Apply a thick layer! The 9 Best Sunscreens for Every Skin Type

Apply a thick layer! The 9 Best Sunscreens for Every Skin Type

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause premature aging, skin cancer, and other health problems. Scary stuff, right?

Luckily for all of us, daily use of sunscreen can help prevent this.

However, keep in mind that not all sunscreens are created equal. And different sunscreens are tailored to different skin needs.

Not sure which brand of sunscreen to choose? Don't worry. We take care of you and your skin! Here's the ultimate breakdown of the best sunscreens for all skin types, body parts, and budgets.

How we choose the best sunscreen

Here's how we decide which sunscreens are best:

SPF. Apparently, sunscreen is actually supposed to protect you from the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, so we didn't include products with an SPF below that.

Water resistance. According to the AAD, another important sunscreen quality is: water resistance. This is absolutely a given if you are near water. Most of the products on our list are waterproof, but we also found a few that aren't.

Diversity. Our list includes a variety of sun protection options, including athletic formulas, affordable products, products for darker skin tones, and products designed for sensitive facial skin. We also made sure to offer both

spray and lotion options.

Broad spectrum. Another recommendation from the AAD is that your sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB rays).

Customer Reviews. We dig into user reviews to find products that people really care about.

The best sunscreen for every need

1. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Lotion

For the best value for money, it doesn't get much better than this. This thin, water-based sunscreen absorbs quickly and won't leave skin greasy. It also has a lovely, slightly floral scent that's not overpowering.

If you have dry skin, this is a killer option. Thanks to hyaluronic acid (HA), your skin will feel fresh and hydrated after every use. HA is a humectant, which means it retains moisture and prevents skin from drying out.

Customers say the Hydro Boost formula smells great and is perfect for darker skin tones because it doesn't leave a white cast. A few people have complained that this product causes breakouts, but this is rare.

2. Super sticky! Play antioxidant body spray

Protect your skin on the go with this broad spectrum spray. We love it because it's a one-two punch: It's SPF 30 (there's also an SPF 50 product) and contains a variety of antioxidants, like vitamin C, which studies show can

reduce photodamage caused by UV rays. one stone two bird.

More good news: You don't have to ask anyone to rub sunscreen on your back—spray makes it easier to reach hard-to-reach places.

Keep in mind that it's difficult to determine how much spray sunscreen you should use. Make sure to apply evenly and frequently before rolling out.

People love this scented sunscreen spray, but some reviewers note that it's a little difficult to wash off. This might be a good choice for a sweaty workout, but if it's a sunny outing that doesn't involve running a 5K or wading

in water, don't choose it.

3. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Sunscreen

Babies and young children need Mr. Sun's protection more than adults. This lotion provides excellent sun protection and is ideal for sensitive, sensitive skin.

NOTE: The FDA recommends not using sunscreen on children under 6 months of age. Keep them out of the sun and protect them with clothing/hats!

Experts claim this sunscreen is also great for people with eczema and other skin conditions. It has received praise from the National Eczema Association and the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Reviewers say it's non-greasy, easy to apply and very gentle on baby's sensitive skin. BTW: You don't have to be a baby to use this.

4. Bare Republic Mineral Facial Sunscreen Lotion

This mineral sunscreen protects against UVB and UVA rays. It also contains natural extracts such as raspberry, grape and carrot seeds to help fight free radicals. If you want something under SPF 70, you can also go for SPF 30.

Reviewers with oily skin say they love this formula because it doesn't increase the oiliness factor, even when used under makeup. For some people with skin prone to redness, a white gloss can help cover up rosy complexions.
Quick note: Some reviewers said they didn't like the vanilla coconut scent. Others say it's annoying to wash off. 5. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen If you suffer from rosacea, you know the sun is the enemy. Just a few minutes of direct sunlight can quickly turn you into Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and leave your face burning for hours. This ultra-mild mineral sunscreen is great for rosacea sufferers because of its mild and slightly tinted formula. It's also fragrance-free, which is a win if you hate smells. However, dermatologist-recommended sun protection doesn’t just apply to rosacea sufferers. Anyone with sensitive skin can use it. It has a matte finish and works well under makeup. FYI: The shade is a bit orangey and you'll need a strong makeup remover to wash that stuff off. 6. Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Body Shield This silky formula is the creamy way to protect your skin. Reviewers say it spreads more easily than many other zinc oxide formulas. It should blend well with any skin tone and leave no white residue. It is also included on the Skin Cancer Foundation's list of recommended products to prevent skin cancer. Wow! Customers say it's good value for money and has an easy-to-apply texture. Some people complain that it leaves a white residue, but the good news is that it's not particularly greasy. 7. Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ Sorry, Flipper—some sunscreens can harm marine life. Chemical sunscreens often contain oxybenzone and caprylic acid, which can damage corals. Even if you're splashing around far from coral reefs, the chemicals in sunscreen can eventually leach into sensitive marine ecosystems. So when swimming with fish, stick to a mineral-only sunscreen. Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ is great because it uses reef-friendly non-nano zinc. It doesn’t leave you feeling greasy and is quite affordable compared to other coral-friendly brands. The waterproof formula stays in place even through rain and sweat, so you don't suffer serious burns while training for your triathlon. It's a little thicker than other sunscreens, and some reviewers say it's a little difficult to apply, but it's AF gentle and doesn't have an unpleasant smell. Additionally, people like the safety of wearing it while swimming in the ocean. It's vacation time! Note: You don’t have to rely solely on sunscreen. You can also wear rash guards, T-shirts, or other protective clothing to block UV rays while protecting your fish. 8. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melted Milk Sunscreen This is the second La Roche-Posay sunscreen on our list, which makes sense since the company makes some products with bomb SPF values. If you don't like the mineral formulas we previously selected, this chemical formula is a solid alternative for those with sensitive skin. This product is rich AF. This formula is perfect for those with easily irritated skin. This is a great way to protect yourself from sunburn while keeping your skin hydrated. Did we mention it's dermatologically tested? Oh yeah. People love that it is odorless and absorbs quickly into the skin. (Just don't put it near your eyes.) 9. Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Shield SPF 30 If you have sensitive skin, sun protection is an issue. Using it can prevent already irritated skin from fighting back further, but some formulas may cause severe irritation. But not this! Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield doesn't just protect you from sun damage. It can also help reduce itching, burning and flaking of the skin. It's made with oats and plant extracts and contains no artificial colors or flavors. Oh la la! Reviewers like the medium consistency—neither too thick nor too thin. Users with sensitive skin rave about this special formula. Some people notice that it feels greasy. bad news? It’s a little more expensive, but you can go a long way without any hassle. It's also not waterproof. Therefore, it should be reapplied immediately after swimming or heavy sweating.

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