6 Lightweight K-Beauty Sunscreens That Leave No Trace

Even for all their UV-protecting and anti-aging benefits, getting in the habit of wearing sunscreen can be a struggle. Many of the more affordable options end up looking like a sticky white paint job when applied — while, alternatively, the sheer-as-satin top-shelf brands can end up costing them big bucks. Our solution? K-beauty sunscreen. It's affordable, has a delightful jelly texture, and that desirable barely-there finish (plus, a pretty passionate fan following in Amazon's review sections).

Korean beauty has already made a name for itself in leading the innovative-product charge — with everything from sheet to hydrogel masks, essences, ampoules, and now sunscreen. Those aforementioned run-ins with SPFs that leave behind a ghostly white residue (or worse, a clogged-pore party)? A thing of the past with K-beauty's superlight formulas that also tote hydrating, plumping, and oil-balancing benefits, too.


Ahead, a lineup of top-rated internet favourites that we'll be keeping on heavy rotation as our new summer-skin MVPs.

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Erborian CC Crème

Craving coverage? This CC cream starts out white, but blends into your own skin tone for a veil of protection.
Erborian CC Crème SPF25, $39.00 Buy

Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk SPF 50

This Amazon's Choice K-beauty gem boasts SPF-50 coverage, is crafted from a 100% mineral-based formula that is sebum-free, and contains a blend of skin-soothing ingredients (from acai berry to sunflower seed extract and aloe vera).

Not to mention, it also boasts an Amazon Choice stamp of approval along with 2,000+ reviews praising its lightweight and non-oily properties: "If you have oily skin TRY THIS! So I tried this today under my makeup, and it really worked. Like it actually worked. I have a picture that shows all the oil that has accumulated on my t-zone since 11:30 am, it is now 10:06 pm that I am making this review. I haven't blotted once all day, and that is it. Truly money well spent. Oily skin problem solved!"
Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk, $15.99 $12.00 Buy

Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50/PA+++

This formula feels more like a really good moisturiser but delivers serious sun protection. Plus, rose and raspberry extracts offer extra skin-soothing benefits.
Neogen Dermalogy Daylight Protection Sun Screen, $18.30 $18.98 Buy

THANKYOU FARMER Sun Project Light Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++

The silky-smooth texture of this sunscreen doubles as a makeup primer and will make you look forward to putting it on every day (and several times a day!).
Thank You Farmer Sun Project Light Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++, $17.97 Buy

PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++

1,217 reviewers can't be wrong! This formula is ultra-soothing for redness-prone complexions, thanks to ingredients like centella asiatica (cica, for short) and niacinamide.
PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++, $23.99 $20.00 Buy

Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk SPF50+/PA+++

This fluid-thin formula quickly absorbs into skin while also offering impressive SPF 50 protection.
Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence SUN Milk SPF 50 PA+++, $19.00 Buy
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