Shop My Can’t-Miss Sunscreen Picks

If you've ever struggled with a bottle of gloppy, sloppy lotion, you know that the right sunscreen formula can make a big difference in your summer. With more selections than ever before, however, it can be challenging to choose the best SPF for your needs. Avoid the endless experimentation with my guide to the best sunscreens you can buy.

ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultralight Emulsion Sunscreen SPF 50+

Many sunbathers prefer a mineral sunscreen since these formulas are free of oxybenzone. If you swim in the ocean, this chemical can deplete the health of coral reefs. The ISDIN formula, which comes highly recommended by dermatologists, both protects against harmful UV rays and reduces the impact of previous sun damages with repair enzymes, vitamin E and antioxidants. This sunscreen is a smart choice for those who have hyperpigmentation since it also blocks screen-based blue light that can worsen dark spots. 

Hawaiian Tropic Antioxidant+ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+

Named as the best body sunscreen by Good Housekeeping, this formula stays put even during your most vigorous workouts. It also gets raves for its residue-free application, smooth texture and alluring tropical scent. Best of all, it won't irritate your skin or clog pores even with daily use and repeated application.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Cooling Water-Lotion

This soothing formula was named the best overall sunscreen for 2021 by Glamour editors. La Roche-Posay makes a sunscreen like none you've ever experienced, with a cooling gel consistency that provides relief even on the hottest days of the season. According to Consumer Reports, this lotion also stands up to its marketing claims better than almost any other formula, which means you can trust sun protection from this legendary skin care brand. 

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Facial Sunscreen

The paraben-free, fragrance-free formula makes this EltaMD sunscreen a favorite for sun goddesses among us with sensitive or breakout-prone skin. Hyaluronic acid in the blend provides a much-needed dose of hydration by locking in moisture with each application. If you want sunscreen that feels completely invisible on your skin, this is the formula for you.

PCA SKIN Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Zinc Oxide Anti-Aging Face Sunscreen

New York magazine calls this ocean-safe sunscreen the best choice for mature complexions. While it's designed specifically for the face, you can also use this formula on any exposed skin for a moisturizing physical shield from broad-spectrum rays. The smooth finish creates a matte impact that looks great alone or with makeup. 

No matter which of these fan-favorite sunscreen formulas fits the bill for you, applying consistently and correctly provides the best protection from skin cancer and the aging effects of UV rays.