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If one of your 2023 resolutions was to wear more sunscreen in the new year (a very good idea!), then you need to invest in a sunscreen that is both good for your skin and good for your wallet.
Before you ask, yes you absolutely need to be wearing some kind of sun protection every day — even in the winter. If you don’t believe us, believe the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Per the AAD, the sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Yes, even on cloudy days. In a 2020 survey by the AAD, most Americans know that sun protection is important, but still aren’t using sun proper sun protection. TL;DR: Sun protection is super important no matter the season and you’re probably not wearing enough.
Lucky for you, I took the liberty of hunting down some of the best-selling sunscreens at Sephora that customers love and purchase over and over again. So, take care of your delicate skin and shop the most popular, top-rated viral sunscreens from Sephora below.
(FYI: The customer reviews have been lightly edited for clarity and punctuation but are all 100% real!)
This instantly-viral mineral sunscreen features sun-shielding zinc oxide plus squalane for visibly softer, smoother and plump skin.
Actual customer review: “Obsessed with this SPF. The most lightweight I’ve ever tried, it’s almost like a thick serum kind of consistency. Slightly tinted but there’s no coverage. Leaves a lovely glow on the skin but isn’t thick at all and sinks right into the skin. Love.”
An easy grab-and-go sunscreen, this stick formula works so well for reapplying over makeup throughout the day. (Yes, you need to reapply SPF throughout the day. No getting skin cancer here, friends!)
Actual customer review: “Amazing sunscreen you can reapply throughout the day without touching your face. It gives you a nice glow effect. P.S. Don’t get it close to your eye area because it will irritate your eyes.”
If you’re looking for a tinted sunscreen with major skin care benefits, ILIA is your gal. The award-winning 2-in-1 mineral sunscreen and tinted serum leaves your skin with a light, dewy coverage in 30 different blendable shades.
Actual customer review: “Gives you a nice shine without looking greasy. I apply this with a foundation brush but also super easy to just use your fingers. Feels like almost nothing at all on your face! Blends really well with concealer to do a fast no makeup look in the mornings.”
Everyone and their mother has fallen in love with this sunscreen and primer combo. It’s totally invisible, weightless and scentless and completely fills in your pores without clogging them.
Actual customer review: “So far I am loving this. As a Black woman, it’s really hard to find a sunscreen that won’t leave a white cast. It’s also hard to find a sunscreen that works well with makeup and my moisturizer. So far this is doing great and I will be keeping it around.”
This lightweight, water-based SPF 36 sunscreen delivers completely invisible sun protection while hydrating and soothing skin. Plus, it’s only $16.
Actual customer review: “This SPF is wonderful, super lightweight and has a very pleasant smell. Great for brown skin!!!”
6. Nécessaire The Sunscreen, $25
The famed body care recently launched this blendable and seriously hydrating daily mineral sunscreen for under $30. It’s infused with clinically-proven skin care actives like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and more.
However, users have noted that the Nécessaire sunscreen leaves a major white cast, especially on more melanated skin tones.
Actual customer review: “Just started using this product but this is the first sunscreen I haven’t reacted to. I have tried every hypoallergenic sunscreen and I’ve always had allergic reactions. So far nothing no bumps or hives and it didn’t make me break out (super acne-prone skin)”
Yes, SPF oils exist and this Supergoop! oil is at the top of the pyramid. The powerhouse face oil fortifies the skin barrier, locks in moisture, nourishes skin, and delivers hydration with SPF to protect from future damage.
Actual customer review: “I’m deep in the throes of a Retin A purge and my face is incredibly sensitized, peeling, the whole deal. I live in fear of that sunscreen sting on my vulnerable skin and had to seek out all new products. This is a joy to use, with no irritation, is totally clear out of the bottle and so never even a temporary white cast, and it soaks in pretty quickly so I’m not waiting for it to set down or forcing it to do so. Woo hoo!”
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