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Good old-fashioned SPF is a must. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for products that will leave your skin greasy and sticky. Luckily, we’ve found five formulas that are equal parts protective, lightweight and sheer. Yep, you can totally call us a lifesaver.

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Elizabeth Arden

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF 50

Calling all skin-care obsessives: This high-tech formula combines a potent blend of antioxidants (like green tea and ferulic acid) that, when combined with its hefty dose of SPF 50, protects skin from all of the elements we face on a daily basis (including the ones we can’t see—like pollution). In terms of texture and finish, we’d say this one wears like a tinted moisturizer: super hydrating with a subtle hint of color.

Elizabeth Arden ($68)

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Sephora

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Tint SPF 50

Start things off right with a foundation that not only blocks UV rays but also protects against free radicals, smog and pollution to preserve your summer glow year-round.

Clarins ($45)

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Dermstore

Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

This powder makes it easy to keep your SPF intact, thanks to its retractable brush that dispenses sheer mineral sunscreen onto your skin in a few passes. Plus, it’s exceptionally lightweight, giving your skin room to breathe. 

Colorescience ($64)

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Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville Uncomplikated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray

Not into lotions? Use this UV-blocking mist as a finishing step to keep your makeup from melting and your skin from burning. Reapply throughout the day for a fine finish without any signs of a thick, cakey feel.

Kate Somerville ($38)

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Amazon

Make P:rem Moisturizing Sun Block SPF 50

We had friends of all skin tones try this sun gel and the verdict was the same: “Whoa, what is this stuff?” Followed by, “It actually disappears when I put it on.” The clear formula absorbs within seconds of applying and the serum-like consistency feels refreshing on skin.

Make P:rem ($24)

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