We Put 50 Different Sunscreens to the Test—These Are the 10 That Really Work
The sun is no match for these editor-approved winners.
Ask any beauty editor (or dermatologist) about the most important skincare product and you’ll hear three unanimous letters: SPF. Sunscreen is the most crucial step in your skincare routine—not only does it prevent short-term burns and pigmentation, it also helps protect against cancer and ward off the signs of premature aging. But as necessary as it is, it’s also the product most people are reluctant to put on, due to factors like funky smells, tingly chemicals, and unsightly white casts. To make product navigation easier (and there are a lot of them), we tested 50 different formulas and selected the 10 best sunscreens for the face and body that passed all SPF and wearability criteria with flying colors. These winners are sure to make applying—and reapplying—easy and fun.
Best Spray Sunblock: Neutrogena Face Shield Sunscreen Mist
Neutrogena’s spray-on mist makes sunscreen reapplication super easy (even over makeup): give your face a quick spritz to mattify pores and protect your skin against harmful sun rays.
To buy: $17, ulta.com
Best Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen
Supergoop’s oil-free sunscreen goes on completely clear and controls shine, while red algae protects your skin against blue light emitted from electronic devices.
To buy: $34, sephora.com
Best Sensitive Sunscreen: Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Face Milk SPF 40+
Your finicky skin will love this hypoallergenic and mineral-based formula that's formulated specifically with sensitive skin in mind. With a water-light texture that melts into your pores, it works to soothe irritation on impact and protect your skin against environmental aggressors.
To buy: $13, amazon.com
Best Touch-Up: Brush On Block Mineral Facial Sunscreen Powder
Brush On Block’s powder sunscreen goes on translucent and has a self-dispensing brush that you can buff over your face, neck, and scalp throughout the day.
To buy: $32, amazon.com
Best Compact: Amorepacific Resort Collection Cushion SPF 30+
Don’t like the feeling of rubbing sunscreen on your face? Try this antioxidant-laced formula with an anti-microbial puff. It’s untinted; use alone or as a base for makeup.
To buy: $40; sephora.com.
Best Stick: Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
Suitable for face and body and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, this stick makes sun safety at the beach a breeze.
To buy: $9; target.com.
Best Mineral Body: Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free
Coral reef-safe, this vegan and hypoallergenic formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin with a matte finish.
To buy: $32; amazon.com.
Best Mineral Face: EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
A derm favorite, it contains physical blockers to shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays, as well as hyaluronic acid to moisturize.
To buy: $32; dermstore.com.
Best Dark Spot Eraser: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion
This serum-sunscreen fusion combines broad spectrum SPF 50 with an antioxidant complex to improve the appearance of dark spots and skin texture over time.
To buy: $43; ulta.com
Best Moisturizer: Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30
Great for city dwellers, this broad-spectrum formula protects against pollution and leaves skin healthy and luminous.
To buy: $65; sephora.com