The Best Sunscreens of 2023

Jul 8, 2023

We learned so much about sunscreen in our episode on The Style That Binds Us podcast with Dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, which made us prioritize the daily use of sunscreen. We have been testing numerous sunscreens, and are thrilled to share our favorites with you. We are committed to using sunscreens every day all year long, so you can return to this list to find ideas for new sunscreens to try when you run out. *All images are clickable/shoppable and any underlined text is a link you can click to learn more. Let us know if you have any questions or want recommendations – email!

  • Bubble SPF
    • Plus One Tinted Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40: a tinted, mineral SPF 40 UVA/UVB sunscreen that blurs skin imperfections, leaves zero white cast (even on the darkest skin tones), doesn’t feel greasy or clog pores (non-comedogenic), and improves the overall look of skin over time. Formulated with milk thistle, a silicone alternative that protects the skin barrier from sun exposure, and lilac extract to help mattify and even out oily and acne prone skin you’ll be inseparable after one use. Vegan, cruelty-free, + leaping bunny certified. Wears well under makeup and doesn’t pill.
    • Solar Mate Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40: a mineral SPF 40 UVA/UVB sunscreen that feels light, disappears under makeup, doesn’t clog pores (non-comedogenic), and easily absorbs leaving literally no white cast (even on the darkest skin tones). Formulated with raspberry seed extract, an antioxidant that naturally boosts protection from the sun, cocoa seed butter for balanced hydration, and glycerin for a lightweight, gliding texture, Solar Mate improves the appearance of skin over time in addition to providing sun protection. Vegan, cruelty-free, + leaping bunny certified. Wears well under makeup and doesn’t pill.
    • The difference between the two? You can choose between a tinted glowy finish that perfects skin’s appearance with Plus One, or an invisible mattifying finish with Solar Mate
  • WearSPF
    • WearSPF was founded by golfer Justin Thomas after his own scare with melanoma. The high-performance, accessible suncare line is complete with sprays, sticks and lotions for face, lips, and body. WearSPF is a message on a bottle creating a call to action to wear sunscreen. Justin is on a mission to educate and encourage people of all ages to apply, re-apply and go get checked
    • SPF 50 sunscreen spray
    • SPF 30 lotion for face & body
    • Non-nano mineral sunscreen – works well under makeup and doesn’t pill
  • Clark’s Botanicals
    • INVISIBLE HERO™ SPF 30. This is one of Alison & Delia’s favorites! The hyaluronic acid keeps the moisture in
      • Key Features and Benefits:
        • Broad spectrum 100% mineral SPF 30 coverage
        • Anti-pollution: a complex of grape leaf, sunflower and arnica extracts prepare skin for facing urban pollution, for limiting toxin accumulation, and for preventing cell intoxication and premature aging
        • Blue light protection: Sunflower (Inula Helenium) extract fights both blue light and environmental pollution
        • Anti-aging: hyaluronic acid and marine algae instantly hydrate and plump, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles
        • Pore perfecting: niacinamide (vitamin B3) minimizes pores, improves the appearance of photodamaged skin and helps stimulate skin’s lipid barrier
        • Jasmine Catalyst Complex™ harnesses ambitious botanical extracts to help improve tone and texture while clarifying pores and soothing skin
        • All Skin Types benefit from Immunostimulating and calming formula for even the most reactive skin types
        • Certified PA+++ by a third party laboratory to ascribe the highest UVA and UVB protection verification for all skin types, including sensitive skin
        • Reef safe: formulated to be safe for marine life and contains no oxybenzone, octinoxate, or octocrylene in formula
  • Fenty Skin
    • Hydra Vizor Broad Spectrum Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizer: is a sheer mineral SPF moisturizer. This lightweight sunscreen brightens the look of dark spots, visibly refines pores, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles while strengthening skin’s moisture barrier. It’s sheer on all skin tones and it’s refillable. Works well under makeup, doesn’t pill. Alison likes the dispenser. It has a pink color, but doesn’t show up that way on your skin. It has niacinamide, and it won’t block pores.
  • Bloomeffects is the first brand to harness the hydrating and regenerative properties of the tulip. Their Sunscreen SPF 50 Serum is the first tulip-powered SPF. This 100% mineral-based sunscreen serum provides SPF 50 sun protection with zero white cast for the ultimate clean skin protection. This silky-smooth serum is further enriched with multivitamins for radiant and even-toned looking skin with a weightless, comfortable wear that leaves a gorgeous glow. The botanically packed and hydrating formula provides effective daily defense against environmental aggressors, including UVA & UVB rays, pollution, blue light, and free radicals, for a 360-degree skin-protecting beauty experience – straight from Bloomeffects’ tulip fields in Amsterdam. Alison likes that this goes on with a light glow.
  • Iris&Romeo
    • Weekend Skin: Warm Glow: this clean formula visibly brightens skin and protects against UV damage while delivering a made-for-daytime glow. Its next-gen formula combines the two holy grail skincare steps into one product—stabilized, time-release vitamin C and transparentmineral SPF 50—for a bare-faced, luminous glow that comes alive in the light. Use it daily to help combat hyperpigmentation, soften wrinkles, even skin tone, and prevent future sun damage
      • 2-in-1 UV Defense | Combines the power couple of sun protection—age-reversing vitamin C and clean SPF 50—into one easy step. These two ingredients work better together: Pairing them boosts the efficiency of both ingredients
      • A Superior Form of Vitamin C | Formulated with active levels of progressive, time-release, Japanese-made vitamin C—one that’s highly stable and, unlike other vitamin C derivatives, won’t oxidize or lose potency over time
      • Serum-grade Actives |  Vitamin-C and Niacinamide at clinical levels
      • Suits All Skin Tones | Our zinc-based, broad-spectrum sunscreen doesn’t leave a white cast on deeper skin tones
      • A Luminous, Makeup-Free Finish | No shade-matching required—this coverage-free formula evens out skin tones and leaves skin looking bare and bright, with a lustrous, natural-looking glow made for daytime
      • We recommend using this product as a tinted moisturizer or as your sunscreen to get your glow on at the beach. When we wore it under makeup, our makeup did not last all day
  • Image Skincare
    • PREVENTION+ Clear Solar Gel SPF 30 is a 100% clear professional-grade sunscreen, that effortlessly blends onto any skin type and tone. This weightless and transparent formula provides solar protection, while also delivering much-needed hydration from a mix of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, green tea, and plant-derived squalane. Works under makeup and doesn’t pill
    • PREVENTION+ sun serum SPF 30, is a mineral SPF 30 sunscreen-in-serum formula that provides broad-spectrum UV protection. One light layer leaves a light, dewy finish to the skin and it can be worn alone, under moisturizer, and with makeup. Works under makeup and doesn’t pill
  • Neogen Dermalogy:
    • Day-Light Protection Airy Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50: This lightweight sunscreen includes 20 types of plant extracts soothes, moisturizes, and controls sebum and keeps your skin hydrated and rejuvenated even under harsh sunlight. The non-greasy formula will give an airy finish without stickiness, protecting your soft skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Honest Beauty
    • Self Defense Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 34: A non nano mineral sunscreen fluid that defends against UVA, UVB, blue light, and environmental aggressors. Made with Honest Sea Water™ + Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Works for all skin types. Works well under makeup and doesn’t pill.
  • RMS
    • SuperNatural Radiance Serum Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This is one of Alison & Delia’s favorites! We love the texture. A broad spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen that acts as a soft focus complexion corrector. Formulated with complexion correcting soft focus technology and powered by GlowPlex™, a complex of natural peptides such as Quinoa Seed Extract, Niacinamide and Pea Extract, this unique lightweight formula boosts skin radiance instantly and over time.
  • Dr. Jart+ 
    • EVERY SUN DAY MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 50+: A matte finish sunscreen that’s waterproof, weightless, and good for all skin types including sensitive skin. It has a bright, citrus-y scent. Works well under makeup and doesn’t pill. Mineral Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) protects skin from sun damage by providing a protective barrier to reflect and scatter UVA and UVB rays away from skin. Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment or Camo Drops for an extra layer of mineral SPF protection that also helps neutralize redness and even skin tone
    • EVERY SUN DAY SUN FLUID SPF 50+: Liquid, lightweight SPF with an invisible finish. It leaves no white cast behind, this formula forms a barrier against UVA and UVB rays as well as environmental aggressors. Chemical sunscreen filter protects by absorbing UV rays that transform to heat and release away from the skin. This sunscreen cools and hydrates skin while guarding against future UV damage and dryness, leaving skin moisturized and refreshed. This sun protection is for all skin types
    • CICAPAIR TIGER GRASS CAMO DROPS SPF 35: An ultra-lightweight color corrector with a serum-like texture that instantly neutralizes redness and ignites skin’s glow. This green-to-beige formula adapts to skin’s natural color and corrects redness on contact for a light finish that’s dewy perfection. Plus, it helps provide soothing moisture and protects skin from sun damage with mineral SPF (recommended sunscreen for sensitive skin). 
      • What’s in it: Tiger Grass (aka Centella Asiatica or Cica), an herbal remedy tigers in the Asian wetlands have rolled around in for centuries to help heal their wounds. Mineral Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) to protect skin from sun damage by providing a protective barrier to reflect UVA and UVB rays.
      • How to use: Shake well. Apply to clean, moisturized skin. Apply 2-3 drops into hands or directly on face and blend and press into skin. The formula will melt into skin and instantly change from green to beige. Follow with foundation if desired. 
      • Have a dark spot, blemish? Dab a bit more on areas you want to take attention away from
    • CICAPAIR TIGER GRASS COLOR CORRECTING TREATMENT SPF30: A green-to-beige cica cream that instantly neutralizes redness and evens skin tone for a healthy, natural look. This skincare treatment with a creamy texture corrects skin redness on contact and leaves skin with an incredibly natural finish. It helps soothe, calm, and moisturize the look of skin and protects skin from the sun with mineral SPF (recommended sunscreen for sensitive skin). This works well under makeup and doesn’t pill. Appreciate that not only it is a sunscreen, but it is a treatment product that works to even your skin tone.
      • What’s in it: Tiger Grass (aka Centella Asiatica or Cica), an herbal remedy tigers in the Asian wetlands have rolled around in for centuries to help heal their wounds. Mineral Sunscreen (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) to protect skin from sun damage by providing a protective barrier to reflect UVA and UVB rays
  • innisfree
    • Daily UV Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF36: a water-based formula that’s super lightweight and non-greasy. The SPF is infused with hydrating green tea (innisfree’s hero ingredient!), soothing cica and moisturizing sunflower seed oil. Alison & Delia really liked this one
    • Sun Shield Body Glow SPF50 and Rose Gold Sun Shield Body Glow SPF45 (slightly pinker glow): has a gel texture that leaves a subtle glow (no white cast) on the skin with broad spectrum sun protection from UVA and UVB rays. Alison really liked this product. She would use this when she wanted her legs and arms to to glow, for example, at night going out, not only for use as a sunscreen
  • Glytone
    • Hydra Lipid UV Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40: Formulated with mineral UVA/UVB filters and Active Stress Defense Technology, it protects your skin from oxidative stress. Squalane and hyaluronic acid boost the skin’s moisture content and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Upon application, it does feel like a typical sunscreen, but it absorbs into the skin & doesn’t feel greasy after a couple of minutes. Works well under makeup and doesn’t pill. It has niacinamide, zinc, and vitamin E which are nice extras
  • RéVive
    • Soleil Superiéur: A luxuriously lightweight sunscreen that is ultra transparent and gives you superb in-sun protection with SPF50. From concept to inception, Soleil Superiéur took five years to perfect. This product is endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation. It has been granted a Seal of Approval for daily use, a sign of the product – and the brand’s – commitment to developing effective sun protection.
    • Alison likes this one; looks white in your hand, but goes on clear with a little glow

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