Stocking up on sunscreen is a summer tradition from coast to coast. Now that the FDA has passed new label regulations, those familiar bottles won’t be able to tout words like “sunblock” and “waterproof,” which made products seem more powerful than they actually were (after all, no lotion blocks the sun entirely or is completely impervious to water). On the flip side, plenty of beneficial ingredients have been added to sunscreens lately that help boost their beautifying abilities. Click through for our top 9 sunscreen picks, plus check out today’s beauty secret.
The want: A makeup primer that doubles as sunscreen
The get: Developed by dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB Protection ($65) is a zinc and titanium dioxide cream that shields the rays while also smoothing the skin so foundation glides on easily.
The want: A SPF lotion that won’t cause break-outs
The get: Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Liquid Lotion ($10) is formulated with stabilized Helioplex for broad spectrum protection along with a botanical form of salicylic acid to help keep acne-prone skin in the clear.
The want: An option for ultra-sensitive skin
The get: Mustela’s High Protection Sun Lotion SPF 50 ($16) is a 100% mineral sunscreen that’s fragrance free and hypoallergenic to minimize any possible flare-ups. It’s also infused with natural plant extracts, like aloe vera, to soothe touchy skin.
The want: Sun protection that can be applied over makeup
The get: Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Instant Mineral SPF 45 ($32) is a translucent powder that imparts immediate UVA/UVB protection (no waiting 30 minutes for it to dry), along with a dusting of youth-enhancing peptides and vitamins.
The want: A quick and easy spray that won’t rub off
The get: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 30 Ultra Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 30 ($36) is a genius, high-tech body mist that provides full spectrum coverage and can withstand wear-off from water and sweat for 80 minutes.
The want: A sunscreen for city living
The get: Clarins UV Plus HP SPF 40 Day Screen Tint Mineral Moisturizer ($40) is boosted with a patented anti-pollution complex and powerful antioxidants to fight free radical damage that can weaken DNA.
The want: Extra protection for the eyes that doesn’t sting
The get: Designed to act as a powerful anti-aging eye cream and SPF in one, Soleil Organique Environmental Defense Eye Therapy SPF 15 ($70) contains a bevy of natural red algae, vitamins C and E and bisabolol to ward off UV damage and wrinkles.
The want: A solution for sun-exposed hair
The get: Fekkai’s After Sun Daily Mask ($25) can actually be applied before or after time spent outdoors. Its nourishing sunflower extract is a natural UV protectant (just don’t forget the hat).
The want: A stick SPF for lips and tricky spots, like ears
The get: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick ($10) is contoured to neatly wrap around small surface areas, absorbs without a sticky residue, and is free of chemicals, like parabens, so you can apply it liberally on little ones, too.