5 Facial Sunscreens You Need To Try This Summer

The best facial sunscreens that will keep you protected and glowing this summer!

Today is national sunscreen day! Sunscreen is essential for preventing skin cancer and can help prevent wrinkles. But it also can be a pain to wear all day everyday. It can can be greasy, sticky, and cause acne and irritation to your skin. White casts can be tough for dark skin tones and difficult to blend under makeup. It’s worth it to find a product that will provide sun protection, works for your skin type, and is easy to reapply throughout the day. Lets go over the best facial sunscreens to try this summer.

Some things you should know before buying a sunscreen:
There are two types of sunscreens filters: chemical and mineral.

Chemical sunscreen

Organic compounds such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octocrylene, and octisalate are used in chemical sunscreens to provide UV protection. These absorb the sun’s rays, convert them to heat, and then release the heat through the skin. This takes around 15 minutes, so if you’re wearing chemical sunscreen filters, you should allow at least that amount of time before going outside. One drawback with chemical sunscreens is that you have to reapply more often than mineral sunscreens because they break down upon exposure to UV light. They also tend to be more irritating to the skin because allergies to the ingredients are fairly common.

Mineral sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens function as a physical barrier between you and UV radiation, dispersing the light as it passes through your skin. Titanium and zinc oxide are the two main components that function as physical blockers. These UV filters block a wide variety of wavelengths and are photostable, so you won’t have to reapply as often. Dermatologists frequently recommend zinc oxide to patients with melasma or dark spots since it is a key component in preventing hyperpigmentation. However, physical sunscreens aren’t as smooth or lightweight as chemical sunscreens. They also create a white cast on the skin, making it difficult for people with darker skin tones.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen

The Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen is the holy grail for most SPF lovers. Oil-free and gel-based makes it perfect for oily skin. The formula is lightweight and dries invisibly on your skin, leaving no white cast. It applies nicely under makeup and can also act as a primer because of its velvety finish.

Type: Chemical

Price: $36

Supergoop Glowscreen

Another cult favourite from Supergoop is their Glowscreen that will give you the glow from within! A slightly tinted sunscreen that comes in two shades with a dewy, glowy finish without any visible glitter. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5 and niacinamide to hydrate and nourish your skin. This works amazing as a primer or on it’s own.

Type: Chemical

Price: $48 at Sephora, $36 on Supergoop

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid SPF 50+ Facial Sunscreen

The Ultra-Fluid Facial Sunscreen is oil-free and non-greasy with an invisible matte finish. It has a lightweight fluid texture that offers no white cast and has been tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control. It is also non-comedogenic, which means it will not clog your pores.



Type: Mineral

Price: $29.95


The EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum with SPF 40 functions as a daily moisturizer and perfectly will fit into your skincare routine. This mineral sunscreen has hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and diminish fine lines. It is transparent and blends well under makeup or can be worn alone. It is paraben-free, fragrance-free, and vegan. It is non-comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog pores. If you are looking for something to incorporate into your makeup routine then try the tinted version of this moisturizer with SPF 46.

Type: Mineral

Price: Regular- $45, Tinted- $53


Cetaphil Daily Oil Free Facial Moisturizer 

This SPF 35 chemical sunscreen is fantastic for oily skin and shine control. Cetaphil Daily Oil Free Facial Moisturizer is an advanced 3-in-1 lotion and provides facial hydration and contains Zinc Gluconate to absorb excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish appearance. This sunscreen uses oleosome technology which provides higher SPF sun protection with lower concentration and fewer sunscreen agents, which reduces the potential for irritation. 

Type: Chemical

Price: $16.60

By Ariel Brookes and Alisha Chauhan

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