The Best Facial Sunscreens: 233K Reviews

Based on 233,335 Influenster Reviews

No matter the season, dermatologists agree: you should be wearing sunscreen every day. It will help maintain the appearance of youthful skin and guard against harmful UV rays that can damage skin. 

Which sunscreen is the best and most effective? Just ask our Influenster members. They've left hundreds of thousands of reviews on facial sunscreens and we've combed through those reviews to bring you the best there is. Check out this list and let us know in the comments which products you trust to keep your skin safe. 

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Taylor S.
ByTaylor S.said...
When I got my first hydrafacial, I asked the esthetician if there was any tinted moisturizers she recommended that wouldn't cause a breakout and would still provide some coverage. At that point in my life I had been doing full face makeup almost everyday not heavy but definitely glamorous and I was tired of it. And I knew I needed to start wearing an SPF. So she recommended this product. They had product of it at the salon and I had already known about this brand I mean eltamd is huge, you know it's not going to be some type of fluke. So I bought it. Now, this is all I wear for foundation. Not only that but it has been helping improve my skin by not being inhibited like other makeups with more coveragecancer I mean people come on this is a triple win. Sometimes I'll use a derm concealer if I have a blemish or a sheer powder to finish it off. I love this product I wear it everyday I'll put it back on at night too, and I'm very serious about wearing it as my foundation, like I put it back on at night if I'm going to go out. It's buildable coverage as well the first layer maybe sheer just put a second layer on. Three layers is a little much that's just kind of wasting money I suppose at that point you might just want to get a little bit of a clean derm recommended concealer. I highly recommend this product I buy it quite often and use it for all events. Oh and it's just in one shade but I believe it runs the spectrum for several shades from light to tan. BONUS LEVEL: it's got SPF in it. Normally things with SPF in it don't go on very....smoothly. This does.
When I got my first hydrafacial, I asked the esthetician if there was any tinted moisturizers she recommended that wouldn't cause a breakout and would still provide some coverage. At that point in my life I had been doing full face makeup almost everyday not heavy but definitely glamorous and I was tired of it. And I knew I needed to start wearing an SPF. So she recommended this product. They had product of it at the salon and I had already known about this brand I mean eltamd is huge, you know it's not going to be some type of fluke. So I bought it. Now, this is all I wear for foundation. Not only that but it has been helping improve my skin by not being inhibited like other makeups with more coveragecancer I mean people come on this is a triple win. Sometimes I'll use a derm concealer if I have a blemish or a sheer powder to finish it off. I love this product I wear it everyday I'll put it back on at night too, and I'm very serious about wearing it as my foundation, like I put it back on at night if I'm going to go out. It's buildable coverage as well the first layer maybe sheer just put a second layer on. Three layers is a little much that's just kind of wasting money I suppose at that point you might just want to get a little bit of a clean derm recommended concealer. I highly recommend this product I buy it quite often and use it for all events. Oh and it's just in one shade but I believe it runs the spectrum for several shades from light to tan. BONUS LEVEL: it's got SPF in it. Normally things with SPF in it don't go on very....smoothly. This does.
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Dina M.
ByDina M.said...
I love CeraVe products. This sunscreen is a great physical sunscreen, for every day use, for someone who is pale and has dry skin. If both of these criteria fit for you, then this product is for you. It does leave a white cast, as it’s a physical sunscreen. I do my morning cleanse, tone, and apply my vitamin C, then use this as BOTH a moisturizer and physical sunscreen. I let it absorb for 30 minutes, then apply my makeup. Boom!
I love CeraVe products. This sunscreen is a great physical sunscreen, for every day use, for someone who is pale and has dry skin. If both of these criteria fit for you, then this product is for you. It does leave a white cast, as it’s a physical sunscreen. I do my morning cleanse, tone, and apply my vitamin C, then use this as BOTH a moisturizer and physical sunscreen. I let it absorb for 30 minutes, then apply my makeup. Boom!
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Joei H.
ByJoei H.said...
This sunscreen is SPF 50 with PA++++ which is one of the highest protection you can get and also my go-to to ensure I get the maximum protection. It is very lightweight and it doesn't leave any white cast at all. I feel like it is almost invisible after application. It is a chemical sunscreen but it doesn't have any bad alcohol in it nor does it smell like it has it any in it. It works very well with my sensitive skin and doesn't irritate my skin at all. There is also no scent to it and the texture is quite watery just like its description - 'light and airy'. After 5-10 minutes from application, I realised that it also gives a slight blurring effect too making the skin look soft and poreless without makeup. I feel like it is a formula that will work in most weather climates also because it gave me just the right amount of shine and it is not drying. I love how it comes in a bigger size of 80ml too which totally justify the price for it. I love this and would definitely repurchase it.
This sunscreen is SPF 50 with PA++++ which is one of the highest protection you can get and also my go-to to ensure I get the maximum protection. It is very lightweight and it doesn't leave any white cast at all. I feel like it is almost invisible after application. It is a chemical sunscreen but it doesn't have any bad alcohol in it nor does it smell like it has it any in it. It works very well with my sensitive skin and doesn't irritate my skin at all. There is also no scent to it and the texture is quite watery just like its description - 'light and airy'. After 5-10 minutes from application, I realised that it also gives a slight blurring effect too making the skin look soft and poreless without makeup. I feel like it is a formula that will work in most weather climates also because it gave me just the right amount of shine and it is not drying. I love how it comes in a bigger size of 80ml too which totally justify the price for it. I love this and would definitely repurchase it.
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Cassidy W.
ByCassidy W.said...
This sunscreen is so awesome. I always want to make sure my face is protected from the sun but it’s very difficult to find a facial sunscreen with high spf that is not irritating to the skin. Why it’s great- the consistency is almost like a gel moisturizer. It contains hyaluronic acid and royal jelly extract which are both ingredients that are good for the moisture and hydration of the skin. It glides onto the skin really smoothly and soaks in quickly without any kind of leftover residue or white cast that many sunscreens leave! It does not have a strong scent either which is really nice. Be cautious if your skin is sensitive to alcohols because that is an ingredient in this product. The alcohol is actually nice because it helps the product sink into the skin quickly. I have acne prone and sensitive skin and this has never caused me any issues with dryness or irritation. I always use this last in my skincare routine (after my serums and moisturizer but before my makeup routine). Another awesome thing about this product is it’s anti-aging and sun protective qualities. Sunscreens in the US are only regulated to protect from cancer causing sun rays, not anti-aging ones. The SPF 50+ means it protects your skin from UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns and the majority of skin cancers. This sunscreen is different from many western brands because of the PA++++ which protects from UVA rays. UVA rays can also cause cancers but they primarily cause premature aging damage to the skin like wrinkles. Sun protection is so important for the health of your skin and this one is an absolute must have for everyone.
This sunscreen is so awesome. I always want to make sure my face is protected from the sun but it’s very difficult to find a facial sunscreen with high spf that is not irritating to the skin. Why it’s great- the consistency is almost like a gel moisturizer. It contains hyaluronic acid and royal jelly extract which are both ingredients that are good for the moisture and hydration of the skin. It glides onto the skin really smoothly and soaks in quickly without any kind of leftover residue or white cast that many sunscreens leave! It does not have a strong scent either which is really nice. Be cautious if your skin is sensitive to alcohols because that is an ingredient in this product. The alcohol is actually nice because it helps the product sink into the skin quickly. I have acne prone and sensitive skin and this has never caused me any issues with dryness or irritation. I always use this last in my skincare routine (after my serums and moisturizer but before my makeup routine). Another awesome thing about this product is it’s anti-aging and sun protective qualities. Sunscreens in the US are only regulated to protect from cancer causing sun rays, not anti-aging ones. The SPF 50+ means it protects your skin from UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns and the majority of skin cancers. This sunscreen is different from many western brands because of the PA++++ which protects from UVA rays. UVA rays can also cause cancers but they primarily cause premature aging damage to the skin like wrinkles. Sun protection is so important for the health of your skin and this one is an absolute must have for everyone.
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Rikka G.
ByRikka G.said...
I was very skeptical about this product for a few reasons. 1. I have very dry and sensitive skin. 2. SPF moisturizers, for a lack of a better word, typically suck. They usually apply white, are noticeable under makeup, smell very heavy of “sunscreen”, and give flashback. 3. I absolutely hate the tacky, sticky feeling of SPF products. Well, safe to say... this stuff restored my faith in SPF moisturizers. It went on smoothly, it melted/absorbed into my skin very quickly, and there was NO tackiness... I repeat... NO stickiness or tackiness afterwards (how amazing is that??!). There was a slight “sunscreen” smell that vanished within 2 minutes of application, so that wasn’t a problem at all. Upon further research, I did find that some of the active ingredients are not reef-safe so I would not recommend this to be worn while swimming in the ocean (PLEASE... for the love of fishies). BUT the great thing about this is that it is not designed to be worn to swim in the ocean, it is designed for those concerned about sun exposure while they’re out and about doing daily errands. Every skincare expert knows that lots of sun exposure leads to signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles) so SPF is a necessary staple in the AM skin routine (and 45 is a perfect amount). That said, I strongly recommend this product for daily use and would certainly purchase. But I would not wear it while swimming in the ocean due to the active ingredients that are harmful to our reefs. Oh, and one more thing... this stuff is completely invisible under makeup and was definitely moisturizing. A++
I was very skeptical about this product for a few reasons. 1. I have very dry and sensitive skin. 2. SPF moisturizers, for a lack of a better word, typically suck. They usually apply white, are noticeable under makeup, smell very heavy of “sunscreen”, and give flashback. 3. I absolutely hate the tacky, sticky feeling of SPF products. Well, safe to say... this stuff restored my faith in SPF moisturizers. It went on smoothly, it melted/absorbed into my skin very quickly, and there was NO tackiness... I repeat... NO stickiness or tackiness afterwards (how amazing is that??!). There was a slight “sunscreen” smell that vanished within 2 minutes of application, so that wasn’t a problem at all. Upon further research, I did find that some of the active ingredients are not reef-safe so I would not recommend this to be worn while swimming in the ocean (PLEASE... for the love of fishies). BUT the great thing about this is that it is not designed to be worn to swim in the ocean, it is designed for those concerned about sun exposure while they’re out and about doing daily errands. Every skincare expert knows that lots of sun exposure leads to signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles) so SPF is a necessary staple in the AM skin routine (and 45 is a perfect amount). That said, I strongly recommend this product for daily use and would certainly purchase. But I would not wear it while swimming in the ocean due to the active ingredients that are harmful to our reefs. Oh, and one more thing... this stuff is completely invisible under makeup and was definitely moisturizing. A++
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Jess G.
ByJess G.said...
B O N D I S A N D S SPF for FACE☀️ Suncream is soo important, not just in the Summer but in the Autumn, Spring and Winter months too. ESPECIALLY on your face! Face sunscreen helps maintain an Even Skin Tone, helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone This is Factor 50+ facial sunscreen, it provides UVA & UVB protection, its a fragrance free formula and is fast absorbing and gentle on the skin. NO WHITE CAST 🙌🏼🙌🏼 The sunscreen is water resistant for up to four hours, Paraben and Sulphate free. Contains vitamin E, moisturises for 72 hours and is reef friendly 🐠 My skin is usually soo oily and normally worry that sunscreen will make me look more oily or break me out, this sunscreen didn’t do either, i did my usual skincare routine then applied this over the top and put a little translucent powder on top. Not a shiny patch in sight 😅 I will be definitely purchasing this again, its such good value for money compared to the usual sunscreen i buy.
B O N D I S A N D S SPF for FACE☀️ Suncream is soo important, not just in the Summer but in the Autumn, Spring and Winter months too. ESPECIALLY on your face! Face sunscreen helps maintain an Even Skin Tone, helps prevent discoloration and dark spots from sun damage, helping you maintain a smoother and more even skin tone This is Factor 50+ facial sunscreen, it provides UVA & UVB protection, its a fragrance free formula and is fast absorbing and gentle on the skin. NO WHITE CAST 🙌🏼🙌🏼 The sunscreen is water resistant for up to four hours, Paraben and Sulphate free. Contains vitamin E, moisturises for 72 hours and is reef friendly 🐠 My skin is usually soo oily and normally worry that sunscreen will make me look more oily or break me out, this sunscreen didn’t do either, i did my usual skincare routine then applied this over the top and put a little translucent powder on top. Not a shiny patch in sight 😅 I will be definitely purchasing this again, its such good value for money compared to the usual sunscreen i buy.
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Natasha O.
ByNatasha O.said...
I am the Sunscreen Queen. I have found my holy grail with this product. Chemical sunscreens can be a bit sensitizing for me when I am constantly reapplying, so I was in search of the perfect physical SPF. First off, I'm ghostly white, but I had decided to try this tinted SPF out because of the great reviews. It exceeded every expectation. 1) It's physical. non-irritating and I can step outside directly after applying. 2) Texture is amazing. Watery, thin, and light. Feels so smooth and barely there on the skin. 3) Tint. The perfect tint. I wouldn't even call it a tint. It just evened out my alabaster skintone and neutralized the redness/ruddyness. 4) Easy to reapply. One layer after the next every two hours feels just as light as the first layer and it doesn't pill up. I may never buy another physical sunscreen again besides this one. Nothing can compare. I am in love. 5). No scent... at least I don't smell anything. Lastly, I have no idea if I'm correct on this statement, but I have a feeling this would blend well onto dark skintones. Again, I really don't know. It's just a hunch.
I am the Sunscreen Queen. I have found my holy grail with this product. Chemical sunscreens can be a bit sensitizing for me when I am constantly reapplying, so I was in search of the perfect physical SPF. First off, I'm ghostly white, but I had decided to try this tinted SPF out because of the great reviews. It exceeded every expectation. 1) It's physical. non-irritating and I can step outside directly after applying. 2) Texture is amazing. Watery, thin, and light. Feels so smooth and barely there on the skin. 3) Tint. The perfect tint. I wouldn't even call it a tint. It just evened out my alabaster skintone and neutralized the redness/ruddyness. 4) Easy to reapply. One layer after the next every two hours feels just as light as the first layer and it doesn't pill up. I may never buy another physical sunscreen again besides this one. Nothing can compare. I am in love. 5). No scent... at least I don't smell anything. Lastly, I have no idea if I'm correct on this statement, but I have a feeling this would blend well onto dark skintones. Again, I really don't know. It's just a hunch.
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Yosephine L.
ByYosephine L.said...
Packaging: The packaging is easy to use with a unique shape that’s easy to handle and squeeze out product. Consistency: This is a lightweight sunscreen that is not typical of thick American sunscreens we are normally used to. The liquid is light and blends easily. It does not feel greasy at all. Color: Despite it’s white color, the sunscreen does not leave on a white cast like other drugstore brand face sunscreens Application: Product was easy to apply and blended well with my fingers. The sunscreen absorbed into my skin with no issues. Effectiveness: Overall, this is a great everyday sunscreen to use underneath makeup or to be used alone on a bare face. The product has provided adequate sun protection, even on bright sunny days. The only downside is you cannot reapply this product after applying makeup. I have not used this product for any intense outdoor activity (hiking, etc.) so cannot testify how it will stand against sweat. I also have acne prone skin and my skin did not break out from continuous use. Price: At $35 each, this item is within the expected price range of Shiseido products and is worth the quality you receive. Overall, I am a huge fan of Japanese brand sunscreens over American brands and highly recommend this product. Japanese sunscreens are difficult to source in the US and this is one of the few products that are on par with the quality of sunscreens you can find in Japan. It’s lightweight and you can barely detect it once it’s been applied on your face. I received this product complimentary for testing purposes.
Packaging: The packaging is easy to use with a unique shape that’s easy to handle and squeeze out product. Consistency: This is a lightweight sunscreen that is not typical of thick American sunscreens we are normally used to. The liquid is light and blends easily. It does not feel greasy at all. Color: Despite it’s white color, the sunscreen does not leave on a white cast like other drugstore brand face sunscreens Application: Product was easy to apply and blended well with my fingers. The sunscreen absorbed into my skin with no issues. Effectiveness: Overall, this is a great everyday sunscreen to use underneath makeup or to be used alone on a bare face. The product has provided adequate sun protection, even on bright sunny days. The only downside is you cannot reapply this product after applying makeup. I have not used this product for any intense outdoor activity (hiking, etc.) so cannot testify how it will stand against sweat. I also have acne prone skin and my skin did not break out from continuous use. Price: At $35 each, this item is within the expected price range of Shiseido products and is worth the quality you receive. Overall, I am a huge fan of Japanese brand sunscreens over American brands and highly recommend this product. Japanese sunscreens are difficult to source in the US and this is one of the few products that are on par with the quality of sunscreens you can find in Japan. It’s lightweight and you can barely detect it once it’s been applied on your face. I received this product complimentary for testing purposes.
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Naz M.
ByNaz M.said...
So I have been reading reviews about this sunscreen and I didn’t think I needed to wear sunscreen because my skin was brown but after I started using The Ordinary Aha 30% Bha 2% Peeling Solution , I was informed to wear sunscreen to avoid burning or damaging the skin. I wanted a sunscreen for the face that didn’t leave a weird purple colour after you put it on, and I didn’t want it to be very a thick consistency because my skin breaks out easily when it’s clogged. Upon first impressions, the liquid is a watery consistency and I love it! I rubbed it into my skin and it absorbed so easily! It feels like I’m not even wearing anything and my face feels breathable and soft! The only issue I have would be the size! It’s so tiny and I wish there was a bigger bottle
So I have been reading reviews about this sunscreen and I didn’t think I needed to wear sunscreen because my skin was brown but after I started using The Ordinary Aha 30% Bha 2% Peeling Solution , I was informed to wear sunscreen to avoid burning or damaging the skin. I wanted a sunscreen for the face that didn’t leave a weird purple colour after you put it on, and I didn’t want it to be very a thick consistency because my skin breaks out easily when it’s clogged. Upon first impressions, the liquid is a watery consistency and I love it! I rubbed it into my skin and it absorbed so easily! It feels like I’m not even wearing anything and my face feels breathable and soft! The only issue I have would be the size! It’s so tiny and I wish there was a bigger bottle
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Shelby M.
ByShelby M.said...
I hate the smell of most sunscreen so this starts as a win with smelling amazing! It's easy to apply and since it's not a spray you won't fill the house, and not a liquid so it's also not all over your hands (though I tend to rub it in to get the best coverage). It's very light on your face and has yet to cause me any breakouts. I love putting it on because it smells so yummy (like you should mix in some rum and pretend you're at the beach). It really helps me want to put on sunscreen and I get to smell great while being out in the sun and pretend I'm at the beach no matter where I'm at. It also works as a great sunscreen chapstick (if you forgot yours).
I hate the smell of most sunscreen so this starts as a win with smelling amazing! It's easy to apply and since it's not a spray you won't fill the house, and not a liquid so it's also not all over your hands (though I tend to rub it in to get the best coverage). It's very light on your face and has yet to cause me any breakouts. I love putting it on because it smells so yummy (like you should mix in some rum and pretend you're at the beach). It really helps me want to put on sunscreen and I get to smell great while being out in the sun and pretend I'm at the beach no matter where I'm at. It also works as a great sunscreen chapstick (if you forgot yours).
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Chrissy F.
ByChrissy F.said...
This sunscreen comes in a cute little bottle that fits in the palm of your hand, so it's super portable. It has a screw top lid, which isn't my favorite, but I guess it makes the bottle stay shut better. The consistency is more fluid compared to other sunscreens, and you have to shake the bottle up prior to using it to mix up the ingredients, but I feel like it makes the formula more consistent both in terms of ingredients and application. It does leave a slightly white cast on my face but nothing unnatural. I love the mattifying effect, and it really keeps my T zone under control throughout the day better than if I hadn't applied anything at all. It also doesn't have a sticky feel like other sunscreens can have, and it's moisturizing enough to replace a face cream. I received this complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and would buy this when I need more sunscreen!
This sunscreen comes in a cute little bottle that fits in the palm of your hand, so it's super portable. It has a screw top lid, which isn't my favorite, but I guess it makes the bottle stay shut better. The consistency is more fluid compared to other sunscreens, and you have to shake the bottle up prior to using it to mix up the ingredients, but I feel like it makes the formula more consistent both in terms of ingredients and application. It does leave a slightly white cast on my face but nothing unnatural. I love the mattifying effect, and it really keeps my T zone under control throughout the day better than if I hadn't applied anything at all. It also doesn't have a sticky feel like other sunscreens can have, and it's moisturizing enough to replace a face cream. I received this complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and would buy this when I need more sunscreen!
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Sharii S.
BySharii S.said...
I started to use this product because it's fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin. The texture is very light and it does not leave a white cast. Unfortunately, after application, it does not have the advertised ‘dry-touch’ effect but rather makes my skin slightly oily. Thankfully nothing make up can’t fix, and the sunscreen does not ball up with my primer and moisturiser. I’ve read some reviews in which people complain that the sunscreen leaves their skin greasy, so I would not recommend this product to someone with oily skin. But overall, I’m quite satisfied with this product.
I started to use this product because it's fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin. The texture is very light and it does not leave a white cast. Unfortunately, after application, it does not have the advertised ‘dry-touch’ effect but rather makes my skin slightly oily. Thankfully nothing make up can’t fix, and the sunscreen does not ball up with my primer and moisturiser. I’ve read some reviews in which people complain that the sunscreen leaves their skin greasy, so I would not recommend this product to someone with oily skin. But overall, I’m quite satisfied with this product.