Top 11 Sunscreens for Every Budget

I've done the research on sunscreen and compiled the best sunscreens on the market. Organic sunscreen, sport sunscreen, sunscreens safe enough for baby and the Best Sunscreen in the World.

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. Look for either zinc or titanium minerals in your sunscreen.

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This is arguable, of course. But even dermatologists we've read tout La Roche-Posay Anthelios sunscreens as the best sunscreens in the world. I've read many who say they use it themselves. 

This sunscreen is SPF 50, made for the face and is waterproof. This is the non-tinted version The tinted is next. 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL tinted creme was created just for the face. Unlike the lait version (No. 1 above), the tinted creme won't cast a white pall over the face. Plus, it's SPF 50+ so you know you're being protected. Dermatologists agree you need at least 30 SPF to protect the face from the sun. There's some debate over whether super high numbers can be trusted, but I have worn this religiously and have yet to sunburn. Downside: The price. This sunscreen is pricey, but the product does go a long way and it's small enough to fit into a purse (sunscreen must be reapplied throughout the day if you are out in the sun). While I wish it was a little more product for the money, a few pea-sized dots will do you.

This is a sunscreen of choice for dermatologist Elizabeth Hale, it gets great reviews online and 4 stars out of 5 on Beautypedia (which considers safety in skin products). It's a mineral sunscreen, which means it contains zinc oxide, which offers great protection from the sun. It's also fragrance free, which means it will work on sensitive skin, too. 

We told you about the best sunscreens for the face. But what about the body? California Baby products are organic and natural and aren't just for babies (although I use it on my toddler son more than I do on myself because it goes on very white). It offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and is also waterproof. I love that you won't get any bad chemicals or fragrances, which makes this sunscreen ideal for people with allergies and sensitivities to certain ingredients found in many storebought sunscreens.

Extra tip: Sunscreen isn't only for the face. We read in O magazine that dermatologists report seeing too many women with hands, necks and chests that looked 20 years older than their faces. These women were diligent to keep their faces out of the sun but forgot to protect their hands, necks and chests as well.

Dermatologist recommended, this sunscreen gets 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. Although you should reapply often if out in the direct sun, you will not burn with this sunscreen.

Although the SPF 110 is suspect (studies show that sunscreen over SPF 60 is just marketing gobbleygook), this sunscreen with Helioplex is absolutely beloved on Amazon.com and is the biggest seller of all the Neutrogena sunscreen options (almost all of which get high marks from reviewers).

Dermagenics wins the best facial moisturizer with SPF round because it's not full of nasty chemicals that are 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.

If you can't afford the pricetag for Dermagenics, dermatologists frequently recommend Eucerin Extra Protective moisture lotion SPF 30 which combines sunscreen with moisturizer. It does not rate well on EWG's Skin Deep list, which is why it fell off my list this year, but if you must buy a product at a drugstore, it's a good bet.

Tinted moisturizer is lighter than your average foundation but provides a soft coverage. It's great for women with almost flawless skin because it evens out skin tone without "cake face," otherwise known as "pancake makeup."

Foundations or tinted moisturizers with SPF ensures you are getting not only great coverage, but SPF as well. Hands down the best tinted moisturizer with SPF on the market is Laura Mercier.

 Named the best sunscreen by Natural Health magazine, this organic sunscreen is beloved for going on smoothly and leaving no residue. But it's best feature is its sun blocking abilities without containing the harmful chemicals found in other sunscreens.

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

This is a great organic, non-chemical sunscreen that passes the strict EWR Skin Deep tests.

The reviewers over at Makeupalley.com rave about Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. It goes on lightly, doesn't turn an oily face into a greasepit and best yet, it won't cast "ghost glow," the annoying white cast that some sunblocks give. Unfortunately, it does not rate as highly on EWR's Skin Deep panel, so I have moved it from 1st place to Honorable Mention.

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. Only bummer is it feels slight tacky. 

If you have dry skin, you may need a moisturizer as well.