9 Top-Rated Sunscreens So Lightweight, You’ll Forget You’re Wearing SPF

The biggest downside to wearing sunscreen is the feeling of wearing sunscreen. Slathering your face, neck, and chest with a greasy white paste is both annoying and uncomfortable, and if you'd characterize your skin as sensitive with a capital 'S', you might deal with added side effects, like watery eyes, redness, and breakouts.

But, that doesn't mean you should risk going without protection — especially when sensitive skin is prone to irreversible sun damage; it just means you need to find a non-irritating formula. Baby SPF tends to be as gentle as it gets, so it's a great option, plus there are a few top-rated tubes (for adults) that glide on so featherlight and breathable, you'll forget you're wearing SPF at all. Ahead, check out our favorites.


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Unsun Cosmetics Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

One of our favorite Black-owned skin-care brands, Unsun, has the most innovative mineral sunscreen on the market. The blendable formula melts into all skin tones — and uses only natural ingredients, like coconut oil and beeswax, to soothe and moisturize sensitive skin.
Unsun Cosmetics UNSUN Mineral Tinted Sunscreen$29.00 Buy

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 

You'd be hard pressed to find a dermatologist or skin-care pro who doesn't have great things to say about this EltaMD sunscreen. It's oil-free and has hyaluronic acid to offset dryness, plus it's been designed specifically for anyone with sensitive-skin conditions, be it rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or hormonal acne.
Elta MD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46$34.50 Buy

Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Shontay Lundy founded her brand, Black Girl Sunscreen, to fill a gap in the market that wasn't speaking to Black women about the importance of sun protection. Now, this everyday SPF 30 is a top-seller at Target for its lightweight formula that leaves zero white cast and gives skin a healthy glow.
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30$15.99 Buy

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

You don't need to worry about any telltale white cast with this clear, lightweight gel by Supergoop! Many fans add it into their everyday routines as a makeup primer that has sun protection built right in.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40$34.00 $32.44 Buy

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60

Free of most potentially irritating ingredients — fragrance, parabens, oils — this is a foolproof pick for anyone looking for sun protection in a pared-down formula.
La Roche-Posay La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60$19.99 Buy

Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

Mineral sunscreens (those that use physical blockers like zinc oxide) get a bad rap for being thick, white, and generally pasty. This one from ThinkBaby is none of those things. It goes on like a lightweight moisturizer, absorbing quickly and without the need for lots of blending.
Thinkbaby Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+$12.99 $9.89 Buy

Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

Avocado oil, baobob seed oil, aloe vera extract, shea butter — these are just four of the hydrating ingredients in this mineral sunscreen. In fact, it's so nourishing, we skip face moisturizer altogether when we wear it.
Bare Republic Bare Republic Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50$14.99 Buy

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen SPF 40

We wore this mineral sunscreen to the beach on a sweltering day and fell in love with its non-greasy formula. Plus, it's oxybenzone-free, so if you take a dip in the ocean, you won't be contributing to coral reef damage.
Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Non-Nano Zinc SPF 40 Mineral Sunscreen$14.95 Buy

Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Who wants to spend 10 minutes rubbing sunblock onto their arms, legs, and back? No one, that's who. This lightweight spray from Babyganics is so easy to use, and the SPF 50 blend is loaded with aloe vera juice to soothe as it protects.
Babyganics Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 - 6 fl oz$9.99 Buy
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