Forever Young: 12 Editor-Approved Sunscreens to Buy This Summer

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Sun protection comes in many forms. From serums to sprays, the W editors share how they sneak SPF into their summer beauty routine.


The inspiration: Cara Delevingne in “Heavenly Creature,” photographed by Mikael Jansson, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine February 2013.


“This SPF is perfect for wearing alone or under makeup. It adds a slight glow to skin while protecting it all day long. Also, the chic packaging makes for a good “top-shelf selfie.” – Courtney Costello, Fashion Assistant

La Prairie UV Protection Veil Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $185,


“This brand has such a cult following and it stands to reason. I need to trust that my skin will be adequately protected, but I also love that it’s being soothed at the same time. Yes, my complexion is one big baby.” – Jane Larkworthy, Executive Beauty Director

Supergoop! Skin Soothing Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40, $28,


“I’ve used Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer for years! It’s superlightweight and doesn’t dry out my skin. The SPF protection is an added bonus.” – Nora Milch, Accessories Editor

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $44,


“I don’t mess around when it comes to sunscreen. That’s why I like La Roche-Posay in SPF 60.” – Sarah Leon, Digital Editorial Director

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Suncreen Milk, $36,


“I have a minor fixation with BB creams, and this 10-in-one from Stila not only has SPF 30, it also minimizes pores and increases antioxidant productivity.” – Ryann Foulke, Assistant Fashion Editor

Stila Stay All Day 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $38,


“It immediately gives you a sun-kissed glow.” – Karin Nelson, Senior Features Editor

Clarins Spray Solaire 30, $36,


“I don’t use a daily moisturizer, but because my skin burns in no seconds flat, that gets problematic in the summer. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer (SPF 100+, because I’m a ghostly pale baby) is the only thing that doesn’t make my face break out.” – Katherine Cusumano, Web Producer

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100+, $12,


“My skin is really sensitive when it comes to sunscreens. This keeps my skin moisturized, without making me look greasy. Also a plus, it contains aloe.” – Sam Andriano, Social Media Manager

Beautycounter Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30, $32,


“For my face, I love La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50). I keep it in my beach bag and my purse at all times during the summer.” – Kristin Tice Studeman, Contributing Editor

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum, $43,


“I’m obsessed with this Laura Mercier day lotion with a touch of SPF. It’s super light and doesn’t have that sunscreen smell to it. Perfect for days at the office.” – Kelly McDonough, Production Manager, Digital and Print

Laura Mercier Repair Oil Free Day Lotion, $98,


“I hate getting my hands sticky with sunscreen, so this stick is the best alternative. I roll it on my face, and I’m ready to go!” – Gillian Sagansky, Contributing Writer

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Sensitive Areas Stick, $16,


“Not too thick, not too chalky—Kiehl’s got it just right. Even better? Only two weeks in, and I’ve already stopped getting dark spots. I’m going to buy this stuff in bulk.” – Mia Adorante, Associate Beauty Editor Kiehl’s Dermatolgist Solutions Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $38,