9 Dermatologist-Approved Sunscreens (from $17 to $69)
Just as we’d ask a professional chef for cooking tips and a yoga instructor for their fave mats, when we’re searching for a new sunscreen, there are few people more qualified to dole out recommendations than dermatologists. That’s why we checked in with five derms to share their favorite SPFs (at varying prices from $17 to $69). And while we have you: Don’t forget to reapply!
1. EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
This bestselling sunscreen comes recommended by not one, not two, but three dermatologists we spoke to. Formulated with zinc oxide, it protects against both UVA and UVB rays without causing any irritation or clogging your pores.
Board-certified dermatologists Marisa Garshick and Muneeb Shah tell us it’s an especially great option for those with acne-prone skin. As Garshick explains, “It contains lactic acid, which can help unclog the pores, as well as hyaluronic acid, which helps to moisturize the skin. This is especially important if someone is using acne treatments, as they tend to be drying, and it’s important to avoid drying the skin out too much.” And as board-certified dermatologist Alicia Zalka and founder of Surface Deep puts it: “This sunscreen fulfills my dreams!”
2. Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Mineral Sunscreen
This lightweight sunscreen combines zinc oxide with a blend of antioxidants and peptides to tackle existing sun damage, while protecting against further UV damage. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Corey L. Hartman and founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL, tells us that this is his go-to recommendation for all skin types. As he explains, “It’s a lightweight emulsion that delivers moisture and mineral zinc oxide for a chemical-free, physical sunscreen that eliminates the possibility of allergy.” In short, it won’t irritate your skin.
3. CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint SPF 30
Let us count the reasons we love CeraVe’s sunscreen: It’s a mineral formula, it gives great coverage and it provides the moisture we didn’t realize we needed in an SPF (thanks to a blend of ceramides that work to restore your skin’s natural barrier). Dr. Shah is also a fan because it comes in tinted and non-tinted forms and is fragrance-free, making it great option for people with sensitive skin.
4. SkinBetter Sunbetter Sheer Sunscreen Stick
For folks who prefer their sunscreen in stick form, this option from SkinBetter Science is a no-brainer. “It’s a novel formulation that’s invisible on all skin tones,” shares Hartman. “It’s also great for reapplication on the go and works well on dry and oily skin,” he adds.
5. Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
If you’ve been traumatized by chalky sunscreens in the past, it’s time to give powdered SPF a go. This sheer mineral formula is easily applied thanks to the retractable brush top (so there’s no excuse not to re-apply). It also offers blue light protection and won’t mess up your makeup. “The unique applicator makes putting on sun protection a joy. No mess, no drips, no white chalky residue. You don’t even know you’re wearing it,” says Zalka.
6. Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
“This is the strongest sunscreen I have ever used,” raves board-certified dermatologist Lily Talakoub, founder of McLean Dermatology and the beauty app Derm to Door. “With 17 percent titanium dioxide, this pure mineral option has no chemical screens and is completely water resistant so it stays on your skin whether you’re swimming, running or just hanging out. Dr. Talakoub adds, “This sunscreen is ideal for those who have melasma, hyperpigmentation and sunspots because it truly offers physical protection from the sun.”
7. TiZO Photoceutical AM Replenish SPF 40
Another favorite of Dr. Hartman’s is this TiZO sunscreen, which combines zinc oxide with vitamins C and E for an added dose of antioxidants. On top of that, Dr. Hartman appreciates this formula because it contains ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier and maximize moisturization. Never a bad thing, you know?
8. SkinKure Tinted Oil-Free Mineral SPF 50
This mineral sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection against harmful rays and helps brighten any discoloration, blemishes and uneven skin tone. As Talakoub tells us, “This fits every skin type and gives you a glow instead of leaving a white shadow on your skin. Its magical.”
9. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50
Right up there with EltaMD in terms of beloved sunscreen brands is La Roche-Posay. This particular formula is a favorite of Garshick, who praises its fast-absorbing lightweight texture, easy application, antioxidant protection and matte finish (making it a great option for those with combination skin).