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The best sunscreen options for summer 2022

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Did you know dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen every day that you're out in the sun? Lathering up with a great sunscreen, like the ones featured below, can help protect you -- and your skin -- from the elements, especially during the super-sunny summer months when UV rays are the most intense.


Top products in this article:

Supergoop Play Everyday lotion, SPF 50 (5.5 oz.), $32

Vacation Classic Spray, SPF 30 (6.0 oz.), $20

Tula Protect + Glow, SPF 30 (1.7 oz.), $28 (reduced from $36)

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch, SPF 30 (8.0 oz.), $8.47


According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when choosing a sunscreen, you should look for one that's broad spectrum. That means it offers protection against both skin-wrinkling UVA rays and sunburn-causing UVB rays. The sunscreen should be rated SPF 30 or higher, and be judged water resistant. (SPF, so you know, stands for sun protection factor.)

We've rounded up some of the best sunscreen options in 2022, including those by SupergoopSunBum and CeraVe. There's a sunscreen option on our list that will work for just about everyone, from outdoor athletes and swimmers, to children and those with sensitive skin. All are smart choices for protecting your skin this summer.   


Tula Protect + Glow, SPF 30

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Tula

Looking for a non-greasy, sweet-smelling sunscreen? Tula, a skincare brand with a celebrity following that includes Jenna Dewan and Mandy Moore, makes a great broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen in gel form. It's perfect for wearing under makeup or alone. 

Tula Protect + Glow, SPF 30 (1.7 oz.), $28 (reduced from $36)


Supergoop Play Everyday sunscreen lotion, SPF 50

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Supergoop

Formulated for all skin types, Supergoop Play Everyday lotion offers broad-spectrum SPF 50 coverage and water resistance. Supergoop Play Everyday is a ray-absorbing chemical sunscreen, albeit one made without two ingredients usually associated with chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone and octinoxate. The greaseless formula absorbs into and hydrates the skin. 

Supergoop Play Everyday sunscreen lotion, SPF 50 (5.5 oz.), $32


Supergoop and Gray Malin Everyday Getaway kit

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Supergoop

Get all the protection you need for your next trip with this clever collaboration between fine art beachscape photographer Gray Malin and Supergoop. Style after Malin's famous aerial beach photos, the set includes a tube of Play lip shield, SPF 30, Play antioxidant body mist, SPF 50, (Re)setting refreshing mist, SPF 40, Glow oil, SPF 50, Play Everyday lotion, SPF 50 and Unseen Sunscreen, SPF 40, all carry-on friendly and under the TSA 3.5-ounce limit.

Supergoop! and Gray Malin Everyday Getaway kit, $75


Tower 28 Sunny Days tinted sunscreen, SPF 30

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Tower 28

Most tinted sunscreens only offer a slight tint to prevent that white residue that physical or mineral formulas traditionally tend to leave behind on your skin. Tower 28 Sunny Days, however, eliminates the need for you to cover up with foundation. The tinted sunscreen comes in 14 shades for a variety of skin tones. Designed for those with sensitive skin, Sunny Days has been endorsed by the National Eczema Association as gentle enough for those with eczema. Currently, spend $60 or more on Tower 28 products and save 28% with the code FF20. 

Tower 28 Sunny Days tinted sunscreen, SPF 30 (1.0 oz.), $30


Vacation Classic Spray, SPF 30

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Vacation

Not a fan of the scent of the traditional titanium-zinc sunscreen? Vacation offers ample sun protection with a tropical scent so amazing that the brand bottled it, and made it into a perfume. The skin-hydrating, SPF 30 formulation remains water resistant up to 80 minutes. Its ingredients won't harm coral reefs. It's also vegan!

Vacation Classic Spray, SPF 30 (6.0 oz.), $20


Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer/Tinted Daily Defense, SPF 30

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Drunk Elephant

If you have sensitive skin or suffer from skin conditions, namely eczema, you may want to look for a physical or mineral sunscreen. This kind of sunscreen sits on the surface of skin, and acts like a shield. Unlike a chemical sunscreen, a physical sunscreen, as previously mentioned, may leave behind a residue. 

All of this brings us to this physical, broad-spectrum, SPF 30 sunscreen by the beauty brand Drunk Elephant. Sheer and tinted versions are available. Both versions are formulated for the face, and feature ingredients like marula oil and fruit enzymes, along with zinc oxide (a hallmark of a physical sunscreen). 

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Daily Defense, SPF 30 (3.0 oz.), $34

Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Daily Defense, SPF 30 (3.0 oz.), $36


Elta MD UV Clear broad spectrum, SPF 46

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Elta MD

Elta MD's UV Clear sunscreen is one of the most highly rated mineral-based sunscreens on Amazon -- and the top-selling facial sunscreen overall. The zinc oxide, broad-spectrum sunscreen offers extra gentle protection for sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin. 

Elta MD UV Clear broad spectrum, SPF 46 (1.7 oz.), $37

Elta MD UV Clear tinted broad spectrum, SPF 46 (1.7 oz.), $41


CeraVe Tinted Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30 

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CeraVe

Looking for a great, tinted facial sunscreen on a budget? CeraVe makes a great one with lightweight, greaseless protection. It boasts thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon. Per CeraVe, its products were developed with the help of dermatologists.

CeraVe Tinted Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30 (1.7 oz.), $14


SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair, SPF 50+

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SkinMedica

SkinMedica, a skincare company owned by the pharmaceutical company Allergan, created Total Defense + Repair, a broad-spectrum chemical sunscreen that not only protects skin against sun damage, but encourages skin regrowth with the help of additional antioxidant ingredients. Clinical studies conducted by the brand found that regular use reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving the appearance of damaged skin. 

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair, SPF 50+ (2.3 oz.), $68


Banana Boat Sport Cool Zone, SPF 30

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Banana Boat

A water-resistant, reef-friendly, chemical sunscreen, Banana Boat Sport Cool Zone boasts SPF 30 protection and water resistance for up to 80 minutes. On Amazon, the lightweight, greaseless spray boasts an average 4.7-star rating with more than 24,000 reviews.

Banana Boat Sport Cool Zone, SPF 30 (two pack, 12 oz. total), $12 (reduced from $26)


SunBum Mineral spray sunscreen, SPF 30

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SunBum

If you don't mind the white residue usually associated with a physical sunscreen, then SunBum Mineral should be in your beach bag. A mineral sunscreen that smells like summer, it sprays on with a matte finish, offering SPF 30 protection with the active ingredient zinc oxide. 

SunBum Mineral Sunscreen, SPF 30 (6.0 oz.), $18


Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch, SPF 30

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Hawaiian Tropic

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch is a chemical sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum, SPF 30 protection. It's a budget-friendly option that moisturizes the skin, and delivers a fragrance that transports you to the tropics. If you prefer a mist to a lotion, order Hawaiian Tropic's Silk Hydration spray.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch, SPF 30 (8.0 oz.), $8.47

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration spray, SPF 30 (6.0 oz.), $11


Blue Lizard sensitive mineral sunscreen, SPF 50+

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Blue Lizard

Amazon reviewers love this unscented mineral sunscreen formulated for sensitive skin from Australian brand Blue Lizard. Not only does it offer ample, SPF 50+, sweat- and water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes, it does so without using ingredients that can be harmful to coral reefs.

Blue Lizard sensitive mineral sunscreen, SPF 50 (5.0 oz.), $14


Bask non-aerosol spray, SPF 30 and 50

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Bask

This non-oil, non-aerosol, vegan sunscreen smells like summer in a bottle and offers continuous spray (even upside down!) to effortlessly cover your body with quick drying protection. It comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50 formulas. 

Bask non-aerosol spray, SPF 30 (5.5 oz.), $24

Bask non-aerosol spray, SPF 50 (5.5 oz.), $24


Goddess Garden Sport sunscreen stick, SPF 50

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Goddess Garden

Formulated for sweat and surf, this mineral sunscreen stick from Goddess Garden offers SPF 50 protection and 80 minutes of water resistance. Unscented and gentle enough for sensitive skin, the zinc-based formula rubs into your skin without leaving any white residue behind. Like all Goddess Garden products, the formula is certified organic, vegan and reef safe. 

Goddess Garden sunscreen stick, SPF 50 (0.6 oz.), $9.99


Project Reef mineral sunscreen, SPF 30 or 50  

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Project Reef

Project Reef is another reef-friendly sunscreen brand that's committed to making products as safe for the environment as it is for humans. It makes sunscreens in SPF 30 and SPF 50 varieties. Both are infused with hydrating and soothing botanical ingredients including organic aloe vera, coconut, sea-buckthorn oil, green tea, pomegranate and raspberry extract, along with non-nano zinc oxide. 

Project Reef mineral sunscreen, SPF 30 (4.22 oz.), $24

 Project Reef mineral sunscreen, SPF 50 (4.22 oz.), $26


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