Finding the right face sunscreen for you
While adding SPF to your morning skincare routine feels unnecessary, it's actually the number one way to prevent premature aging. But you're not about to slather on the old Coppertone. And if you're anything like us, you want your sunscreen with added beauty-boosting benefits. Here are the twelve best sunscreens for your face:
1. Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30
Meet the multitasking morning moisturizer that primes and protects. The silky-smooth formula helps fight the signs of photoaging and is ideal for year-round daily use. Power-packed with antioxidants like vitamins E and B5, this hydrating serum leaves your skin smooth, radiant, and ready to take on the day.
2. La Roche-Posay Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60
This award-winning facial sunscreen is formulated with Cell-Ox-Shield technology that combines broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with antioxidants. The non-greasy, fast absorbing formula is water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
3. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
This oil-free sunscreen helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to breakouts, rosacea, and discoloration. It contains vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid, which are ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. This sunscreen is fragrance-free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, and noncomedogenic.
4. Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This face lotion is a dermatologist recommended, lightweight, broad spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to defend against long-term sun damage. It also provides 24-hour moisture, is non-comedogenic, and is clinically proven to be gentle on sensitive skin.
5. LA Beauty BFF SPF 50+ Sun Protector
This whipped, hydrating sunscreen provides superior, broad-spectrum protection against daily UVA and UVB sun exposure, oxidative stress, and pollution. Sheer, tinted, self-balancing color makes skin look smooth and evens out skin tone, leaving a radiant, healthy-looking glow.
6. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 30
Featuring three essential ceramides, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing niacinamide, this face lotion uses patented MVE Delivery Technology to supply much-needed moisture and nourishment throughout the day. Because this non-comedogenic moisturizer formula won't clog pores, it's ideal for all skin types.
7. Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
This daily sunscreen is loaded with potent antioxidants like astaxanthin, grape juice, and sunflower shoot extracts to minimize the appearance of photoaging for a more youthful-looking complexion. Infused with raspberry seed and marula oils, this sunscreen delivers essential moisture and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for skin that appears healthy.
8. Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 Age Defense Moisturizer
This super-charged, oil-free moisturizer with antioxidant-rich white tea surrounds skin in a protective bubble to help delay the appearance of signs of aging by strengthening skin's defenses against the damaging effects of pollution, infrared rays, ozone, and other environmental aggressors.
9. Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 50+
This moisturizer is clinically proven to nourish and hydrate skin up eight hours while helping to defend against sunburn and leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. It's formulated with micronized titanium dioxide, which absorbs quickly and leaves no filmy, white residue.
10. Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This vegan, non-chemical sunscreen helps protect, moisturize, brighten, and re-invigorate skin for a youthful-looking appearance. The lightweight, non-sticky formula contains all mineral ingredients to help protect against the sun's damaging UVA/UVB rays that can cause dryness, redness, dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
11. Kiehl's Super Fluid Daily UV Defense SPF 50
With advanced UVA/UVB technology and pollution protection, this sunscreen helps defend against UV rays, pollution, and free radicals. It also absorbs quickly and leaves a matte finish.
12. Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
This broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen features naturally-sourced 100% zinc oxide and nourishing oat, so it's safe on even the most sensitive skin. Plus, it's lightweight-feel and oil-free finish makes it an ideal addition to your daily skincare routine.
When it comes to your daily skincare routine, sunscreen is a nonnegotiable. And whether your skin is dry, sensitive, aging, or just plain complicated, there's a face sunscreen for your skin type.
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- "The Best Sunscreens for Your Face, According to Elle Editors," Elle, March 25, 2019.