The Best Sunscreen For Your Face, According to ELLE Editors


If adding sunblock to your morning regimen feels like an unnecessary step, consider this statement from the Skin Cancer Foundation: “More than 90 percent of the visible skin changes associated with aging are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.” Translation: Sun exposure = wrinkles. When it comes to protecting your face from UVA and UVB rays, the safest bet is a baseball cap, sunglasses, and—most importantly—a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 20 to 50. Here, editors share their favorite sunscreens for the face.

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum, SPF 30


“I’ve always liked this brand— it goes on so sheer it never feels or smells like sunscreen.”—Leah Chernikoff, Executive Director

Renée Rouleau Weightless Protection, SPF 30


Renée Rouleau is one of the few estheticians I trust to give me a really good facial, and has coached me from severe cystic acne to the much clearer skin I have now. All of her products have worked wonders for me, including her daily sunscreen which I love for its lightweight, hydrating formula that’s delightfully fragrance free. —Kristina Rodulfo, Senior Beauty Editor

CeraVe Anti Aging Face Cream, SPF 30


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“I’m from Australia, where we’re instructed basically from birth never to use any sunscreen with less than SPF 30 factor protection. This one has retinol in it, and the active ingredient is zinc oxide—perfect for winter use if you’re besieged by wind-chapped, sensitive skin (like me).”—Estelle Tang, Senior Editor

Glossier Invisible Shield, SPF 35

“I hate wearing sunscreen. I used to follow the common misconception that people of color just don’t need it. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. When I finally wised up to the necessity of sunscreen for all, I realized the market wasn’t great for people of color. Everything left a white residue or tinted my skin an inhuman color. I found love (in a hopeless place) thanks to Glossier’s Invisible Shield. It doesn’t leave a residue and I don’t smell like it’s my first day at summer camp. Plus, I use Glossier’s Solution exfoliator so I am vigilantly applying Invisible Shield every morning to protect my vulnerable skin.”—Chloe Hall, Special Projects Editor and Producer 

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, SPF 50+


“Most face sunscreens have that irritating pool scent and my sensitive skin never approves. Instead, I’ve taken to using CC creams to streamline my morning routine, and It Cosmetics is the best. It doubles as an anti-aging serum, provides medium coverage without feeling heavy, and is literally called ‘Your Skin But Better.’ Facts.” — Justine Carreon, Market Editor

Dermalogica PowerBright TRx Pure Light, SPF 50


“My number-one sunscreen requirement is that the formula not make me look gray and ashy. This is the only SPF I’ve used that offers protection without dulling my complexion, and works well under my makeup.”—Angel Lenise, Lead Video Producer

CeraVe AM Face Moisturizer with Sunscreen, SPF 30


“I had severe acne scarring last year, so wearing sunscreen was pivotal on my road to recovery. That being said, I am terrified of putting oily products on my face, so I found a perfect balance with this moisturizer. I also use sunscreen on my body during the warmer months, but I’ll use almost anything for that.”—Alysha Webb, Social Video Producer

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk, SPF 60


“I’ve used a variety of La Roche-Posay’s face suncreens, and all have been great. However, this face and body lotion—which comes in a bigger size—goes on nice and smooth, does not make my skin too oily, and boasts a high SPF number (plus it takes forever to go through). I wear this everyday. It endures my jogging workouts, it can take the heat and cold without feeling gross on me or you know, failing and leaving my face with a giant sunburn. My dermatologist originally recommended this brand to me when I asked about the best sunscreen to use for anti-aging in my 20s and beyond, so it’s a doctor pick.”—Alyssa Bailey, News and Strategy Editor 

Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum, SPF 40


“I am obsessed with everything that Supergoop makes (including their cult-favorite Daily Everyday Moisturizer), but this newer offering tops them all. I’ve never felt a sunscreen so moisturizing and luxurious. It quenches my thirsty winter skin with a surge of moisture and acts as an excellent primer for makeup. There’s no chalky, white tint on my tan skin that I get from other sunscreens. I look forward to applying it everyday.”—Kristina Rodulfo, Senior Beauty Editor 

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum, SPF 40


“The staff might just be the unofficial Supergoop! fan club. The Unseen Sunscreen formula is my favorite of all the product options. It’s gel-like formula goes on super sheer and provides a great base for my makeup. It never leaves a residue and smells delicious!” — Chloe Hall, Special Projects Editor and Producer 


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