The 11 Best Sunscreens, According to the Cut’s Beauty Editors


It may not be officially summer, but it is officially sunscreen season, when the sun is beating down not only enough to give you a tan, but to damage your skin. The Cut’s associate beauty editor Ashley Weatherford and beauty director Kathleen Hou have uncovered plenty of the best sunscreens over the past few years, so to help save your face and limbs, we’ve put together a list of some of their favorites below. Slather away.

The silkiest face sunscreen

La Roche-Posay’s light, milky serum is extremely viscous and absorbs into skin so well that it feels like you are wearing nothing at all. Rich in vitamins C and E, the silky formula allows you to combine your serum and sunscreen steps in one fell swoop.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Fluid Sunscreen $34, Dermstore

The best sunscreen for sensitive faces

This lightweight lotion blends with ease, provides broad-spectrum protection, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.

Clinique SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Fluid for Face $32, Neiman Marcus

The best tinted sunscreen

The silky texture boasts zinc oxide, skin softeners, and a subtle tint that will even out your skin tone.

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 $34, Dermstore

The best spray-on sunscreen

Perfect for topping off at the beach. Spray an even sheen on limbs and rub it in to avoid streaks.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70 Body Mist Sunscreen $12, Amazon

The best nongreasy sunscreen

Recently voted one of the best sunscreens by Consumer Reports, this nongreasy lotion makes reapplication a cinch.

Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50 From $14, Amazon

The best weightless sunscreen

Clear Cover works exactly as described. The SPF 30 gel-like formula is completely untraceable on skin. In terms of color, it is quite literally clear, and the texture is a step up from weightless — it’s like you’re not wearing anything at all.

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $77, Amazon

The best sunscreen to give you glow

Wrinkles or no wrinkles, Clarins’s Control Cream with SPF is a buttery elixir for anyone with dry skin. The rich lotion elevates dull complexions with a dewy finish and smells like a really fancy French perfume.

Clarins 50+ SPF Sunscreen For Face Wrinkle Control Cream $35, Neiman Marcus

The best drugstore sunscreen

The allure of this product is simple: Just smear it on. It works. Sunscreen doesn’t need to get more complicated than that. Sure, there are fancier body sunscreens, but this drugstore pick makes protecting your skin as easy as it should be. It goes on the body fluidly and sheerly, with a slight powder finish so your skin doesn’t feel goopy, sticky, or greasy. Oh, and it can be found in practically every drugstore in the country. Bring it with you for this coming weekend and reapply every three to four hours.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen From $14 for two, Amazon

The best sunscreen that dries like powder

Lancôme’s superthin, waterlike sunscreen isn’t particularly hydrating, but the emollient formula can comfortably glide over any moisturizer without beading or leaving a greasy sheen. The breathable fluid dries powdery, thus bucking any opportunity for oily skin to emerge.

Lancôme BIENFAIT UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen $39, Nordstrom

The most cooling sunscreen

There is zero chance of blending trouble with L’Oreal’s completely clear, nonsticky SPF. The gel transforms into an oil on skin, and a dose of menthol makes the sunscreen feel as cool as a fan blowing on your body.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Suncare Silky Sheer Lotion, SPF 30 $19 for two, Amazon

The fastest-drying sunscreen

Staying true to its name, MD Solar Sciences’ Quick Dry Sunscreen dries within seconds of landing on skin. The nongreasy and idiotproof SPF is the piece-of-cake complement to frantic dressing in the morning, and enables fast reapplication throughout the day.

MD Solar Sciences Quick Dry Body Spray With SolSci-X™ Broad Spectrum SPF 40 UVA-UVB Sunscreen $19, Dermstore

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11 Best Sunscreens, According to the Cut’s Beauty Editors