6 Essential Sunscreens To Stock Up On This Summer

July 22, 2021

Whew! It’s been a long hot summer already, and there’s still more sunshine to come—which means burning, damaging rays. Protect yourself with our hand-picked list, right here. —Catherine Dunwoody

Canadian husband-and-wife team Jeff and Josie Kletter have been in the sunscreen biz for years, and their latest venture, (be you) is a complete line of broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens that have a trademarked WOWmist non-aerosol, non-sticky spray that dries down in a flash. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and water-resistant—plus produced in a sustainable solar-powered manufacturing facility—this product is virtually carbon-neutral.

BeautyCounter launched Countersun Daily Sheer Defense for Face SPF 25 ($55) in April; formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, this lightweight lotion blends onto the skin without looking chalky white.

Australia’s Blue Lizard brand created We ❤ the Reef sunscreens to provide broad-spectrum protection with no oxybenzone and no octinoxate. The cool cap changes to bright blue or pink in harmful UV rays, reminding you to apply more.

New Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick 50+ for face and body ($40) is water resistant, with SynchroShield that boosts your protection when you start to perspire or jump in the pool (ocean, lake). We love the convenience of a quick stick.

Troubled complexion? Rodan and Fields Unblemish Invisible Matte Defense Broad Spectrum ($47) keeps oil and shine low with its mattifying properties.

Skip wearing oil-blotting powder plus sunscreen with this double-duty product: Avene Haute Protection SPF 50 ($35 at Shoppers Drug Mart) is a tinted compact containing 100 per cent mineral protection for sensitive and allergic skin. Easy to press on or apply with a brush, it boasts SPF 50.


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