With summer approaching, wearing a sunscreen is vital to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But summer is not the only time you should be wearing sunscreen. Ideally, you should wear one, especially on the face, all year round. This prevents against burns and premature aging, not to mention skin cancer. Sunscreen has gotten a bad rap for being smelly, sticky, and overall gross. While this is true for a lot of sunscreens, over the past few years, there has been a lot of innovation to make sunscreens more wearable. Some of these sunscreens are sold overseas but can be easily purchased through Amazon.
1. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Liquid Face Sunscreen SPF 50
This sunscreen from Neutrogena is a liquid all-mineral sunscreen, so not only is it lightweight, it is great for sensitive skin. It is SPF 50, so you are getting the best protection possible. This sunscreen may leave a bit of a white-cast, so if you have a darker skin type, this one might not be for you. This sunscreen is also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so it is perfect for outdoor activities and reef safe. Overall, this is a great option to wear on the face and body every day to protect your skin. Be sure to pick this up at Target for $11.99.
2. Walgreens Clear Zinc SPF50 Lotion
This Walgreens sunscreen is great because it is extremely cheap, effective, and lightweight. At only $4.19 for 4 ounces, this is an extremely cost-effective option to protect your skin all year round. Upon application, it looks like it would leave a white cast, but after 5 minutes, it dissipates. This is also water-resistant for 80 minutes. For the filters, this sunscreen uses Zinc Oxide and Octocrylene, so it is also safe for sensitive skin and reef safe. For how cheap this sunscreen is, it is a steal, especially if you want to make this your everyday sunscreen. This sunscreen is available at Walgreens.
3. Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence – SPF 50+ PA++++
For those of you who absolutely cannot stand the smell, texture, and feel of American sunscreens, this sunscreen is for you. This Japanese sunscreen is ultra-lightweight without sacrificing protection. It uses Octinoxate, Uvinul T150, Uvinul A Plus, and Tinosorb S to achieve an SPF 50+, PA ++++ rating. For those who are not familiar, the PA rating measures the protection against UVA rays, the rays responsible for skin aging, and skin cancer, but not necessarily burning. PA++++ is the highest rating possible in Japan, so this sunscreen provides great UVA protection. However, with fragrance and alcohol, this sunscreen may not be the best for sensitive skin. Be sure to try this via Amazon Prime for $15.90.
4. Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Another great sunscreen sensitive skin, this sunscreen is all mineral and reef safe. This sunscreen is especially great for the face as it is tinted. With three shades, Fair to Light, Medium to Tan, and Rich to Deep, this sunscreen can double as a BB cream. With Shea Butter and Squalane, you can also skip the moisturizer for adequate hydration. Perfect for sensitive skin and water-resistant, this sunscreen is a great option for only $13.99 on Amazon Prime.
5. PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++
This sunscreen is a cult-favorite import from Korea, and for good reason. It is often compared to a lightweight cream moisturizer and that’s exactly how it feels. Despite the light texture, this sunscreen is still SPF 50+, PA++++. This sunscreen also contains centella asiatica extract, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, so it is ultra-soothing and hydrating. Its only filters are Uvinul T150 and Uvinul A Plus, so it is safe for sensitive skin, along with being fragrance-free. This wonderful everyday sunscreen is available on Amazon Prime for only $15.90.
6. PURITO Comfy Water Sun Block SPF50+ PA++++
Another K-beauty favorite from Purito, this sunscreen is a SUPERHERO for ultra-sensitive skin. As an all mineral sunscreen, this poses virtually no risk for those with extremely sensitive skin. While most mineral sunscreens can leave a rather noticeable cast, this specific formula is ultra-lightweight by using 70% water. As a result, this innovative sunscreen is white-cast free. Also including niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and no fragrance, this is a no brainer for achieving high protection with little risk. Try this for $22 on Amazon Prime.
7. Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 PA+++
This lightweight cream can take the place of your daytime moisturizer. With an SPF 40 PA+++ rating, it provides adequate everyday protection. With Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate being used as filters, it may not be the best for sensitive skin. At $38, this is a pricier option, but if you are replacing your moisturizer with this, it may be the same difference. Purchase at Sephora or Supergoop.com.
8. ROHTO Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel SPF 50+ PA++++
This sunscreen from Japan is a favorite for lightweight protection in a gel formulation. Featuring collagen, hyaluronic acid, and amino acids, this is an ultra-hydrating sunscreen with high protection. For those with acne, this sunscreen will likely pose no problems, as it has no pore-clogging ingredients. Octinoxate, Uvinul T150, and Tinosorb S filters provide great UVA protection. It is also fragrance-free, but for those with alcohol sensitives, this is not the sunscreen for you. Overall, with its refreshing feel, you will have no problem reapplying this sunscreen throughout the day. Try this for $18.19 on Amazon Prime.
9. Up & Up Kids’ Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
This sunscreen is the most cost-effective on the list. At $8.99 for 16oz, you are getting a massive amount of sunscreen for a small cost. The convenient pump bottle makes this a great option for the body. With an all mineral and fragrance-free formula, this is also a great option for sensitive skin. You can pick this up at Target.
10. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
For fans of the lightweight gel texture, this is one of the few American sunscreens that match the consistency of Japanese sunscreens. It is a light gel-cream that leaves no cast. However, this is not for those with sensitive skin, as the formula includes fragrance, alcohol, and all chemical filters. Despite this, it is a great option for acne-prone skin. You can purchases this at Target for $9.99.