Sunscreen was originally intended to protect skin from the dangers of the sun. In recent years sunscreen has become an expansive industry of its own with various double-duty products that also act as primers, moisturizers, foundation and more. During the summer, an easy breezy look is ideal when spending time out in the heat. We love being able to rely on sunscreen for both protection and a natural-looking radiant glow. You can leave the house with just a slick of these glowy sunscreens on or use them as a base before makeup—either way, it’s time to give your sunscreen and skin a glow-up.
Sun Bum Original Glow SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Lotion ($19)
This was crowned the winner of a NewBeauty Award this year because the glow is undeniable. The antioxidant-rich formula gives skin a gorgeous, bronzy glow without adding any makeup.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50 ($35)
Glow Recipe, of course, has an SPF option that offers all the glow while hydrating and working to even skin tone over time. While boosting glow this formula also helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 ($22)
It’s all in the name with this one. Supergoop’s Glowscreen is well known for its hydrating and priming benefits that come with a gorgeously dewy finish. It provides the perfect lit-from-within glow you never knew an SPF could have.
Kosas DreamBeam SPF 40 PA+ ($40)
I’ve likened DreamBeam to an IRL Paris filter, so you can say it gives a good glow. The peachy-pink hue is meant to neutralize zinc oxide’s white cast to promote a natural-looking complexion with a hint of glow.
Paula’s Choice Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30 ($33)
Paula’s Choice has a handful of amazing sunscreens to choose from, but if you’re looking to get a glow going, this is the one to grab. The illuminating cream “creates an instant, healthy glow for makeup-optional skin.” Meanwhile, 12 antioxidants get to work visibly diminishing the signs of environmental-based aging.
Tula Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38)
With skin-care ingredients like probiotic extracts, pineapple and papaya you can trust this formula. The gorgeous glow it delivers is great for a no-makeup day or under foundation.
CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint SPF 30 ($17)
CeraVe is one of the dermatologist-loved staple sunscreen brands for reliable, everyday use. You might be surprised to learn the brand has a tinted option that leaves behind a healthy-looking glow with no trace of white cast.
Kinship Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 ($28)
The glow from Kinship is subtle enough that anyone can use it, and it will simply promote a healthy-looking complexion. If you want, you can count it as your moisturizer, primer and SPF all in one.
Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Sunscreen Serum ($65)
This super lightweight formula is hydrating and enriched with multivitamins to provide benefits similar to a skin-care serum. The radiance and dewy glow from this serum is immediate.
Kopari Sun Shield Soft Glow Daily Face SPF 30 ($38)
This SPF promises a radiant glow, broad spectrum protection and a weightless satin finish that smooths the appearance of skin. We can thank ethically sourced pearlescent minerals for the subtle glow and protection.