The Best Sunscreens We've Found Yet
The Best Sunscreens We've Found Yet
Best Powder Formula
Even tinted car windows let in wrinkle-and spot-inducing UVA rays. Because the active ingredients in a mineral powder won't break down in a hot car as quickly as liquid formulas, you can safely keep one stashed in the glove compartment.
OUR PICK bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural sunscreen, $28; at macys.com.
Best All-Around Protection
Scientists recently discovered that UVA and UVB rays affect the skin topically and internally, actually breaking down cell structure. This new formulation offers stable, broad spectrum protection in the form of the patented HelioPlex360™, which also contains a serious blend of super antioxidants to fight consequent cellular damage.
OUR PICK Neutrogena Spectrum and Sunblock lotion SPF 55, $11; at drugstore.com.
Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fuscu recommends applying a facial sunscreen with SPF 30 under makeup everyday. But if you're already applying an anti-aging product, an extra layer of lotion can start to feel excessive. Look for a two-in-one formula which blocks rays and repairs existing damage with a powerful cocktail of antioxidants.
OUR PICK Olay Professional Pro-Xage Repair lotion, $33; at olay.com.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Many women skip sunscreen because it inflames their skin- which isn't worth the hassle if they're just sitting in an office all day anyway. Not so: According to Santa Monica dermatologist Ava Shamban, that's all the more reason to stay protected. "UVA rays penetrate glass," she says. "If you feel the heat of the sun on your skin, shut the blinds." Even better, choose an oil-free lotion with encapsulated sunscreen, which has fewer chemical irritants than other formulas.
OUR PICK Skinceuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30, $40; at skinceuticals.com.
Best for Acne-Prone Skin
Because they're neither drying nor heavy, water-resistant gel formulas are actually ideal for oily complexions. This soothing version was originally formulated for surfers!
OUR PICK BullFrog Waterproof Surfer Formula gel sunblock SPF 36, $8; at drugstore.com.
Best Heavy-Duty Protection
Before you face a day of outdoor sports, start with a thorough application of a heavy-duty, SPF 80 or 90 lotion at home. A spray-on formula is ideal for on-the-go touch-ups, but carefully applied cream formulas provide a solid base.
OUR PICK Coppertone Ultraguard waterproof sunscreen SPF 30, $10; drugstore.com.
Best for Easy Reapplication
"You'll need to reapply from head to toe at least every two hours and immediately after emerging from the water and toweling off," says Dr. Fusco. This waterproof mist gets bonus points for the beach bag-safe, locking cap.
OUR PICK Coppertone Sport Continuous Spray Ultra Sweatproof SPF 70+, $9; at walmart.com.
Best for Exposed Arms
"I can always tell if a patient is the driver or passenger, based on the side of their face that shows the most damage," says Dr. Shamban. And arms aren't exempt either. Protect exposed forearms and hands with an SPF stick, which offers a mess-free application. And remember, these rules also apply to plane rides so cover up and request an aisle seat.
OUR PICK Hawaiian Tropic Sensitive Skin Stick Sunscreen SPF 50, $6; at drugstore.com.
Best for Sporty Types
If you tend to sweat off your sunscreen, look for products with a water/sweat-resistance formula and a touch of menthol. It will keep you cool, dry and safe.
OUR PICK Ocean Potion Cool Dry Touch Sport SPF 50 sunscreen, $8; at amazon.com.
Best Tinted Face Lotion
"Put at least 1½ teaspoons of sunscreen on your face. You need a lot more than you think," says dermatologist Leslie Baumann. A generous dollop of this lightly tinted cream provides sheer coverage and potent sun protection.
OUR PICK Dr. Brandt UV SPF 30 Face Tinted sunscreen, $35; at dermstore.com.
Best for Infants
Shield infants under six months with long sleeves, a hat and SPF 50 sunscreen containing a physical blocker like zinc oxide, which is less irritating than chemical formulas.
OUR PICK Mustela High Protection Sun Lotion SPF 50, $15.50; at dermstore.com.