The Best Sunscreens You Should Be Wearing Year-Round
Although dermatologists are constantly reminding us to wear sunscreen every day, it still jumps to the front of our minds once that first warm weekend hits. When we think of putting on our new swimsuit, packing our favorite new books in our beach bag, and grabbing our beach towel, we always need to pick up a new bottle of sunscreen. Three important things to look for in your sunscreen?
1. Check the Date: If you make it to the expiration date before it’s empty, toss it. Same goes for changes in color or consistency.
2. Think Broad: Broad-spectrum formulas shield against long-wave rays that lead to premature aging (UVA) and short-
wave rays that are the top cause of skin cancer (UVB).
3. Read the Label: “Water-resistant” is key. “Waterproof” and “sweatproof” claims are against FDA guidelines.
Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50
BUY IT: $9.99, target.com
This sunscreen is a zinc oxide formula that’s sweat- and water-resistant. It’s strikes the ideal mineral balance between gentle and protective, making it perfect for face and body. This nourishing, mineral-based formula is suited for even the most sensitive of skin.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30
BUY IT: $14.98; walmart.com
This dermatologist-reccomended formula is made specifically for sensitive skin.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
BUY IT: $34; sephora.com
This sheer formula is great for sensitive skin.
EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46
BUY IT: $35; dermstore.com
The clear, lightweight application of this zinc oxide-based broad-spectrum sunscreen belies the heavy-duty sun protection it provides. This sunscreen gets positive reviews across the board, but in particular, this formula is a great choice for those with skin concerns, particularly acne- and rosacea-prone skin.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray, SPF 100+
BUY IT: $8.97 ; walmart.com
Continuous spray application helps you easily apply without missing any spots.
Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50
BUY IT: $11.37; jet.com
This sport sunscreen will stay on during all your activities.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Daily Tone Correcting Primer SPF 50
BUY IT: $40; amazon.com
This lightly tinted primer will give you a subtle glow for the day and protect your skin from harmful rays.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50
BUY IT: $39; dermstore.com
This SPF formula is non-chemical, making it ideal for all faces.
Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50
BUY IT: $10; amazon.com
Keep your kid's skin safe as well with this sweat and water resistant formula that is also tear-free.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte™ Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
BUY IT: $36 ; sephora.com
If you're looking for a face sunscreen for daily use, this tinted formula will leave your skin glowing and protected from harmful rays.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF 100
BUY IT: $8.97; walmart.com
An ultra-light, shine-free finish makes this sunscreen great for daily use.
Hydro Boost City Shield Water Gel with Broad Spectrum SPF 25
BUY IT: $19.97; amazon.com
This water-based sunscreen is so light, you won't even be able to feel it after it dries. Perfect for every day wear underneath your favorite foundation.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30
BUY IT: $7.50; amazon.com
Bonus points go to Hawaiian Tropic's tropical scent and touch-of-shimmer finish.
Supergoop Smooth and Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen
BUY IT: $38; sephora.com
If you have sensitive, acne-prone skin, a mineral-based sunscreen will smooth your skin while protecting it from harmful rays.
Allover Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30
BUY IT: $7; amazon.com
This hydrating sunscreen, developed with oats to help lock in moisture, keeps skin feeling soft and healthy.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
BUY IT: $12.49; ulta.com
Hydrate your skin and protect it from the sun with one product.
Ocean Potion SPF 50 Face Zinc Oxide
BUY IT: $6.89; walmart.com
Protect your face (and the planet) with this reef-friendly clear zinc oxcide.
No-Ad Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60
BUY IT: $8.97; walmart.com
This budget-friendly sunscreen is just what you need to protect your skin when you'll be spending hours exposed to the sun.
Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 34
BUY IT: $68; skinmedica.com
Besides the necessary UV protection, we’re also concerned about infrared rays, which are said to penetrate deeper into the skin and accelerate the aging process. This product will fight against UV rays’ harsher cousin.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60
BUY IT: $19.99; ulta.com
If you have oily skin, this fragrance-free, oil-free product is worth the splurge.
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
BUY IT: $15.99 ; ulta.com
Reviewers agree that this formula lasts through spending time in the pool and the ocean.
Jergens Natural Glow + Protect Daily Moisturize
BUY IT: $8.29: jet.com
Give your skin a natural glow while protecting from the sun and moisturizing with this gradual tanning formula.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30
BUY IT: $30; macys.com
This day cream protects against the sun’s rays while deeply nourishing dry skin.
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50
BUY IT: $10.97; walmart.com
Gentle enough for baby's skin, but strong enough to protect from harmful rays.
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream With Sunscreen
BUY IT: $24; amazon.com
Visibly reduce wrinkles with this anti-aging moisturizer that will become your favorite part of your skincare routine.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Sunscreen Face Lotion
BUY IT: 8.99, target.com
Let us introduce you to a zinc formula that won't leave a pesky white residue and is sheer enough for your face.
Australian Gold Spray Gel Sunscreen with Instant Bronzer
BUY IT: $6.54; amazon.com
Temporary color adds an immediate glow while sunflower seed oil and olive fruit oil keeps skin hydrated.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30
BUY IT: $18.99; ulta.com
Incorprate an SPF into your skincare routine with this daily moisturizer that also offers protection from the sun.