We found the best sunscreen for every skin type

Summertime = looong days spent lounging in your backyard hammock, splashing in the pool and chilling on the beach. And all that sunshine means it's time to lather on the SPF. Consider this your official reminder to wear sunscreen every day (yep, even when it's cloudy or raining).

But not all formulas are created alike—and your choice of daily skin protection should depend on your complexion. We're breaking down the best sunscreen for *every* skin you can soak up those rays all summer long.

Your skin type: Dry

Look for an SPF that provides protection *and* hydration (think: creams + lotions with ingredients like ceramides, aloe or hyaluronic acid). Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Niacinimide Sunscreen SPF 50 ($34) moisturizes without feeling heavy. The best part? It'll leave your skin with a dewy sheen.

Your skin type: Oily

Your best pick? A sunscreen with a matte finish. Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Face Tint SPF 50 ($18) provides chemical-free coverage. It's non-greasy, but it glides on velvety smooth—plus the subtle tint ensures zero white cast.

Your skin type: Melanated

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30 ($19) is superficially formulated for women of color. It protects melanated skin without the white residue (yas)—and it's infused with natural ingredients like avocado, jojoba and cacao. 

Your skin type: Sensitive

Steer clear of irritating chemicals and products with a laundry list of strange ingredients (specifically fragrances). Your best bet is a mineral sunscreen, like Aveeno Positively Mineral Sensitive Face Sunscreen SPF 50 ($13). It's formulated with natural ingredients like vitamin E and nourishing oat. 

Your skin type: Acne-prone

Look for a lightweight formula (bonus points if it's free of fragrance or artificial dyes, which can aggravate pimples). Glossier's Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen ($25) applies like a serum, and the transparent formula soaks into the skin without clogging pores. It also works as a fabulous primer underneath makeup (we love a good 2-in-1).

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by Kathleen O'Neill | 5/26/2022