These sunscreens make sun protection an enjoyable step in your routine
The best sunscreen is the one you’ll *actually* use
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / September 14 2019
Sunscreen is one of THE most important products in your skin care routine. It’s also ridiculously difficult to find a good one. With a lot of responsibility on its shoulders, a lot of sunscreens seem to crumble under the pressure - failing to impress in at least one of the attributes we demand from it: non-whitening, non-greasy, wears well under makeup, waterproof and sweat proof, and of course, it needs to work: broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection is non-negotiable.
Sound like we’re asking too much? Well, luckily for us, there are some sunscreens out there that live up to our high expectations. These seven sunscreens for body are our favourites - they’ve nailed the brief and they’re that good that you’ll actually look forward to applying them every day.
Here are some of the best sunscreens for every skin type and wish list criteria.
Best sunscreen for dry skin
The water gel texture of this sunscreen, combined with hyaluronic acid in the formula, is just what parched skin needs to feel pampered while out in the sun. Delivering top-notch sun protection with broad-spectrum SPF 50+, this drugstore sunscreen is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and water-resistant.
The review: “Finally a sunscreen that goes on like water ,and yet is a powerful 50+ sunscreen with Helioplex. This fantastic product is the best sunscreen I have ever used. It makes your facial skin glow.” Kristian, Chemist Warehouse customer
Best sunscreen for oily skin
Our pick: Heliocare 360° Gel Oil-free SPF 50
The best sunblock for oily skin types is one with a matte finish. Delivering the most effective sun protection you can get here in Australia (SPF 50+), this one has a gel texture - so no chance of greasiness - and is oil-free and alcohol-free with an ultra-light, mattifying and dry-touch finish. We also like it for combination skin.
The review: “This sunscreen is excellent for oily skin because it leaves a matte finish and protects you to the fullest. I used it three years ago and it has been my best ally!” Cristy, Influenster reviewer
Best sunscreen for sensitive skin
Its chic, minimalist packaging will draw you in first, then its gentle fragrance-free formula that’s free from preservatives, parabens, oxybenzone and octinoxate will make you a long-term fan. Suitable for babies over six months, kids, men and women alike, sensitive skin types who cringe at the thought of applying sunscreen for fear of irritation can finally stop dreading this vital skin care step. Lightweight and sheer, the formula is non-greasy and provides up to four hours of water-resistant broad-spectrum protection.
The review: “I’m a total sunscreen phobe with sensitive skin and this is the best sunscreen purchase. I hate that sticky, greasy, non-absorbing feeling you get from most sunscreens so I purchased the sensitive lotion, took it to Vanuatu with me for a test run and it absorbs into the skin so nicely and protects so well. Will definitely be my go-to sunscreen from now on!” Brittany, We Are Feel Good Inc. customer
Best non-toxic sunscreen
Mineral sunscreens contain minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect skin from the sun. They work by sitting on top of the skin to form a physical barrier and reflect UV rays - as opposed to chemical sunscreens that absorb the sun’s rays through a chemical reaction to protect from burning; the problem is your body also absorbs some of those chemicals, which is why natural skin care lovers prefer physical sunscreens. One of the best natural sunscreen options here in Australia, this Natural Instinct one gets our vote for being 100 per cent free of toxic chemical UV filters, titanium dioxide and synthetic preservatives, and is safe for the environment. It has a natural tint finish and is enriched with nourishing ingredients like jojoba, shea butter and vitamin E to care for skin while it delivers broad-spectrum protection.
The review: “I am very careful what sunscreen I use as I don’t like putting chemical products on my skin. This sunscreen really lasts well, I use it before swimming and never burn as it lasts several hours. It spreads really well with a nice creamy consistency and sinks straight in, so really easy to use. It’s invisible so no nasty white pasty patches.” Debbie, SUPERcrew member
Best tinted sunscreen
Our Review Crew® were super impressed with this broad-spectrum sunscreen when they trialled it, awarding it 4.5 stars. The self-adjusting tint is perfect for those wanting to even out their skin tone while protecting from sun damage. Sensitive skin-approved and suitable for acne-prone and oily skin types too, the formula is super lightweight and has an impressive SPF 50+ protection.
The review: “I'm as fair skinned as they come. I don't get a second chance with sun time and I needed something that is going to really take care of me in the sun and this product exceeded my expectations. It applied easily and absorbed quickly. There was no stinging especially around the eye and no redness happened what so ever. The tint gave me a nice glow. I highly recommend this product. .” Naomi, Beauty Crew member
Best sunscreen for beach days
The ideal sunblock for beach wear is something that’s waterproof, sweatproof and has a dry touch finish that will prevent sand from sticking to you. That’s why we love this Cancer Council sunscreen. It’s formulated for active lifestyles (tick for staying on during excessive sweating!) and water-resistant for up to four hours. Fast-absorbing, this oil-free sunscreen has a mineral silica base for a soft matte finish. Our favourite thing? Sales from this pink tube help fund cancer research, patient support and education.
The review: “Best sunscreen EVER without the white marks! This is the second tube I’ve bought - best formula of sunscreen I’ve bought to date - even better than all of the organic ones for ease of blending under makeup!!” Maria, Chemist Warehouse customer
This stuff is SO good. We’re seriously addicted to applying it. You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island as soon as you smell those coconut notes. Le Tan have even released this sunscreen formula is a range of scents, including Pineapple, Mango and Watermelon. Beyond its amazing scent, it’s a stand-up sunscreen, too. Made by one of the top Australian sunscreen brands, it offers four hours of water-resistant protection along with sweat resistance. And it’s pretty cheap, too. The SPF 30 version of this coconut sunscreen comes in a spray bottle, if that’s your preferred application method.
The review: “I love using this product during summer. It smells great and it's SPF50+ so it protects you from the sun. It's also not greasy for your skin, as compared to similar products that I have tried.” DJ, Priceline customer
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.