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Best affordable sunscreens

Choose a sunscreen that really protects your skin with these tips.

 

Now that the days are getting longer and we’re spending more time outside, it’s crucial to start getting serious about wearing SPF every day: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, daily sunscreen use can reduce the risk of getting melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer — by up to 50%.

If that doesn’t convince you, how about this: According to dermatologists, up to 80% of premature aging is caused by — you guessed it — excessive sun exposure.

All of which is to say, wearing sunscreen is a pretty darn easy way to keep your skin healthy and youthful. Less easy? Finding a sunscreen that actually works — without causing undesirable side effects like breakouts, oiliness or chalkiness.

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Fortunately, we’ve got you covered: Find the best sunscreen for your skin below:

For sensitive skin: Avène Mineral Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50+, $28

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Unlike typical sunscreens, which often rely on harsh chemicals to protect against UV rays, Avène’s water-resistant formula uses minerals — namely zinc and titanium oxide — to form a physical barrier against the sun, giving you long-lasting protection without any of the irritating side effects.

For dry skin: Garnier Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer SPF 30, $17

Finding a sunscreen that protects and nourishes dry skin without leaving behind a greasy residue is surprisingly difficult. This standout moisturizer gets the job done, thanks to a one-two punch of hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich goji berry.

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For acne-prone skin: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 60, $20

There’s a reason this French brand’s signature sunscreen has won countless awards: Not only is it oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores, but the formula is also infused with silica, which helps to absorb oil and sweat — keeping greasiness at bay all day.

For fair skin: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, SPF 100+, $11

While its true that SPFs over 35 don’t offer that much added protection, when you have fair, sunburn-prone skin, every little bit helps. This broad-spectrum, waterproof formula boasts the highest SPF commercially available, yet feels lightweight and dries to a grease-free finish.

For dark skin: L’oréal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30, $20

Contrary to popular belief, dark skin tones aren’t immune from sun damage or skin cancer: It’s just less common. This facial oil from L’oréal features eight lightweight oils to nourish the skin, plus SPF 30 to protect against harmful UV rays. Best of all? Unlike most sunscreens, it won’t leave behind a chalky residue.

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For your body: Banana Boat Sun Comfort Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+, $8 

There’s a reason Banana Boat’s sunscreens are classic: They work. This particular formula earned a top rating in a Consumer Reports test in 2016, thanks to its easy application, high SPF, and water resistance for up to 80 minutes. The fact that its under $10 is just an added bonus.