Regardless of the time of year, we all need to be wearing sunscreen whenever we venture outside. But, with summer right around the corner and its attendant outdoor activities that await us, IMBOLDN’s editors thought it wise to offer up their favorite sunscreens. It doesn’t matter if you’re light-skinned, dark-skinned, or somewhere in the middle, the sun’s rays can cause permanent damage to your skin. So, it’s important that you protect yourself with one of our top picks for the Best Sunscreens of 2022.
Oars + Alps Hydrating Antioxidant SPF 50 Spray
When you’re outdoors enjoying the warmer weather, protect your skin from harmful UV rays with Oars + Alps SPF 50 Spray – a sunscreen that serves to strengthen, brighten, and hydrate your skin. It contains powerful antioxidants from Vitamin C and Alpine Caribou Moss, both of which increase your skin’s resistance to the sun’s effects. This handy 6 oz. spray is both water and sweat-resistant and is lightly scented with Oars + Alps’ Summer Splash, a rejuvenating fragrance derived from amber, bamboo, and coconut water.
Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20
As the name suggests, this product does double duty by visibly improving the skin’s overall appearance with its emollient formula, and its broad-spectrum SPF 20 with antioxidants helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of environmental stress–including UV light, blue light, and pollution. Additionally, the moisturizer contains Sea Parsley which has naturally occurring Vitamins A and C and minerals, which work together to soothe and help improve the skin’s appearance.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+
Known for its high-quality skin, hair, and body care products, Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense facial sunscreen is a lightweight formula that helps protect skin from environmental aggressors including UVA/UVB rays and pollution which can cause the first signs of aging. Found in nature and renowned for its proven antioxidant benefits, this sunscreen contains Vitamin E which is known to help neutralize skin-damaging free radicals. In addition to antioxidant protection, Vitamin E is often used in moisturizing skin care products.
Lucky Bastard Co. The Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
When braving the strong summer sun, arm yourself with a sunscreen that’s made with an appealing array of anti-inflammatory natural ingredients like organic aloe juice, lavender essential oil, and chamomile essential oil. Lucky Bastard’s sunscreen provides full-spectrum protection without the unwanted chemicals. It also includes zinc oxide, which protects against UVA and UVB light rays and is used as a natural, non-toxic sunscreen to prevent burns, signs of photo-aging, and irritation.
Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Water-Light Lotion For Face & Body SPF 30
Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, Kiehl’s face and body broad-spectrum sunscreen with Sun-Filter Technology that helps defend skin from UV rays and free radicals you’ll inevitably encounter during your summer adventures. This sunscreen also contains Vitamin E, renowned for its proven antioxidant benefits. It has a cool and refreshing texture that goes on easily and provides water-resistance for up to 80 minutes before needing to be reapplied.
Sun Bum Signature Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Used and trusted by many lifeguard and beach rescue organizations throughout the U.S., Sun Bum’s Signature Lotion is a mineral-based sunscreen specifically designed to offer the very best broad-spectrum protection for anyone who works and plays hard in the sun. Enriched with Vitamin E, the lotion is hypoallergenic, gluten, cruelty, and paraben-free to ensure a carefree day in the outdoors.
EltaMD UV Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen
EltaMD’s Sport Sunscreen is ideal for athletes. Regardless of whether you’re a swimmer, runner, golfer, or any other athlete who partakes in a sport that finds you sweating or taking a dip in the ocean or a pool, this sunscreen is water-resistant so it won’t come off in the water or drip into your eyes when you sweat. Use this full-body zinc oxide sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage to protect your skin against UVA and UVB rays from the sun.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Formulated specifically for the face, Neutrogena’s mineral sunscreen lotion is a hypoallergenic and oil-free formula that contains antioxidants to help protect against skin-damaging free radicals caused by the sun. It is made with naturally-sourced 100% zinc oxide and features Dry-Touch technology to help ensure it dries with a non-greasy finish. Great to wear during outdoor activities, the sunscreen is sweat and water-resistant.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50
Recommended for the face and body, La Roche-Posay’s sunscreen is a gentle, non-greasy lotion that provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection. This oil-free 100% mineral and paraben-free sunscreen is made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which leaves the skin feeling soothed and protected without feeling heavy or leaving a cast on the skin.