But, finding a decent sunscreen is no easy task. Besides needing to fulfil the obvious purpose of defending against harmful UVA and UVB rays, the best sunscreens will also be easy to apply, non-greasy, non-whitening and sit nicely under your makeup.
If that sounds like a tall order, that’s because it is. But, we deserve to have it all! To save you the hassle, we’ve done all the legwork for you (you’re welcome!) and have rounded up the best facial sunscreens that tick all the boxes.
In no particular order, here are some of the best facial sunscreens available now.
Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen
Cool-girl sunscreen brand Ultra Violette is a newcomer on the scene but is already making waves for their clever formulas. Our favourite? Ultra Violette's Supreme Screen SPF 50+ Hydrating Facial Sunscreen which works as a sunscreen and a hydrating primer in one so it's perfect for dry skin.
$45 at ultraviolette.com.au
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light SPF50+
For a lightweight, invisible sunscreen, look no further. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light SPF50+ delivers broad-spectrum SPF 50+ protection in a totally weightless formula that will sink straight into your skin.
$29.99 at priceline.com.au
Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF50+
This sunscreen has built up somewhat of a cult-following thanks to its clever non-greasy formula that contains hydrating hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to nourish the skin while offering 50+ UVA and UVB protection.
$40 at mecca.com.au
Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30
If you've got sensitive skin, this one is for you. Specifically designed for sensitised, reactive or recently resurfaced skin, the artificial fragrance-free formula contains oat and botanical actives to soothe the skin and minimise discomfort, burning and itching while providing SPF 30+ protection.
$80 at dermalogica.com.au
Clarins Sunscreen Control Cream for Face SPF 50+
French luxury skin care brand Clarins has long been a leader when it comes to developing cutting edge skin care and this sunscreen is no different. Along with SPF50+ protection, it also contains olive tree extract and baobab to protect skin from dehydration and fight visible signs of ageing.
$40 at clarins.com.au
Bondi Sands SPF50+ Face Sunscreen Lotion
If you'd rather not splash out a fortune on sunscreen, this one's for you. Although this one retails for less than $15, it delivers all the benefits you'd expect from a luxe formula. The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula provides SPRF50+ and contains aloe vera and vitamin E to deeply hydrate your skin.
$14.95 at bondisands.com.au
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Lotion
Another savvy, budget-friendly buy, this oil-free, ultra-lightweight sunscreen delivers SPF50+ protection, has a shine-free, dry-touch finish. It's also non-comedogenic (so it's suitable for acne-prone skin) and water-resistant for two hours so you can be sure you're covering all your bases here.
$16.99 at priceline.com.au
Skinstitut Age Defence SPF 50+
This multitasking SPF 50+ product provides both chemical and physical sunscreen protection. It also features vitamin B3 to help improve the appearance of pores and uneven skin texture.
$49 at adorebeauty.com.au
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection so wear protective clothing and seek shade. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Reapply every 2 hours and after swimming, towelling and perspiring in accordance with directions.