SPF Showdown: What Sunscreen is Best For You?

Finding the right sunscreen isn’t that different from finding the perfect class – sure, they’ll all get the job done, but there’s always one or two that just feel perfect and keep you protected. These sunscreens are the most effective ones on the market for every skin type:



If you have dry skin…
This moisturizer is packed with ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and happy, while its world-class sunscreen formula keeps you protected day in and day out.
Buy now: Sunumbra SPF30+, $28 at OrganicProducts-LLC.com.  

If you have sensitive skin…
Gentle enough for a baby means gentle enough for your sensitive skin. Butterbean makes one of the safest, most effective sunscreens on the market today. Bonus? This sport stick size means it’ll fit in your gym (or beach) bag easily without being too heavy.
Buy Now: Butterbean Good Sun SPF 30 Sport Stick, $14 at The-Natural-Baby.com.  

If you have oily skin…
Skin with its own natural lubricant means that stick formulas go on smoothly and are easy to reapply if you feel them sliding off your face. Since your skin has larger pores, there’s more of an opportunity for bacteria to creep its way in. A natural formula, like this one, won’t break you out, and its athletic formula can take you from a five-mile run to a cool-down yoga class in the park.
Buy now: All Terrain AquaSport SPF Natural Sunscreen Face Stick, $9 at Amazon. 

If you have freckled skin…
Trying to keep your angel kisses to a minimum? This mineral-based formula incorporates the zinc-oxide based formulas of your youth to give you the same barrier-style protection against the rays. And if you prefer to buy local, you might love this stick even more – it’s made in Cape May!
Buy now: Just Skin Food Natural & Organic Sunscreen, $14 at JustSkinFood.com.

If you’d like an anti-aging formula…
Beloved for its potent mix of anti-aging ingredients and prevention-focused sunblock, these tubes will go a long way to protect your skin. It’s also enriched with vitamins like vitamin E (non-GMO) and vitamin D3, so you can get all the benefits of the sun without worrying about wrinkling. 
Buy now: Jersey Shore Sun Sans Anti-Aging Sunscreen, $40 at JerseyShoreSun.com.  

If you’re a runner…
If you’re an outdoor runner more worried about getting sunscreen in your eyes than how to beat your PR – you need this sunscreen. It’s tested by marathon runners and stays on your skin without rolling off while you sweat. It also helps increase your skin’s resistance to UV and heat stress! 
Buy now: Skin Ceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50, $40 at SkinCeuticals.com.

If your skin is acne-prone… 
French women swear by this skin-friendly line, which is wonderfully light and non-greasy, so it won’t cause problems for your skin while it protects. You’ll love how easily it goes on and dries fast, so you can get right to working out or taking a nap in the park.
Buy now: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 40 Sunscreen Cream, $34 at Drugstore.com.




Kate Winick is a writer and social media editor in NYC. The decade-long yoga and Pilates practice, and every rowing, boxing and barre class under the sun are really just the foundation for her foodie obsessions.