Our Favorite Sheer Sunscreens That Won’t Leave Behind Visible ResidueOctober 05, 2023
Everyone knows that a broad-spectrum sunscreen is an essential last step in a well-rounded morning skincare routine, regardless of the season. But just because it’s necessary, doesn’t mean it’s without a few minor annoyances. Plenty of sunscreens can leave your skin feeling or looking greasy, or may leave behind a visible residue. Luckily, there are now way more options of sheer, lightweight SPF formulas to choose from. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sheer sunscreens that you’ll actually look forward to applying each day.
Our Favorite Sheer Sunscreens
Looking for a multitasking sunscreen that you can use on both your face and your body? Try this sheer formula from CeraVe. The brands’ only mineral-chemical hybrid formula, this sunscreen helps protect your skin from UV damage rays while delivering lasting hydration that leaves your skin feeling smooth and supple.
If you’re sensitive to the feeling of greasy, heavy sunscreens on your skin, you’ll love the lightweight fluid formula of the SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50. It has a matte finish and dries quickly without leaving behind any residue.
This sunscreen doubles as an anti-aging lotion, thanks to an antioxidant complex in the formula that helps protect your skin from harmful free radicals. Water resistant for up to 80 minutes, this sunscreen is going to be a mainstay in our beach bag this summer.
The invisible, non-greasy texture of this fluid sunscreen from L’Oréal Paris blends well with all skin tones and easily absorbs into your skin. Formulated with vitamins C and E, it offers protection against free radicals. When used with other sun protection measures, it helps reduce the risk of early signs of skin aging.
Another anti-aging option, the Anthelios UV Correct Face Sunscreen is made with antioxidants and niacinamide to help correct uneven skin tone, fine lines and rough skin texture. It has a sheer finish that blends seamlessly into all skin tones and it’s one of our go-to picks for mature skin.
Use this lightweight, easily-absorbed sunscreen from Kiehl’s to minimize the appearance of early signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive, it helps protect skin against UV rays, pollution and free radicals.
This sunscreen is a bit of a splurge, but it’s a high-end, advanced-technology lotion with broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
With an irresistible velvety texture, this cult-favorite sunscreen from Supergoop! leaves your skin with a natural-looking dewy finish that’s perfect for summer. Pro tip: This formula also works well as a makeup-gripping primer.
Dubbed the “sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen” by the brand, Glossier’s Invisible Shield Sunscreen has a water-gel texture that feels more like a serum than a sun lotion. It offers SPF 35 sun protection.
We’ll admit that the bright, sunshine-yellow packaging was what first drew us to this sunscreen from Starface. However, this invisible gel SPF is a great non-comedogenic option for breakout-prone skin — and it’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes.