Sun protection is an absolute must all year long, but it’s especially important this time of year, when the lovely weather entices us to spend as many hours as possible outdoors. Whether you’re heading to a music festival, lounging around at a backyard barbecue, hitting the beach or taking your exercise routine outside, you’re going to have to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Why settle for the same old sunscreen when you can use innovative formulas that fit your skin and your life? These sunscreens moisturize, protect, repair and beautify skin all while offering broad spectrum sun protection.
$9.99 for 3 oz. at CVS
Messy, greasy sunscreens don’t stand a chance against this genius lotion. It absorbs into your skin in no time flat, but your skin will feel like you have nothing on it at all. This oil-free, PABA-free formula absorbs fast and offers up to 80 minutes of water resistant protection. While it may feel light as a breeze, it is a sun protection heavyweight thanks to Helioplex technology, which stabilizes chemical sunscreens for better protection from UVA and UVB rays.
$16.99 for 3 oz. at Walgreens
This lotion protects skin in more ways than one. In addition to mineral sun protection, CeraVe sunscreen helps ease dry skin by infusing it with ceramides, naturally occurring lipids in skin that create a protective barrier but diminish over time. Meanwhile, InvisibleZinc technology helps the mineral sunscreen spread without a trace, so kiss that weird white cast of usual mineral sunscreens goodbye. It’s also water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Still not sold? Consider this: Dita Von Teese reveals that this is one of her go-to sunscreens in her latest tome, Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour.
$12.99 for 3.4 oz. at Walgreens
Hang Ten, a brand synonymous with the surfer lifestyle, has partnered up with sunscreen favorites Coola to offer natural sun protection at a lower price point, making cleaner skincare available to the masses. Whether you prefer chemical or physical sunscreens, you can benefit from the Hang Ten range, which eschew parabens and oxybenzone but contain a slew of naturally healing, beautifying ingredients like aloe, argan oil, antioxidant acai fruit oil, anti-inflammatory papaya and antimicrobial agave Americana. Both this sunscreen and the Classic Sport Body Natural Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50, also $12.99 for 6 oz., are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
$34 for 5 oz. at Sephora
It may seem counterintuitive to apply oil on your skin for sun protection, but Supergoop! — a leader in high-end sunscreen — has made an ultra-moisturizing formula that has managed to combine the power of chemical sunscreens with the hydrating effects of oil for a product that will keep your skin soft and shielded from the sun’s rays. This sunscreen, which is water resistant for up to 80 minutes, consists of several nourishing ingredients, including meadowfoam seed oil, which helps skin retain moisture by strengthening its lipid barrier, along with shea butter, coconut oil and argan oil. It also contains tocotrienols, powerful antioxidants that have been shown to decrease hyperpigmentation.
$19.99 for 1.5 oz. at Target
CoTZ’s mineral sunscreen is just the thing for those who want an everyday gentle mineral sunscreen for their face that also offers 80 minutes of water-resistant protection. The oil-free, fragrance-free, preservative-free, matte formula gives skin an unbelievably velvety texture and can be worn under makeup. It is available in two different shade selections: one for fair and light skin tones and natural, which CoTZ says blends to match a wide range of skin tones.
$36 for 1.7 oz. at Sephora
No matter what sunscreen you use, reapplication is a must, but reapplying over makeup is pretty much impossible. Luckily, Coola came to the rescue with this matte setting spray, consisting of 70% organic ingredients. This is the answer to any beauty junkie’s prayers. This will lock your makeup in place, preventing your look from melting off in the heat, and you can also reapply your sunscreen throughout the day without fuss and refresh your skin with organic aloe, algae and cucumber extracts. One caveat: this is a chemical sunscreen, so mineral sunscreen fans will have to look elsewhere.
Protect yourself all summer long with sunscreens that will make your skin look and feel great!