If you hate the goopy, thick mess that can come with traditional sunscreen or don’t like how half of your spray sunscreen gets lost in the wind, it’s time for you to try powder sunscreen. Using sunscreen in powder form has many benefits beyond protecting your face from sun damage. Powder sunscreen makes applying sun protection to your scalp easy and mess-free, so you can avoid scalp sunburn. Additionally, many of these products help set your makeup. We’ve rounded up our favorite powder sunscreens to try this summer.
ILIA Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20 Flow-Thru ($34)
Fight off shine and sun damage with this translucent powder that softens and nourishes the skin while you wear it. It’s perfect for a midday touch-up on the go.
ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder Broad-Spectrum SPF ($65)
This powder SPF does it all. It absorbs surface oil, provides buildable coverage, fights free radical damage and protects from UVA and UVB rays as well as blue light. As a bonus, it features light-reflecting minerals to give you a luminous glow.
iS Clinical PerfecTint Powder SPF 40 ($78)
Get silky smooth broad-spectrum protection with Is Clinical’s Powder SPF. Watch pores and surface oil disappear while the powder hydrates and protects the skin.
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad-Spectrum SPF 25 ($28)
In many ways, Bare Minerals is the blueprint for a translucent powder that’s good for your skin, so it makes perfect sense that the brand’s powder SPF is great. This powder sets makeup, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, absorbs oil and protects from the sun.
Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 ($22)
With green tea, chamomile flower extract and vitamin E, this powder sunscreen does more than just protect you from the sun’s rays. It also boasts a beautiful finish with or without makeup.
Supergoop! (Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 35 PA+++ ($30)
Supergoop! has sunscreens in a variety of mediums, so it’s no surprise they have a beautifully formulated powder sunscreen. This mineral powder sunscreen sets your makeup and mattifies your skin while protecting you from the sun.
Glo Skin Beauty Protecting Powder SPF 20 ($40)
Infused with soothing antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract, this powder SPF shields your skin from both the sun and environmental aggressors that can lead to signs of aging.
ISDIN Isdinceutics Mineral Brush ($55)
This SPF 50 provides seamless on-the-go protection with fine, silky powder. It protects against signs of photoaging while providing natural-looking matte coverage.
The A Method Protection Powder Sunscreen ($44-$49)
Swap out your thick, creamy sunscreen on hot, humid days for this lightweight Protection Powder Sunscreen that has just four ingredients. The A Method offers SPF 50 in a clear powder and SPF 30 in seven different shades.
Tarte Set & Protect Mineral Sunscreen Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($29)
This powerhouse powder sunscreen sets makeup for 12 hours and protects from UVA/UVB rays. As a bonus, it smells like vanilla.
jane iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen ($50)
With a luminous finish and broad-spectrum sun protection, what more could you ask for from a sunscreen? The brush is refillable and comes with two fully recyclable refills, so your purchase will last you a while.
Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30 ($17)
This powder sunscreen is a top option for oily skin types as it’s made with naturally-sourced sea minerals to absorb excess oil on the face.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 ($69)
As the only powder sunscreen recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for active use, according to its website, you can be confident this product will protect you. It’s also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, which makes it stand out among the crowd.
Brush On Block Translucent Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 ($34)
Reef safe, safe for sensitive skin and easy-to-apply—this powder sunscreen is a winner. This product goes on translucent, so it won’t get in the way of your look.
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