The 16 Best Sunscreens For Every Skin Type

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Whether you are team spray, stick or lotion, these broad-spectrum SPFs make the often-neglected act of sunscreen application feel more like skin-care ritual and less like a chore, so you can stay protected all year long.

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Doubling as a moisturizer, H2O+ Hydration Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($36) is clinically proven to increase skin hydration by a whopping 175 percent thanks to its proprietary water technology with amino acids and ceramides.

Tatcha founder Vicky Tsai calls pocket-size, peachy-hued The Silk Sunscreen ($60) a hydrating mineral shield, as it blocks UV rays with zinc-based SPF 50 while hydrating with hyaluronic acid, and smoothing with silk extracts (it also makes a great makeup primer).

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We fell head over heels for Vacation sunscreens when they launched last year—bring on the ‘80s nostalgia—and the new, “non-aerosol” continuous spray Classic Spray SPF 30 ($20) with the same beloved, beachy scent is a cult-favorite, too.

Applying sunscreen on sweaty or wet, fresh-outof- the-ocean skin may seem counterintuitive, but Alba Botanica While Wet Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 ($10) is designed to do just that, and it works. It’s also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Fluid Tinted Mineral SPF 50 ($20) is packed with 30 plant-based ingredients yet somehow feels like nothing on—the liquidy lotion is super light and blends in seamlessly, suiting most skin tones and all skin types.

A mineral SPF 50 that wears like a tinted moisturizer for a luminous but nongreasy finish, The Route The Shake & Shield ($40) protects against UV rays, pollution and blue light. Plus, it’s also safe to use on delicate post-procedure skin.

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There’s no reason to worry about aggravating easily irritated skin with Perricone MD Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Lightweight Calming SPF35 Veil ($59), made with zinc oxide and 99-percent pure CBD.

Thrive Natural Care Daily Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin ($27) boasts the same benefits as the brand’s original mineral SPF 30 (an Amazon best-seller), but is gentler, more moisturizing and unscented to suit fragile complexions.

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Fragrance-free, oil-free and derm-approved, La Roche-Posay Anthelios UV Correct SPF 70 ($35) contains antioxidants and niacinamide to help fade sunspots and minimize fine lines while protecting skin from additional damage.

Developed with mature skin in mind, Odacite SPF 50 Sheer Mineral Drops Niacinamide + Green Tea ($48) is a weightless serum, yet chock-full of heavy-hitting anti-agers that help reduce dark spots and other signs of free-radical damage.

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It’s no surprise EltaMD UV Stick Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ ($34) keeps selling out: it’s all-mineral, mess-free and great for those easily missed areas like the tops of the feet and the scalp. It’s also consistently recommended by derms.

Small enough to stash in any bag, CeraVe Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 50 ($10) is an on-the-go essential all year-round. We love the fragrance- and oil-free formula, and the addition of three key ceramides and hyaluronic acid that keep the skin barrier happy.

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Zinc-based EleVen by Venus Williams Game. Set. Match. Body Lotion SPF 50 ($38) was created by the tennis pro to blend into all skin tones with zero white cast, as well as resist water and sweat for up to 80 minutes without drying skin out.

For the face, new Dune Suncare created The Mug Guard SPF 30 ($28), which features “clean chemical actives”—no oxybenzone or octinoxate—and suits even the darkest skin with its invisible gel-cream. It also boasts a big 72-hour hydration claim.

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Infused with CityStem, a blend of pollution fighting ingredients, as well as antimicrobials that help protect skin from airborne pathogens, Shielded Beauty Skin Guardian SPF 30 ($48) is a no-brainer for city dwellers.

Shiseido Urban Environment Fresh- Moisture SPF 42 ($38) contains proprietary Sun Dual Care technology—it ensures every nook and cranny is covered—in a light, nongreasy cream that hydrates for 12 hours, imparting a dewy finish.

Inside Tip: One big sunscreen mistake people often make, according to dermatologists, is not using enough of it. Remember these two rules of thumb: a teaspoon for the face and a full shot glass for the body. And when using sprays, make sure you actually see the product hit your skin. Spraying outside on a windy day could result in zero sun protection.

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