20 Sun Products to Help Protect Your Skin
Best for On-the-Go Touch-Ups
Forget lugging around clunky, messy bottles. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone SPF 50 Sunscreen Stick ($4; walmart.com) is small enough to fit in your pocket and doesn’t leave any telltale white marks. Swipe it on anytime, anywhere.
Best Organic Sunscreen
Best for Dry Skin
Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist SPF 30 ($8; target.com) gives you the hydrating coverage of a cream and the convenience of a spray. Even better? Sand won’t cling to this quick-drying formula.
Best Hair Protection
Your strands need sun protection, too. We love that Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($20; fekkai.com) gives hair a subtle hit of shine, while UV filters and amino acids fight against color fading.
Best All-In-One Product
Yes, we’re suckers for fun packaging, but we’re also suckers for pretty skin, which is why the brightly colored, easy-to-grip, and antioxidant-packed Tarte TarteGuard 30 Sunscreen Lotion ($32; tarte.com) scores a spot in our beach bag.
Best Cooling Lotion
Perfect for hot, sticky days, the gel-like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Clear Cool Lotion SPF 50+ ($11; drugstore.com) is super lightweight and cools skin on contact, dropping your body-surface temp by four degrees.
Best Faux Glow
Best Sweat-Proof 'Screen
Too often the SPF you apply preworkout slides off your face as soon as you start to glisten. Enter Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ WetForce ($40; shiseido.com). It’s formulated to bond with minerals in moisture, making it even more H2O-resistant when you sweat.
Best for Damage Reversal
You may not be able to control the environment, a leading cause of aging skin, but you can reverse the signs of damage it leaves on your body. PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin texture. ($162; elizabetharden.com)
Best for Breathability
Finally, a sunscreen that actually allows your skin to breathe! Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Spray Sunscreen SPF 70 ($12; neutrogena.com) features technology that lets perspiration evaporate without compromising your protection.
Best Beach in a Bottle
The coconut-and citrus-scented Hawaiian Tropic Silk Island Sport Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30 ($10; drugstore.com) feels light on skin and is so reminiscent of being on vacation that reapplying becomes a luxury.
Best for Keeping Oil at Bay
Two reasons those with oily complexions will love SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 ($34; skinceuticals.com): It contains tiny particles that can absorb up to 15 times their weight in oil to keep shine at bay, and it’s tinted, so you can skip the heavy foundation. (Use this sunscreen with The Best Oil-Free Makeup for Your Skin Concerns.)
Best for City Dwellers
Pollution can damage your skin just as UV rays do. Protect yourself against both with Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution SPF 50 ($42; clarins.com); it contains ingredients like white tea and lampsana extracts, which shield against sun and smog.
Best for Fading Dark Spots
All sunscreens help prevent dark spots, but Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF 50 ($42, dgskincare.com) goes the extra mile by providing powerful antioxidants like vitamins C and E to fade existing hyperpigmentation as well.
Best Over Makeup
The problem: You need to reapply SPF every two hours, but you don’t want to mess up your makeup. The fix: Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 ($28; supergoop.com). Spritz it on to reset makeup, reabsorb oil, and re-up your sun protection.
Best Under Makeup
Best Barely There 'Screen
Everything you need—sunscreen, moisturizer, and foundation—is in MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 ($39; sephora.com), yet it blends into skin so easily and feels like there’s nothing there.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Eau Thermale Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ ($28, aveneusa.com) is an all-mineral mix that has the benefit of Avène’s thermal spring water, which nixes itch, inflammation, and irritation.
Best Daily Moisturizer
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Moisture Cream SPF 30 ($50; elizabetharden.com) brightens our every day: It hydrates without being heavy; it evens skin tone; it helps smooth wrinkles; and it offers UVA and UVB protection.
Best for a Natural Shine
Instead of a basic balm, opt for the universally flattering sheer pink and summery sheen of Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Lip Gloss SPF 40 ($18; paulaschoice.com).
Best for Squirmy Kids
Calling all moms who appreciate being in control every now and then: Coppertone Kids Accuspray Sunscreen SPF 50 ($10; drugstore.com) features a new spray technology, which delivers a spritz that will land squarely, even on a moving target. (For more awesome sunscreens, try one of our favorite New Sunscreen Formulas to Fit Your Active Lifestyle.)