We’ve already established that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are one of the leading causes of brown skin spots. Now, do something about it! Shielding your skin from the sun not only prevents skin spots and age spots, but a good sunscreen also helps your skin spot fading creams work more effectively. Additionally, the best sunscreens may prevent other signs of aging, such as wrinkles, which are caused when UV rays destroy your skin’s natural collagen.
Not all sunscreens work the same. To save readers time and money, we’ve tried and reviewed some of the most popular sunscreen products. We’ve then ranked them according to their best use. For example, you will want to use a lighter sunscreen on your face than on your body, and individuals with oily skin may want a specialized sunscreen product for their unique skin type.
Best Sunscreens for Your Face: Olay Complete All Day UV Defense Moisture Lotion is a light, fresh and hydrating sunscreen that protects your skin from damaging, spot-causing UV rays while also delivering a boost of Vitamin E to nourish your skin naturally. We love it because it can be worn all day without feeling too heavy or greasy (though there is still a slight sheen). When incorporated with a regular nightly moisturizing cream, your skin will stay hydrated and smooth while also keeping it protected from collagen-reducing UV rays. Thus, your skin spots fade and your face stays wrinkle-free! What’s not to love?
Best Tinted Facial Sunscreen: Tinted moisturizers with SPF protection disguise blemishes, even skin tone and protect your skin. Our favorite is the Tarte Smooth Operator SPF 20. It comes in lots of different shades to match most skin colors, and is absolutely perfect for those who want to protect their skin from UV rays while subtly concealing skin spots. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup while providing some nice, light coverage for a flawless face. We love how it’s all-natural and simultaneously moisturizes with vitamin C, A and E, plus a dose of chamomile, ginseng, ginkgo biloba and other herbs to heal and sooth skin. A popular alternative is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, though Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizing sunscreen is more expensive. Pair either with a dab of under-eye concealer for an instantly brighter, fresher look without the cakey makeup look.
Best Matte Sunscreen for Oily Skin: Nobody likes the oily, greasy look of sunscreen. That’s why we adore Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. It packs a SPF 55 punch, meaning it will protect your skin like no other and help prevent liver spots. Best of all, it dries to a natural, matte finish so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup! Perfect for your body, neck and face when you don’t want a shiny sunscreen look. Can be worn all day in the office or while working outside.
Best High-Tech Premium Sunscreen for All Skin Types: If you’re looking for the most advanced sunscreen technology to protect your skin from spot- and wrinkle-inducing sun rays, try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream SPF 15 with Mexoryl SX. This sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays using Mexoryl SX, one of the most complete broad-spectrum UV protection ingredients and the first sunscreen approved by the US Food & Drug Administration in eighteen years. And, at just $22, it’s not that much more expensive than other sunscreens. However, some people may find it’s too heavy for their face.