10 Of The Best Sunscreens To Wear All Year Long

Heads up: here’s what happens when you don’t wear sunscreen. 1. Your skin may burn. 2. You’ll likely get more and more moles and freckles. 3. Wrinkles will surface prematurely. And 4. You’ll put yourself at risk of skin cancer.

This all may sound like scare-mongering, but they’re the facts as we know them. Any unprotected time in the sun, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, puts your skin at risk of damage. In fact, a massive 90 percent of skin damage is caused by exposure to the sun. Skin cancer is also the most common form of cancer in the US. And the fact that less than 10 percent of Americans apply sunscreen on a daily basis is not helping its cause. You do the math.

The good news is wearing a daily medical-grade, broad-spectrum sunscreen – yes, even on cloudy days – goes a long way in helping protect your skin from almost all of those damaging UV rays.

Worried about the thick, gloopy nature of sunscreens? Afraid it’ll block your pores or leave your skin looking like it was smeared in ashy, white lotion? Well, don’t. These next generation, worth-their-weight-in-gold sunscreens not only offer your skin all the protection it needs, but they’ll give you all the feels.

1. Alastin Skincare HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

This hard-working tinted moisturizer that also acts like a broad-spectrum sunscreen is like winning the beauty jackpot. For real. Not too rich, but not too mattifying this all-encompassing skin treatment ticks all the boxes for most skin types with its natural tint and antioxidant-rich formulation. A must for your daily skincare plan.

2. Neocutis Prism+ SPF 43

With an impressive broad-spectrum protection of SPF 43, plus up to 80 minutes of water-resistance, Prism+ may be the perfect beach companion, but it’s also a good all-year-rounder. It’s formulated with non-whitening zinc oxide, plus octinoxate and octisalate to provide the benefits of both chemical and physical protection. More importantly, you’ll never know you’re wearing it.

3. Coola Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer Sunscreen SPF 30

If you don’t want to give up your favorite moisturizer, this sun protective primer could be right up your alley. Sheer and super-lightweight it contains all manner of effective antioxidants, including white lily and honeysuckle, plus it’s preservative-free, vegan and reef-friendly. Big thumbs up.

4. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50

Paraben-free and chemical-filter-free, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense is an almost weightless, physical sunscreen with a super-high UVA and UVB protection to suit even the most sun sensitive of complexions. Best applied over your daily moisturizer, its one-color-suits-all tint provides just the right level of radiance to work with or without foundation. We prefer it without, in case you were wondering.

5. SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF35

Containing brown spot-reducing vitamin C as an added bonus, this mineral sunscreen offers unbeatable UVA protection, plus an SPF of 35 for fighting off those just-as-damaging UVB rays. A great one for sensitive or post-procedure skin, its gentle, oil-free formulation promises not to block your pores and will you safely protected for hours.

6. PCA Skin Sheer Tint Body Broad Spectrum SPF 30

OK, so your whole body might not need full-on sun protection when you’re in your winter knits and panty hose, but certain parts may still be susceptible from UV radiation. Think hands, neck, décolletage and so on. Make sure these areas don’t age you up before your time by keeping them protected all year long with this non-aerosol, tinted spray.

7. ZO Skin Health Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

If UV protection just doesn’t cut it in your books, then this multi-protection sunscreen is exactly the right choice for your skincare plan. It not only contains an exclusive ZOX12 complex, to help protect skin from IR-A (infrared) rays, but fractionated melanin also provide protection against HEV (high-energy visible) light. That’s the stuff your phone, laptop and/or iPad is guilty of emitting, btw.

8. Jan Marini Skin Research Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant Broad Spectrum SPF 33

This gem of a sunscreen combines hyaluronic acid for hydration, as well as antioxidants such as phytomelanin and beta gluca 1, 3, microscopic oil-control sponges and water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen. It has benefits for all skin types – whether you’re super-parched or very oily – and is perfect for year-round protection.

9. Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

By blending the powers of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide a big-hitting SPF50 within an easy-to-apply powder, this baby delivers essential sun protection with zero greasy mess. Plus, it’s so cute and convenient you will actually want to reapply it all day long.

10. EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

Lips. One must never forget the lips. The skin on your lips is extremely thin and super-vulnerable to sunburn due to a shortage of melanin and lack of sweat glands. That’s why you should always include a broad-spectrum, moisturizing lip balm in your skincare arsenal. But not just any. This medical-grade, derm-approved one will do nicely.