The 8 Best-Selling Drugstore Sunscreens in Australia

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Like brushing your teeth and removing makeup, sunscreen should be an essential part of your skincare regime, especially as we dive head-first into Australian summer. Characterised by beach days, sunshine, and the great outdoors, hunting down the perfect sunscreen formula is pretty damn important at this time of year. We want something that's light, non-chalky, and won't leave us feeling like a grease ball—oh, and a wallet-friendly price tag wouldn't hurt either. Too much? 

At Byrdie Australia, we love nothing more that sourcing out reasonably-priced products that work. We often look to drugstores for an endless selection of products that don't cost top dollar, so to streamline the process, we asked Priceline to share its eight top-selling sunscreens that Australians are clearly obsessed with. Spoiler: The top-spot was taken out by a $6 handbag essential. 

Keep scrolling for the best of the bunch, and shop summer's most important beauty essential.

No. 1

Cancer Council Everyday Tube SPF 30+ $6

This mini-sized sunscreen is made for tiny basket bags. With a good SPF factor and moisturising finish, we’re not surprised this took out top spot. 

No. 2

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 50+ $15 $11

Mist sunscreens are great for covering large surface areas (just be sure to use them out of the wind). This spray is light and non-sticky, not to mention has a great SPF factor. 

No. 3

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ $17 $13

If you’re yet to find a facial sunscreen that doesn’t leave you greasy or bring on acne, this is it. Oil-free and lightweight, this lotion has a beautiful matte finish made for sticky summer days. 

No. 4

Ego Sunsense Daily Face Invisible Tint SPF 50+ $15

Perfect for everyday, the silky formula has a subtle tint that will give skin a glowing veil of coverage. Pair it with concealer and liquid bronzer for summer afternoon drinks.

No. 5

Sun Bum Premium Moisturising Sunscreen Spray $21

Sun Bum is the newest member in the lineup, coming in at number five. This fine spray contains vitamin E to ward off free radicals as well as complete UVA and UVB protection. 

No. 6

Banana Boat Sport SPF 50+ $17 $10

This sport-designed formula is one to pack for those long, lazy beach days. The high SPF combined with a long-wear means you can duck in and out of the ocean a few times before you need to reapply. 

No. 7

Cancer Council Ultra 50+ Sunscreen $14

You can't really beat this Cancer Council classic. High protection and non-greasy, it's an all-rounder. We recommend pairing it with a face-specific formula like one of the above for the best coverage. 

No. 8

Cancer Council Active Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 50+ $15

If active summer weekends are more your thing, you need a long-lasting formula that won’t slip off when you’re sweating. This cream has a dry finish without leaving a white cast. Still, be sure to reapply after swimming or toweling. 

Holding image: @allymayhayward

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