Face sunscreens can be so chalky that protection becomes a major bummer — especially on your wedding day. Most brides feel forced to decide between sunburn on their big day or skipping a base layer of SPF. But not anymore! There are plenty of new, ultra-lightweight facial sunscreens that are made of liquid so thin, you don't have to switch out a single step of your wedding-day makeup routine. And even though you can hardly feel them on your skin, they guarentee more sun protection, antioxidants, and moisturizers than the old, greasy sunscreen tucked away in your medicine cabinet.
Presenting the hardest-working sunscreens ever:
__Eve Lom Daily Protection + SPF 50: __ The silky liquid formula is packed not only with major UVA and UVB protection, but plenty of skin-enhancing ingredients as well: niacinamide, a powerful skin brightener, helps remove existing discoloration from sun damage while the sunscreen protects against new damage, and paracress flower extract works to strengthen your skin's cellular structure, leading to tighter, smoother skin over time. Use this daily over your moisturized, and you'll have baby-soft skin come September. *$90, available at Barney's
Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid Sunscreen: If you're into the sun-protecting factor of BB creams but find them too thick for your skin, Neutrogena's got you covered. This liquid sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the two main UV-protecting ingredients in BB cream — just layer it on under your makeup and you're good to go! $12, available at Amazon
Glytone Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40: Sensitive-skin sun lovers, right this way! This silky formula is oil-free, fragrance- free, and doesn't contain PABA, or aminobenzoic acid, a compound that used to be common in sunscreens, but can cause allergic reactions. $28, available at Dermstore
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF Ultra Light Fluid: You know sunscreen protects against wrinkle-causing UVA rays, but free radicals — harmful molecules in the air that speed up the aging process — can still sneak their way past your usual layer of sunscreen. Luckily, Vichy, everyone's favorite French-girl-cool drugstore brand, found the answer. Their new Capital Soleil liquid sunscreen uses Vitamin E and white grape extract to protect against free radicals as it prevents UV radiation, so you can skip antioxidant serum under your sunscreen. You're welcome! *$25.50, Ulta.com
Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield SPF 30: Most sunscreens that pack this much of a broad-spectrum sun-blocking punch feel pasty, but this formula is as light as water. The secret? It's formulated with alcohol, which means it feels as silky as a toner and won't cause breakouts. Just make sure to apply under your moisturizer, not instead of it, to avoid drying. $48, Nordstrom.com