I Scream, You Scream, We All Really Need Sunscreen

The days are longer, our sleeves shorter and our skin is exposed in places that have not seen the literal light of day since last summer. With this burst of daily sunshine gracing our faces, arms, legs, and other various nooks and crannies, it's time to break out the true MVP of the warmer months - sunscreen!

As of late, tons of sunscreen brands have been met with great scrutiny and concern in regards to the effects using these creams and lotions can (potentially) have. And while there is plenty of back and forth across the internet on the topic, there is one fairly common point - dangerous or not, it's still important to use some variation of it.

"Not using sunscreen can increase your risk for sunburn or skin cancer, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Having more than five sunburns in their lifetime doubles a person’s risk for developing melanoma, a particularly dangerous form of skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. And despite misconceptions, people with darker-toned skin can still develop skin cancer. Only 69% of Black people survive after a skin cancer diagnosis, compared with 93% percent of white people, according to Cancer.org. People of color are also more vulnerable to a specific, deadly form of skin cancer called acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM), which if advanced, can lead to amputation or death. Popular reggae singer Bob Marley died of this illness at age 36, the Skin Cancer Foundation says, after dismissing his symptoms — a dark spot underneath his toenail — as a mere soccer injury. It's clear that no matter who we are, UV exposure poses serious risks to our health. Using sunscreen helps us reduce those risks." - NYLAH BURTON, Bustle

With any heavily debated topic, it's important to take the time to do your own research, and that's exactly what we did when putting together this list of our favorite sunscreens!

What's your preferred UV blocking brand?

Supergoop!

Unseen Sunscreen / $16 - $32

100% invisible, 100% game-changing makeup-gripping primer with SPF 40. This award-winning formula is also weightless and scentless, and it has a slightly glowy effect that allows you to create any type of (makeup or no-makeup) look.

NIOD

Survival / $30

Despite their lightweight texture, these formulations offer a broad selection of advanced technologies to target the effects of oxygen radicals including the superoxide radical, nitrogen radicals, carbonyl radicals, glycation and advanced glycation end-products (AGE), pollution, smog, stress, infrared and blue light!

The Ordinary

Mineral UV Filters / $10


The Ordinary range of Mineral UV Filters formulas’ offer SPF protection along with antioxidant, hydration, and anti-irritant support.

Glossier

Invisible Shield / $25

A sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen—a clear water gel formula filled with active microcapsules that instantly absorbs into skin with no greasy residue and zero white cast!

The Panacea

Daily Facial SPF / $32

This lightweight sunscreen contains SPF 25 and broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, shielding you against harmful environmental factors. Virtually scentless, our SPF can be used under makeup and leaves your skin with a non-greasy finish.

Maelove

Sun Protector / $20

This 100% mineral sunscreen is both silky smooth and light as air. And the best part? It can double as a makeup primer!