The 10 Best Drugstore Sunscreen to Buy in 2022, According to Dermatologists

The 10 Best Drugstore Sunscreen to Buy in 2022, According to Dermatologists

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Skincare can seem complicated, but you know what isn’t: sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen is non-negotiable. Every single person needs to wear sunscreen every day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Not only does it help prevent skin cancer, which men are especially at risk for, but it also helps prevent signs of aging, dark spots and other skin issues that can be linked to sun damage. Basically, if you’re going to put one thing on your skin, it should be sunscreen.

The AAD also recommends using sunscreen that is broad spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and with a minimum of SPF 30. You know what they don’t have guidelines for? Price. Sure, you can splurge on an expensive sunscreen, especially if you find one you like enough to wear every day, but a good sunscreen doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of your wallet. Your local drugstore—or favorite shopping website—is a treasure trove of budget-friendly sunscreens. We’ve done the legwork and picked the very best, so if you’re unclear where to start or are overwhelmed by options, this list is your best jumping off point. And remember, a sunscreen won’t do any good if it’s not on your skin, so the best option is one you’ll actually wear.

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Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60

Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based dermatologist Matthew J. Elias, DO recommends this sunscreen “bar none” because “it is fast absorbing, leaving the skin feeling dewy and moisturized.” It tops everything else, he says, because it’s “just that good.”


Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion Sunscreen SPF 50

Navid Malakouti, MD, a dermatologist in North Creek, WA recommends this sunscreen for daily use because of its lightweight formula. It’s also super hydrating, so could double as your moisturizer if you want to save a step.

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Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid Sunscreen SPF 50

The ultra-light formula of this mineral sunscreen is “so easy to apply and non-comedogenic,” meaning it won’t clog your pores, says Silicon Valley-based dermatologist Marie Jhin Lassila, MD.

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Sunscreen Sensitive SPF 50 Spray

Orit Markowitz, MD, a dermatologist in New York City recommends this mineral spray sunscreen because it offers robust sun protection thanks to zinc oxide, but still sprays on clear and won’t leave a white cast.


Dew The Most Sheer Moisturizer SPF 30

This daily facial sunscreen is developed specifically for people with darker skin tones and also contains niacinamide and vitamin E to help protect against signs of aging. It’s hydrating enough to use as your moisturizer and still offers great sun protection.

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Original SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Lotion

This face sunscreen is perfect for sensitive skin—the mineral sun blockers are less likely to irritate skin than chemical screens and it’s fragrance-free. Rub some on any time you go outside.

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Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

This gentle sunscreen offers a high protective factor, but won’t clog your pores and won’t irritate sensitive skin. It also contains ceramides to help restore your skin’s natural barrier and hyaluronic acid to help it stay moisturized.


Oil Control Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30

If you have oily skin, wearing any old sunscreen could make you feel even oilier or worse, break out. This daily moisturizer is oil-free and non-comedogenic so it won’t give you zits and the sunscreen in the formula means you won’t have to add another product on top of it.

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Sport Clear Sunscreen SPF 30

Not only does this sunscreen go on completely clear with a great cooling sensation, but it’s tailor-made for active people with sweat, heat and water resistance. Slather it on before a run and it stays in place no matter how many miles you clock.


UV Aqua Rich Smooth Watery Gel SPF 50

This Japanese sunscreen is so incredibly light and smooth that you won’t even know you’re wearing it, despite its high SPF. It’s the perfect daily sunscreen for anyone who doesn’t like wearing sunscreen.

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