It may not be officially summer, but it is officially sunscreen season, when the sun is beating down not only enough to give you a tan, but to damage your skin. The Cut’s associate beauty editor Ashley Weatherford and beauty director Kathleen Hou have uncovered plenty of the best sunscreens over the past few years, so to help save your face and limbs, we’ve put together a list of some of their favorites below. Slather away.
The silkiest face sunscreen
La Roche-Posay’s light, milky serum is extremely viscous and absorbs into skin so well that it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. Rich in vitamins C and E, the silky formula allows you to combine your serum and sunscreen steps in one fell swoop.
The best sunscreen for sensitive faces
This lightweight lotion blends with ease, provides broad-spectrum protection, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.
The best tinted sunscreen
The silky texture boasts zinc oxide, skin softeners, and a subtle tint that will even out your skin tone.
The best spray-on sunscreen
Perfect for topping off at the beach. Spray an even sheen on limbs and rub it in to avoid streaks.
The best nongreasy sunscreen
Recently voted one of the best sunscreens by Consumer Reports, this nongreasy lotion makes reapplication a cinch.
The best weightless sunscreen
Clear Cover works exactly as described. The SPF 30 gel-like formula is completely untraceable on skin. In terms of color, it is quite literally clear, and the texture is a step up from weightless — it’s like you’re not wearing anything at all.
The best sunscreen to give you glow
Wrinkles or no wrinkles, Clarins’s Control Cream with SPF is a buttery elixir for anyone with dry skin. The rich lotion elevates dull complexions with a dewy finish and smells like a really fancy French perfume.
The best drugstore sunscreen
The allure of this product is simple: Just smear it on. It works. Sunscreen doesn’t need to get more complicated than that. Sure, there are fancier body sunscreens, but this drugstore pick makes protecting your skin as easy as it should be. It goes on the body fluidly and sheerly, with a slight powder finish so your skin doesn’t feel goopy, sticky, or greasy. Oh, and it can be found in practically every drugstore in the country. Bring it with you for this coming weekend and reapply every three to four hours.
The best sunscreen that dries like powder
Lancôme’s superthin, waterlike sunscreen isn’t particularly hydrating, but the emollient formula can comfortably glide over any moisturizer without beading or leaving a greasy sheen. The breathable fluid dries powdery, thus bucking any opportunity for oily skin to emerge.
The most cooling sunscreen
There is zero chance of blending trouble with L’Oreal’s completely clear, nonsticky SPF. The gel transforms into an oil on skin, and a dose of menthol makes the sunscreen feel as cool as a fan blowing on your body.
The fastest-drying sunscreen
Staying true to its name, MD Solar Sciences’ Quick Dry Sunscreen dries within seconds of landing on skin. The nongreasy and idiotproof SPF is the piece-of-cake complement to frantic dressing in the morning, and enables fast reapplication throughout the day.
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