What’s the biggest skin-care trick we have up our sleeves? Safe sunscreens formulated with SPF 30 or higher, of course. We don’t just write about wearing it, we actually wear it — as in every single day. (Yes, even when it’s raining cats and dogs or if we’re spending the day cozied up inside.) Every dermatologist in the world will wax poetic about the importance of wearing broad-spectrum SPF daily to protect your skin from harmful, damage-causing UVA and UVB rays that result in long-lasting sun damage like sun spots, skin sagging, wrinkles, and so on.
As a reminder in regards to efficacy, SPF 30 guards against 97 percent of UVB rays, and SPF 50 is about 98 percent, and so forth. (SPF 15 only protects against 93 percent, which is why most dermatologists — and the Allure team — recommend at least 30.) The evidence is crystal-clear so do yourself a favor, slather up, and consistently reapply every few hours to prevent the aforementioned effects — which, at their worst, can culminate in a skin cancer diagnosis.
Now that we’ve gotten the facts out of the way, we want to acknowledge that finding the right sunscreen for your skin tone and type can be tricky. Personal preferences also run the gamut — for example, mineral vs. chemical, tinted vs. not — but to help you out, we’ve rounded up some of our failsafe favorites, as recommended by Allure editors and board-certified derms. These formulas glide on like a dream, never disrupt makeup, work well on all skin types, and most importantly, ensure you won’t burn or incur UV-induced damage.
Ahead, check out 28 sunscreens that have earned the Allure stamp of approval.
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