The Best Sunscreens to Protect Your Skin This Summer

Photograph by Colin Dodgson; Styled by Sara Moonves.

As lockdown restrictions ease and people flock to parks and beaches—as well as march in solidarity with protestors nationwide—it’s not just essential to wear a mask, but the appropriate sun protection, too. If you’re feeling a little photosensitive after all those months quarantining inside, never fear: We’ve compiled a list of both tried and true bestsellers and exciting new favorites. From sunscreens for all skin tones that leave no ghostly cast to the K-beauty sunscreen touted by skincare TikTok, here are some of the best products to shield you from the sun’s rays.

Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun and Purito Comfy Water Sun Block, $19 each,

A favorite of @whatsonvisface (give her a follow for more of the best sunscreen recs), I have been through multiple tubes of this stuff since the beginning of July. While Purito’s unscented version is currently sold out on their site, you can find it at NYC beauty hideaway oo35mm, which ships nationwide. Their Comfy Water Sun Block is another excellent option.

UnSun SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen, $29,

Unsun Cosmetics’ mineral sunscreen has won countless awards and accolades. Residue-free and slightly tinted, this Black-owned brand founded by Katonya Breaux makes products that cater to a wide variety of skin tones.

Habit N° 41 Mister, $30,

For midday touch-ups that won’t ruin your makeup, this handy spray from Habit makes reapplication a breeze.

Kinship Self Reflect Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen, $25,

This recently launched product has quickly become a cult favorite for many reasons: the sheer, reef-safe formula is also great for acne-prone skin, not to mention the cute holographic packaging is made from post-consumer recycled plastic.

Krave Beauty The Beet Shield, $20,

Another favorite that just restocked, The Beet Shield promises a cast-free, sheer finish that protects your skin from free radicals with antioxidants derived from, you guessed it, beets.

Supergoop Glow Oil SPF 50, $38,

Lightweight and uber-hydrating, this water-resistant body oil from Supergoop is also a reef-safe option.

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30, $16,

Oxybenzone and octinoxate free, this formula is packed with moisturizing ingredients like avocado, jojoba and more. Note: it’s still on backorder, but orders started shipping out July 26th.

Dr. Loretta Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen, $50,

Another great option for all skin tones, this pink formula protects against pollution, sun, and irritants. Bonus points for extra protection from blue light damage thanks to ingredients like Indian ginseng extract.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 60, $30,

This sunscreen from La Roche Posay has been winning awards for 10 years. Why mess with what works?