The 7 Best Sunscreens for Hitting the Beach

While it is important to protect your skin from UV exposure everyday, it is even more crucial when you are spending more time outdoors in the summer.  We did a bit of research to find top rated sunscreens to recommend to you.  These are the seven best sunscreens for hitting the beach this summer!

Murad – City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++  ($65)


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A new level of skin protection. This revolutionary, ultra-light 100% mineral broad spectrum PA++++ and SPF 50 sunscreen with Environmental Protection Technology shields skin from 5 main causes of damage that accelerate signs of aging.


Founded by dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, the Murad brand is a trusted name in skincare.  The ingredients in this sunscreen are gentle enough to use every day, not just for trips to the beach.

Dermalogica – protection 50 sport spf50 ($36)


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This sheer solar protection treatment defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Oleosome microspheres help enhance SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure. Lightweight formula helps neutralize damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel.


This sunscreen is both vegan and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about buying and using it daily.  This formula is especially great for days you will be swimming, as it is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Fresh – Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25)


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Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 moisturizes and provides UV protection for the lips, face, and eye area. The durable, water-resistant formula is ideal for an active lifestyle, offering a protective shield against damaging rays and other free radical environmental aggressors. Its wide-stick applicator glides on with ease making it perfect for on-the-go use.


Fresh’s sunscreen uses natural ingredients like avocado and grapeseed oils to protect your whole face from dangerous UV rays.  Plus, its stick applicator is incredibly easy to use on-the-go.

Dr. Dennis Gross – Dark Spot Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50($42)


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Stay sun safe and guard against photo-aging including dark spots, and fine lines and wrinkles, with all-physical UV protection. Free from chemical filters, this lotion is safe and effective. This can be worn daily as a way to decrease the risk of skin cancer. NYC dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created a Mela-C Defense Complex featuring melatonin, vitamin E and three forms of vitamin C to fight free-radical damage and protect skin from oxidative stress. Consider this high-protection SPF 50 formula your first defense against photo-aging and sun damage.


Be proactive against the appearance of sunspots and wrinkles with this sunscreen.  The formula was developed by dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross to help fight the aging effects of the sun.

Cane + Austin – Prime + Protect Mattifying Primer with SPF 50 ($56)

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A dual-purpose, broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen primer in a universal shade that also reduces the appearance of skin imperfections. The addition of green tea, resveratrol, vitamin C and COQ10 helps calm and soothe any redness or irritation.


We love a multi-purpose sunscreen!  This product not only helps to protect your skin from UV rays, but it also blurs skin imperfections and provides all-day oil control.  Use this sunscreen under your makeup for a flawless look.

Dr. Jart+ – Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 ($39 from Sephora)

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A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties. Ideal under makeup, its natural looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skintone. Antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protect skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity. This lightweight formula features mineral sunscreens to provide broad spectrum sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Skin is left looking smooth, perfect, and natural.


This BB cream not only evens skin tone and hydrates, it also contains SPF 45.  This is a great option for a no-makeup makeup look this summer.

La Mer – The Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid ($95)

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Your daily SPF 50 requirement. Let this luxurious, quick-absorbing fluid defend skin against everyday exposure to UV rays. Designed to be worn over your moisturizer or under makeup, this soothing, lightweight lotion infuses skin with the sea-sourced renewing energies of Miracle Broth™.

La Mer is a well-loved high end skincare brand, and we love this protecting fluid.  Wear it over your moisturizer or under makeup to help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

Now that your skin is well-protected, check out our favorite one-piece swimsuits for your beach trips this year.

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