6 Sunscreens for Every Budget

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Research shows that a whopping 90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun's UVA light. Sun damage is also the number one cause of premature aging in women and men. Your best line of protection against it (aside from covering up and avoiding the sun altogether which is not always feasible) is applying broad-spectrum sunscreen multiple times a day on all exposed areas of skin.

Many people already know this, but even still there are plenty who don't apply enough sunscreen and/or who don't reapply throughout the day. In order to encourage yourself to wear enough sunscreen, it's best to find one that you actually like—that goes for texture, ingredients, and even price point. No matter your preferences, there's an SPF out there for everyone—that we know for certain.

Read on for our picks of the best sunscreens for every budget.

Best Overall: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen Tinted SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen Tinted SPF 50

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La Roche-Posay tinted sunscreen was created just for the face with a tinted creme that won't leave a white cast over your face. Plus, it has SPF 50, so you know you're getting enough protection until it's time to reapply. Dermatologists agree you need at least SPF 30 to protect skin from the sun. 

Best Budget: Aveeno Active Naturals Natural Protection SPF 50 Lotion

Aveeno has created the perfect sunscreen for normal, combination and sensitive skin. It's fragrance-free (great for those with sensitivities) and includes mineral sunscreens, which offer full-spectrum protection against UVA rays. It's also water-resistant, lightweight, and spreads easily. 

Best Drugstore: Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen with SPF 110

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Sunscreen with SPF 110

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This sunscreen with Helioplex is absolutely beloved on Amazon. In addition to blocking out harmful UV rays, the formula boasts hydrators which allow it to double as a face lotion.

Best Mineral Sunscreen: SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

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This sunscreen is dermatologist-recommended and has amazing reviews. It contains transparent zinc oxide, the only UV filter spanning the full UVA/UVB spectrum, and it glides on beautifully. Despite its high SPF, always remember to reapply often if you're out in the direct sun.

Best for Sensitive Skin: California Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30

California Baby Super Sensitive SPF 30

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California Baby products are organic and natural and aren't just for babies (but they're gentle enough for their sensitive skin). It offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is also waterproof. This sunscreen is ideal for people with allergies and sensitivities to certain ingredients found in many other sunscreens.

Best Tinted: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free

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Tinted moisturizer is lighter than your average foundation but provides a soft coverage. It's great for women who don't want to completely cover up their skin because it evens out skin tone without getting cakey or looking too airbrushed.

Using a foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF ensures you are getting not only great coverage but SPF as well. Just make sure you reapply overtop of your makeup throughout the day with a sunscreen power or face mist.

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