The Ultimate Sunscreen Guide to Protect Your Skin this Summer — and Always

The Ultimate Sunscreen Guide to Protect Your Skin this Summer — and Always

As summer makes its yearly emergence, protecting your skin’s delicate barrier from the sun’s damaging rays is more vital than ever. Though sunscreen is necessary to incorporate in your everyday skincare routine, sometimes finding the best one for your skin’s needs can pose a difficult feat. Factor in pesky skin concerns like acne, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or overall sensitivity, and you may feel like giving up your research altogether. Acne and its seemingly lasting effects used to rule my confidence and my life. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to rule yours. Your ultimate summer sunscreen guide is here. Keep reading for ten protective sunscreens designed for your skin’s concerns.

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SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen

This completely mineral based sunscreen is perfect if you plan to engage in any water-based activities because of its water resistant properties. Suitable for all skin types, especially sensitivity, it also consists of the plankton extra “artemia salina,” an ideal sun repellant.

Purchase: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 ($35)

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Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen

If you’re into outdoor recreation (hence the product’s name), then this sunscreen is for you. You’ll never have to worry about clogged pores from activity because of its oil free and non-comedogenic formula.

Purchase: Neutrogena Sport Face Oil-Free Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70+ ($11.99)

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX SPF Moisturizer

As an SPF infused daily moisturizer, La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 15 product is great for casual, protective use. Mexoryl™ SX acts as a protectant that soaks up those dangerous UVA rays for increased sun defense. Fragrance free and suitable for all skin types like many of the products featured in this article, this sunscreen will ease your worries about any lasting skin irritations.

Purchase: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX SPF Moisturizer With Mexoryl SPF 15 ($33.99)

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EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

A personal favorite of mine, Elta MD’s Broad Spectrum sunscreen line simultaneously protects and assists with clearing acne and rosacea related breakouts and inflammations along with smoothing out uneven skin tone caused by hyperpigmentation. Anti-inflammatory and hydrating ingredients that also produce fast cell turnover like niacinamide, hyaluronic, and lactic acid combine to achieve glowing and minimally blemished skin. I’ve noticed a drastic improvement in my skin’s texture and lessening of sudden breakouts compared to years past.

Purchase: EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($37)

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CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Known for their hyaluronic acid and ceramide based products, CeraVe’s Mineral Sunscreen Stick is no different. Ceramides, a part of our skin’s anatomy, can be found in this product because of its ability to secure healthy moisture while driving away dirt and grime that builds in our pores. Its zinc and titanium oxide composition with UVA/B filtered protections contributes to proper sun resistance.

Purchase: CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Stick ($9.99)

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Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro

Similar to SkinCeuticals’ SPF 50 product, Estée Lauder’s Perfectionist Pro Sunscreen is also entirely mineral based. Ingredients like Green Tea, Vitamin C, E, and Tiger Lily Extract deter everyday pollutants while keeping skin smooth and hydrated.

Purchase: Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi-Defense UV Fluid SPF 45 With 8 Anti-Oxidants ($45)

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Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense

Winner of Allure’s 2020 Best of Beauty Awards, Dermalogica’s SPF 30 Invisible Physical Defense targets dry skin types, redness, UVA/B, and blue light.

Purchase: Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense ($45)

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Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen

With a biodegradable and plant based formula that also protects coral reefs because of its absence of chemicals, this product’s spray design provides simple (outdoor) application. Your skin will feel extra nourished because of its various extracts like chamomile and calendula—healing aides that combat bacteria.

Purchase: Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Fragrance Free SPF 33 ($11.66)

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Andalou Naturals Clear Skin Argan Stem Cell BB Benefit Balm

Fruit and argan stem cells are the basis of this Andalou Naturals face balm infused with SPF that leaves your skin with a more even tone.

Purchase: Andalou Naturals Clear Skin Argan Stem Cell BB Benefit Balm Un-Tinted SPF 30 ($19.99)

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Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion

Aveeno’s “New Weightless Formula” with prebiotic oats support’s already sensitive skin in need of nourishment and continuous hydration. You also won’t need to worry about getting enough OZs for this price point.

Purchase: Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Face Lotion SPF 60 ($9.99)

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