The Best Drugstore Sunscreens For The Face

The Best Drugstore Sunscreens For The Face ...

What To Look For In A Face Sunscreen

Sunscreen preferences tend to vary from person to person. SPF moisturizers and sunscreen serums are even thinner alternatives, suitable for those who prefer the lighter texture of traditional sunscreen lotions and creams. You may also want to look for sunscreens that are oil-free and noncomedogenic if your skin is dryer.

Then there's the whole mineral versus chemical issue. Mineral sunscreen filters are generally recommended for those who have sensitive skin, as they act as shields from ultraviolet radiation. (They're also considered to be safer for coral reefs).

Experts

Dr. Marisa Garshick, M.D., F.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and serves as an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Anar Mikailov, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist based in Massachusetts. He is the founder of KP Away, a skin care product developed to treat keratosis pilaris.

Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, M.D., F.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Mississippi. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, where she serves as a social media ambassador.

Face Sunscreens at Best Drugstores

Are you in a hurry? Here are the top drugstore face sunscreens:

Dr. Garshick's Pick: The Best Dark Skin Tone

MELEs No Shade Sunscreen Oil SPF 30 is for people who don't like traditional sunscreen lotions or who don't like formulas that leave a white cast behind. This sunscreen oil is an excellent choice for anyone who has tattoos as well.

Chemical Key Ingredients: Caprylic Triglyceride Size: 1 oz. Sunscreen Type: Chemical Key Ingredients: Caprylic Triglyceride Size: 1 oz.

Dr. Garshick's Pick: The Best For Dry Skin

CeraVe's Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen features zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide broad-spectrum coverage, as well as hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and niacinamide, as well as soothing and skin-softening properties.

Mineral Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Niacinamide, Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol Size: 2.5 oz.

Dr. Mikailov's Pick: The Best For Managing Redness

"I always recommend mineral sunscreen for sensitive skin, because it's less likely to irritate the skin," says Dr. Mikailov. Heros Superlight Sunscreen SPF 30 is one of his go-to sunscreens for acne sufferers and skin sensitivities like rosacea, which costs just under $20. "There is a green tint that goes away immediately that can help counteract redness from acne," says the fragrance-free sunscreen.

Mineral Key Ingredients: Raspberry Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Turmeric Leaf Extract, Moringa Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Bisabolol, and Glycerin Size: 1.69 oz

Dr. Mikailov's Pick: Best For Sensitive Skin

Dr. Mikailov recommends Blue Lizards Sensitive Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, which has a gel-like texture that makes it very easy to apply. It's also free of oil and fragrance, and it has added antioxidant protection thanks to green tea leaf extract and caffeine. Another cool feature of this sunscreen is the bottle's SmartCap technology, which turns blue when exposed to UV light to remind you to apply (and reapply) your sunscreen.

Mineral Key Ingredients: Green Tea Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine Size: 1.7 oz.

Dr. Zubritsky's Pick: The Best Water-Resistant Matte Sunscreen

Dr. Zubritsky recommends Sun Bums Original Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50 for its non-greasy, lightness-free formula. "It doesn't feel greasy at all," she says of the oil-free formula. According to the brand, this sunscreen meets Hawaii's reef standards.

Chemical Key Ingredients in Sunscreen Type: Vitamin E Size: 3 oz.

Dr. Garshick's and Dr. Zubritsky's Choice: Best Water-Resistant Sunscreen Serum

Dr. Garshick and Dr. Zubritsky have rated this serum as their favorite drugstore face sunscreens. The Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60+ is a noncomedogenic and oil-free sunscreen, and Dr. Zubritsky notes that the serum formula works well with other skin care products.

Chemical Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Vitamin E, and Ginger Root Extract Size: 1.7 oz.

The Best Sunscreen Serum in French Pharmacy, according to Editor's Choice

This is one of the older-style sunscreen serums from La Roche-Posay, a well-known French pharmacy brand who has included their signature, soothing thermal spring water into the oil-free formulation.

Chemical Key Ingredients in Sunscreen Type: Vitamin C, Vitamin E Size: 1 oz.

Best Acne-Prone Skin Pick by 8.Writer's Pick

My acne-prone skin had been well-maintained in recent years, but the masks came out at the start of the epidemic, and all bets were off. It's also non-allergenic and non-irritant, so it's not a problem for me. It's also soothing and moisturizing ingredients like allantoin to help combat drying effects that topical acne treatments may be causing.

Chemical Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Allantoin, Panthenol, and Vitamin E Size: 4 oz.

Experts:

Dr. Marisa Garshick, M.D., F.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

Dr. Anar Mikailov, M.D., F.A.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist in Massachusetts and the founder of KP Away.

Dr. Lindsey Zubritsky, M.D., F.A.D., is a board-certified dermatologist in Mississippi.

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