Given that I’ve spent most of my adult life writing and reviewing beauty products, I must shamefully confess I didn’t start wearing sunscreen every day until I was 26. The benefits of wearing sunscreen daily are virtually endless—fewer dark spots and wrinkles, less discoloration, and most important at all: a diminished risk of getting skin cancer. Still, there’s a reason people avoid putting sunscreen on their face every day (I know I’m not alone here) and often, that’s because of the product itself. It smells. It’s sticky. It doesn’t sit well under makeup. There’s a white caste. The list goes on and on. I’ve tried various daily sunscreens in the last two years and have found a few I like, but I didn’t find any I loved wearing until I tried Everyday Humans’ Resting Beach Face SPF30 Sunscreen Serum.
The name is admittedly a bit of a mouthful, but don’t let that distract you— this stuff is the real deal. First and foremost: It feels like a serum. Not a sunscreen trying to be a serum, but a hydrating, fast-absorbing serum. Plus, it adds a subtle glow to my complexion that almost looks like a built-in highlighter when the light hits just right. Oh, and it’s not sticky at all. I enjoy wearing it everyday as much as I’ve enjoyed any other serum, so I’m actually excited to wear it every day.
Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Serum
Star Rating: 4/5
Best For: Daily sun protection
Uses: Protection from UVA/UVB rays
Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid
Byrdie Clean: Yes
About the Brand: Everyday Humans is a brand that produces effective, essential skin care staples “from SPF to body care.”
The Feel: Lightweight and non-sticky
When you first put a few pumps of the product into your hand, it looks (and smells) like sunscreen. It’s opaque, whereas most serums tend to be a little more clear. But as soon as you rub it into your skin, it feels exactly like a serum. Lightweight, non-sticky, quick-absorbing.
The Scent: Like sunscreen and nostalgia
This serum certainly doesn’t smell bad (it’s actually quite fresh), but it does very obviously smell like sunscreen. It’s not overwhelming, and you don’t notice it after a second or two of it being on your skin, but it’s certainly there. This is maybe the only downfall of the product, but hey... it’s sunscreen. I’ll take a lightweight feel and quick absorption over scent every day.
The Results: Glowy, hydrated, happy
My favorite part of this product is that it doesn’t look or feel like wearing sunscreen, but instead looks and feels like wearing a super hydrating serum. It leaves the skin with a nice, subtle glow that looks great without makeup and also sits well under makeup, too.
The Value: Worth it
A sunscreen that you actually enjoy using every day on your face, neck, and chest that makes your skin look amazing, too? That’s worth every bit of $24 and then some in my book.
Similar products: You have options
Glossier Invisible Shield: This one is a bit higher of an SPF (35) and $1 more expensive, but seems to have a similar consistency (Invisible Shield is described as a “water gel that feels like a serum”). The reviews are mixed, though, and Resting Beach Face is nearly one ounce more of product.
Coola Full Spectrum Sun Silk Drops: Coming in at $46, this product is more expensive than Resting Beach Face and Invisible Shield. It’s also SPF 30, though, and has nearly 1,000 glowing reviews.
Our Verdict: Buy it
If you hate the feel and look of almost every face sunscreen or simply want to forget you’re wearing sunscreen, this one's for you. No questions asked.