I may earn a little money through the links on this page (at no cost to you), but I only recommend products I love. Promise. Click here for more info.
Sunscreen is not just for Summertime…
Applying a layer of SPF to our faces daily is arguably the most important step in our skincare routine, according to dermatologists. Yet it is often overlooked as many believe that applying sunscreen to your face before your makeup will cause the makeup to slide off.
This is, happily, not so.
Here are five sunscreens that will not only protect your skin, but give it an extra boost (while looking great under your makeup).
Bottom line, it is the simplest and least expensive anti-aging method around so don’t skip it.
Best Overall: EltaMD UV Clear Sunscreen SPF 46
Buy on Amazon | $33
This is a top pick among dermatologists, mine included, and my all time favorite. It is incredibly light, oil-free, and completely unscented. In addition to being rich in antioxidants, it also includes niacinamide, a vitamin B3 derivative with anti-inflammatory properties that can fight breakouts. This makes it a solid choice for all skin types.
It absorbs quickly and works perfectly under a CC or BB cream or a foundation. Extra bonus: it is available in a tinted version as well, for days when makeup just isn’t happening.
Best for Sensitive Skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Face Sunscreen SPF 60
Buy on Amazon | $20
This light, oil-free sunscreen from La Roche-Posay packs major UVA/UVB protection with SPF 60. It is rich in antioxidants that nourish skin while leaving a matte finish, thanks to its unique oil-absorbing complex that anyone who hates feeling (or looking) greasy will love. And it is perfect for those with sensitive skin as this beauty is free from any parabens, oxybenzone, or fragrances.$20 Off Any Buffy Product with code SOFT20
Best for Extra Glow: Tatcha Silken Pore-Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 35
Buy on Amazon | $65
I am a big fan of Tatcha’s products and this sunscreen really hits the mark. It is lightweight and won’t clog your pores, and with an SPF 35 it provides decent protection. But the best part? Its Japanese wild rose helps shrink the appearance of pores while Hadasei-3, a bioactive complex comprised of rice, green tea, and algae, reinvigorates the skin for a dewy, glowing finish.
Best for Dry Skin: Coola Organic Classic Face Sunscreen SPF 50
Buy on Amazon | $32
If you have dry skin, this is the sunscreen for you. It is loaded with antioxidants, aloe juice, grape seed oil, and other plant-based moisturizers that help the skin repair itself. But despite its rich formula, it has an incredibly lightweight, silky feel and wears beautifully under your makeup. All this with an SPF of 50!
Best for Anyone on a Budget: CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
Buy on Amazon | $15
This is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a solid daily moisturizer that will protect your skin without breaking the bank. The ultra-light formula has a hyaluronic acid base, so it’ll moisturize your skin as well as protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. It absorbs quickly and wears well under makeup, and its non-comedogenic formula makes it perfect for all skin types.
Looking for more skincare tips? Check out the top eye creams here!