Sunscreen is a non-negotiable these days, and every person of every skin tone should be using sunscreen daily. Yes, you read, right! Every single, day no matter what your skin tone or gender.
I think everyone knows by now that we should be wearing sunscreen every day, but do you apply it? Whether the sun is shining or not, there are unhealthy UVA/UVB rays that soak into your skin, causing premature ageing, skin damage, and in some cases, skin cancer. Visit my blogpost Sunscreen 101, for a full breakdown of all things sunscreen and learn if you are unsure. There’s no excuse not to give your skin the protection it needs.
If your not sure where to start, don’t worry I got your back with some of my favourite drug store sunscreens:
A favourite facial sunscreen at the moment, sensitive skin friends this is for you, it is lightweight. It absorbs into my skin, not feeling it on the surface. I just mix it in with my moisturizer and apply it to every millimetre of my face daily. PSA, keep in mind that this is a fluid, not a cream, so the consistency is thinner in texture, so take it slower when pouring it out onto your hands before applying to your face.
Neutrogena Face Sunscreen SPF 50, Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch, $16
This sunscreen is also so lightweight you will forget that you put it on. The stick provides UVA/UVB protection with SPF 50. It is Non-comedogenic, not clogging your pores, so anyone with oily skin this is for you.
This stick is ideal for anyone who wants to touch up their sun protection throughout the day. Throw it in your bag for the day. Apply to your lips, nose, face, etc. Word of warning, this sunscreen does have a bit of a white film that appears if not rubbed in thoroughly.
Shiseido’s WetForce technology belongs in the pantheon of amazing sunscreens, while water-resistant. The brand’s Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50+ sunscreen goes on clear, ensuring that there’s no annoying white cast left behind when you rub it in.
This formula is non-greasy, lightweight formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a filmy, white residue. It’s also great for sensitive skin as it’s non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Reapply it every two to three hours or more often if you’ll be in direct sunlight for an extended period.
NEUTROGENA® CLEAR FACE™ Sunscreen Lotion SPF60 is made with HELIOPLEX® technology to provide photostable, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a clinically-tested formula that is non-comedogenic so that it won’t clog pores. Water-resistant and sweat-resistant (80 minutes).
La Roche Posay
Anthelios Mist Spf 50, $32
Continuous spray for even application. Perfectly adapted for outdoor activities. Great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Fragrance-Free, Paraben Free, Hypoallergenic, Clinically tested, Non-Comedogenic.
Aveeno Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 60, Water Resistant and Sweat Resistant, $14
This sunblock provides long-lasting UVA/UVB protection with SPF 60 and is water and sweat resistant. From a Dermatologist-recommended brand, and non-comedogenic, so it won’t cause acne or clog pores.
A great sunscreen that absorbs into skin giving you that protection you need from the sun’s rays. UVA & UVB protection, but like every sunscreen, you have to reapply every 2 hours for it to be efficient.
I do take great care when applying sunscreen to any child, and I trust this brand to protect them from the sun. This broad-spectrum UVA/UVB face and body sun protection for kids is tested under dermatological and pediatric control and provides advanced protection using ingredients selected for children’s sensitive skin. Its non-greasy formula glides effortlessly over skin, leaving a translucent white film to allow even coverage before melting into the skin.
Life Brand Sport Sunscreen SPF 30 Value Pack, $20
The convenience of a spray is always more effortless with applying sunscreen to your body. Lightweight, and leaves a beautiful shine on your skin, with a fine mist allowing the sunscreen to distribute evenly. Each can is oil-free, hypoallergenic, water/sweat-resistant.
Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $7
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance Lotion Sunscreen is our first sunscreen that protects, softens and leaves skin radiant. Offering broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with an innovative formula of guava, papaya and plumeria extracts, Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance delivers a luxurious feel and leaves skin noticeably soft and luminous. Oil-free, Non-greasy, & Water Resistant Features mango fruit extract and a shea butter complex Contains Vitamins C & E.
Coppertone Sport® Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunburn protection now in a new lightweight and breathable formula. Specially formulated for active adults, this sweat-resistant and the water-resistant formula stay on steady when you sweat and won’t run into your eyes and sting. It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue that can affect your grip during your favourite sport. This sunscreen retains its SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating.
Shiseido Sports BB – Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce, $48
A BB-type sunscreen ideal for sports and other outdoor activities. Formulated with WetForce technology, it reacts positively to sweat or water on contact, to activate additional strength within the protective veil. Contouring powder deftly manipulates sunlight to create a sculpted, healthy look, while the formula supplies amino complex to moisturize the skin after sweating. Protects skin from UVA/UVB rays with exclusive SuperVeil-UV 360 technology, which helps provide an even, protective layer over the surface. Naturally covers uneven tones and pores with a skin tone tint, for a radiant finish, Water-resistant (80 minutes), sebum & transfer-resistant. NON-COMEDOGENIC DERMATOLOGIST AND OPHTHALMOLOGIST-TESTED
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Spf 50, is a moisturizing face sunscreen with water-light sunscreen that provides SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection and hydrates skin with hyaluronic acid. It is non-comedogenic and oil-free, so it won’t cause acne or clog pores and a bonus, it won’t leave a white cast on the skin and invisibly layers under makeup.