Sunscreen is a year-round must-have, but especially helpful when the weather gets warmer and the sun stays out longer. Even if you’re working from home every day and saving your leisurely walks or daily run for the early evening, having the best sunscreens on hand ensures that your skin is shielded from sun damage, seen and unseen. And this year, the options are more expansive than ever.
Understandably so, sunscreen isn’t exactly fun to apply. The ones we used as kids smelled weird and added an extra step to our routines. Sadly, a lot of them still leave behind an ugly white-gray cast that only looks worse when we attempt to cover it with makeup. Thankfully, brands have been upping their game in recent years so we’re not stuck with the old-school traditional formulas we tend to skip. Now, we have setting sprays infused with SPF protection, mousse and mist formulas that leave us feeling refreshed and lightweight lotions that blend down into a clear finish.
Ahead, I’ve gathered some of the best sunscreens to launch so far this year for every budget, some of which also provide protection from the blue light pollution emitted from our laptops and phone screens.
Alba Botanica Facial Sheer Shield Sunscreen SPF 45
Here’s a sheer, lightweight, and easy-blend formula that blends down into a clean dry and matte finish. Layer this under makeup or wear alone for water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes. The formula is also biodegradable, gluten-free, and reef-safe.
Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
The non-nano zinc oxide in this versatile sunscreen protects against outside UV rays as well as blue light pollution from phone and tablet screens. Notable ingredients include a mushroom complex for reducing redness, green tea for targeting inflammation, hyaluronic acid for hydration.
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench® Hyaluronic Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 45
For those who find traditional sunscreen to be drying, this cream-to-water formula is a 30 percent hyaluronic acid complex and an exclusive Pentavitin® technology that helps keep the skin hydrated for up to 72 hours.
Coola Full Spectrum 360° Refreshing Water Mist Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 18
Mist and “reset the day” with this mostly organic sun protecting-mist formulated with multiple ingredients that shield the skin from outdoor UV rays and indoor blue light pollution.
First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral SPF 30
An ultra-sheer, oil-free sunscreen tint packed with antioxidant protection for shielding your skin against environmental stressors.
Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 Fragrance-Free
The standout function of this skin-nourishing sunscreen is its ability to cover every part of your body, even as you flip it upside down to apply in hard-to-reach places.
Clinique Superdefense City Block SPF 50+ Daily Energy + Face Protector
This facial sunscreen works for all skin types is quick-absorbing with just a hint of tint for easy application and a glowy finish when you’re on-the-go.
Supergoop! PLAY Body Mousse SPF 50 with Blue Sea Kale
You’ll want to keep applying this irresistible whipped formula all over your body for a hit of sun protection and moisture, all thanks to coconut oil and antioxidant-rich blue sea kale.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Cream SPF 50+ Face Sunscreen
This face and body can keep up with an active lifestyle thanks to its exclusive “Synchro Shield” technology that kicks into overdrive when you’re in heat or water.
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 PA +++
This sunscreen is a first of its kind 100 percent non-nano zinc oxide formula infused with calming water lily and moisturizing squalane.
Tula Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Gently exfoliate and shield your face from sun damage simultaneously with this gel, powered by probiotics and fruit enzymes.
Project Sunscreen Roll-On Sunscreen SPF 40
A mess-free roll-on sunscreen developed by dermatologist to roll on white and blend clear in under 60 seconds.
Solara Suncare Glow Getter Nutrient Boosted Daily Sunscreen
This multibeneficial sunscreen is dermatologist-approved for its effective mineral formula and added (responsibly-sourced) mica for a subtle shimmer effect.
Soap & Glory Urban Legend Green Tea & Vitamin C Antioxidant Day Cream SPF 30
A sunscreen and moisturizer in one infused with green tea to ward off redness and vitamin C for a gradually brighter complexion.
Sun Bum Mineral SPF 30 Whipped Sunscreen Lotion
A light as air, whipped sunscreen lotion to apply all over without the sticky, gray-colored finish.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Scalp & Hair Mist
Don’t forget your scalp is skin, too. This lightweight mist provides protection to your head without weighing down the hair.
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