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The Best Lightweight Sunscreens for Every Skin Type

In the world of skincare, the biggest non-negotiable is sunscreen. As much as we all love the warmth and radiance provided by the sun, its harmful UV rays cannot be underestimated, especially with summer in full swing. A lack of daily sunscreen application could make the most rigorous skincare efforts futile. As with all things valuable, we must be proactive before the damage is irreversible. Let that sink in like a good lightweight sunscreen.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the endless varieties of sunscreens available. Glitter sunscreen, anyone? From the sea of options, I’ve narrowed down the best lightweight sunscreens that will suit every skin type because your skin deserves products that hydrate, nourish, and protect it from harsh sunlight as intended.

Ideal for: Oily and Combination Skin

Paula’s Choice Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30, $33

Paula’s Choice’s lightly tinted sunscreen leaves an incredibly silky matte finish, which makes it perfect to wear as a makeup primer or on its own. This mineral-based sunscreen prevents premature aging of the skin thanks to the diverse blend of antioxidants, such as Vitamin E and C. This is one of my holy grail sunscreens, so I guess you could say Paula’s Choice is also Melanie’s choice.

Ideal for: Dark Skin Tones

Black Girl Sunscreen SPF 30, $18.99

Fragrance-free and specifically made for women of color, Black Girl Sunscreen is infused with natural ingredients such as avocado, jojoba, and carrot juice. The moisturizing lotion is vegan and cruelty-free so you can nourish and protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays without guilt.

Ideal for: Dry Skin

Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++, $16

K-beauty is known to have stellar skincare, and Cosrx’s Aloe Soothing Sun Cream is no exception. This sunscreen boasts of high SPF protection and is formulated with Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract that hydrates and heals the driest of skin.

Ideal for: Acne-Prone and Sensitive Skin

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, $36

EltaMD’s UV Clear Broad-Spectrum sunscreen has a simple yet high-quality ingredient list that is rich with Vitamin B-3, moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, and pore-refining lactic acid.

Ideal for All Skin Types

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF 50+ PA++++, $15.90

Purito’s natural water-based sunscreen is oil-free, fragrance-free, and alcohol-free. This no-frills sunscreen will serve its primary function of shielding your skin from the sun. Its proprietary blend of Centella extract and hyaluronic acid is sure to hydrate and soothe all skin types.

Melanie Tran

Melanie is a Marketing and Fashion Merchandising student who enjoys writing about fashion and beauty.