You know wearing sunscreen in the summertime is pretty much non-negotiable. As much as you love soaking up all the rays, the sun can unfortunately cause a lot of less-than-sunny things to happen to your skin (from wrinkles to dark spots to cancer). You really can't overdo it when it comes to sun protection, which is why it's not a bad idea to add some makeup products with SPF to your usual routine. In fact, some of the items you already own might have sunscreen in them... but you can always use more. So what are some of the best options out there this summer?
First, a question: If you're going to be wearing makeup with SPF, do you need an additional layer of straight-up sunscreen, too? Probably. Though it would be awesome if your tinted moisturizer or foundation alone sufficed, as dermatologist Josh Zeichner, MD, told Refinery29, the added SPF in makeup isn't meant to be a substitute for daily sunscreen.
"Makeup with sunscreen can provide some protection, but is not enough," he said.
"We do not apply as much product as we should to get the SPF labeled on the bottle — and we do not apply it to all the areas that we need, including the neck and the ears. If you used as much makeup as one would need to get adequate sun protection, your face will likely look caked on."
It makes sense: Consider, for example, how much sunscreen you slather on your kid's face vs. your own face. Since you'll never use quite the same amount on yourself (or apply it as frequently), makeup with SPF could be just the extra step your summer skin care routine needs.
1Supergoop! Setting Powder SPF 45
2Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
The perfect product for achieving that "no makeup" makeup look, this beloved moisturizer provides a surprising amount of coverage and also includes an antioxidant vitamin complex to fight free radicals.
3Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation SPF 20
The best thing about this foundation (besides the SPF) is that it lasts for hours without flaking or caking. Because how annoying is it when that happens? Plus, it totally conceals imperfections without being too heavy.
4Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
A makeup setting spray and sunscreen in one, this fine mist cuts down on shine, gives a matte finish for a "soft focus effect," and (naturally) protects you from big-time burns.
5Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-in-1 Skin Perfector
You seriously can't beat this stuff: It does everything the more expensive BB creams do (evens skin tone, mutes imperfections, and protects with SPF 30) for a fraction of the price.
6IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
The rare product that delivers on its name, this miracle cream really is like your skin, but better: A broad-spectrum sunscreen, brightening color corrector, anti-aging treatment, pore minimizer, concealer and moisturizer in one, it's all you need to legit look you like you had a full night's sleep.
7Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
A total skin treat, this tinted moisturizer makes your face look good and feel good thanks to an Amazonian Clay-based formula including chamomile and antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E.
8Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
As anyone who's ever suffered from a sunburned mouth will warn you, don't forget about your lips when it comes to SPF! This cult classic from Fresh comes in lots of different shades and also serves as a softening treatment for lips chapped from too much exposure to the elements (salt water, sand, wind).
9Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30
One more reason to fall in love with the Drunk Elephant line (if you haven't already), this tinted sunscreen gives everyone a healthy, faux sun-kissed glow. Plus it's packed with beauty-boosting botanicals like grape juice and sunflower shoot extracts and raspberry seed and marula oils.
10Perricone MD No Blush Blush SPF 30
11Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30
This subtle bronzing lotion provides just enough color, plus all the protection you need and a bunch of other extras that are sure to leave your skin in better shape than it was before (including aloe vera, caffeine, and even probiotics).