With summer right around the corner, it’s time to stock up on SPF to keep your skin safe and healthy under the summer sun. Wearing an SPF is one of the single most important aspects of a good skin care routine, since skin health is virtually meaningless without protection from the sun’s powerful and harmful rays. That said, an SPF is not something that is exclusive to the summer months, as your skin is exposed to sunlight year-round. So even in winter you should still be applying sunscreen daily.
Whether you prefer a chemical or a mineral sunscreen (read about the differences between the two here), it’s never too late to start lathering on the SPF. Below we’ve listed ten of our favorite and most popular sunscreen products for 2019, in no particular order.
Elta MD: Broad Spectrum SPF
When it comes to sunscreens, Elta MD has it down. This mineral, chemical-free sunscreen comes in a variety of strengths and types to suit every lifestyle--whether you’re looking for something that will stay put when you’re active outdoors or for just a little protection on a more laid back (or office) day.
This ultra gentle sunscreen also contains ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid to treat blemishes, nourish, and slough off dead skin cells without irritating the skin underneath. With EltaMD you get it all; not only do you get sun protection, but you also get top quality skin care targeting various skin care concerns as well.
Coola: Classic Sport Mango
Coola is one of our favorite sunscreen brands because their farm-to-face products are loaded with wonderful ingredients that are meant to nourish and heal the skin in addition to protecting it from the sun. Perfect for working out, beach days, and taking a dip in the pool, it’s also water resistant for up to 80 minutes. This classic sport SPF is guaranteed to target and fight the signs of aging from sun exposure—plus it smells amazing!
Obagi Medical: Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50
What we love about this mineral sunscreen is that it applies beautifully and never leaves a greasy residue while protecting against UVA & UVB rays. Formulated with zinc and titanium, Sun Shield is a lightweight, oil-free, fragrance-free, PABA-free, non-comedogenic, non-irritating sunscreen suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
When you add in the fact that it contains ceramides to help repair and restore the skin’s protective barrier, and Vitamin B derivative, niacnamide, which helps support natural ceramides and fatty acids, you’ve got wonderful sun protection and amazing skin care all in one bottle!
Jane Iredale: Dream Tint SPF Tinted Moisturizer
This all-in-one product from Jane Iredale is a favorite of ours because it makes getting ready simple and convenient. Since it’s tinted, it is perfect for use under makeup as a primer or alone for days you don’t feel like applying a full face. While the SPF may be lower than sport sunscreens, this mineral-based product is great for everyday use because its lightweight formula hydrates and moisturizes the skin while protecting it from the sun. And it’s also water resistant!
Lab Series: Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 For Men
Men need to protect themselves from the sun, too. Lab Series is the perfect way for men to introduce skincare products into their daily routine. In particular, their Daily Moisture Defense lotion can help combat signs of aging, protect against day-to-day exposure to free radicals (things like smoke and pollution that can put toxins into the skin) and moisturize dry skin. Lab Series knows that men want to take care of their skin, so they made it easy by combining sun protection and skin care all in one amazing lotion.
MD Solar Sciences:
Anyone who prefers mineral sunscreen should definitely give MD Solar Sciences a try. These lightweight products offer high protection against the sun’s harmful rays and don’t leave a greasy residue or white lines, both of which can be common to mineral SPFs. It’s also water resistant up to 80 minutes, making it great for days in the sun or heavy activity.
Neocutis: Journee Bio Restorative Day Cream
This multifunctional cream may be labeled as a sunscreen, but it’s so much more than that. A powerful combination of antioxidants like green tea and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid moisturize and nourish the skin while protecting it against free-radicals in the air. The best part? You only have to apply it once a day to achieve glowing skin while fighting against sun damage.
Neostrata: Matrix Support SPF 30
When we talk about chemical sunscreens offering more benefits than mineral sunscreens to go beyond just protecting from the sun, we’ve got products like Neostrata’s Matrix Support SPF in mind. This multi-purpose skin care product is designed to repair the skin’s matrix support structure, making the skin appear more plump and luminous due to increases in natural collagen production. Matrix Support really does it all!
Who better to come up with the perfect SPF than a bunch of surfers? The makers behind Sun Bum created the brand because they love spending time in the surf & sun, and doing that means taking extra precautions for their skin. Sun Bum also makes delicious smelling lip balms with SPF in them, because your lips need protection from the sun as well to stay soft and supple.
Supergoop: Unseen Sunscreen
This cult-favorite product comes in cute packaging—but that doesn’t take away from how great it is as a product. Sometimes you really can judge a great book by its cover, and the Unseen Sunscreen is truly amazing. This ultra sheer sunscreen goes on smoothly and blends in beautifully. Plus, it keeps winning awards because it protects against the sun’s harmful rays (and against blue light that gets emitted from electronic devices) without compromising its quality as a skin care product.