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Although I love finding and sharing the best beauty products, one of the most important guides I can do is my annual ‘summer sunscreens’ update. Protecting yourself with a good sunscreen is essential in the summer. Here are ten of newest and best sunscreens I’ve discovered this season.

Best Sunscreens 2016

For Face:

COVER FX Clear Cover SPF 30

COVER | FX Clear Cover Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($45) disappears into skin to provide Broad Spectrum sun protection. This feels more like a luxurious serum. If you’re someone that hates the feel of a sunscreen, you can use Clear Cover SPF 30 in place of a primer. I like that it blurs imperfections as it protects.

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense Mineral

Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Titanium Dioxide Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($38): Kiehl’s’ original Super Fluid has been one of my favorite daily sunscreens since it came out. This new formula is lightweight, and great for sensitive and acne-prone skin types. It has a universal sheer tint that disappears into skin. Fragrance-free, paraben-free and non-comedogenic, this sunscreen is 100% mineral-based.

LaRochePosay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 ($19.99) is an oil-free formula that is also good for sensitive skins. It has broad spectrum SPF 60 protection and is water-resistant, making it a good choice if you’re into outdoor activities. I like the dry-touch feel with a matte/shine-free finish. This is an excellent choice for wearing under makeup. Fragrance-free, paraben-free.


BeautyRX Solar Defense Sheer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($42) is a good choice if you want to combine sunscreen ingredients like Zinc Oxide, with anti-aging ingredients, like Vitamin C. This is a light, oil-free formula that is sheer and invisible on skin. Fragrance-free, paraben-free.

Peter Thomas Roth Radiant Instant Mineral SPF 30

Peter Thomas Roth Radiant Instant Mineral SPF 30 ($35) combines a mineral sunscreen (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) with brush-on bronzer for sun protection and a natural, sun-kissed glow! The bronzer is a very natural shade and does have a slight shimmer to it. This is a fabulous option for keeping in your purse, or for travel, as it’s totally portable. Love!

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+

iS Eclipse SPF 50+ ($38) is an ultra sheer broad spectrum physical sunscreen with transparent Titanium Dioxide and micronized Zinc Oxide, plus antioxidant Vitamin E. This formula is water-resistant, absorbs quickly and is non-greasy. Because of the micronized Zinc Oxide, there is no need to wait 15 minutes before outside activities, so no advance planning necessary. In translucent and tinted formulas.

Supergoop Shine-On Lip Screen SPF 50

One of the most exposed areas on our face is our lips. New Supergoop! Shine-On Lip Screen SPF 50 ($22) is a clear top coat that you can apply over your lip color. If you’ve ever burnt your lips wearing lip gloss in the sun, you know it’s not fun. I love that the Shine-On Lip Screen formula contains antioxidants and sunflower seed oil, so your lips are hydrated and protected. Shine-On Lip Screen is also water-resistant and doesn’t have a “taste” or “smell”; it feels like a plumping lip treatment.

For body:

COOLA Sport SPF 50 Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray

COOLA Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 in Guava Mango ($36) offers broad spectrum protection with a tropical scent. Endorsed by the American Lifeguard Association, this spray is super convenient for outside activities. The formula is antioxidant infused and non-sticky while hydrating skin with over 70% certified ingredients.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless SPF 30

Hawaiian Tropic is the smell of summer! New Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (MSRP $9.99) is a lightweight lotion with hydrating ribbons and shea butter that moisturizes skin for up to 12 hours. It’s non-greasy and water-resistant, as well as portable. I really like the airless pump bottle.

Vita Liberata Marula 3 in 1 Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50

Vita Liberata Self Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 finally solves the problem of being able to get a gradual, buildable, self-tan with sun protection! The formula has non-greasy Marula Oil, so it truly feels like a dry oil on your skin. Use it like you would any other self-tanning product; I like to use a tanning mitt for application.

Safe sun practices include staying out of the sun when rays are strongest, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and reapply often, following label recommendations. It’s important to use enough sunscreen to be adequately protected–about a shot glass to cover all exposed areas on your body. And check the date so you’re not using expired product; most sunscreens now have a “use by” date.

If you want more sunscreen recommendations, check out Top 10 Sunscreens to wear under makeup. The Sunscreen category on Beauty411.net also has many posts that you might find helpful.

What is your favorite sunscreen? Let me know in the comments!

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