It is officially summer and that means it’s time for me to resume my unofficial job as the sunscreen police. The sun is out, bikinis are on, and I am seeing way too many bottles of tanning oil with much too little SPF (is SPF 3 even a thing?). While it seems like everyone is after a bronzed bod come summer, us beauty lovers know better than to bake for hours in the sun without an SPF above 3, or 15 for that matter. While it seems simple enough — wear sunscreen — not all sun tan lotions are created equal, making the whole sun protection thing a bit more difficult. Luckily, my pale skin and I have tried every sunscreen on the market (okay, not every, but a lot), and I have found what I believe to be the most effective broad-spectrum sunscreens out there. From UV protecting hair serums to all natural suntan lotions and SPF induced makeup, I’ve compiled the best sunscreens for summer. Simply scroll down to see the lotions, sprays, and powders that made the cut.
All Natural SPF
Pratima | Neem Rose Face Sunscreen SPF 30 | $36
Pratima’s all natural spray sunscreen is great for even the most sensitive of skin.
Radical Skincare | Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 | $55
Radical Skincare’s SPF works just as well as a UV filter as it does a makeup primer.
Colorscience | Loose Mineral Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 | $25
This UVA and UVB powder is great for daily use as well as on-the-go sunscreen touchups.
All Skin Types SPF
Elta MD | UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 | $32
Elta MD’s broad-spectrum sunscreen is suitable for all skin types, whether sensitive or acne-prone.
COOLA | Sport Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 | $32
Not only does Coola’s Sport Spray smell amazing (think creamy coconuts and juicy pineapple), it is also easy to apply, water-resistant up to 40 minutes, and best of all, 70% organic.
Face & Body SPF
La Roche-Posay | Anthelios 60 Face & Body Melt Sunscreen | $36
If you’re looking for a sunscreen for both face and body, look no further than La Roche-Posay’s antioxidant rich UVA/UVB formula.
Neutrogena | Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30 | $11
Neutrogena’s Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock might just be my favorite drugstore SPF, as it is both cheap and effective.
Shiseido | Ultimate Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ | $40
Shiseido’s face and body formula is light, absorbable, water-resistant, and smells like paradise in a bottle.
Wave Spray + SPF
Oribe | Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray | $39
Beach waves + sunscreen = perfection
Aveda | ‘Sun Care’ Protective Hair Veil | $28
Lightweight, full of vitamins, and 100% organic, this hair sunscreen is a poolside must.
Hair & Body SPF
Clarins | Sunscreen Care Oil Spray SPF 30 for Skin & Hair | $36
This waterproof UVA/UVB spray is a non-greasy oil that protects both hair and skin from the sun’s harsh rays.
Frizz Tamer + SPF
Fekkai | Pre Soleil Hair Mist | $16
Fekkai’s shine boosting hair sunscreen is both a UV filter as well as a frizz tamer, what more could you ask for?
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