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The Best SPF-Rated Foundations for Sun Protection

The Best SPF-Rated Foundations for Sun Protection

You’re layering makeup, moisturizing regularly, and dutifully applying that anti-aging serum. But are you protecting your skin from the sun? If not, you’re wasting your time.

Sun damage is a key component of skin aging—90% of avoidable skin aging is caused by the sun, according to the WHO. Particularly, UVA rays, which are present from dusk to dawn year-round and can penetrate windows, are especially responsible for causing fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and other visible signs of aging (see What Parts of Sunlight Hurt Us? and How Does UV Radiation Harm Our Skin?) for more.

Bottom line: if you’re interested in healthy-looking skin, it has to start with sun protection!

At Sundaily, our mission is to inspire you to create a sustainable routine that keeps you safe from sun damage. Relying on SPF-rated sunscreen daily is a key component of good sun protection. So start your day with a layer of one of these SPF-rated formulations, and don’t forget to add Sundaily gummies. You’ll feel confident AND avoid the aging effects of sun damage. It’s a perfect solution!

Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (SPF 20)

 

This lightweight formula is an ideal base for a simple, everyday makeup look. It relies on zinc oxide to create a layer of protection with an SPF rating of 20. And thanks to a blend of oils, it’s also extremely hydrating, another surefire way to keep that youthful glow.

We love that Beautycounter’s leadership in the clean beauty movement extends well beyond their commitment to avoiding the 15,000 potentially harmful chemicals on their Never List. The company is also committed to lobbying the federal government for stricter regulations of personal care products, something that hasn’t been done since 1938. And, they’re a B Corp, just like us!

Dew Skin doesn’t come in the same range of skin tones as Beautycounter’s Tint Skin foundation line, but as a lightly tinted base, it’s great for layering.

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Tinted Mineral Facial Sunscreen (SPF 30)

This ultra-sheer and lightweight formulation is the perfect mineral-based alternative to pasty white sunscreens. Like all our recommendations, it relies on a mineral-based formula of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier of sun protection without potentially harmful chemicals.

It’s also fragrance-free and appropriate for sensitive skin. In fact, zinc oxide may actually provide some calming effects if you deal with any redness or discoloration.

With an SPF rating of 30, it’s ideal to throw in your bag for a music festival, street fair, or any event where you want reliable sun protection that remains photo-worthy.

Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer (SPF 30)

So, you’re in love with your current foundation, but want to add an additional layer of moisturizing protect. We get it! And Juice Beauty’s 4-in-one BB cream is just the thing.

Juice Beauty’s formulations are powerful, but rely fully on an antioxidant and vitamin-rich organic botanical juice base, rather than petroleum derivatives or added water. The company is committed to packaging sustainably and printing with soy ink. That’s a mission we can get behind!

This BB cream provides broad spectrum, SPF-30-rated mineral coverage and includes a blend of antioxidants and moisturizers. It’s lightly tinted and includes shades for light skin tones, but could also be layered or blended with a darker foundation.

Araza 7-in-1 Coconut Cream Foundation (SPF 28)

Araza’s Coconut Cream Foundation is one of the first zinc oxide-based foundations we’ve come across, and one of the cleanest, too.

The company's unique formulations rely on natural oils and mineral blends to create a smooth finish and pump them up with skin-conditioning antioxidants. This foundation blends all-natural ingredients like zinc oxide, coconut cream, green tea, and vitamin E oil, as well as some intriguing ingredients like coconut ferment and Araza fruit extract.

This foundation provides full coverage and mineral protection in a broad range of skin tones, making it an all-in-one solution for sun protection and coverage.

Beekman 1802 Triple Milk Primer (SPF 35)

 

As the #1 Rated SPF makeup product in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database, Beekman 1802 Milk Primer is a worthy addition to your sun protection skincare routine!

This primer helps create a smooth foundation for makeup with a unique blend of zinc oxide, coconut extract, shea butter and, interestingly, goat milk. It’s a great way to make sure you start your daily routine with a layer of SPF-rated protection.

The Skin Deep Database rates cosmetic products based on the inclusion of specific, potentially harmful ingredients. It's a great resource for discovering new clean beauty products or for checking those already on your shelves (eek!).

Coola Mineral Sport SPF 50 Stick Tinted (SPF 50)

With a thicker texture and higher SPF rating, the Coola Mineral Sport Stick is a great solution for days when you’ll spend hours in the sun but don’t want the pasty look of mineral sunscreen. It blends zinc oxide with moisturizing avocado and coconut oils, plus a hint of light tint, and it’s made with 70%+ organic ingredients.

We love the idea of a stick sunscreen (hello, cleaner hands!) that goes on with a hint of tint. Bring it along for your next tennis match, fun run, or hiking adventure.

Don’t see your favorite on this list? Leave us a comment so we can update our list! And don’t forget to stock up with Sundaily gummies, too. Order them here!



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