The Best Clear Sunscreens for Invisible Daily Protection

Perfect for your bachelorette party, honeymoon, and yes, even your wedding


Your mom always told you to wear SPF and every expert on the planet would agree. But no one really wants to apply globs of white goop on their face every morning—especially on a day like your wedding day. Luckily, invisible protection now exists! Virtually undetectable under makeup, these clear sunscreens are perfect for your bachelorette party, honeymoon, and yes, even your wedding.

Sunscreen has come a long way in the past few years. No longer are you left with a tacky feeling on your face after applying it, or having to deal with your makeup sliding right off. And you can kiss that gross chemically smell goodbye. These days, you can score seriously next-level formulas that look and feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. Even better, many of our favorite clear sunscreens are loaded with beauty-boosting benefits. Awesome, right?

Ahead are six clear sunscreens that earn our stamp of approval for their invisible, weightless protection and that you definitely won’t mind wearing everyday. Dare we say, you might even enjoy it!

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SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

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When choosing a facial sunscreen, look for products that contains at least 9% 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

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Biossance Squalane + Mineral SPF 45

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If the idea of slathering on chemicals shakes you to the core, trade conventional for clean. Not only does this physical blocker guard against UVA/UVB and infrared rays, but also environmental aggressors. Plus, it’s packed with moisturizing squalane, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment (an antioxidant-rich marine enzyme), and light-diffusing minerals.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $39

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Coola Suncare Organic SPF 30 Full Spectrum 360° Sun Silk Drops

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Let’s start with the pretty pink packaging. Inside the bottle is a silky, smooth elixir that’s made to combat the parells 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

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EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

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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, $33

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Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50

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“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. Colorscience mineral powder has 22.5% zinc oxide and light-reflective mica. And the self-dispensing brush is perfect for touch-ups throughout the day.

SHOP NOW: Dermstore, $65

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Supergoop! 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40

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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 enough. But then Supergoop! goes ahead and adds SPF 40, and we’re like wow.

SHOP NOW: Sephora, $38

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