It’s not news that sunscreen is something we all have to do, but for some reason we drag our feet when finding the right one to wear. Which inevitably leads to choosing one that’s less than stellar, and leaves white streaks or breaks us out or is too heavy or doesn’t sit well under our makeup. Which THEN leads us to hating sunscreen, but knowing we have to wear it. It’s a vicious cycle, and dammit, we want out.
So to fix this dilemma for you, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up our top favorite sunscreens. Somehow, they all make wearing sunscreen everyday easy — we’re talking “don’t think twice” kind of easy. Ready to be unbothered and protected? Read on.
Our love for this sunscreen knows no bounds. And if you have acne prone or oily skin or sensitive skin, this. one. Is. for. YOU. Sure, the packaging isn’t sexy, but remember that whole “don’t judge a book by its cover” thing? It applies to sunscreens, too. This formula is fragrance and paraben free, rubs on like a lotion, and won’t clog your pores. Plus, it’s super lightweight, mineral, and sits well under makeup. But listen, if that’s not enough to pull you in, it’s made with hyaluronic acid as an added bonus , which means hydration to the max.
And finally, we’ll leave you with this: It’s creamy and goes on so smoothly that it feels like a delightful freaking TREAT for your face. There also happens to be a bit of a glow effect while it sinks into your skin. And we’d be lying if we said that we don’t take selfies right after. We could continue to go on singing this sunscreen’s praises (and apparently, so can the 18K people on Amazon who have given it 4.5+ stars), but we have to move on. Begrudgingly.
Despite the name, no, this is not only for Black girls (though, historically sunscreens have not been made for darker skin tones — which is why this one is very needed and welcome). It’s for anyone who wants a moisturizing sunscreen that doesn’t leave a cast on their skin. So… Hi. It’s for us. Somehow, this magical tube of sunscreen rubs onto our skin with no cast and no chalky feeling. In fact, it’s the exact opposite — it feels like lotion because it’s made with jojoba oil, avocado oil, and sunflower oil. The best part? It’s oxybenzone and octinoxate free (no disrupted hormones, yes!), cruelty free, vegan, and clean. Sigh. Is this true love?
You know when you’re out in the sun with a full face of makeup on, living your best cute life, and know you need to reapply sunscreen — but also know your makeup is too flawless to mess up? Yep, this is the sunscreen for that moment. The Color Science brush is perfect to whip out on-the-go and dust over your makeup (just make sure this isn’t the only sunscreen you’re wearing!), and feels nice and lightweight. Plus, it’s mineral and free of parabens, sulfates, oil, and a whole host of other things we have no business putting on our skin. And it’s great for the hotter months because it’s sweat resistant — so if you’ve been roped into an outdoor, desert baby shower for your sister-in-law’s best friend’s cousin, this sunscreen is your best friend.
We love a good mineral sunscreen, obviously. But just like Mary, there’s something about La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s more than a sunscreen — it’s a cream moisturizer. Or maybe it’s that it’s made with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants, and has broad spectrum protection using zinc oxide. Or maybe there’s something wrong with us and we have a sunscreen problem. We don’t know. But we do know that it’s not greasy, is oil-free, and works for all skin types. Which means we can all stay wrinkle-free together. Hallelujah.
For our budget friendly babes, or those who go through sunscreen like there’s no tomorrow, this one takes the cake. This broad spectrum formula is made with zinc oxide and has antioxidants as well —- but it also was awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. Which means it’s a go for those with even the most super-sensitive of skin. Plus, it’s got a Dry-Touch finish, meaning nothing greasy and everything matte. (Because sweating on a picnic date is not cute). Did we mention the best part? It’s free of parabens, gross dyes, and phthalates. So go ahead and run, not walk, to try this one.
So there you have it. We’ve given you our sunscreen faves (yes, we love them enough to abbreviate “favorite”) and trust you’ll choose at least one of them (or all of them, but not at the same time) to protect your skin.