I'm a Beauty Editor & This Is the Only Sunscreen I've Repurchased Repeatedly

So hydrating, but not heavy

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Sunscreen is perhaps the only skincare product that anyone, at any age, can benefit from using. As for figuring out which one to buy? There is no one-size-fits-all answer because we all have different skin types and needs, but an overarching principle I tend to go by is "the best sunscreen is one you actually enjoy using," which is something a wise derm friend once told me. To that end, the Round Lab Birch Juice Sunscreen has been my go-to for over a year now for so many reasons, which I’ll get into below.

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How it looks straight out of the tube

Reason #1: It’s an Absolute Delight to Apply

The very first thing I noticed about the sunscreen is that it applies like a nice moisturizer. Hydrating but not heavy, you feel it absorb immediately into your skin as you rub it in, which it does with ease without leaving behind any sticky residue or a pallid cast.

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How it looks immediately after blending

Reason #2: It's Very Hydrating

It’s so hydrating, in fact, that I usually skip moisturizer when I wear this. This isn’t all that surprising once you look at the ingredient panel. Niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, a blend of amino acids, minerals and Birch Sap juice: It’s like a who’s who of skincare superstars.

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Me wearing the sunscreen with a full face of makeup

Reason #3: It Plays Well with Makeup

Because it both applies and functions like a moisturizer, it sets a nice, smooth base for anything you want to put on top—whether that’s just a touch of concealer or a full face of makeup. Either way, I haven’t run into any issues with pilling or sliding, which isn’t always the case with sunscreen.

Reason #4: It Doesn’t Cause Breakouts


  • has SPF50+ PA++++
  • absorbs well
  • moisturizing
  • no white cast
  • leaves a subtle sheen


  • a bit pricey when not on sale
  • not as easy to find in stores

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The clincher? It hasn’t broken me out once, and I have extremely acne-prone skin that’s also easily irritated. I’m guessing all those aforementioned skincare ingredients like niacinamide help keep things calm.

Bottom Line:

As of writing, I’m on my fourth or fifth tube of the stuff, which brings me to its only downside: It’s on the pricier end at $28 for just under 1.7 ounces. And at the rate that I use sunscreen (liberally, every single day, sometimes multiple times a day), I blow through it. But wouldn't you know, it appears to be on sale at the moment, so I shall pick up an extra tube before summer starts!

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...