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With summer gone and fall officially here, many of us will be switching up our daily beauty routines. While you may opt for a heavier cream and a more hydrating daytime serum in the cooler months, one skincare item is a year-round must-have: SPF. The temperature outside may be getting cooler but that doesn't mean the sun's rays are any less damaging.
When searching for the best SPF, look for products that are considered broad spectrum. A broad spectrum SPF protects against both UVA and UVB rays which cause sunburn, cancer and premature aging.
Not sure when to incorporate SPF into your routine? It's recommended to apply your SPF as soon as you've completed your skincare (and before you start your makeup).
If you're looking for a new sunscreen, we've rounded up 7 editor-approved picks below.
Best sunscreen for sensitive skin: Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen
Rating: 4.5 stars
The details: This unscented, zinc oxide facial sunscreen has broad spectrum protection and is virtually undetectable on the skin. Comfortable to wear and easy to apply, the Elta MD UV Clear Sunscreen is a fan favourite thanks to its lightweight feel and smooth application. With almost 32,000 reviews, this sunscreen is perfect for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Promising review: Shoppers are raving about this "lightweight, completely matte" sunscreen with "no white cast," adding that it "works beautifully under makeup." One shoppers, who has eczema-prone skin, said they can use "without any issue," and "100 per cent recommend it."
Best tinted sunscreen: Supergoop! Glow Screen
Rating: 4.2 stars
The details: Just because summer is almost over doesn't mean you have to give up your glow. The Supergoop! Glow Screen is a viral SPF product due to its makeup-friendly texture, hydrating ingredients and pearlescent finish.
Promising review: "I'm OBSESSED with this sunscreen! This is my favourite SPF for a glowy finish. I wear this under my tinted moisturizer and on it’s own, and I get so many compliments about my skin. I can’t recommend this sunscreen enough."
Best moisturizing sunscreen: Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer
Rating: 4.0 stars
The details: For some of us, it doesn't matter the time of year, we're always looking for that extra boost of hydration. It's especially important if you're planning on wearing makeup to have a smooth — and sun-protected — base that will make makeup application a breeze. This Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer plumps skin while providing that broad spectrum protection.
Promising review: "This is my favourite sunscreen. It's super smooth, not too thick and absorbs beautifully. It really keeps my skin feeling soft, without being greasy. I normally don't love putting on sunscreen, I've never really found one that I love so this moisturizer having SPF is a huge plus for me."
Best sunscreen stick: Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick
Rating: 4.3 stars
The details: If you're looking for ultimate ease in your SPF application, look no further. The Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick comes in a solid bar that melts at contact with skin. Water resistant with broad spectrum protection, this sunscreen is sensitive-skin safe thanks to a limited ingredients list.
Promising review: Shoppers say that this stick "glides easily" and also sits nicely under makeup, noting that it "isn't sticky" and "almost feels like a transparent thin gel."
Best powder sunscreen: Supergoop! (Re)Setting Powder
Rating: 3.2 stars
The details: This SPF makeup setting powder sets your makeup with a matte finish. The perfect way to add SPF to your routine, Supergoop! (Re)Setting Powder comes in a translucent shade for a universal approach to sun protection. Unlike other sunscreens, this powder is applied at the end of your base makeup routine.
Promising review: "I bought this because I had a day-trip planned to downtown Toronto a few days ago. This really came in handy! It’s both sunscreen and a powder so I would reapply anytime I was oily. Came home with no sunburn and remained matte all day!"
Best budget sunscreen: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen
Rating: 4.3 stars
The details: More expensive doesn't necessarily mean better. This Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen is incredibly lightweight with an SPF of 50+ — and it's only $15. Helping to maintain your skin barrier and protect against sun damage, this sunscreen also acts as a makeup primer.
Promising review: Amazon shoppers say this sunscreen "blends in well with no cast," and is "easy" and "non-greasy" on the skin.
7. Best serum sunscreen: Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint
Rating: 3.7 stars
The details: Do you consider yourself a multitasker? Then this is the product for you. A serum, skin tint and SPF, the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint provides light, glowy coverage in a serum SPF hybrid.
Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and love skincare ingredients. The SPF in this is mineral… and I love the squalane, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. This stuff gives me a glowing look with just enough coverage to still be natural. I wear it everyday!"
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.