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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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.
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.
This powerhouse powder sunscreen sets makeup for 12 hours and protects from UVA/UVB rays. As a bonus, it smells like vanilla.
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.
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.
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.
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.