Best Sunscreens for Men
With additions by Barret Wertz
Okay, so you’ve switched to an organic shampoo and cruelty-free skin care, your diet is absent of any junky fast food, and any sugary cereal in your cupboards has been dutifully replaced with steel-cut oats. Yet, somehow, you’re still stuck to the heavy-duty sunscreens full of chemicals you really only recognize thanks to news about states such as Hawaii banning them.
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Yes, it may feel like the more chemicals in the sunscreen, the more you’re able to block out potential sun damage. However, consider this: sunscreen is something you slather all over your body (and hopefully on your face daily) and your skin subsequently absorbs that sunscreen into your body. In other words, your skin is directly absorbing all these chemicals into your bloodstream. That should make you start to consider a sunscreen with fewer chemicals, right?
Luckily, there are some organic sunscreens out on the market right now that are free of toxic chemicals and powerful enough to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Now that we’re approaching the hottest season of the year, we’ve lined up our favorite organic sunscreens to help you prep for the dog days of summer.
The Best Sunscreens for Men Ranked
Best Sunscreen All Around Badger Unscented Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
Best Sunscreen for Body Honest Sunscreen SPF 30+
Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Best Spray Sunscreen Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 50
Best Natural Sunscreen All Good Sunstick SPF 30+
Best Organic Sunscreen COOLA Suncare Sport Face Classic Sunscreen SPF 50
Best Mineral Sunscreen Supergoop 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30
Best Water Resistance Sunscreen Jack Black Water-Resistant Sunscreen SPF 45
Best Sport Sunscreen Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
Best Sunscreen for Face Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
Best Face Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50
Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen
Best Sunscreen for Acne Prone Skin EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Best Anti-Aging Sunscreen Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Sun Damage Protection SPF 50
Best Tinted Sunscreen Perricone MD Face Finishing & Firming Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreen ColorScience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-on Shield SPF 50
What is Sunscreen?
According to SkinCancer.org, sunscreen is a product that combines several ingredients that help prevent the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the skin. It’s available in several forms: cream, lotion, spray, gel, foam or stick. In order to qualify as Broad Spectrum, the gold standard in sunscreen, it must block both UVA and UVB rays.
Since the market is flooded with options, choosing one proves to be a difficult challenge, especially since numerous sunscreens contain potentially harmful chemicals. Your best best is to limit or stay away altogether from sunscreens that boast the following ingredients:
Oxybenzone: A chemical used by skincare brands to help the lotion further penetrate the skin, Oxybenzone is known to be a hugely common skin allergen and shown to damage or kill delicate coral reefs.
Octinoxate: Another common ingredient in sunscreen, Octinoxate acts as a known hormone disruptor, meaning it can send your estrogen and testosterone levels into hyperdrive. Both of these chemicals are often used in daily face sunscreens due to its ability to protect while leaving no white residue.
Parabens: Thanks to the media, parabens have become the pariah of the skincare world, and for good reason — in large doses, parabens have proven links to breast cancer.
How to Use Sunscreen?
If you think slathering on in the morning is good enough for a day at the beach, think again. There are steps to using sunscreen properly that will keep your skin protected as long as you need. To get the most out of your UV shield, start by making it part of your daily grooming routine.
Here are the basic steps using sunscreen, which we’ve kept brief and simple:
Step 1: Always apply sunscreen before going outside
Step 2: Use a tablespoon of sunscreen on your face and two ounces on your body (about as much as a full shot glass)
Step 3: Apply sunscreen as the final step in your skin care routine
Step 4: Reapply sunscreen every 90-120 minutes
It’s important to understand that with recent government study showing that certain chemicals in common sunscreens can potentially absorb into your bloodstream — avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene and ecamsule — we focused primarily on natural, physical sunscreen options to keep you, and the coral reefs, safe.
Best All Around Sunscreen
Badger Unscented Sunscreen Cream SPF 30
Badger’s unscented sunscreen is an all-around performer designed for balance and simplicity. It’s a reef-safe alternative made from 98% certified-organic ingredients such as zinc oxide and Vitamin E, blocking the sun’s harmful rays for full UV protection. You can also sport it for up to 40 minutes in the water. Adding to the eco- and body-friendly vibe, Badger sells all of its sunscreens in eco-friendly packaging and this one happens to be rated the best by EWG with a rating of one.
$13.59 at Amazon.com
Best Sunscreen for Body
Honest Sunscreen SPF 30+
Jessica Alba founded Honest Co. with the concept of bringing all-natural products that actually work to the masses, after realizing that all the products she was slathering on her children were laden with dangerous chemicals. The company’s mineral-based sunscreen is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation and offers non-greasy sun protection for sensitive skin, making it ideal for both babies and grown men with skin issues.
$6.95 at Honest.com
Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
Suntegrity Skincare Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Suntegrity Skincare’s natural sunscreen checks off all the boxes: vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, paraben-free — basically free of anything that isn’t beneficial to your skin. The oil-free formula has an EWG rating of one and applies smoothly and disappears like you’re not even wearing layers of SPF 30. We’re fans of its great citrus scent, but love that it’s reef-friendly, so you can enjoy swimming in the ocean without putting coral reefs and other marine life at harm.
$24 at Amazon.com
Best Spray Sunscreen
Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 50
Fortified with aloe and antioxidants, this spray sunscreen has a super subtle scent and goes on easily. Using both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide superior, broad-spectrum protection that stands up to its cream lotion counterparts.
$18.96 at Walmart.com
Best Natural Sunscreen
All Good Sunstick SPF 30+
We all have those easy-to-forget places that, no matter how much sunscreen you apply, they always seem to get burnt. Whether it’s your nose, shoulders or the top of your head for bald guys, All Good has created a product to help those problem spots and combat sun damage. With an SPF of 30, the all-natural sunscreen (the ingredient list only boasts five items) will provide your skin with up to 80 minutes of protection.
$7.19 at Amazon.com
Best Organic Sunscreen
COOLA Suncare Sport Face Classic Sunscreen SPF 50
For the guy who is always dressed in layers and never protects his face when stepping outside, Coola offers one of the best portable sunscreens that money can buy. This one is crafted from certified organic ingredients and rich in antioxidants that balance moisture and reduce redness. The white tea scent is pleasant on the nose, killing the myth that all sunscreens have to smell bad.
$32 at Amazon.com
Best Mineral Sunscreen
Supergoop 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30
Sunscreen shouldn’t act only as a barrier to the sun – since the product is going directly onto your skin, shouldn’t it have some healing properties as well? That’s exactly what Supergoop had in mind when they concocted their sunscreen mist. Infused with antioxidants (like Vitamin C), the spray will leave your skin feeling noticeably more refreshed and hydrated. With an SPF 50 formula, your body will be well-guarded from any sun damage.
$34 at Nordstrom.com
Best Water-Resistant Sunscreen
Jack Black Water-Resistant Sunscreen SPF 45
Jack Black’s sunscreen products are designed with outdoor summer activities in mind. This water- and sweat-resistant formula will withstand any sunny-day soccer game or romp at the beach. In addition, the oil-resistant formula won’t leave any greasy residue on your skin. Its fast-absorption rate is another bonus, moisturizing and protecting skin instantly.
$21 at Nordstrom.com
Best Sport Sunscreen
Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
With 20% zinc oxide, water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes and an EWG rating of one, here’s a versatile sunscreen worth sporting when baking in the sun for long stretches. Most of the ingredients used are derived from natural sources and vegetables, so as to nourish and shield skin from environmental stressors. Those who perspire heavily or find themselves in splash-filled settings will find it most useful.
$22 at Amazon.com
Best Sunscreen for Face
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
This rich sunscreen goes on surprisingly sheer considering it has a whopping 20% zinc oxide concentration. In addition to that, this cruelty-free daily facial sunscreen scored an EWG rating of one, which is not an easy feat.
$34 at Sephora.com
Best Face Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50
A lightweight, mineral-based formula loaded with UVA and UVB protection, this lightweight sunscreen liquid does a solid job of safeguarding skin from sun damage. It absorbs quickly and spreads smoothly across skin, leaving no white streaks behind. The SPF 50 rating ensures an adequately high level of protection from the sun.
$33.50 at Amazon.com
Best Face Sunscreen for Oily Skin
Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen
This SPF 30 sunscreen boasts 22% zinc oxide and uses clean ingredients such as aloe and yellow passion fruit seed extract to soothe and boost skin's internal defense to protect from pollution and free radical damage. What sets it apart from the rest is rice starch, which not only soothes irritation but also absorbs oil, controls shine and minimizes pore appearance.
$36 at RENSkincare.com
Best Sunscreen for Acne Prone Skin
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Acne and sunscreen may not always play well together in a grooming routine, but even for the trickiest of skin, The Skin Cancer Foundation even recommended EltaMD has been shown to improve breakouts, rosacea and discoloration. This mineral-based daily face sunscreen uses 9% transparent zinc oxide to protect and niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid to keep skin clear and healthy.
$33 at Amazon.com
Best Anti-Aging Sunscreen
Isdin Eryfotona Actinica Sun Damage Protection SPF 50
A little of this lightweight liquid goes a long way. Formulated with DNA repairsomes to help repair previous sun-induced damage and vitamin E to protect against environmental damage, apply the equivalent of 2 finger-lengths, according to the directions on their website to provide all the coverage you’ll need.
$55 at Isdin.com
Best Tinted Sunscreen
Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
No, this is not makeup. This is actually one of the best tinted sunscreens for men who don’t want to wear makeup. Using titanium dioxide to provide an SPF of 30, this universal tint goes on so smooth you only know you’re wearing it because you skin looks just about perfect. Think of it like an Instagram filter for your face, but in real life.
$69 at Nordstrom.com
Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreen
ColorScience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-on Shield SPF 50
If you’re looking for an invisible grab-and-go type of sunscreen, this is it — literally. It’s so light you won’t even know you have it on, yet it’s packed with the highest concentration of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide on our list at 45%. It not only provides UVA and UVB protection, but also defends skin from pollution and both blue and infrared light. All that combined with how little you need means one of these bad boys will last you quite some time.
$65 at Amazon.com
Bear in mind that not every situation calls for sunscreen. According to Skincancer.org, sitting in the sun for 10-15 minutes without any protection can provide the body more than enough Vitamin D. This can also cause some DNA damage, so consider slathering some on your arms and legs before stepping out in scorching conditions.
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