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It has taken what seems a lifetime for me to realize that wearing sunscreen is kind-of important. Admittedly so, I subscribed to the assumption that black women need not wear it because our melanin somehow magically protects us from skin cancer and other sun-related illnesses. Hilarious, right? Obviously, I was very wrong because the statistics prove otherwise and this year’s new sunscreen products are hardly in short supply.
Up until a few years ago, SPF newness was limited to smelly sunscreens that don’t mesh well with makeup, thus encouraging us to go without. But these drops are the skincare-makeup hybrids we’ve been dreaming of. Plus they almost force you to wear SPF without really trying. Products with that require less work and double the benefits are the only ones I’m trying to use all 2019 because, well, why not?
Marie Kondo taught us well and we’d be crazy to not extend her time-saving lessons to our beauty routine. Prepare to feel next-level joy when you get into some of the most innovative products–good old fashioned sunscreen included–for shielding against UV exposure below.
Goddess Garden Sport Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
This water-resistant, certified-organic formula is the first and only SPF 50 mineral option on the market. It’s also got a non-ashy-looking lather and reef safe (aka safe for the environment too).
$14.99 at Goddess Garden
Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil
Ready to feel like my sexiest self in this illuminating, SPF-infused body oil that also nourishes the skin with ingredients native to Brazil.
$38 at Sol de Janeiro
Sol de Janeiro My Sol Stick SPF 50
Water-resistant and also safe for the lips, this convenient, travel-friendly sunscreen is the perfect addition to your summer clutch.
$26 at Sol de Janeiro
Supergoop! Shimmershade SPF 30
Sunscreen-infused eyeshadow is officially a thing thanks to this long wear cream formula. It’s made entirely of eco-friendly mineral and clean chemical actives, and available in four illuminating shades.
$24 at Supergoop!
Crunchi Sunlight Daily Facial Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30
Consider this a nourishing moisturizer and sunscreen hybrid that will shorten your routine and leave you with a selfie-worthy glow.
$48 at Crunchi
Perricone MD No Makeup Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
The new version of this “no makeup” makeup classic is powered by Vitamin C ester so you can truly see a brighter difference in the under-eye area.
$35 at Nordstrom
Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
This is also an “I Woke Up Like This” cult favorite, now made with a more potent mix of peptides and daisy flower extract to cover up hyperpigmentation.
$60 at Perricone MD
Supergoop! 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF 45
100 percent mineral-based and 100 percent transparent, this is the finishing touch you can count on whenever you forget to apply your sunscreen under makeup.
$30 at Supergoop!
Alba Botanica Maximum Sunscreen Fragrance-Free Clear Spray SPF 70
An ultra-light mist applicator and completely vegetarian ingredient list make this an easy-breezy sunscreen option for anyone on-the-go.
$15.99 at Albertsons, Safeway, Natural Food Stores, and Grocery Stores
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
We’re so happy FAB Beauty finally expanded this lightweight hydrator to 10 shades so more people can experience that dewy, effortless finish we love.
$28 at First Aid Beauty
Cover FX SPF 30 Booster Drops
We’ve long been obsessed with the mix-ins that give our foundation a dewy, shimmery glow. But ones with pollution defense and sun protection are simply next-level.
$45 at Cover FX
Bare Republic Shimmer Sunscreen Stick SPF 50
This non-nano zinc oxide formula mixed with shimmery mica is a must-try for anyone hitting the festival circuit.
Dermalogica Prisma Protect
This iridescent, lightweight moisturizer has all bases covered with ingredients that protect against natural sunlight, blue light, pollution, and infrared.
$65 at Ulta
La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV
If you’re especially concerned about how your skin is being affected by sun exposure, this new battery-free sensor measures and tracks your personal UV exposure and provides pollution, pollen, and humidity information based on your location. From there, it suggests skincare recommendations based on your results.
$59.95 on Apple iOS (iPhone 7 & up)
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen Gentle Lotion SPF 50 With Cell-Ox Shield
A 100 percent mineral lotion infused with antioxidants that’s super soothing on sensitive skin.
$29.99 at La Roche-Posay
Seriously Fab Zinc It Over Sunscreen Facial Mist SPF 25
Expect no ashy white cast when you spritz this sheer, fragrance-free mist over your makeup.
$39 at Seriously Fab
CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 50
Thanks to the addition of many ceramides (aka lipids that help form the skin’s barrier), this sunscreen also makes for an ultra-luxurious moisturizer.
$15.99 at Ulta
REN Clean Skincare Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30
This silicone-free sunscreen is unlike most in that it actually creates a non-shiny, matte finish.
$36 at REN Clean Skincare
Lancome UV Expert Aquagel Defense 50
The gel feel of this primer and moisturizer will provide the cooling relief you need in the middle of summer.
$39 at Ulta
Australian Gold SPF 30 Lip Balm
This new, coconut oil-infused lippie is a gentle reminder that your pout needs as much sun protection as it does moisture.
$2.99 at Australian Gold
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