Growing up, your mom always told you to wear SPF, and every expert on the planet would agree. Sunscreen plays an essential role in protecting your skin. But it can definitely get a bad rap, after the years of applying globs of greasy, white sunscreen to your skin. And especially on a day like your wedding day, that's the last thing you want to do. Luckily, invisible protection exists, and it might just solve all of your sunscreen problems.
Sunscreen has come a long way. Virtually undetectable under makeup, there's a clear sunscreen out there that's perfect for your bachelorette party, honeymoon, and yes, even your wedding. No longer are you left with a tacky feeling on your face after applying it, and you don't have to deal with your makeup sliding right off. Even more, you can kiss that unappealing chemical-like smell goodbye too. These days, you can score some seriously next-level formulas that look and feel like you’re wearing nothing at all, and many of our favorite clear sunscreens are even loaded with beauty-boosting benefits. Sounds ideal, right? Especially if you're planning a wedding full of activities outside in the sunshine, it's better to be prepared.
Read on for five clear sunscreens that earn our stamp of approval for their invisible, weightless protection. These are the options that you won’t mind wearing every day or adding to your beauty routine for your big day.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
When choosing a facial sunscreen, look for products that contain at least nine percent zinc oxide. “This is one of my favorites. It provides broad-spectrum protection and has a subtle, flattering tint as well as a silky texture that glides on really nicely,” says Cynthia Rivas, a New York City-based aesthetician.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $34
Coola Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops Organic Sunscreen SPF 30
There's so much more to this option than just pretty pink packaging. Inside the bottle is a silky, smooth elixir that’s made to combat the perils of modern life—UVA/UVB rays along with IR and HEV exposure (from staring at our screens). Safe to say, this full-spectrum SPF earns top billing in our book.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $46
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Ideal for acne-prone and sensitive complexions, this oil-free bestseller is powered by a blend of micronized zinc oxide, hydrating hyaluronic acid, free radical-fighting vitamin E, and niacinamide to combat redness. “That is my go-to. It’s super lightweight, non-greasy, and doesn’t leave that ghostly white cast,” says Rivas.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $35
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
“Many brides have told me that their makeup artist urged them to forgo sunscreen on the big day because it doesn’t sit well under foundation,” says Rivas. But there's definitely an option to avoid that. Colorscience mineral powder has 22.5 percent zinc oxide and light-reflective mica. And the self-dispensing brush is perfect for touch-ups throughout the day.
SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $65
Supergoop! Smooth & Poreless 100% Mineral Matte Screen SPF 40
Proof that perfection does exist. This tinted formula—which is available in one universal hue that’s ultra-blendable and literally works on every skin tone—blurs imperfections for a flawless, matte finish. And if that’s all it did, it would be enough. But Supergoop! also makes it SPF 40 to make this option even better.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $38