The sun is no match for these editor-approved winners.

By Lisa DeSantisHana Hong and Anneke Knot
Updated April 19, 2021
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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 over 50 different formulas and selected the 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.

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Saie Sunvisor Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Moisturizer
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1 Best Moisturizer: Saie Sunvisor Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Moisturizer

$34; sephora.com

Get ready for more real estate in your medicine cabinet. This tube takes the place of a serum, oil, moisturizer, and physical SPF—and it will make all your dewy-skin dreams come true. Two pumps of the cream perfects (yet doesn’t hide) skin. You’ll actually want to reapply.

EOS The Guardian 100% Natural
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2 Best Lip Balm: EOS The Guardian 100% Natural Sunscreen Lip Balm

$3; target.com

Packed with cushiony shea butter, this zinc oxide balm will take your pout from pitiful to plush.

SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
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3 Best for Discoloration: SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

$54; skinceuticals.com

This sheer formula brightens skin instantly and helps fade existing marks and ward off new ones.

Coppertone Glow Lightweight Body Spray SPF 50
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4 Best for Body: Coppertone Glow Lightweight Body Spray SPF 50

$9; walmart.com

Confidence in a can, this fast-drying, shimmering spray delivers a sophisticated sheen. Coat it on liberally for prime protection.

Supergoop Resetting 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35
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5 Best Touch-Up: Supergoop Resetting 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35

$30; dermstore.com

Keep this brush handy for easy reapplication, or to spot-treat oil-prone zones (nose!). When you run out, just twist in a refill.

Melé No Shade Sunscreen Oil SPF 30
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6 Best for Dark Skin: Melé No Shade Sunscreen Oil SPF 30

$20; target.com

Too often, white skin is the default when creating sunscreens. Not so with this nongreasy oil, made with input by BIPOC derms. It protects without leaving streaks.

Best Spray Sunblock: Neutrogena Face Shield Sunscreen Mist 
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7 Best Spray: Neutrogena Face Shield Sunscreen Mist 

$17; ulta.com

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.

Best Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen
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8 Best Reef-Safe Sunscreen: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

$34, sephora.com

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.

Best Sensitive Sunscreen: Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Face Milk SPF 40+
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9 Best for Sensitive Skin: Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Face Milk SPF 40+

$13, amazon.com

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.

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Best Touch-Up: Brush On Block Mineral Facial Sunscreen Powder
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10 Best for Scalp: Brush On Block Mineral Facial Sunscreen Powder

$32, amazon.com

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.

Age Correcting Foundation Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 25

11 Best Compact: Amorepacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 25

$80, amorepacific.com

Don’t like the feeling of rubbing sunscreen on your face? Try this antioxidant-laced formula with an anti-microbial puff. It’s tinted; use alone or as a base for makeup.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+
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12 Best Stick: Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+

$9, target.com

Suitable for face and body and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, this stick makes sun safety at the beach a breeze.

Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free
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13 Best Mineral Body: Love Sun Body Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Fragrance-Free

$36, amazon.com

Coral reef-safe, this vegan and hypoallergenic formula absorbs quickly and leaves skin with a matte finish.

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44
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14 Best Mineral Face: EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

$32; dermstore.com

A derm favorite, it contains physical blockers to shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays, as well as hyaluronic acid to moisturize.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 AOX Daily Antioxidant Face Serum SPF 50
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15 Best Dark Spot Eraser: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion

$43, ulta.com

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. 

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30
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16 Best Pollution-Protector: Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

$65, sephora.com

Great for city dwellers, this broad-spectrum formula protects against pollution and leaves skin healthy and luminous.

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