Summertime is officially here, whether the calendar says so or not. We’ve already spent several days in the pool, so I thought I’d put a post together with my favorite summer sunscreens.
Sunscreen does have a shelf-life, so I always toss mine at the end of the season and buy new when summer rolls around again, and here we are!
You will see a theme here. Most of these are mineral sunscreens and considered “clean” beauty products. Mineral sunscreens are generally safer and healthier than their chemical counterparts, and I do my best to use mineral sunscreen whenever I can.
The active ingredients in mineral sunscreens are zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, rather than chemical filters and fragrances that can irritate sensitive skin and are potentially harmful.
The Best Facial Sunscreens
#1. EltaMD UV Elements Tinted Face Moisturizer with Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 // This was my favorite facial tinted sunscreen for a long time. I apply this after doing my morning skincare routine.
It’s thick and smooth and moisturizing, and the light tint helps even out my ruddy skin tone and start the color correcting process so there’s less work for my foundation to do. It also looks better when I want to go without makeup.
This product uses both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and it has an SPF 44.
#2. ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless SPF 50+ // This is my most recent discovery, and the facial sunscreen I currently use every day. My cosmetic dermatologist recommended it because it has anti-aging properties and collagen support to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has a light tint that helps even out the skin tone.
#3. Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 40 // I recently started using this one before I go out to walk or run. It is also lightweight and moisturizing, and it has SPF 40 and leaves your skin with a pearlescent glow.
It’s a bit much on its own, but it makes a nice base layer for makeup. When I apply my favorite mineral foundation on top, it gives me a nice, healthy glow.
#4. Supergoop! Mineral Sheer Screen SPF 30 // This is my favorite facial sunscreen when I don’t want a tint. I usually apply this in the morning before exercising, and then I wash it off before doing my morning skincare routine.
I’ve also taken to carrying it in my purse when I’m going to be out in the sun all day, like at Disney World last month, and last week at Knoebels.
I like it because it doesn’t irritate my skin, and it blends in better than any other mineral sunscreen I’ve tried. I won’t say there’s no white cast, but it’s minimal.
#5. COOLA Organic Liplux Lip Balm and Sunscreen with SPF 30 // Sometimes you need a little extra lip protection, so I recently ordered this Liplux lip balm from Amazon.
It’s made with natural fruit butters that moisturize and condition dry, chapped lips; and it feels moisturizing but not sticky. It also has a nice, subtle beachy scent like coconut or something.
#6. EltaMD UV Lip Balm Sunscreen for Lips, SPF 36 // I also ordered this to try, since I’m already a fan of the EltaMD facial sunscreen (#1 above).
This one goes on a little more like a cream, and it leaves my lips feeling slightly tingly. It has a very subtle peppermint type of scent but no flavor.
The Best Body Sunscreens
#7. COOLA Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 Sunblock Spray // This is my personal favorite for a body sunscreen. This product is a compromise because it is not a mineral sunscreen, but it is made of 70% organic ingredients, and it’s a non-aerosol spray.
When I search the COOLA brand on EWG’s Skin Deep, the non-aerosol sprays get a 3 rating, which isn’t terrible. Active ingredients are avobenzone, octisalate, and octocrylene.
I like COOLA sprays because they smell amazing, and they’re moisturizing and super easy to apply. The downside is they’re expensive, and they don’t last very long.
#8. COOLA Suncare Travel Set // I love this little travel set; I always bring one along to a warm weather destination.
It includes a travel-size spray SPF 30, a travel-size face lotion SPF 30, a travel-size after sun lotion, and a full-size Liplux lip balm SPF 30.
#9. BLUE LIZARD Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+ // This is my 19-year-old daughter’s favorite. She is very particular about sunscreen and does tons of research and has tried many different kinds, and this is the one she reaches for the most.
The active ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, so it does leave a faint white tint on the skin, but it’s great for sensitive skin and safe for kids. Our has an SPF 30+ and It also comes in SPF 50+ and a bunch of other versions as well.
BLUE LIZARD sunscreens are dedicated to protecting the coral reefs, they contain no fragrances or parabens, and they’re water resistant for 40 minutes. The bottle turns blue in harmful UV light as a reminder to stay sun safe, which is kind of gimicky, but that is where “Blue” Lizard comes from, I guess!
#10. Coppertone Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 50 // This is another one of my daughter’s recommendations, and you certainly can’t beat the price. She likes it because it’s affordable and doesn’t irritate her sensitive skin. It’s also water resistant up to 80 minutes.
It’s oil-free and easy to apply, but it does leave a slight white cast. This product is made with naturally sourced zinc oxide, and it provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It’s also formulated without phthalates, parabens, dyes, or synthetic fragrances. The picture above is different because they recently changed their packaging.
#11. CVS Health SPF 50 Hydrating Mineral Body Sunscreen // This last one was a surprise, as I just picked it up because of my CVS Carepass membership. I brought it home, and my daughter immediately pounced on it, eager to try it.
She was extremely impressed, and said it actually blends into her skin better than its name brand counterpart, which I believe is the Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen. She did point out that it is not water resistant, and the Neutrogena is.
By the way, my daughter says any of her recommendations for body sunscreens are fine for the face too. She says the facial sunscreens contain the same ingredients and are just packaged differently and priced higher. Why am I not surprised???
I still use sunscreens designed for facial use because I like the tint and the anti-aging benefits, but if that isn’t important to you, you can just use the cheaper mineral sunscreens (#9, #10, and #11) on your face too.
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