Our HandsDown Top 10 Sunscreens

June 30, 2022


Summer is here! Time to treat ourselves to park picnics, beach days and all the fun in the sun we can fit into these blissfully long days. It’s also time to treat our skin (the body’s largest organ!) to one of the most important steps in self care—sunscreen. Seriously, derms across the board suggest you practice safe-sunning and don’t leave home without it. But where to start? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the myriad options available at your local drugstore, Sephora and on Amazon, fret not! We sourced our HandsDown community for authentic, unfiltered reviews of coveted SPF-packed products for all skin types and every need.

For when you want a one-and-done moisturizer with protection

Eucerin Daily Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Moisturizing Face Lotion
Recommended by Nina, who says: Light and not gunky, has SPF, plays well with makeup.

For the skincare obsessed

Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer with SPF 30

Recommended by Andrea, who says: I love this sunscreen! It’s a hybrid of sun protection and skincare which is totally my vibe. I dig that it’s light, goes on smoothly, it’s not oily and works great under makeup.

For those who loathe lotion

Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Sunscreen SPF 50

Recommended by Joanna, who says: My go-to Japanese sunscreen. An alcohol-based sunscreen that doesn’t leave any sticky residue. It’s perfect for everyday wear!

For redness-prone skin in need of some TLC

Dr Jart+ Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment

Recommended by Cassidy, who dubs this product: “Skincare’s Sacrament of Reconciliation”

For the frequent flyer or the one who’s always on the move

This portable, travel-friendly stick is recommended by Phoebe, who says: Makes you look dewey and is insanely protective even though it feels light!

For sensitive-skinned sun-soakers with a tendency toward breakouts

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

Recommended by Kendra, who says: I F***ING LOVE THIS SUNSCREEN (can you curse on here?) To be fair I’m pasty—But HIDE YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN. Future you will thank you. Fo realz.

For those looking for luminosity and a touch of added oomph

Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40

Recommended by Olivia, who says: I legit wear this EVERY DAY. It’s the perfect amount of glow. I wear it alone for a natural look or mix it with foundation for a fuller coverage. I’m on my 4th bottle, this stuff is the best!

Another happy user, Katie, says: This product is the perfect combination of SPF protection, light coverage, and glow. My go-to minimal makeup routine is Glow Screen + mascara + chapstick. 👌

For serious safety without the weight 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Sunscreen SPF 60

Recommended by Maya, who says: This sunscreen [for face and body] sits beautifully and nicely enhances any makeup you put on top. The product melts into the skin instead of sitting on top, and keeps you super protected. Not today sun, not today.

For the one who likes to keep things natural 

Alba Botanica Sensitive Mineral Suncreen Lotion SPF 30

Recommended by Nina K., who says: We are done with chemical sunscreen in this house, especially with young humans having sensitive skin. It was time to go back to basics with a mineral version and this one is as lightweight as it gets for mineral sunscreen. Bring on the sun! ☀️

For those with ample screen time

Colleen Rothschild Triple Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 40

Recommended by Sydney, who says: Protects against blue light too – plus the price point is killer!

Bonus pick! For a bit of extra refuge from the rays

Mini Compact Umbrella with UV Protection & Rain Protection

Recommended by Sonia, who says: I used to carry around fabric sunbrellas but was recently introduced to these awesome tiny SPF umbrellas. They fold up and are light enough to carry all day for sun protection.

How did we do? With so many skin concerns and so many products out there, we’re curious to hear if we missed any of your personal picks for playing defense against the sun! Leave a comment and update your own HandsDown list with your faves and saves and what makes them great. Sharing is caring!