The EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 is recommended time and time again by dermatologists for its moisturizing formula and lightweight feel. “This sunscreen is a staple in my skin-care routine and is perfect for dry skin as it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants,” says Dr. Palm. “In skin care, hyaluronic acid is an incredibly effective ingredient that helps your skin retain more water, which minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dry texture.” We’re fans of this formula’s smooth application and discreet scent.
If you want a tinted sunscreen you can wear without or under makeup, Alastin’s HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36 is a winner. “I’m a fan of this because it’s a zinc-based sunscreen formulated with hyaluronic acid, peptides, and other moisturizing agents,” says Dr. Palm. The mineral formula is great for sensitive skin, noncomedogenic (so it won’t clog your pores), and imparts a subtle glow for a brighter, more-awake complexion.
Looking for a gentle, no-fuss sunscreen suitable for everyday wear? Corey L. Hartman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Birmingham, Alabama, recommends the CeraVe’s oil-free and non-greasy AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion With Sunscreen SPF 30, calling out its use of ceramides, which he says is great for dry skin. Dr. Mark notes that “ceramides are chains of fatty acids that together make a lipid, which is common in the uppermost layers of the skin and work to protect the barrier, hold skin cells together, and seal in moisture.”
Sorry, but with Live Tinted Hueguard Invisible Sunscreen Stick SPF 50, there’s really no excuse to skip sunscreen. Its nifty stick format lends itself to easily being thrown in your bag for hands-free swiping while you’re on the go. It also makes reapplication seamless (because yes, reapplying is just as important as that initial application). Aside from its functionality, the formula is also noteworthy: it’s sweat- and water-resistant, dries down to a clear, dewy finish, and keeps dry skin hydrated with cloudberry and dragon fruit extracts. (Note: This is a chemical sunscreen that contains homosalate.)
We’re swiping right on this two-in-one primer-moisturizer hybrid from Thrive Causemetics. Its makeup-gripping capabilities promise up to 16 hours of wear while its broad-spectrum protection manages to not end up with dreaded flashback or a white cast. Don’t be thrown off by the face sunscreen’s satin-matte finish — it’s anything but drying thanks to ingredients like banana flower and blue-green algae extracts. (Note: This is a chemical sunscreen that contains avobenzone, homosalate, and octisalate.)
With Luzern’s La Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30, common signs of aging like premature wrinkles, skin laxity, and dark spots don’t stand a chance. That’s because the formula, despite using mineral-based protectors zinc oxide and titanium oxide, boasts a creamy, lightweight texture that glides on cast-free, making you actually look forward to putting it on. It’s also perfect for year-round wear, as it’s fortified with argan oil to lightly moisturize during the spring and summer months and green tea leaf extract to soothe dry, cracked skin during the fall and winter.