunscreen
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With special ingredients like tranexamic acid, the game-changing formula will also help fight any potential discoloration or UV-induced pigmentation. That's right. You can rest easy knowing you'll be protected both during and after your time in the sun. And while, yes, that price tag might be a little intimidating, you'll certainly be getting every bang for those bucks. Oh, and did we mention the product's brightening ingredients, like soothing glycerin? Yep, definitely worth the buy.

No Shade Sunscreen Oil

Brand: Melé
Price: $19.99

Melanin-rich skin might already have up to 13 SPF, but make no mistake about it: skin damage doesn't give anyone a free pass, including our bronzed queens. Luckily, Melé already knows that. Which is why they've teamed up with professionals to bless those of us with darker skin tones with the perfect sun protection. Safe to say, their No Shade Sunscreen Oil certainly delivered.

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Their parabens-free oil is everything we could have wanted in our next go-to SPF. Created by dermatologists of color, the beautifully designed formula blends right into your skin - without leaving any overwhelmingly oily finishes. And unlike our other sunscreens? Melé's swanky bottle is destined to stand out. You'll be getting a carefully crafted dispenser - an oil dropper, ensuring perhaps the easiest application yet. But we should warn ya, a little goes a long way here: a few drops of the oily goodness, and you'll be good to go for about 2 hours! So what are you waiting for?

All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

Brand: Dr. Dennis Gross
Price: $42.00

Our next dreamy formula is so lightweight, you can even use it as your new go-to makeup primer. Of course, though, we're here to talk about sunscreen. So what makes this SPF stand out from the rest? For starters, the daily sunscreen was developed by one of the best dermatologists in the game: Dennis Gross, M.D. And you can bet his swanky product did not disappoint.

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His mission? "To improve your skin health, how it looks, but most importantly how it makes you feel," as the dermatologist's official website proudly states. Safe to say, the All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense is about to have you feeling like your best self. With zinc oxide and antioxidant-rich berries, your skin will not only be protected from all those harmful rays, but you'll also be preventing any potential fine lines and wrinkles. And with a transparent, invisible finish? We'd call this one a win, win.

Make It Matte

Brand: Black Girl Sunscreen
Price: $21.99

Last but certainly not least, Black Girl Sunscreen's SPF protection is like nothing we've ever seen before - literally. That's right. Don't expect any classic white lotions when unwrapping that mysterious black box (pictured below). Instead? You'll be getting your hands on a revolutionary gel-like formula - created with only the finest ingredients your skin is bound to love. As for what that calls for?

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From aloe vera to shea butter to coconut oil, you'll be getting sun protection and soothing hydration, all in one! But that's not even our favorite part. Thanks to the game-changing ingredients, you no longer need to worry about any stubborn, white casts or greasy finishes. Yes, really. So what are you waiting for? Just two to three pumps of the dreamy formula, and you'll be on your way to looking like the glowing goddess that you are - and all for (about) 20 bucks!