Sunscreens You'll Actually Look Forward to Applying

We all know we're supposed to wear sunscreen, but sometimes its sticky, greasy residue makes hiding indoors almost seem worthwhile. Fear not: These smooth-sailing sunscreens are a breeze to apply, and their barely-there formulas won't turn your beach day into a major bummer. Find your perfect match here!

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    Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30

    Sunscreens have a rep for being opaque and goopy, but this SPF/primer hybrid goes on clear and won't leave a sticky film on skin -- promise.

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    La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with SPF 50

    Lighter than a traditional lotion, this sunscreen serum is loaded with potent anti-agers that fight wrinkles while the SPF protects. 

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    Neutrogena CoolDry Sport with Micromesh Technology SPF 30

    Outdoor athletes know the sunscreen struggle is real: Greasy, sticky formulas can ruin your run. But this formula -- inspired by sweat-wicking workout wear -- allows perspiration to pass through the formula so it can evaporate more easily. 


    $9.49; drugstores

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    Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Spray SPF 50+

    Sure, sprays are convenient, but most don't exactly leave skin feeling its softest. This alcohol-free mist moisturizes for a full 24 hours while providing broad-spectrum protection.

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    Safe Harbor Natural Suncare Sensitive Lotion

    Does even the thought of sunscreen make your skin red, itchy, and irritated? Fear not -- this lotion contains a physical UV blocker (rather than a chemical one) that doctors recommend for sensitive types. 

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    COOLA Face SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Matte Finish

    Toner, essence, serum, sunscreen, primer -- it's possible to have five layers of product on your face before you even get to foundation. Skip a step or two with this mattifying sunscreen that leaves behind a hint of tint. 

    Bonus: It's packed with organic ingredients and antioxidants and is vegan, cruelty-free, and reef-friendly. 

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    Sun Bum Pro SPF 30+ Face Stick

    This clear stick glides on without leaving the white, streaky residue you'd expect from other twist-ups. And while it's designed for the face, we're actually loving it for the backs of our hands and our ears -- two often-overlooked areas that are prone to premature aging and skin cancer. 

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    Kiss My Face Cool Sport Air Powered Spray SPF 50

    Cucumber and aloe in this coconut-scented spray cool skin on contact, while vitamins C and E fight free radicals to boost the effectiveness of the SPF. Bonus: This spray is propelled by plain old air -- not chemicals.

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    Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

    We all need a touch of mattifying powder in the summer, so why not use one with SPF? Its portable brush is perfect to stash in your purse for sun protection on the go.

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    Eminence Tropical Vanilla Body Sunscreen SPF 32

    We'd happily toss aside our body lotion for this fresh-scented organic sunscreen. Lightly scented and packed with shea butter, this SPF smoothes skin from neck to toe.

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    How to Fake a Sun-Kissed Glow

    Make it look like you've spent time in the sun without damaging your beautiful skin.

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