The 10 Best Face Sunscreens That You Can Wear With Makeup
By now, you're likely well aware of how important sunscreen is for preventing skin cancer and also keeping a youthful glow—it helps your skin retain moisture and staves off wrinkles. But finding a formula that fits your lifestyle (not to mention, one you'll actually want to wear every day) is another issue. You want to choose a face sunscreen that rubs in clear, has a nice texture, sits well over or under your makeup—think: won't budge, pill, make you look excessively oily, or leave an annoying white cast—and can be reapplied throughout the day.
While some foundations and powders claim to have SPF, it's usually not enough to protect your skin. The reason? "It's likely not a high enough SPF, you're not applying enough of it, and you might not be spreading it evenly across the entire face," explains Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, a dermatologist at Modern Dermatology in Westport, Connecticut. Instead, look for a broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher and apply strips of sunscreen to two fingers, which is the ideal amount of sun protection you want for your face and neck. You can then apply your makeup on top of you sunscreen.
Understanding the types of sunscreen—mineral or chemical—is also important, so that you can pick the right one for you, and use it correctly. Mineral sunscreens contain ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, while chemical SPFs have ingredients like avobenzone, octinoxate, or oxybenzone, says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, a dermatologist at Modern Dermatology in Westport, Connecticut. Mineral sunscreens are also known as physical sunscreens because they sit on top of the skin and act as a barrier and repel UV rays, she adds. On the other hand, a chemical sunscreen is absorbed into the skin, transforms UV rays into heat, and then releases it.
Now that you have some idea of what to look for, keep scrolling for the best sunscreen for face under makeup, according to dermatologists and customer reviews.
Best Sunscreen in a Compact: Skin Better Science Sunbetter Sheer SPF 56 Sunscreen Compact
Best Powder Sunscreen: ISDIN Mineral Brush Powder
Best Glowy Formula: Colorescience Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50
Best Natural SPF: Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
Best Invisible Sunscreen: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Best Mineral Sunscreen: Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Best Sweatproof Sunscreen: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ Sunscreen
Best Sunscreen for Acne: EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Best Moisturizing Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer
Best Sunscreen for All Skin Tones: Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
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