When you think about sunscreen, you might conjure up an image of your parents slathering your tiny body with SPF at the beach as a child — taking close to an hour to fully absorb (with disposable camera pictures to embarrass you years later). Luckily, SPF formulas these days have evolved from the limited options offered in the 20th century and early 2000s. In fact, many of the best new sunscreens rub into the skin quickly and come with a slew of skin care benefits that make using them not only tolerable but enjoyable, because, as you already know, SPF is a non-negotiable part of everyone’s skin care routine.
When it comes to finding your perfect product, there are so many choices out there it can feel overwhelming. You might have a preferred type of consistency — some lean toward spray-on products for their ease of use, while others pick lotions and serums they can use in their daily routine. According to Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., FAAD, a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist and founder of Dr. Loretta skin care, the most important thing to consider when choosing a sunscreen is whether or not you will use it consistently. “I emphasize to my patients that sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer,” Dr. Ciraldo previously told TZR. “If you find that sunscreen makes your skin look more oily or that when you use a particular sunscreen you seem to break out more, you won't be using it daily.” While there are different factors to consider — mineral vs. chemical, spray vs. lotion, oil-free vs. with oil — in the end, personal preference is what matters most.
Eager to discover more newly launched sunscreens from the past year? Below, find 16 options that’ll protect your skin all summer long (and beyond).
Best New Sunscreens
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