10 Sunscreens for Every Budget

SPF is important, no matter how much you want to spend.

Wearing sunscreen every single day is incredibly important in order to protect your skin from sun damage, but most people don't apply enough and they don't reapply throughout the day. In order to encourage yourself to wear enough sunscreen, it's best to find the formula that feels best for you. Many SPF options have different textures and ingredients so you can choose what is right for your life.

Research shows 90 percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun's UVA light and sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging in women and men. The best sunscreens provide broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB-sunburn) protection. 

La Roche-Posay tinted sunscreen was created just for the face. Unlike the un-tinted version, the tinted creme won't leave a white cast over your face. Plus, it has SPF 50, so you know you're getting enough protection until it's time to reapply. Dermatologists agree you need at least SPF 30 to protect skin from the sun. 

This sunscreen is pricey, but the product does go a long way and it's small enough to fit into a purse (making for easy reapplication).

California Baby products are organic and natural and aren't just for babies (but they're gentle enough for their sensitive skin). It offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is also waterproof. This sunscreen is ideal for people with allergies and sensitivities to certain ingredients found in many other sunscreens.

This sunscreen is dermatologist-recommended and has amazing user reviews on Amazon.com. It contains transparent zinc oxide, the only UV filter spanning the full UVA/UVB spectrum, and it glides on beautifully. Despite its high SPF, always remember to reapply often if you're out in the direct sun.

This sunscreen with Helioplex is absolutely beloved on Amazon.com. The 110 SPF doesn't have much evidence that it works any better than SPF 50, but the higher the number, the more likely it is to prevent sun damage and burns.

Dermatologists often tout La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreens as the best and most reliable sunscreens. This sunscreen has an SPF of 50, is made for the face, and is waterproof.

This Dermagenics product is a facial moisturizer first and a sunscreen second. It's not full of nasty chemicals that can get absorbed into the skin, yet it still provides excellent protection from UVA and UVB rays. It is pricey. But when it comes to your skin and your health, it's worth it.

Tinted moisturizer is lighter than your average foundation but provides a soft coverage. It's great for women who don't want to completely cover up their skin because it evens out skin tone without getting cakey or looking too airbrushed.

Using a foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF ensures you are getting not only great coverage but SPF as well. Just make sure you reapply overtop of your makeup throughout the day with a sunscreen power or face mist.

This organic sunscreen is beloved for going on smoothly and leaving no residue. But its best feature is its sun blocking abilities without containing the harmful chemicals found in other sunscreens.

Alba Botanica makes great organic products and their sunblock for kids is well regarded. They also have versions for adults, too.

Aveeno has created the perfect sunscreen for normal, combination and sensitive skin. It's fragrance-free (great for those with sensitivities) and includes mineral sunscreens, which offer full-spectrum protection against UVA rays. It's also water-resistant, lightweight, and spreads easily.