While plenty of health and beauty theories are regularly disputed, one thing we can all agree on is the importance of protecting your skin with SPF daily. The risks of sun exposure are many, from premature aging to skin cancer. This should be enough to have all of us slathering sunscreen from head to toe each and every day—but we know it’s not that easy. For some, the thought of putting sunscreen on in its traditional white and pasty form is the stuff of nightmares, and in these cases, sunscreen application is generally reserved for beach days. Well, sunscreen haters, there are no more excuses for skipping this important skincare step: Several SPF options don’t involve rubbing stark white lotion into your skin anymore and actually make reapplication—dare we say it—fun.
Keep scrolling for the best sunscreens for SPF haters!
Even those of us with no problem applying sunscreen can struggle to find a facial formula that protects us right, fits our skin’s needs, and wears well with makeup. ColoreScience offers a great solution to this problem with its mineral sunscreen brush. Applying your SPF is as easy as swiping the brush over your face; the accompanying powder sets your makeup and simultaneously gives you much-needed protection. The best part? You can easily throw this in your bag and reapply throughout the day.
Another sunscreen lotion alternative is SPF in stick form. The Advanced Protection Stick from Clinique is perfect for face application, especially on the nose, ears, and lips. Its small size makes it convenient on the go, and the sun protection is long-lasting and reliable, with plenty of users noting the impressive lack of sunburn after a day of using this product. One note: The reviews suggest that this product is ideal for normal to dry skin.
If you’re using a makeup setting spray every day, you might as well be getting some SPF along with it. Coola’s Makeup Setting Spray is the perfect multitasker, allowing you to reapply sunscreen throughout the day while ensuring your makeup is in place on hot days, ultimately leaving you with a satisfying matte finish. For full-body protection, try Coola’s Sport Continuous Spray ($36).
Hate that sunscreen smell? This spray sunscreen applies in a refreshing, citrus-scented mist, so you don’t have to deal with that unwanted odor. Perfect for spraying all over your body, it also happens to blends so easily that you won’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of time rubbing everything in. Plus, its antioxidants help protect you from the aging effects of sun exposure.
One of the best ways to get SPF if you don’t want to add an extra step to your skincare routine is finding a multitasking product (see also: Coola’s makeup setting spray above). This argan oil–infused moisturizer from Josie Maran is a quadruple threat—it moisturizes, boosts radiance, smooths skin texture, and provides high SPF protection. This option is also perfect for your face because it doesn’t leave a white residue or interfere with makeup.
This product from sunscreen expert La Roche-Posay addresses practically anything you could hate about traditional SPF formulas. It has a watery consistency that cools as you apply it and melts right into your skin, giving you lasting protection without being sticky, greasy, or heavy. You’ll forget you even have it on, but you can feel confident that it’s doing the job. It even earned a perfect score from Consumer Reports!
Natural sunscreens tend to feel oily and thick—not so with Susanne Kaufman’s Sun Cream. With sun protection strong enough to use all over your body and ingredients gentle enough to use on your face, this is an under-the-radar gem for reliable daily protection from the sun’s harmful effects—plus, it’s made with all-natural ingredients. The non-irritating formula not only protects skin from premature aging and free radicals but also helps to repair and regenerate skin cells from past damage. Not to mention you get all of these benefits without a white or waxy residue. In fact, this protective cream feels much more like a luxurious skincare product than a heavy-duty SPF.
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