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I think we can all agree, not all sunscreens are created equal. If you’re like me, you probably grew up being slathered in that stark white and oily lotion that seemed to take FOREVER to blend in. That sunscreen is what gave sunscreen a bad name to me and kept me engaging in some pretty dangerous sunbathing into my teens.
it wasn’t until my adult years when I was buying my own sunscreen that I discovered two truths; first that I needed to be wearing sunscreen everyday if I wanted to age as gracefully as I intended and secondly, not all sunscreens are created equal. Gone were the days of feeling sticky and greasy!
This list is a culmination of some of my favorite sunscreens as well as cult favorite sunscreen products amongst beauty bloggers. On this list, you’ll find that I categorized sunscreens not only by formula (such as oil, sticks, etc.) but also by whether it’s meant for the face or body. And at a variety of price points, this list has something for everyone!
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Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
This lightweight and non greasy sunscreen offers a matte finish that lasts up to 8 hours, while still supplying the skin with needed hydration. With ingredients such as tea tree oil and willow bark, this sunscreen also detoxifies the skin to help keep it clear.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Sunscreen for Body
This sunscreen is known for being extremely comfortable on the skin and long lasting, while not breaking out the skin.
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30
What makes this sunscreen so amazing is that it regulates the skin’s oil production, soothes against inflammation, and provides an all day matte finish to the skin.
Hang Ten Classic Sport Body Sunscreen SPF 30
This sunscreen does an amazing job of staying put, despite sweat, water, or natural body oils interfering with it. It’s also the more budget friendly sister brand created by the sunscreen powerhouse brand Coola.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Sunscreen For Face
Non whitening, light weight, and with a matte finish, this universal favorite by La Roche-Posay Anthelios does a fantastic job of giving the best sun protection and not irritating sensitive skin.
Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen for body
This SPF has a non greasy feel, a fresh citrus scent, and is known for being one of the highest rated natural sunscreens on the market! There is a white cast, but it does fade once rubbed in.
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 Broad Spectrum
This primer and sunscreen in one scores major points for its protection against both UVA and UVB rays, its ability to smooth out texture (including lines and wrinkles), help makeup last all day, and leave the skin looking radiant. The only downside we found was that some users’ skin was left looking a tad bit on the oily side.
Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
What sets this product apart is the fact that it’s both a suncare and skincare product in one! With daily use, expect your skin to appear brighter, healthier, and more youthful! This lightweight gel can be applied under or over makeup and leaves no white cast.
Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This dry oil formula is popular not only because it can be used on the body and hair, but because it has smoothing properties that help to minimize the loss of moisture from exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine.
Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30
This sunscreen stick is essentially an SPF and skin treatment all in one! With a blend of nourishing oils and sugar, this stick helps to moisturize and smooth the eyes, face, and lips, all while still providing some serious UV protection.
Neutrogena Suncreen Ultra Sheer Stick SPF 70
This stick is super convenient not merely because of it’s size and ease of application, but because it soaks in super fast and is popular with kids.
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body
This sweat and water resistant spray is popular for it’s non greasy feel and versatility. You can apply to the face, body, and/or hair for protection. Bonus Points: Those who have purchased say you can reapply it over makeup.
COOLA Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 – Pina Colada
Although a little on the pricy side, those who have purchased it swear by this sunscreen because of how well it stays on, how thoroughly it protects, how long the bottle lasts, and it’s amazing scent!
Have you tried any of these sunscreens before? What is your favorite SPF?
Hi there Pretty! I’m Shelby, the creator of Pretty Primp! I believe that beauty is a form of art and we should all be confident and educated enough to be our own artist!