If we’re talking skincare essentials, nothing compares to the wonders of a good sunscreen. Aside from preventing dreadful sunburns and protecting your skin from the negative long-term effects of UVA and UVB rays, it also works to rewind the signs of aging and fine lines.
Thanks to the research backup by dermatologists, the new generation of sunscreens are making everyday wear a breeze, especially for the skincare rookie. We’re talking weightless and streak-free!
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your looking to update your current skin routine or simply hate the heavy feel of old-school sunscreen, we’ve rounded up the game-changing face and body sunscreens Sephora customers love for you to consider this summer.
A clear, fast-absorbing sunscreen that works as you go. Designed with Shiseido’s WetForce Technology, this powerful SPF 50 becomes more effective when exposed to sweat and water, making it the ideal sun protectant for sports and outdoor activities. Leaving a clean and velvety finish on the face and body, it’s no surprise why this sunscreen sees 10,000 “loves”on the Sephora website.
Shopper Review: “There is no white cast at all and leaves a nice finish on the skin for those who want to forgo foundation. This is [women] of colour-friendly which I know is super hard to encounter with effective sunscreen.”
Shop it: Sephora, $49
Made by the suncare authority Supergoop!, this broad spectrum has been proven to deliver long-term moisture and hydration, while repelling the negative and harsh effects of everyday sun exposure. Customers rave about its comfortable, weightless feel.
Shopper Review: “This sunscreen is a lifesaver for me because it has amazing protection (SPF 50 and waterproof!) and is nice to wear. It's non-greasy and smells nice. The formula is a little watery but that makes it easier to apply and it gets absorbed by the skin easily.”
Shop it: Sephora, $19
While protecting your skin from free radicals and UVA/UVB rays, this superhero sunscreen by Drunk Elephant also works to target dark spots, fine lines and lacksture skin. Made with zinc oxide, Astaxanthin-rich algae extract and sunflower sprout extract, this cream formula is best known for preserving healthy and youthful-looking skin.
Shopper Review: “I apply this as last step [in my] daytime skin routine and my skin looks and feels amazing, at 34 years old! Highly [recommend it] for those with oily/combo skin.”
Shop it: Sephora, $42
Whether you’re always on-the-go or consider yourself as the ultimate lazy gal, you’ll appreciate the time-saving qualities of this tinted sunscreen. Made with the same cream formulation as Drunk Elephant’s Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, this one is available in a universal tint to offer subtle coverage and a natural-looking glow. According to customer reviews, it works wonders on various shades.
Shopper review: “Looks great, washes off easily, and actually works unlike these other 'natural' brands. [I have a caramel complexion] like Mindy Kaling or Taraji Henson, and it works as a tinted moisturizer on my skin. I get showered with compliments.”
Shop it: Sephora, $44
In case creams and lotions aren’t your thing, a sunscreen mist may just be your skin’s saving grace this summer. Sitting at 10 thousand “loves” on the Sephora website, this SPF 50 is formulated with vitamin C and other antioxidant properties to help reveal a more radiant complexion. The conscious non-aerosol spray simplifies thorough application to the face and body.
Shopper Review: “I never wore sunscreen before this product because I hated the gunky feel, chemical smell, and how it made my oily skin [feel gross]. However this product blew my mind. I love it. It is light but lasts forever and on top of that it smells nice.”
Shop it: Sephora, $13
For achieving a healthy and sexy all-body glow, nothing compares to a luxurious body oil. This quick-absorbing body oil not only gives you the essential moisture your skin needs, but it’s also formulated with the powerhouse SPF 50 to protect your skin from sun exposure.
Shopper Review: “I love to apply oil to my skin, so putting this on feels lovely, and my skin feels hydrated and looks radiant. Doesn't have much of a smell, and though your skin will glow it will not feel greasy after the stuff has a minute to sink in. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?”
Shop it: Sephora, $34
Like all Supergoop! products, this innovative SPF-infused mousse is certified clean. A two-in-one sun protectant that works to hydrate and moisturize, this mousse is formulated with a complex of natural oils to maintain the overall health of skin. Designed for those who are looking for a very clean, non-greasy finish to the skin, spray a golf ball size about of product into your hands and massage the product onto your body and face and allow it to absorb.
Shopper Review: “My kids and I dread applying sunscreen because of the greasy feeling it leaves on our hands and skin. A friend suggested I try this new mousse swearing that it does not leave an oily residue. SHE WAS RIGHT!”
Shop it: Sephora, $34
Designed in a solid-sunscreen stick, Sol De Janeiro’s newest product is perfect for on-the-go sun protection. Fitting perfectly in your carry-on, purse, and beach bag, you’ll never have to skip out on SPF ever again. To use, massage into the skin and re-apply every 80-minutes.
Shopper Review: “I’m currently on vacation in Hawaii, and my husband and I have both been using this every day! I’m super pale, and he has sensitive skin, and it has kept us both from being burned with no ill effects. Love the ease of use, high SPF, compact packaging, feel on the skin, and especially the smell!”
Shop it: Sephora, $26
Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body
Suncare gets easier with Shiseido’s convenient spray sunscreen. Best known reaching larger areas and hard-to reach-places, this water-resistant sunscreen is the ultimate must-have to keep by poolside. The weightless formula leaves a clean and clear finish the body, face, hair and even over makeup.
Shopper Review: “I was searching high and low for a sunscreen that not only works but can be used over makeup. This sunscreen does just that and applies easily on your skin. I also appreciate the fact that it does not clog my pores or irritate my skin in any way. Thank you Shiseido!”
Shop it: Sephora. $45
Inspired by the radiance of Rio, this luminizing oil mist is designed to help you achieve a Brazilian-esque glow (without the vacay), while working to nourish and protect the skin from sun damage. Formulated with SPF 30, açaí oil, coconut oil, cupuaçu butter, customers praise this sunscreen for revitalizing the look of youthful skin.
Shopper Review: “This. Product. Is. Incredible. I'm SUPER fair skinned and honestly hate wearing sunscreen but this is a game changer. It makes your skin glow, smell delicious and so soft and smooth, not greasy. I actually want to go on vacation so that I can use this. I'm totally buying a new bathing suit!”
Shop it: Sephora, $38
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