The “fun in the sun” season is officially here and there is no better time to amp up your SPF defense.
While you should be wearing sunscreen every day regardless of the weather or time of year, it’s particularly important to prioritize sun protection during the summer months when the UV intensity of the sun is strongest.
Whether you prefer mineral or chemical sunscreen, tinted or invisible coverage, oil-free or ultra-rich formulations, these celeb favorites have got you covered (pun unintended):
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen ($21)
This Reese Witherspoon-approved mineral sunscreen is packed with the hydration-boosting goodness of squalane and water lily. Its breathable, sheer formula absorbs quickly into the skin leaving a soft, dewy finish minus the tell-tale white cast. Oh, did I mention it’s vegan and non-toxic?
ZO Skin Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($70)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s skincare must-haves include this water-proof sunscreen that not only shields the skin from damaging UV rays but also offers additional protection against blue light and infrared radiation. The non-greasy formula easily blends into the skin giving a matte sheer coverage—making it a perfect option to wear under makeup.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Zinc Oxide Sunscreen SPF 50 ($34.99)
One of the skincare secrets behind Constance Wu’s seemingly poreless, lit-from-within complexion is this zinc-based sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and is chock full of antioxidants to further protect the skin from environmental aggressors and free radicals. The non-comedogenic lotion is formulated without parabens, fragrances and oxybenzone—making it suitable for sensitive skin types.
Lancôme UV Expert Aqua Gel Defense SPF 50+ ($40)
For Zendaya, sunscreen is the “ultimate non-negotiable” when it comes to skincare. Her SPF of choice: Lancôme’s UV Expert Aqua Gel SPF 50. Infused with antioxidant-rich moringa and vitamin E, it provides weightless, invisible broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. “It’s amazing on its own, but also serves as a really great primer under makeup,” the Euphoria star told Glamour in 2020.
EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 ($34.50)
Hailey Beiber’s go-to sunscreen defends the skin against photodamage while tackling visible signs of aging thanks to vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. Its lightly tinted formula is perfect to wear under makeup or on its own for a more natural look. Plus, it’s non-comedogenic and free from parabens and synthetic fragrance.
Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 70 ($8.99)
When it comes to sun protection, Scandal actor Kerry Washington relies on this drugstore favorite that delivers heavy-duty protection against UVA and UVB rays without clogging the pores.
Control Corrective Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 ($40)
January Jones swears by this physical sunblock that offers broad-spectrum protection without stifling the skin with a greasy white film. Enriched with aloe and glycerin, it can also double as a lightweight daily moisturizer that soothes and nourishes the skin with healing moisture.
Isun Antioxidant Sun Butter ($42)
One of the skincare staples in Zoë Kravitz’s beauty arsenal is this luscious hydrator that’s packed with intensely nourishing shea, olive, avocado and mango oils to replenish and lock in moisture while providing chemical-free SPF 27 protection.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 ($20-$36)
This Mindy Kaling-approved sunscreen needs no introduction. The cult-favorite multitasker soothes, moisturizes and protects the skin from blue light and photodamage in one easy step. The clear, ultra-light lotion quickly absorbs into the skin and can double as a matte primer as well.
JLo Beauty That Big Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizer ($54)
“My @JLoBeauty SPF is my biggest skincare secret that makes me glow from head to toe,” the Marry Me star posted on Twitter last year. Featuring skincare saviors like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and natural sugars along with blue light-zapping marine bamboo, this lightweight sunscreen not only protects the skin from harmful sun rays, free radicals and HEV light damage but also plumps up your skin cells with moisture for a smoother, glow-ier complexion.
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 ($34)
Selena Gomez’s go-to sunscreen packs broad-spectrum sun protection along with antioxidant-rich grape juice and marula oil to further shield your skin from oxidative stress that is known to speed up the process of skin aging.
Sun’Si Belle Broad Spectrum Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30 ($29)
Kate Bosworth likes to use this tinted mineral sunblock that’s supercharged with papaya, pineapple, tomato, hyaluronic acid and ellagic acid to reduce UV-induced pigmentation, lock in moisture and even skin texture for a smoother, softer and more supple skin.