We tested more than 40 facial SPF formulas. These six standouts—with sophisticated textures and bonus benefits—got us excited about swiping on sunscreen every morning.
Best Tinted: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
If you’re a slap-one-thing-on-and-go kind of girl, this makeup, skin care, and sunscreen trio has your name written all over it. The medium-coverage mousse (in five shades) conceals imperfections, soothes skin with colloidal oatmeal, and protects against UVA and UVB rays.
To buy: $28; sephora.com.
Best Stick: Shiseido Clear Stick UV Protector WetForce SPF 50+
Finally, face sunscreen is easy to reapply. Pop this twist-up clear stick into your bag and glide it on over makeup.
To buy: $28; shiseido.com.
Best Sport: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sport
This 80-minute water-resistant lotion stands up to major sweat, yet its oil-free, dry-touch formula feels almost invisible.
To buy: $30; dermstore.com.
Best Gel: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50
The cooling gel texture feels like a dream and doubles as a primer. It moisturizes skin for eight hours (with hyaluronic acid) but doesn’t feel greasy.
To buy: $11; target.com.
StriVectin Repair & Protect Moisturizer SPF 30
Not only does it prevent future sun damage, but it also helps soften fine lines caused by past sun sins, using a patented niacin (vitamin B3) complex.
To buy: $89; dermstore.com.
Best Mineral: Avène Mineral Light Mattifying Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
Titanium oxide and zinc oxide offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection in a silky, nonchalky finish.
To buy: $28; dermstore.com.