Why This Is the Best Sunscreen Our Editor Has Ever Tried

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day. (We know—tough life.) Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all of our favorites in this column. Enjoy! 

I'll admit it: I'm a beauty editor who doesn't wear sunscreen. I know, shameful—but it's true. Of course, I wear SPF 50 to the beach; I'm careless but not downright crazy. I just haven't been able to effectively work sunscreen into my daily skincare routine. When I divulged this reprehensible information to my esthetician, Renée Rouleau, she was perplexed. "Is it because you haven’t found one that doesn’t break you out?" she asked. "Or you don’t like the feel of it on your skin? Or is it because you like the dewiness your facial oil gives, and you can’t find it in a sunscreen? I’m certain you must know that you should wear sunscreen. What I suggest is this: Find a good sunscreen you’ll enjoy wearing every day—but you must be extremely diligent about the application." 

I took her words to heart. Of course I know I should be wearing SPF daily. I've done the research. I've listened to the experts. But, she's right. I haven't been able to find one that checks all the boxes: feels good, looks good, and actually works. Well, my excuses end right here. I found the holy grail of sunscreens, and I'm about to proverbially shout about it from the rooftops.

Julep No Excuses Invisible Sunscreen Gel ($28) is completely clear (no chalky finish, zero white residue) and feels like an essence as you apply it. The vitamin-enriched gel base is a blend of rosehip seed oil to soothe and repair; melon extract to smooth, soften, and brighten; and camellia seed oil to hydrate and clarify your skin. Additionally, this magical sunscreen has vitamin E and sunflower seed oil to protect from free radical damage. Oh, and it has an SPF of 40 to effectively protect against UVA/UVB rays. I told you it was magical.

I apply it at the end of my skincare routine—post-cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer—and then go about my day, totally protected with a hint of glow. As instructed by Rouleau, I do one application to my face and then another to my neck because creases and wrinkles in my neck are exactly what I'd like to avoid while I age. Rouleau notes, "Applying sunscreen properly has more to do with how generously you apply it and less about the [SPF] number."

Do you have a favorite daily sunscreen? Call it out in the comments below!