By Jemma Howlett
With summer in full swing, getting some sun is on everyone’s mind. But higher temperatures mean burns and tans that can cause long-term skin damage, so finding a high-quality sunscreen is a must. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find the right sunscreen, especially for your face. Your face has more sensitive skin than the rest of your body, and everyone’s is different. We use skin-type-specific face wash to counter this, so why shouldn’t we do the same with sunscreen? We’ve rounded up the best facial sunscreens for every skin-type to give your beautiful face the extra TLC it needs in the hottest months.
Note: We compiled our list with a focus on what’s safe for your face, but these sunscreens can be used on the rest of your body, too.
I hear a lot of my friends say they don’t wear sunscreen on their faces because they’re afraid it will clog their pores and cause them to break out. If this is your concern, try Neutrogena’s Clear Face. Clear Face is perfect for anyone with acne-prone skin. It is broad spectrum (meaning it shields you from both UVA and UVB rays), fragrance- and oil-free, and non-comedogenic to keep blemishes at bay.
Buy it for $11.99 per 3 oz. bottle at Neutrogena.com.
Need your sunscreen to stick no matter how much you sweat? This affordable, SPF 50+, and chemical-free sunscreen was made with both the user and the environment in mind. It’s also an especially solid choice for athletes, as it is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and built to withstand sweat for up to two hours. Organic, animal testing-free, and broad-spectrum, ThinkSport contains none of the harmful chemicals and carcinogens that haunt many drugstore brands. Good for the planet and for you.
You can pick up ThinkSport in a 3 oz. bottle for $12.99 at gothinksport.com.
This dermatologist-recommended sunscreen offers protection for those with sensitive skin. As an added bonus, the SkinMedica website provides a handy guide to figuring out which of their several varieties would work best for your skin: options include tinted, water-resistant, and free of oils, fragrances, and parabens, which sstudies suggest may be linked to breast cancer. Rolling in at $68, it’s considerably more expensive than your average drugstore brand, but its special features make it worth the splurge.
Available for $68 from skinmedica.com.
Averse to the sticky residue some sunscreens leave on your skin? Enter Sunforgettable, Colorescience’s powder alternative that’s sold with a brush and is applied like blush or bronzer. The sunblock comes in multiple colors: hint of color, almost-clear color, and an all-clear color. It is highly water-resistant and SPF 50. You’ll be so comfortable in Sunforgettable you’ll almost forget you’re wearing sunscreen.
Find it for $44.86 on Amazon.
Wearing sunscreen is always a good idea, even if you don’t burn. While some cream sunscreens can be frustratingly hard to rub in for darker skin, leaving unwanted white streaks, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid offers a solution. This sunscreen is a micronized liquid that won’t look chalky. It also has SPF 50+ and is water-resistant for 80 minutes.
You can protect your skin with La Roche-Posay for $30 on Amazon.
The summer can be a struggle for those with dry skin. If it feels like swimming, dry heat, and air conditioning are all conspiring against you, Paula has the answer. Paula’s Choice offers sunscreen that will moisturize as well as protect. The Skin Recovery daily moisturizing lotion also provides SPF 30 and works for skin ranging from normal to very dry.
It will cost you $30 on Amazon to moisturize and protect your skin with Paula’s Choice.
Beautycounter is the gold standard for safe sunscreens. Sold in an easy-to-apply stick, this sunblock provides lightweight, water-resistant protection. A lot of sunscreens use chemical blockers that can soak through your skin and even cause allergic reactions or disrupt hormones. Beautycounter cuts those risks out entirely by using non-nano zinc oxide, which naturally blocks sun by scattering UV Rays.
Stay chemical-free for $34 at Beautycounter.
Jemma Howlett is a writer, runner, traveller, college student and carb-enthusiast. Check out her coffee blog: thecoffeetravels.wordpress.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @jemmahow.
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