Best in Face Sunscreens
Start every day with sunscreen on your face, no matter if it’s summer or winter, indoors or outdoors. Our experts recommended their favorites for keeping your skin healthy and protected from UV damage, specific to the needs of the delicate skin on your face.
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24 experts recommend
Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 - Non-Tinted
20 experts recommend
Anthelios Ultra-Light Mineral Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50 - Tinted
19 experts recommend
Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50 - Matte
12 experts recommend
Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 30 - Matte
More about Face Sunscreens
If you think that sunscreen is just for the warm, sunny summer months, think again. Dermatologists recommend applying a face sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every single day, regardless of the weather or temperature, to protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause serious health issues like cancer. Not only does applying a good sunscreen every day prevent harmful skin disorders and diseases, but it also keeps your complexion even, as sun damage is one of the leading causes of uneven skin tones. Sun rays are also a leading cause of premature aging, wrinkles, and fine lines. That said, it’s important as always to re-apply sunscreen every two hours, even you’re inside most of the day; sitting near a window can still allow rays to penetrate the skin, and you want to be sure that you have a consistent barrier on your skin after sweating, exercising, or getting wet. Before slathering on your standard body sunscreen to the skin on your face, it’s important to note some key differences between different types of sunscreen, whether it’s face sunscreen and body sunscreen, or mineral (otherwise known as “natural” or “physical”) and chemical sunscreens. Facial sunscreens are often non-comedogenic, or oil-free, so they won’t clog your pores as much as a body sunscreen might. This is especially helpful for those who may have more sensitive or acne-prone skin, and they’ll definitely play nice with the rest of your skincare routine better than a body sunscreen would. Regarding mineral versus chemical sunscreens, that has to do with the core ingredients. Mineral sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which deflect UV rays from the skin. Meanwhile, chemical sunscreens are comprised of organic compounds that convert UV rays into heat and release the heat from the skin. These sunscreens tend to be thinner and often contain more ingredients like peptides and enzymes that are beneficial for your skin. Where in your routine you add sunscreen into your morning skincare routine largely depends on the mineral versus chemical nature of the product, so be sure to do your research prior to application. As a general rule, though, experts tend to recommend applying a light moisturizer first, letting it absorb, and finishing off with your SPF of choice. Looking for a new go-to face sunscreen? Skin cancer prevention expert Dr. Dustin Portela is a great place to start. Head to his shop, his TikTok, and his Instagram for his recommendations!
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