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The Best Sunscreens for 2022

It’s now 2022, which means it’s time to leave our bad skincare habits behind. One of the worst habits you can get into is not wearing sunscreen, as risking blotchy skin at best and causing sunburns at worst are not worth the very little time and effort it takes to apply it every day. But what sunscreen does the best job while still feeling good on your skin?

Like the rest of the skincare world, sunscreen is a constantly changing and developing world, with new technology pushing the boundaries of function seemingly every day. If you need or want a new sunscreen this year, consider these options:

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen

Neutrogena is one of the oldest and most trusted skincare brands globally, and because of this, their products are widely available and inexpensive. If you are new to skincare, then this is the way to go: get something that’s relatively cheap and easy to find but gets the job done. This sunscreen is classic, so widely-known that you’d recognize it just by seeing the bottle for what it is: a no-nonsense, solid sunscreen that protects your skin from the sun.

The “dry-touch” part of the name is key here: many sunscreens leave a noticeable residue. At the same time, this doesn’t necessarily affect its effectiveness. Such discomfort can leave you feeling icky, leading to less frequent use of sunscreen. You’ll want to find one which leaves you feeling good afterward and doesn’t discourage you from using it.

EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

This mineral-based spray sunscreen is a great next step for those who are more inclined toward skincare products already. While some people believe that spray-on sunscreens can be dangerous for your lungs or skin, this depends on the product itself, and EltaMD’s spray is safe and effective due to its mineral base and solid 45 SPF UV protection. Many dermatologists recommend a spray sunscreen for their ease of application, especially for the ever-important reapplication phase of your day: for sunscreen to really be effective, it needs to be reapplied every two hours or after every trip into the water. This is a great spray sunscreen for these touch-ups, which can keep you protected for the whole day.

Hawthorne Everyday Mineral Face Sunscreen

Hawthorne is a relatively new player on the skincare scene, but its products are catching buzz for a reason. They know what’s important and what isn’t about sunscreen: they know to focus on feel and look along with quality ingredients to make you want to apply their products while also making them work. This new face sunscreen is no exception: it has a nice clear finish that makes it comfortable to wear while working its magic. If you’re something of a skincare aficionado or just looking to try something new and interesting, give these guys a look; you won’t regret it.

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield Sunscreen

I know what you’re thinking: “brush-on? Are they serious?” They are! Powder sunscreens are a thing and a very interesting one at that. If you’re not a fan of spray-ons and want something physical that isn’t a gnarly, heavy-duty cream, then this is a great option to try. It’s like powdering your nose, except it helps save your skin from harmful UV rays! Brush-ons are a brave new frontier in the skincare world, and if you’re interested in seeing what those on the cutting edge of skin technology have to say for sunscreen, then give this a whirl.


Of course, there are plenty of other ways to get your skin nice and clear for the upcoming warmer months. You don’t necessarily need to know how reverse osmosis works to know that drinking more water is good for your skin. It’s also very important to pay attention to your diet, as your food input affects your skin’s visual and tactile output. But sunscreen is simple to use, easy to find, and can have a huge impact on your skin’s health for the rest of your life. And sunscreen is especially important during warmer months while people are outside more often; wearing sunscreen in cooler months is also recommended. Sunscreen is important when you’re out under the sun, and people tend to spend much longer times outside during the warmer seasons. So this year, if you’re looking to improve your skin’s health, take a look at one of these and get ready to enjoy the sun!  

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