At this point, you're probably well aware of the reasons why you need to wear sunscreen — if not, let these sunburn horror stories be a place to start. However, even if you've educated yourself on what broad spectrum means, the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen, and know to look out for certain ingredients on your sunscreen label, there's still one problem: There are literally hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of SPF products to choose from.
So, where do you start? You start by reading this story. We made a list of SPF categories based both on the differences in formula and where you're supposed to apply them. Tinted sunscreens, SPF illuminizers, the best lip products with SPF in them, and even protective hair products: The following product recommendations are a mere fraction of what we put to the test so you don't have to. Here are the best SPF products you can buy in 2018, so you never have to get burned again.
If you're looking for a facial sunscreen that doesn't have any pigment, there are plenty of great options on the market. What's more: These picks were chosen because they work quite well under makeup, and some of them even double as skin care. The ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30 packs a moisturizing punch while providing sun protection, as do the Thank You Farmer Light Sun Essence SPF 30 and the Blue Lagoon Iceland Hydrating Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. The Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield blends into the skin imperceptibly, and PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 can be used on both the face and body.
Other great non-tinted options, particularly for people with dark skin looking for sunscreen include Glossier Invisible Shield, La Roche Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60, and Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35. Two K-beauty options that stick out in this category are MISSHA All Around Safe Block Sebum Zero Sun SPF 50 and Amarte Ultra Veil Facial Sunscreen — the latter harnesses the power of elemental sulfur to brighten the skin, and includes a super finely-milled mica that leaves behind a luminous glow. Additionally, the best non-tinted drugstore choice is unequivocally Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid SPF 70.