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Keep Skin Safe This Summer with These Facial Sunscreens

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As the weather begins to warm up and you spend more time outside, it’s important to ensure that you have a high-quality sunscreen to protect your skin from potential sun damage. Adding a sunscreen to your skincare routine is a simple step you should not overlook. There are many options out there and you may not know where to start. But we’ve got you covered!

Here are eight facial sunscreens that will protect your skin this summer.

CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen

CeraVe’s Hydrating Sunscreen Face Sheer Tint is a tinted sunscreen that covers up minor imperfections while protecting skin from the sun. With a sheer, natural finish, the oil-free cream provides a healthy glow with no leftover residue. It also helps soothe skin, keeps it moisturized and blends will all skin tones.

Promising review from Ulta: Sandy says, “I received a sample of this from a dermatologist and have been hooked on it ever since. It goes on creamy and blurs out my imperfections like a filter. It also makes my face feel smooth while it protects me from the sun.”

Innisfree Daily Defense Sunscreen

The Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36 from Innisfree is lightweight, hydrating and soothing. Its water-based formula not only protects skin from sun damage, but it nourishes and reduces signs of irritation as well. Not to mention, it’s free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates.

Promising review from Sephora: Mary says, “I LOVE this. It feels great on the skin and rubs in really easily with no white cast. It doesn’t make me feel oily even when layered with my daily moisturizer.”

Tula Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel

Another sunscreen customers swear by is the Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Gel Broad Spectrum SPF 30 from Tula. Formulated with probiotic extracts, pineapple and papaya, the non-greasy sunscreen strengthens the skin’s barrier, smooths texture and evens skin tones all while protecting from the sun.

Promising review from Ulta: Ali says, “I truly think I found my new favorite product ever. If you LOVE a super glowy, dewy skin look, this. Is. It. It doesn’t feel like sunscreen; it’s more of a dewy primer. I love it both under makeup and on no makeup days.”

Unsun Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen

The Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen from Unsun is all you need for a day outside. The 100% mineral formula is a sunscreen, primer and color corrector all in one. It’s made for a wide range of skin tones and will minimize pores and add moisture. Not to mention, it’s cruelty-free and reef-safe!

Promising review from Unsun: Abby says, “I absolutely love this product. I have been searching for a tinted mineral, and I’m so happy to have found this! It wears great and protects my skin without causing breakouts.”

Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion

Black Girl Sunscreen’s Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is made for melanated skin and protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Its sheer formula also helps with signs of aging, hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Made with jojoba, cacao and avocado, the lightweight base is truly a skin saver.

Promising review from Ulta: Bea says, “I know sunblock is important for protection against skin cancer, but I hated using it because as a POC. I hated the white film that it left behind that made me look like a ghost! With this, a little goes a long way and now I get excited to put it on!”

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen

The Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 from Supergoop! is another sunscreen worth adding to your skincare routine. Formulated for all skin types, the weightless gel works as a primer to target fine lines, pores and uneven texture while protecting from the sun. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, reef-safe and gluten-free!

Promising review from Sephora: Casandra says, “This is a total game changer! It has completely helped clear up my skin. I feel like other SPFs would clog my pores and leave a cast. But this has reduced my clogged pores, applies well with makeup and leaves me glowy.”

Coola Sun Silk Drops

Coola’s Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 protects skin against signs of aging and pollution along with digital overexposure. Its lightweight, serum-like formula is great for balancing and hydrating skin while defending it from sun damage. And it’s free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates.

Promising review from Sephora: Marina says, “This is the best sunscreen I’ve used in years. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t leave that dreadful white mask like most sunscreens do. It also gives a light silky glow to your skin. The formula doesn’t break apart my foundation either.”

Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen

Last but not least, the Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen from Glossier is everything. Made with SPF 35, the lightweight, water-gel formula helps prevent sunburn while acting as a serum that pairs well with makeup and instantly absorbs into skin. Not to mention, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review from Glossier: Kate says, “This sunscreen is amazing. It doesn’t leave a residue, it doesn’t peel or flake off, and it feels so good on my skin! I’ll be buying this forever.”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which sunscreens do you swear by? Share with us below!

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.