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...
Cotz Face SPF 40
Looking for a sheer mineral sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection and can be used as a primer? Look no further than Cotz Face SPF 40! This tinted sunscreen is available in a variety of shades to match your skin tone and is perfect for daily use.
Not only does Cotz Face SPF 40 protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but it also helps to minimize shine and create a matte finish. Plus, it's non-greasy and won't leave a white cast on your skin like some other sunscreens can.
OxygenCeuticals Premium Mineral Sunscreen
OxygenCeuticals Leports Sunblock SPF 50 PA+++'s premium mineral formula is what you need. Perfect for all skin types-- even sensitive ones-- this non-greasy, oil-free solution is water and sweat resistant while providing maximum UVA/UVB protection.
Athletes have trusted it for years to ensure long-lasting protection so they can stay safe in outdoor activities. Don't wait until it's too late, provide your skin with the ultimate care it deserves with OxygenCeuticals Leports Sunblock SPF 50 PA+++. You won't regret it!
Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen
Used by athletes worldwide, the Thinksport SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen contains a mineral-based formula using a non-nano zinc oxide solution. This is also the first product to maintain the highest rating in EWG’s database since 2010.
For all those people who break out with severe eczema, this product is right for you. It is also impressive how it sticks to your skin without running down – ideal for the daily runner.
RAIN OR SHINE Anti-Aging Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Brand: RAIN OR SHINE
With an oxybenzone-free formulation, the RAIN OR SHINE Anti Aging Face Sunscreen SPF 50 is one of our favorite products to use for UV protection. Because the skin absorbs it instantly without leaving the dreaded white tint, this sunscreen is a definite steal.
It can also be used as a day moisturizer, as the customers have pointed out in the comments. With ingredients like green tea extract and hyaluronic, your skin is in natural hands.
MISTINE AQUA Botanical Care Daily Sunscreen
Brand: MISTINE AQUA
The MISTINE AQUA Botanical Care Daily Sunscreen uses patented Aqua-plus technology, which provides both sunscreen protection and skin moisturization to help rebuild your skin’s natural barrier to the environment.
If you’re worried about how this can be applied to oily skin, don’t worry. This sunscreen absorbs into your skin without mixing with your face or body oil. It’s the lightweight lotion of choice from our side.
Eucerin Sun Oil Control SPF 50 Face Sunscreen
Brand: Eucerin Sun
An Amazon’s Choice product, the Eucerin Sun Oil Control SPF 50 Face Sunscreen is a power-packed formulation of antioxidants and oil-absorbing minerals to give your skin quality UV protection. We particularly liked the matte finish it left on our skin.
The formulation also maintains the quality all Eucerin products maintain – quality remediation for an affordable price. Considering all these facts, you will forget the main reason you bought this – the SPF 50 protection.
Cetaphil Face Moisturizer
You don’t get to be an Amazon’s Choice product without a majority of shoppers purchasing the same product. The Cetaphil Face Moisturizer offers a three-in-one facial moisturizer that offers complete hydration and nourishment of your skin and protection from UV radiation. Primarily targeting sensitive skin, this moisturizer does not leave a white cast on your face and works well with your other facial routine products.
If you’re worried about breakouts, don’t be. One of the top brands recommended by dermatologists worldwide, we are sure that it will easily find itself in your daily routine. So the next time you think of soft, gentle, moisturized skin, think Cetaphil.
TIZO 2 Non-Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen
The TIZO 2 Non-Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen Primer is our go-to product for preventing early skin aging. Designed for sensitive skin, it can be used every day to utilize the full extent of its broad-spectrum protection for people with lighter skin tones.
We know that the sun’s coming out and skin protection would be on the top of your mind, and the TIZO 2 is right for you if you will end up spending time out in the open. It also works as an excellent foundation so that you can wear it even under makeup.
COOLA Organic Face Sunscreen
The COOLA Organic Face Sunscreen intrigued us because it is quite the task to find an organic product that uses plant cell actives to nourish and protect your skin. Add to it the fact that it is an SPF 50 product, and you get a shield that protects your skin without leaving a mark.
The pina colada fragrance feels just right on your skin, giving you a boost of instant confidence about how you look and smell. The organic foundations keep your skin protected without irritation or greasiness. According to us, it’s a great deal for the price.
Blue Lizard Baby Mineral Sunscreen
Brand: Blue Lizard
Another Amazon’s Choice product for Baby Sun Protection, the Blue Lizard Baby Mineral Sunscreen is environment-friendly, contains no chemical sunscreen ingredients and will leave your skin feeling like a baby’s buttocks. If the size of the container has you worried, don’t be – the design is conceptualized to reduce the packaging required for your products.
Even if the baby doesn’t complain, the mother sure will if white residue forms – which is why it’s been carefully engineered not to have one after application. Try this product, and we have a good feeling that you will soon become a Blue Lizard convert.
UV Clear Facial Sunscreen
EltaMD found a way to put some of the best ingredients for sunscreen protection, and we’ve never been gladder about Amazon being an authorized retailer for this product. This could be called a globally applicable product since it can even protect you from the high levels of UVA and UVB as you move eastwards away from the US.
Utilizing the formulation of zinc oxide and high-purity niacinamide, it does not leave a white cast on your face, is fragrance and paraben-free, and can even be used on sensitive skin. It can be used even with your makeup, without compromising on those touches of beauty.
Original SPF 50 Sunscreen
Brand: Sun Bum
The Sun Bum Original SPF 50 Sunscreen is a living, breathing legend in the development of sunscreen products since it all began with this. Made by dermatologists with the recommendations of people who are almost always under the sun, this sunscreen is the result of trying to solve for those who need products underneath the most intense of days.
Were they successful? Sun Bum does a good job of preventing sun-exposure-related diseases with its products while using reef-friendly materials for those who love to swim on the beach. So, if you’re looking for something handy that can handle sunscreen well, you’ll make the right bet on this one.
Brand: ETUDE HOUSE
The ETUDE HOUSE Sunprise cannot be called sunscreen, it is better to call it sun milk because of its nourishing effect on the skin. Made with only mineral ingredients taken from over 20 plants, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more natural balm to nourish and take care of your skin in extreme conditions.
Because it is sebum-free, you do not have to worry about white cast formation after application. This sunscreen is also easy to remove after you’re back indoors as the natural ingredients do not feel greasy like most sunscreens. The Sunprise will soon become your go-to for protection from the sun.
Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer
Brand: Fenty Skin
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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...
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
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 a good reason for that. Struggling with acne? Tired of slathering on thick, greasy formulas? The lightweight product has got you covered.
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.
Brand: La Roche-Posay
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.
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 - is 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
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).
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
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.
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
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?
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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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...
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
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...
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. You can proudly say you share the same skincare routine (well, sort of) as Ms. Jenner herself. Not too shabby, huh?
Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen
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.
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
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.
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
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. This 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.
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
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.
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
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?
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!
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