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Block harmful rays with these standout sunscreens, shades and more.

By Melanie Rud
April 07, 2021
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1 FACE TIME From St. Louis-based Blissoma, Photonic Light Shifting Solution SPF 25 is a facial moisturizer and mineral sunscreen that blends seamlessly into skin, with no chalky or greasy residue. Ingredients include plant-based antioxidants that further shield skin from damaging UV rays. $52. blissoma.com

2 SPRAY THIS WAY Apply Goddess Garden Organics Sport Spray all over before you head out for a run, sand volleyball game or pool day. It's water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes, with an SPF 30, mineral-based formula that's both safe for sensitive skin and reef-friendly. $18. goddessgarden.com

3 MISTY CONDITIONS Ideally, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours. A helpful tool in the arsenal: Habit's No41 Mister. The ultrafine SPF spray won't mess up your makeup, but it will refresh your skin and re-up your sun protection. And it's petite—perfect for on the go. $30. habitskin.co

4 THE EYES HAVE IT Ethically and sustainably made from green materials, Pala Eyewear sunglasses are more than just another pair of stylish sunnies. The brand also donates to eye care programs across Africa for every pair sold. From $112. Find them online or in select boutiques, such as Capucine in Chicago. palaeyewear.com

5 SHADE SHIFTER Is it makeup? Skincare? Answer: A little bit of both. Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Color Balm SPF 50 imparts a gorgeous wash of creamy color (it comes in three wearable hues) on cheeks and lips, all while delivering that oh-so-important SPF. $30 each; $69 for the trio. colorescience.com

6 BEST TRESSED FYI, your strands—and scalp—need sun protection too. Enter the Sun Bum SPF 30 Scalp and Hair Mist, a lightweight spritz that dries quickly without leaving your hair looking or feeling greasy. The lovely tropical scent is just an added perk. $15. target.com

Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreens

Sunscreens rely on either chemical ingredients, which sink into skin and absorb UV rays, or mineral ingredients, which sit on top of skin and reflect rays. The former tend to be more cosmetically elegant; the latter, a better option for sensitive or acne-prone skin. But at the end of the (sun-drenched) day, it's a matter of personal preference. The best sunscreen is the one you like and are actually going to use.