Ask any dermatologist, makeup artist or beauty expert and they’re all going to tell you the same thing: Never leave the house without sunscreen! And yes, even in winter. While the sun makes life on this planet possible, UV radiation is bad news for our skin. This is why it’s very important to make sunscreen application (and re-application every two hours) a habit as majority of the photodamage our skin endures is a result of ordinary day-to-day activities. But even with the threat of hyperpigmentation, photoaging, or worse, skin cancer, sunscreens still don’t get the love they deserve for different reasons: they’re greasy, sticky or unwieldy. Lucky for us, sunscreen formulas have come a long way (How long? Here’s a quick history lesson.) A new breed of sun protection are hitting the shelves and they come in all shapes, sizes and formulations. It’s time to bid those icky days adieu and say hello to the coolest sunscreens on the block!
A handy, broad spectrum sun protection without the grease and the mess. This water-resistant face stick is specially designed for smooth application and no-fuss touch-ups—perfect for weekend picnics and beach trips with kids who can’t stay still!
This on-the-go complexion perfector instantly blurs pores and fine lines with light-diffusing powders as it hydrates, smoothes and provides broad-spectrum SPF 45 protection! That’s a lot of beauty benefits from this one tiny stick. And did we mention that it’s water-resistant too for up to 80 minutes?
What’s better than finding the right lipstick shade that perfectly matches your skin tone and personality? It’s finding one that gives your kissers a vibrant pop of color while protecting it from sun damage and dehydration. True to its name, the all-natural Lip C.P.R. breathes new life to your lipstick game with its all-in-one formula: zinc oxide to protect from harmful UV rays, botanical extracts to hydrate and moisturize, konjac root to reduce fine lines and stevia to add a hint of sweetness.
MDSolarSciences MD Creme Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 UVA-UVB is one of those all-encompassing skin staples your probably never want to go without. Lightweight and silky-smooth to the touch, each application instantly conceals imperfections, controls shine and enhances skin tone for a perfectly polished, matte complexion. Packed with natural mineral UV filters and antioxidants, including vitamin C and E, this water-resistant, lightly whipped formula helps defend your skin against environmental damage and photo-aging.
A multitasking mist with a unique 3-in-1 formula, this weightless setting mist preserves your morning makeup, helps control oil and shine and amps up your skin’s defenses against harmful UV rays. Its lightweight formula make re-application a breeze, leaving you with refreshed and protected skin all day. Had too much fun in the sun? This mist also comes infused with cooling mint and antioxidant-rich rosemary to soothe sunburnt skin!
If you’ve ever felt guilty for wearing your favorite lipstick and leaving your puckers unprotected from the sun, fret no more. This clear top coat adds instant UV protection to your signature shades, enhancing it with a soft gloss and leaving a water-resistant finish. It’s infused with antioxidant-rich grape extract and moisturizing sunflower oil to give your lips complete protection from sun damage and dehydration.
This loose mineral powder—featuring red seaweed extracts, vitamins and amino acids that keep skin healthy and radiant—does double-duty as SPF and finishing powder. It comes in four natural tints, leaving you with an even complexion while offering advanced UVA/UVB protection. With its self-dispensing portable applicator and water-resistant formula, it’s the perfect sunscreen to keep handy for quick touch-ups when traveling and on-the-go. Check out the rest of our favorite powder sunscreens.
Formulated with a potent blend of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and natural caramel, this body sunscreen hydrates, nourishes and protects your skin from the sun while imparting a natural-looking glow.
We all know that too much sun exposure is the worst thing that could happen to colored locks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your picture-perfect mermaid hair to the beach. This lightweight mist has a color-preserving formula that blocks UV rays to protect hair from photodamage and casts a protective shield against the dehydrating effects of chlorine and salt water. It’s infused with sunflower, calendula and sweet almond extracts and shea butter for soft, shiny and luscious hair—even while under the sun!