We’re all in favor of getting that nice summer glow, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to kick skin protection to the curb just yet, even in the interest of a golden tan. (The adage “beauty is pain” does not apply to your third-degree sunburn, sorry.) Of course, summer brings with it an influx of occasions to stay out in the sun, and whether you’re sipping cocktails on a rooftop bar or napping on a beach, it’s important to have a reliable sunscreen with you at all times. If you’re unsure as to what exactly qualifies as a “reliable sunscreen,” don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. And almost as good as these sunscreens will, no less. These top picks will protect you from those damaging UV rays and keep your skin healthy at the same time, so you’ll be happy to lather the stuff on all summer long. You’re welcome.
Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse (SPF 50), $34
Sunscreen in the form of mousse may sound weird, but the people have spoken and as far as we’re concerned, customer reviews don’t lie. This product has five stars (score) and over 5,000 loves on Sephora (double score), and it’s easy to see why. It’s hydrating, full of antioxidants, water-resistant, and it’s totally free of synthetic fragrances, parabens and sulfates. If you’re looking for super-healthy, Supergoop! is for you.
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen (SPF 30+), $15
This dermatologist-recommended, paraben- and chemical-free sunscreen is great for everyday use, even on the most sensitive skin. It’s made with protective minerals, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, to shield your precious skin from UV and UVB rays. The coolest part? The bottle changes colors when harmful UV rays are around, so you can remember to lather up. (Because, let’s be real, you were going to forget.)
ThinkBaby Safe Sunscreen (SPF 50+), $12
Like the name might suggest, this sunscreen is perfect for any of the little humans in your life. It has all kinds of credentials, like the fact that it’s top-rated by the EWG or that it was the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods’ premium care requirements. It’s also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and free of any biologically harmful ingredients. We’re thinking this one is pretty much the definition of reliable.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen (SPF 60), $30
Another dermatologist recommended product, this sunscreen is not only safe for sensitive skin and filled with antioxidants, it also reduces the appearance of sun damage. It also has an ultra-light formula that dries on your skin super quickly, so you don’t have to worry about all that temporary stickiness after you apply. Take our word for it: the name may be complicated, but the choice to give this sunscreen a try is simple.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 20), $44
Nothing says natural summer look like a nice tinted moisturizer. If you’re going the tinted moisturizer route, make sure to get one that has SPF, like this one. It contains vitamins C and E to further protect your skin, and the moisturizer works to hydrate and soften skin. This sunscreen was made to perfect your sunburn-free summer glow.
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer (SPF 47), $32
This moisturizer has all the hyphenated descriptors you love to hear: fast-absorbing, non-greasy, all-natural, and chemical-free. It also contains green tea, and who doesn’t love a little natural tea infusion in their skincare, right? And at SPF 47, you best believe that this stuff is the total package.
Sunology Body Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 50), $15
For those of you who like to spend your summer free time playing sports or working out outside, this is the sunscreen for you. It’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and it’s reef safe. So, if you like to spend your summer free time snorkeling or scuba diving, this is the sunscreen for you, too. Bonus: it’s recommended by the EWG and is certified cruelty-free. It’s also free of parabens and all those other harmful chemicals you don’t want anywhere near your skin, so you can use this stuff with total peace of mind.
Goddess Garden Organics Everyday (SPF 30), $17
This sunscreen takes the concept of environmentally-friendly to whole new level. It’s non-GMO, vegan, reef safe, cruelty-free and 100 percent biodegradable. Unsurprisingly, it contains all-natural ingredients, like aloe vera and sunflower oil. The way we see it, any skincare product that lets us save the world while using it is the product for us.