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Which Is The Best Face Sunscreen For You?

By Brooke Sager

Whether you’re lounging poolside on a sunny summer afternoon or heading outside on a cloudy day, applying sunscreen to your face is a daily MUST with a capital “M.” It’s one of the most important steps you can take to help reduce visible facial aging signs and help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

With so many different types of sun protectors out there, you may be wondering what the best sunscreen for your face is. The answer is simple: one that you will actually enjoy wearing every day! If you like how a certain sunscreen looks and feels on your skin and how it applies, you’re less likely to skip this very important step in your daily routine.

As long as your sunscreen delivers an SPF of 30 or higher, the rest of the “must-have” list comes down to personal preference. Whether you prefer a clear formula, a hint of tint, a mist-on application, a surge of hydration or a makeup-skincare hybrid, e.l.f. has the perfect facial sunscreen for you that you will actually look forward to wearing.

We’ve rounded up five of our broad-spectrum SPF faves to help you level up your daily skincare regimen—and feel great in your skin while you help protect it.

Use a Sunscreen Spray For Effortless Application...

This e.l.f.ing overachiever is not to be mist! Our Suntouchable All Set For Sun SPF 45 is a clear setting spray with SPF that lets you refresh your makeup look and sun protection throughout the day with one easy-to-use sunscreen setting spray.

The weightless, quick-dry mist delivers clear, broad-spectrum SPF 45 protection with a simple spritz, allowing for easy reapplications throughout the day while leaving zero white cast on all skin tones.

Your makeup and skin thanks you in advance—especially since this e.l.f. clean formula is infused with skin-loving ingredients like bisabolol plus watermelon fruit extract and prickly pear seed oil.

If You Want A Clear Sunscreen...

Meet our Suntouchable Invisible Sunscreen SPF 35, a clear sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 35 that doesn’t look or feel like a sunscreen in the best ways possible: no white cast, no goopyness, no greasy feel! But, it can also be used as a makeup primer with SPF.

This lightweight gel formula feels velvety on the skin and leaves no trace of white cast on all skin tones. If you’re looking for a trusty beach bag mainstay, the choice is clear!

Added perks: this water-resistant (80-minutes), invisible face sunscreen is infused with skin-loving ingredients like aloe and meadowfoam seed oil, and also doubles as a blurring face primer that grips makeup for long-lasting wear.

If You Love A Makeup Skincare Hybrid...

Want to achieve complexion perfection while helping to protect your skin from the sun? Reach for a cc cream—aka, a color correcting or complexion correcting cream that delivers makeup-, skincare- and sun-protecting benefits.

Our multitasking Camo Hydrating CC Cream provides SPF 30 while working overtime to give your skin an added boost of moisture for a glowy finish, all while delivering the full coverage and color correction you crave. TL;DR: you can enjoy a smooth, even complexion and sun protection in one step without layering on multiple products.

This hydrating tinted cream is ideal for makeup minimalists who love makeup-skincare hybrids for their one-stop-shop capabilities, quick applications and skin-loving perks (this formula features a blend of tremella mushroom, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide.

Just like our OG Camo CC Cream, this extra-hydrating formula is also available in 30 shades to suit a wide range of skin tones (fair, light, medium, tan, deep, rich) and undertones (cool, neutral, warm).

If You're Ready to Glow Like Whoa...

Prime, protect and get glowing with Suntouchable Whoa Glow SPF 30—a glowy face sunscreen and makeup primer hybrid with broad-spectrum SPF 30.

This lightweight, non greasy facial sunscreen preps your skin for long-lasting makeup wear and gives your complexion a radiant, sheer finish—it’s available in three flattering shades with just a hint of shimmer so you can enjoy a sun-kissed glow without sun exposure! This soothing and hydrating formula has a non-greasy feel and is infused with glycerin, niacinamide, plus aloe, hyaluronic acid and squalane.

You can use this tinted face sunscreen two ways: as the last step in your skincare routine as a makeup primer, or wear on its own for a natural-looking radiance.

If Your Face Needs Mega Hydration...

Help protect your skin and enjoy a burst of hydration to the face in just one step with our Holy Hydration! Face Cream - SPF 30.

This moisturizer-sunscreen hybrid works to soften, nourish and help protect your skin with SPF 30 while delivering lasting hydration. The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula has a non-greasy feel, making it perfect for those with dry, oily and combination skin types. What’s more, is this daily face moisturizer is enriched with skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide + peptides to brighten, plump and replenish lost moisture in your skin.

Read more about Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Year Around.