The Best Face Sunscreens

Real Simple tested nearly every formula under the sun. Here are six shining examples.

1

Most Makeup-Friendly

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Coola SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray
No more meltdowns. Mist this cucumber-infused spray onto skin to lock in makeup and add sun protection. Make a few passes across your face, then spritz again to reapply every few hours.

To buy: $36, birchbox.com.

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2

Most Gentle

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Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Titanium dioxide (a mineral that forms a barrier to reflect ultraviolet rays from skin), antioxidants, and vitamin E come in a tinted matte lotion. “It didn’t irritate my finicky skin,” a tester said.

To buy: $38, kiehls.com.

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3

Best Stick

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Sun Bum SPF 30 Baby Bum Natural Stick
This palm-size stick is “ideal for covering spots like the part in my hair and the tops of my ears,” said a tester. One hundred percent mineral-based, it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin (and is great on kids, too).

To buy: $13, trustthebum.com.

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4

Best Sweatproof

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Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunscreen Faces SPF 30 Lotion
Water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes, this oil-free cream has you covered from beaching to biking. One tester loved that “it didn’t leave a white residue despite reapplying.”

To buy: $7.50, drugstore.com.

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5

Best Powder

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Brush On Block by Susan Posnick
Silky mineral-sunscreen powder is dispensed through a brush and neatly sweeps across the skin for undetectable protection. To ensure adequate coverage, apply a generous amount in an even layer.

To buy: $32, brushonblock.com.

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6

Best For Acne-Prone

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen
This light formula serves two purposes: It shields skin from UVA and UVB rays, and it decreases sebum production (bye, shine) with a powder that absorbs 2½ times its weight in oil.

To buy: $20, drugstore.com.

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