Best Face Sunscreens
Jil Sander Spring 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

No one can dispute the fact that we all need sunscreen. Or the fact that we really should be applying it all year long, even on cloudy, rainy and snowy days. What you may not know is that you shouldn't use the same sunscreen on your face that you rub on the rest of your body. Which is why we went ahead and rounded up the best face sunscreens to introduce into your skin care routine.

Why do I need to invest in two sunscreens?

The skin on your face is not the same as on other parts of your body. For example, your face may be oily or acne-prone, but the skin on your knees and elbows may be super parched. It's important to treat each specific area with care. After all, you wouldn't moisturize your face with the same lotion you apply on your legs.

What should I look for when buying a face sunscreen?

You need to keep an eye out for beneficial ingredients targeted toward your complexion's needs. If your visage can be a little sensitive, look for a formula that won't make it flare up. Moisturizing powerhouses like jojoba and ceramides are your BFFs. Breakouts your biggest concern? Opt for an oil-free sunscreen that also absorbs excess oil so pores won't get clogged and your face won't be super shiny.

What level of SPF protection is best?

Dermatologists usually recommend an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. If you want to go higher, you will block more, but no sunscreen can prevent 100 percent of those rays from reaching your skin. It's also important to remember that no matter what strength SPF you use, you still need to reapply it approximately every two hours.

Now that you know exactly why you need a face sunscreen, shop our best buys below.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $38 at Supergoop!

There's a reason why everyone loves Supergoop! The brand makes sunscreen that's skin-friendly yet 100 percent invisible. This velvety gel is free of pore-clogging oils, helps filter blue light and can even be used as a makeup primer. Consider all boxes checked.

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum Facial Sunscreen SPF 46

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum Facial Sunscreen SPF 46, $43 at Bluemercury

A dermatologist fave, EltaMD's silky facial sunscreen won't irritate sensitive skin as it protects against UVA/UVB rays. Its powerful blend of antioxidants and vitamins actually promotes the appearance of healthy-looking skin.

Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Black Girl Sunscreen

Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $15.99 at Ulta Beauty

What cast? Specifically made for melanated skin, this top pick goes on sheer and leaves no residue behind. It also has moisturizing ingredients, including jojoba, cacao and avocado, so you'll love slathering it on every single day.

Clinique Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Clinique Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $35 at Sephora

The sun isn't the only thing stressing out your skin. You also need to shield it from other environmental aggressors. Clinique's face sunscreen features a SolarSmart complex that defends as it triggers the anti-aging repair process. It also boasts antioxidants to tackle all of the other threats to your complexion.

COOLA Organic Classic Face Sunscreen SPF 50

COOLA Organic Classic Face Sunscreen SPF 50, $32 at Ulta Beauty

If organic is more your thing, COOLA's got you covered. This "farm to face" formula has over 70 percent certified organic ingredients and offers broad spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection. It's also nongreasy and you can layer it under makeup.

CeraVe 100 Mineral Hydrating Face Sunscreen SPF 50

CeraVe 100% Mineral Hydrating Face Sunscreen SPF 50, $15.99 at Dermstore

CeraVe's mineral sunscreen was actually developed with dermatologists so you don't have to worry about it freaking out your face. The lightweight formula hydrates as it protects against UVA/UVB rays thanks to three essential ceramides.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Face Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Face Sunscreen SPF 60, $19.99 at Ulta Beauty

If you and your complexion are always battling breakouts, this needs to be your go-to. It's oil-free and absorbs excess oil and reduces shine so those pesky pimples don't stand a chance. In addition to protecting skin from free radicals caused by UV rays, it also contains thermal spring water to soothe.

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