Best Sunscreens For Summer 2019
These top-rated broad-spectrum sunscreens are ideal for daily use, sweaty water sports and everything in between.
We don’t have to tell you that sunscreen is an essential part of protecting your skin against sunburns, skin cancer, and premature aging. But finding the perfect one for you and your family can be a challenge. You want a sunscreen with “broad-spectrum” protection, meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays. The American Cancer Society recommends choosing a sunscreen that’s SPF 30 (or higher) and water-resistant. Beyond that, though, it really comes down to your personal preferences. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, you may benefit from using a sunscreen designed for children. If you’re prone to acne breakouts, you can choose a dermatologist-recommended sunscreen that’s formulated to help clear your skin. Many people prefer to stay away from sunscreens containing alcohol, fragrances or harsh ingredients. Karrie Fairbrother, RN, president-elect of the Dermatology Nurses Association, pointed out to WebMD, that if you don’t like sunscreen, you’re not going to use it. So in a sense, the best sunscreen for you is one you like. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up some of the top-rated, best-reviewed sunscreens for the summer. They all provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and have a minimum SPF of 30. Whether you’re looking for everyday protection, long-lasting coverage, all-natural ingredients or all of the above, we’ve got you covered.
Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Broad Spectrum SPF 70 Sunscreen Stick for Face and Body (0.47-ounce), $7.89 Sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day, but most kids don’t have the patience to get out of the water, dry off fully and then let you reapply. That’s why this Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids sunscreenis so great for active children: It’s specially formulated to work on their skin when it’s dry or wet. When you apply the sunscreen stick, it instantly cuts through water and creates water-resistant protection that lasts for up to 80 minutes. It’s convenient, practical and features a dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, oil-free and PABA-free formula. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen is also available in a spray.
EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (1.7-Ounce), $35.00 This lightweight, mineral-based face sunscreen helps calm and protect sensitive skin types prone to acne, rosacea and discoloration. It contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid, ingredients that promote the appearance of healthy-looking skin. It applies smoothly and leaves no residue behind, making it ideal to wear underneath makeup. It’s also free from any fragrances, oils or parabens that could irritate the skin.
COOLA Full Spectrum 360 Mineral Sun Silk Creme Sunscreen (1.5-ounces), $42.00 This oil-free, airy-light sunscreen glides on to form a transparent veil not only protects your face from harmful rays, but it also acts as a barrier for HEV light, IR, and pollution. Its silky creme texture promotes skin radiance and youthful-looking skin, perfect for everyday use.
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen (6-ounce), $20.99 This mineral-based sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection that’s safe for you, your little ones and the environment. Its biodegradable formula is free of any known reef-damaging chemicals and contains no parabens, phthalates, PABA or UV chemical absorbers. It applies and absorbs easily without leaving the skin feeling oily, and it offers the highest level of water-resistance allowed by the FDA.
Coppertone Sport Continuous SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray (5.5-Ounce Bottle, Pack of 3), $19.49 This high-performance broad-spectrum sunscreen is designed to stay on strong when you sweat. It’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and it’s easy to apply from any angle. The durable Coppertone formulais lightweight and breathable, and it actually contains moisturizers and Vitamin E to keep your skin from drying out. The protection and attractive price point make this 3-pack a great option for families with multiple kids as well as folks who are particularly active outdoors.
Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C SPF 50 (6-ounces), $19.00 If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly sunscreen option, this non-aerosol sunscreen mist is the way to go! The antioxidant-rich Vitamin C formula delivers superior UV protection that combats dehydration and free radical damage.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen – Active SPF 30+ (5-ounce), $14.99 This mineral-based sunscreen reflects UV rays more effectively than its chemical-based competitors. The paraben and fragrance-free formula was designed with dermatologists and is suitable for the most sensitive skin. It even comes in a bottle that turns blue in harmful UV light — a helpful reminder for you to reapply and stay sun-safe wherever you are.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In SPF 60 Sunscreen Milk (5-ounce), $35.99 This fast-absorbing, non-greasy sunscreen is designed for face and body use. Its oil-free, paraben-free, fragrance-free formula is suitable for sensitive skin, and it provides up to 80 minutes of water-resistant coverage. Like all La Roche-Posay products, this versatile sunscreen milk is well suited to wear underneath your makeup at the office or to provide full-body coverage for a day at the beach.
Coola Eco-Lux SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray (8-ounces), $36.00 If you need a sunscreen that will hold up through sweat, swimming and sports, go with this organic SPF 50 continuous-spray sunscreen. It has a water- and sweat-resistant organic formula that’s packed with antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients. Plus, it absorbs fast with no greasy feel, so there won’t be any slippery residue.
Australian Gold Tinted Botanical SP5 50 Sunscreen (3-ounce), $11.79 This mineral-based, water-resistant sunscreen is perfect anyone looking for a little color, because it contains a subtle tint. This tint blends into any skin tone, but it washes away with water. The non-greasy, non-sticky, water-resistant formula is hypoallergenic and non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin.
Whipped Mineral Sunscreen and Brush-On Sunscreen Powder, $78.00 This combination of Daily UV Protector SPF 30 and Sun forgettable Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 50, will be “sunforgettable” this summer. The UVA/UVB protection paired with the award-winning mineral sunscreen brush allows you to easily reapply throughout the day.
Babyganics Baby Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 (6-ounce Spray Bottle Combo Pack), $15.99 This tear-free, non-allergenic sunscreen spray provides long-lasting, water-resistant protection from UVA and UVB rays. It’s pediatrician and dermatologist tested, and the non-greasy spray formula is easy to apply even to sensitive areas. It comes with a 6-ounce bottle of all-natural insect repellent that’s safe to spray on little ones. It contains plant and essential oils that help keep mosquitos away, and it’s formulated without any PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances or nano-particles.
Supergoop! Mint Condition Lip Shield (.5-ounces), $5.00 Don’t forget about your lips, which need just as much shielding from the sun as the rest of your body. This moisturizing lip balm restores dry, cracked and dehydrated lips. Its made from beeswax, antioxidant-rich coconut, avocado and grape seed oil and is just what you’ll need for a day in the sun.
Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55 Liquid Lotion Sunscreen (3-ounce),$5.99 This ultra-lightweight, oil-free facial sunscreen is specifically formulated to prevent breakouts on acne-prone skin. Its dermatologist-tested formula is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or irritate sensitive skin. It applies smoothly and leaves no residue behind, making it ideal to wear underneath makeup. It’s fragrance-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ (3-Ounce), $12.99 Thinksport sunscreens have something of a cult following, and for good reason: They make safe, effective products that are better for the consumer and the environment. This mineral-based sport sunscreenis lightweight, non-oily and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It’s free of any biologically harmful chemicals, parabens, phthalates or UV chemical absorbers, and it provides top-rated, broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays.