10 lightweight face sunscreens to protect your skin this summer

Alyssa Tria
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Whether your skincare concerns are acne or anti-aging, there’s only one skincare ingredient you need this summer- and all-year-round: SPF.

Aside from preventing dreadful sunburns, SPF works to protect your skin from the negative long-term effects of UVA and UVB rays and even rewinds the signs of fine lines and stubborn darks spots.

Thanks to dermatologist-backed research, the new generation of sunscreens are making everyday wear a breeze, especially for the skincare rookie. We’re talking weightless and streak-free coverage with or without makeup.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current skin routine or simply hate the heavy feel of old-school sunscreen, we’ve rounded up the game-changing face sunscreens that we guarantee you’ll love.

Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defense Sunscreen SPF 30

This sheer and lightweight sunscreen made for all skin types and skin tones and wears well under makeup. It features non-nano zinc oxide that protects against UV rays, blue light, free-radical damage and city smog and pollution.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $70

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Face Lotion SPF 50+

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Face Lotion SPF 50+

This new formula is made with ultra-high UVA-UVB protection and offers an invisible finish with up to 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance.

SHOP IT: La Roche Posay, $29

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

This formulation is available in a universal tint to offer subtle coverage and a natural-looking glow and delivers powerful broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
SHOP IT: Sephora, $47

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 42

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum Face Sunscreen SPF 42

Great for oily skin types, this is ultra-light, oil-free fluid with broad-spectrum SPF 42 offers daily protection that absorbs excess oils for a fresh, matte finish.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $40

SUPERGOOP! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

SUPERGOOP! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Nobody likes streaks! This fan-favourite is totally invisible and weightless and works as a makeup-gripping daily primer while offering SPF 40.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $45

Aveeno Active Naturals PROTECT + HYDRATE™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45

Aveeno Active Naturals PROTECT + HYDRATE™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 45

Powered by a soothing oat complex, this sunscreen lotion provides all-day hydration and nourishment while also offering effective broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $20

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Specially formulated for active adults, this sweat and water-resistant formula stays on strong when you sweat and won’t run into eyes and sting. It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue that can affect your grip during your favourite sport and water activities for up to 80 minutes.

SHOP IT: Shoppers Drug Mart, $13

LANCÔME UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50

LANCÔME UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50

The perfect solution that cuts down the time of your makeup routine,  this three-in-one primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen hydrates, primes, and protects the skin with SPF 50 defence.

SHOP IT: Sephora, $40

Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50

Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50

This tinted moisturizer that works as a complete protectant. Formulated with the label’s signature anti-Pollution complex and broad-spectrum SPF 50, this lightweight oil-free sunscreen is made to block UVA/UVB rays, pollution and free radicals — perfect for those who live in the city.

SHOP IT: Clarins, $42

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 

An award-winning, lightweight mineral sunscreen lotion formulated with non-nano zinc and California Poppy is made to glide easily on the skin while SPF 30 provides an effective shield from skin-damaging UVA and UVB.

SHOP IT: Beautycounter, $25

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