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We’ve tested nearly 90 sunscreens. Here are our favorites.

Our four picks for the best sunscreens, shown with a pair of sunglasses and a towel.
Photo: Marki Williams

Sunscreen is a summer staple you’ll (hopefully!) use every day, so we think it’s important to find one you really love. But the dizzying number of options at the drugstore and across your social feeds can make it difficult to know where to start. We know—because we’ve tested nearly 90 options since 2015.

Perhaps your perfect sunscreen match is one that absorbs easily and is free of added fragrance. Maybe it’s a nongreasy formula that appears nearly colorless on the skin. Or perhaps you’ll be unexpectedly charmed by whipped cream sunscreen, like we were.

Whatever your preference, we have a few recommendations to help kick-start your search. Below, we’ll walk you through some of our favorites, address your burning sunscreen questions, and invite you to join us for something special starting tomorrow.

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What about your face?

All of our picks for best sunscreen for your face, placed next to each other in front of a blue background.
Photo: Marki Williams

Just about everyone would benefit from using sunscreen on their face each day—yes, even those with darker skin tones, who live somewhere that’s often overcast, or who work indoors. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to help prevent skin cancer and wrinkles.

Our 11 favorite sunscreens for your face→


More expert sunscreen advice

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How much sunscreen do you actually need to wear?

Lots of people apply sunscreen wrong. Here’s how to do it right.

Clay sculpture of a bottle of sunscreen hanging by a rope from a flying airplane.

What’s the best way to travel with sunscreen?

Our advice for making sure you are fully stocked with sunscreen on vacation, even if you’re traveling by air.

Solar Buddies and our pick for best nongreasy chemical sunscreen, the Banana Boat Light As Air Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+.

How do you wrangle SPF on squirmy kids?

Here’s what actually works (and the gimmicky viral products that don’t.)

Plus: An exclusive deal on this giant jug of sunscreen we love

A large bottle of Supergoop Play SPF 50 sunscreen.
Photo: Sarah Kobos

We love this sunscreen from Supergoop because it rubs in easily, has a pleasant scent, and appears nearly transparent once applied. It comes in four sizes, including a rather large 18-ounce jug. A few of our staffers recommend keeping this “sleeky curved beaut” by the front door for easy summertime slathering. Use promo code WC24 at the link below to get the deal.

Get a big ol’ (on-sale!) jug of the stuff→


One last thing: Join us for Sunscreen Week

Starting tomorrow, the social team at Wirecutter will spend a few days walking you through some of our favorite unexpected—and useful!—sunscreen advice. (Spoiler: Did you know that baby sunscreen and adult sunscreen are pretty much the same thing?) They’ll also be sharing sunscreens we recommend and (nicely) reminding you to apply your SPF every morning.

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Wishing you a sunburn-free summer.

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