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8 Of The Best Sunscreens For Your Face In 2024

By Phoebe Youl
9th Apr 2024

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: if you're not using an SPF as part of your daily skincare routine, then you may as well throw all your other products out the window. In 2024 it's no secret that wearing daily sunscreen is essential—not just for the aesthetic benefits (see: inflammation, brown spots and fine lines) but also for the protection it provides against the very real risk of skin cancer. 

So, why are many of us still failing to wear SPF? Often the reason is as simple as finding the right product. Thankfully, sunscreen formulas have come a long way, and we now have access to a plethora of sophisticated products that make protecting our skin much more enjoyable, comfortable and makeup friendly. Whether you're looking for a product that won't break you out, an affordable option, or you'd like a dose of glow with your SPF, keep reading below for Urban List's top suncreen picks. 

Editor's Note: When using sunscreen always read the label and follow directions for use. 

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Best Sunscreens For Face Best Overall Sunscreen
Image Credit: Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50 | Website

Best Overall Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF50

Want all the protection without any of the fuss? This three-in-one product should be at the top of your list. Cleverly combining sunscreen protection with the hydration of moisturiser and the skin prep of primer - there's literally no excuse not to wear your SPF every day when it's this easy.

Beyond UVA and UVB protection, this product also has you covered when it comes to additional skin-improving benefits thanks to its lineup of Australian native antioxidants.

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Image Credit: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF50 | Website

Best Value Sunscreen Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF50

This gel-texture sunscreen is an excellent option if you're after a budget-friendly choice that won't disappoint. The water-gel lotion feels the exact opposite of what you'd expect your old-school sunscreens to feel - it's cool, soothing and dries down quickly, leaving barely a trace.

While this product has a non-greasy finish, it leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated, so will work as a base under makeup, even on more sensitive or oily skin.

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Image Credit: Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+ | Website

Best Luxury Sunscreen Rationale #3 The Tinted Serum SPF50+

On application, this super-liquid formula feels almost oil-like; however, it quickly dries down to leave behind a lightweight film that looks hydrated and radiant and provides solar and environmental protection thanks to its proprietary Zinc Fusion technology.

Thanks to its slightly tinted, cast-free finish, the formula has also been designed with all skin tones in mind.

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Image Credit: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+ | Website

Best Matte Sunscreen La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Facial Sunscreen SPF50+

Designed specifically for oily and problem-prone skin, this SPF50 will protect against damaging UV rays while simultaneously keeping you shine-free (thanks to the addition of oil absorbers).

The ultra-sheer formula also contains ingredients that work to soothe inflammation and help control acne triggers without leaving a thick or heavy film on the skin.

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Image Credit: Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40 | Website

Best Sunscreen For Glow Supergoop Glowscreen SPF 40

If you like a side of glow served up with your SPF, look no further than this product. With its luxe packaging, this sunscreen feels more like applying a fancy primer than an SPF.

The super lightweight formula will leave even the driest skin looking seriously glowy without feeling thick or heavy and acts as an ideal base for makeup.

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Image Credit: Ultra Violette Fave Fluid SPF 50+ Ultralight Fragrance Free Skinscreen | Website

Best Sunscreen For Sensitive Skin Ultra Violette Fave Fluid SPF 50+ Ultralight Fragrance Free Skinscreen

When you're sensitive or breakout-prone, introducing new products into your routine can feel like playing reaction roulette. Luckily, this product caters precisely to this dilemma.

The broad-spectrum sunscreen offers protection against UVA and UVB rays, while the super-lightweight and oil-free finish works perfectly to protect and prime for makeup application without upsetting your skin in the process.

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Image Credit: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ | Website

Best Invisible Sunscreen La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+

A go-to brand for some of the most sophisticated formulas at an affordable price point, this lightweight and milky SPF from La Roche-Posay is no different. The fragrance-free and dermatologically tested formula wears beautifully on the skin and provides SPF50+ protection, all while looking undetectable—meaning those with deeper skin tones don't need to worry about any discolouration or white cast.

While specifically formulated for sensitive skin types, this is suitable for almost anyone and wears well under makeup or in lieu of moisturiser on more oily skin.

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Image Credit: Naked Sundays SPF50+ Hydrating Glow Mist | Website

Best Sunscreen Mist Naked Sundays SPF50+ Hydrating Glow Mist

While we don't suggest this should be the only SPF in your lineup, this mist from Naked Sundays was specifically designed for both refreshing, setting and topping up your sunscreen throughout the day.

Simply spray generously for extra protection throughout the day, and it will dry down for a refreshed finish without disrupting your makeup or skincare. Keep this product close at hand for a quick and hands-free re-application.

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