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The 29 Best Sunscreens For Your Face, According To Dermatologists

These formulas are top-notch.

Christine Giordano

Whether it's the dead of winter or the middle of July, you have likely heard time and time again that you should be wearing sunscreen on your face every. single. day. “Many people assume you only need to wear sunscreen on sunny summer days, though it really should be applied year-round,” says dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara, MD.

Meet Our Experts:Mona Gohara, MD, board-certified dermatologist, Marnie Nussbaum, M.D. FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College

Why is it so important to wear sunscreen every day?

“The sun’s rays penetrate the clouds even on cold, overcast days, allowing harmful UV rays to reach the skin," she says. "Wearing sunscreen daily protects your skin against those UV rays emitted by the sun and electronic blue light, lowers your risk for skin cancer, and prevents premature signs of aging."

While the sun's UV rays can cause hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, it's more important to note that being over-exposed to UV light puts you at a huge risk for developing skin cancer according to dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, MD. "UV rays even go through windows," she explains. "That's why it's critical to wear sunscreen daily on your face, even if you're just staying home."

What kind of sunscreen is best for the face?

Ensuring that you’re applying enough SPF is also crucial. “I recommend looking for a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher, and re-applying it every two hours,” says Dr. Gohara. “My rule of thumb for using sunscreen is to apply a shot glass amount over your entire body, and a nickel sized amount to your face.”

Adding SPF to your routine seems pretty doable, but all of us know that some formulas can be thick, goopy, and leave behind obnoxious white streaks—especially if you've got melanin-rich skin, like I do.

That said, I tapped experts to get their picks. Whether you've got acne-prone skin or eczema, want a dewy glow, prefer a matte finish, or even want something with some tint to it, there's a facial sunscreen for you. See below for the best dermatologist-recommended SPFs for every skin type.

Peep some of the best dermatologist-recommended sunscreens for the face, below:

  • 1
    Best Non-Greasy Sunscreen
    Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SunscreenNeutrogena
    $9 AT AMAZON
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    $9 AT AMAZON
  • 2
    Best Lightweight Sunscreen
    UV Clear SPF 46 Face SunscreenEltaMD
    $39 AT AMAZON
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    $39 AT AMAZON
  • 3
    Best Sunscreen For Dry Skin
    Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 50Cetaphil
    $56 AT AMAZON
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    $56 AT AMAZON
  • 4
    Best Oil-Free Facial Sunscreen
    Intellishade ClearRevision Skincare
    $58 AT AMAZON
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    $58 AT AMAZON
  • 5
    Best Antioxidant-Rich Facial Sunscreen
    5 in 1 Face Cream With SPF 30 First Aid Beauty
    $28 AT AMAZON
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    $28 AT AMAZON
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1
Best Non-Greasy Sunscreen
Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
Neutrogena
Now 25% off
$9 AT AMAZON $9 AT WALMART
2
Best Lightweight Sunscreen
UV Clear SPF 46 Face Sunscreen
EltaMD
$39 AT AMAZON $15 AT WALMART $39 AT DERMSTORE
3
Best Sunscreen For Dry Skin
Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 50
Cetaphil
$56 AT AMAZON
4
Best Oil-Free Facial Sunscreen
Intellishade Clear
Revision Skincare
Now 28% off
$58 AT AMAZON $45 AT WALMART $80 AT DERMSTORE
5
Best Antioxidant-Rich Facial Sunscreen
5 in 1 Face Cream With SPF 30
First Aid Beauty
Now 30% off
$28 AT AMAZON
6
Best Facial Sunscreen For Melanin-Rich Skin
Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Black Girl Sunscreen
$16 AT TARGET $29 AT WALMART $19 AT MACY'S
7
Best Gel Facial Sunscreen
Sea Clearly Premium Translucent Gel Sunscreen SPF 50
Sonrei
$35 AT AMAZON
8
Best Mineral Sunscreen For The Face
Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Tinted Sunscreen
Avène
$34 AT AMAZON $32 AT WALMART $34 AT ULTA BEAUTY
9
Best Facial Sunscreen For Preventing Signs Of Aging
Age Defense UV Mineral Sunscreen
GLYTONE
Now 32% off
$27 AT AMAZON $38 AT WALMART
10
Best Dermatologist-Recommended SPF For Melanin-Rich Skin
Titanium And Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen
TIZO
$43 AT AMAZON $26 AT WALMART
11
Best Facial Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin
Mineral SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen
Sun Bum
$18 AT AMAZON $31 AT WALMART $18 AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS
12
Best Facial Sunscreen For Blue Light Protection
Daily SPF
Cocokind
$25 AT AMAZON $33 AT WALMART $25 AT ULTA BEAUTY
13
Best Tinted Sunscreen For Melanin-Rich Skin
Mineral Tinted Face Sunscreen
UNSUN
$29 AT AMAZON
14
Best Non-Irritating Facial Sunscreen
UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF50
SKINCEUTICALS
$90 AT AMAZON $68 AT DERMSTORE $68 AT SKINSTORE
15
Best Facial Sunscreen For Kids And Babies
Pure & Free Baby Mineral Sunscreen
Neutrogena
$33 AT AMAZON $20 AT WALMART $12 AT BED BATH AND BEYOND
16
Best Non-Oily SPF
Natural Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
EleVen by Venus Williams
$50 AT AMAZON $50 AT NORDSTROM $50 AT ULTA BEAUTY
17
Best Lightly-Tinted Facial Sunscreen
HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36
Alastin
$74 AT AMAZON
18
Best Lightweight Sunscreen For Melanin-Rich Skin
Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50
Pipette
$12 AT AMAZON $12 AT WALMART
19
Best Powder Sunscreen For The Face
Brush-On Sunscreen Mineral Powder
Colorescience
$69 AT AMAZON $39 AT WALMART $69 AT NORDSTROM
20
Best Facial Sunscreen For Dry Skin
Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
CeraVe
$17 AT AMAZON $17 AT WALMART $18 AT BED BATH AND BEYOND
21
Most Nourishing Facial Sunscreen
Zincscreen 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 40
Supergoop!
$42 AT SEPHORA $35 AT WALMART $42 AT NORDSTROM
22
Best Antioxdant-Rich Facial Sunscreen
Eryfotona Actinica Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
ISDIN
$60 AT AMAZON
23
Best Moisturizing Facial Sunscreen
Skin Active Repair Matrix Support Sunscreen
NEOSTRATA
$74 AT AMAZON $53 AT WALMART $74 AT DERMSTORE
24
Best All-In-One Tinted SPF
Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF30
bareMinerals
$33 AT SEPHORA $18 AT WALMART $37 AT NORDSTROM
25
Best Bronzing Facial Sunscreen
Mineral Tinted Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30
amazon.com
MDSolarSciences
Now 28% off
$23 AT AMAZON $27 AT WALMART $25 AT DERMSTORE
26
Best Tinted Powder Facial Sunscreen
High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50
amazon.com
Avène
$36 AT DERMSTORE
27
Best Oil-Free Sunscreen For Acne-Prone Skin
SKINCEUTICALS Physical Matte UV Defense, SPF 50, 1.0 Fluid Ounce
SkinCeuticals
$60 AT AMAZON
28
Best Vitamin E-Rich With Facial Sunscreen
Total Defense + Repair Broad Spectrum SPF 34
amazon.com
SkinMedica
Now 10% off
$63 AT AMAZON $58 AT WALMART $70 AT DERMSTORE
29
Best Skin-Tightening Facial Sunscreen
Peptide Rich Defense Moisturizer SPF 50
COSMEDIX
Now 36% off
$41 AT AMAZON $33 AT WALMART
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