Drugstore Sunscreens to Stock Up on for Summer
PSA: Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen. We don’t just say it for fun, we mean it with every ounce of our skin-loving being. Slathering on SPF — in rain or shine — and reapplying every two hours is the number-one, must-do step in your skin-care routine. Applying a quality sunscreen every AM will not only help prevent painful burns, but it's also one of the best products for the prevention for signs of aging (read: dark spots, wrinkles and leather-like skin). Adding an amazing SPF to your skin-care stash doesn’t have to break the bank either. From options that are super lightweight and double as a face moisturizer to tinted formulas and ones perfect for sensitive skin, we’re rounding up our editors’ favorite sunscreens that are available at the drugstore, ahead.
If you like to keep your skin-care routine short and efficient, this Vichy option is the perfect choice. It’s a facial sunscreen and anti-aging moisturizer in one. Formulated with vitamin C and phyto peptides, it addresses the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, dullness and firmness — all while brightening and hydrating the skin.
Calling all burn-prone people! La Roche-Posay has your face and body covered. This SPF 100 option is good for anyone with super sensitive skin. Even though it provides intense protection, the formula remains lightweight and non-greasy. Just make sure to apply the product at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
This CeraVe tinted sunscreen with SPF 30 will give you a nice glowy base (great for summer!) that can be worn alone or under foundation. It has a sheer, universal tint that works on all skin tones, feels lightweight and is blendable. Plus, it’s oxybenzone-, paraben-, fragrance- and chemical filter-free.
For those with mature skin types, we love this option from the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect line. Infused with imperial peony, the moisturizer and sunscreen duo is designed to revive dull skin and give you a brighter, more youthful-looking complexion. The hydrating formula will not only make your face feel softer and smoother, but the SPF 30 will also help protect you from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays.
During the summer heat, we love using a lightweight BB cream to even out our skin tone and provide a dewy finish. One of our current go-to formulas is this BB cream from Maybelline. It’s also infused with titanium dioxide to help protect our skin from the sun. Feel free to layer on another sunscreen underneath or sport this BB cream on its own.
If you have acne-prone skin but are on the search for a protective zinc sunscreen, definitely try this oil-free and non-comedogenic option from Sun Bum. Even though it has a zinc base, the product rubs on clear. It’s water-resistant and cruelty-free.
This broad-spectrum SPF 30 for face and body is specially formulated for women of color — it won’t leave any white cast behind on darker skin tones. The formula, which is infused with ingredients like avocado, jojoba oil and sunflower oil, soothes, hydrates and helps protect skin.
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