With the sun reaching one of the most intense times of the year this month, it’s time to amp up your sun protection! All of these sunscreens have an SPF of 40 or higher — but as you know — reapplication is still the key to adequate UV protection to stop aging and burning rays in their tracks. This summer, I’ve been testing SO MANY SUNSCREENS — but I’ve narrowed it down to five that had added benefits, aside from UV protection.
Let’s check out what made the cut this season!
This sunscreen is unique, in that it dispenses as a lightweight whipped mousse! Once blended into the skin, it makes my skin feel soft and supple. This is my current daily sunscreen crush for my arms and chest — which are my most sun-exposed body parts on an average day. It’s paraben and sulfate-free, and also contains shea butter for hydration. This is a chemical sunscreen formula.
I carry this little guy in my purse! It’s perfect for touch-ups on the go, and so portable. This hydrating formula is something I touch up with when I’m makeup-free, or just wearing a tinted moisturizer. (I even use it on my lips!) Since it has a unique balm texture — I’d save this one for makeup-free days, but it’s still so effective. This is a physical sunscreen formula.
With a high protection factor, the added skincare benefits of Vitamin E and white grape extract — this moisturizing sunscreen is well-formulated. It is indeed soft and sheer, and does not leave a white cast behind on the skin. This is a chemical sunscreen formula.
Very lightweight, and oil-free — this sunscreen for your face is fabulous! This is a physical sunscreen, with zinc oxide. The problem with most physical sunscreens, is that they leave behind a white sheen on the skin. Not this one! (CeraVe also makes a body lotion sunscreen version of this.) With the added anti-aging benefits of niacinamide that helps restore the skin’s barrier and essential fatty acids — this one is a winner. I can’t even feel it on my skin once it has absorbed!
I love sunscreens with an added skincare benefit besides UV protection, and this one is unique in that it has hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid has the potential to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, adding additional hydration to your skin. This is a sheer, lightweight formula that’s ideal for all skin types.