We Put 40 Different Sunscreens to the Test—These Are the 11 That Really Work
SPF is the most crucial step in your skin-care routine—it helps protect against cancer and ward off the signs of premature aging. Out of 40 tested, these winners make applying—and reapplying—easy and fun.
Best Touch-Up: Paula’s Choice On-the-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30
Applying sunscreen daily is half the battle. Reapplying it every two hours is the other half. Enter this take-anywhere silky mineral powder, which protects skin, minimizes shine, and won’t mess with your makeup. Slide the sleeve down, tilt the brush, and tap to apply. The brush comes off for easy washing.
To buy: $29; dermstore.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 Sensitive Face: Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face
Prone to irritation? The combo of zinc oxide and oat extract makes for a lotion that’s gentle on even the most sensitive skin. Oil-free.
To buy: $10; target.com.
Best Tinted Lotion: Bare Republic Mineral Tinted Face SPF 30
With titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and a sheer tint, this is your put-on-and-go, perfect-for-every-day sunscreen. Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.
To buy: $13; target.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 Lip Treatment: Brush On Block Protective Lip Oil SPF 32
Like a nonsticky gloss but better: The protective mineral formula has a nourishing trio of argan, castor, and sunflower seed oils.
To buy: $25; brushonblock.com.
Best Head-to-Toe: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion
This tube offers 100 percent mineral filters plus antioxidants. The finish is soft, not greasy or chalky.
To buy: $30; 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.
Best Spray: Hint Pineapple Sunscreen Spray SPF 30
Made with fruit essences, this mist smells like a tropical paradise. Spritz (indoors) with the handy 360-degree applicator until skin has an even sheen.
To buy: $8; target.com.