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The Best Sunscreens for Specific Skin Types

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With more skincare experts shining a light on the importance of regular sun protection and new-and-improved ingredients, gone are the days of not-so-great sunscreens feeling sticky and leaving that white residue on your skin. Now, with updated formulas catering to specific skin types and various skin-related concerns, there’s no longer an excuse to skip the SPF. We’ve rounded up a few of our tried-and-true favorites to help find the right one for you.

Related: Everything you wanted to know about sunblock but were too shy to ask.

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BeautyCounterCountersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30$49

The best natural sunscreen

This SPF 30 formulation is made with non-nano zinc and California poppy and provides an effective shield from UVA and UVB rays. Not only is it made with the cleanest beauty standards, but it also glides effortlessly on the skin without leaving a white residue.

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SkinCeuticalsPhysical Matte UV Defense SPF 50$47

The best sunscreen for acne-prone skin

Perfect for those with acne-prone and/or oily skin, this face sunscreen is formulated with 100 per cent physical filters and oil-absorbing powders, proven to maintain a lasting matte finish to minimize the appearance of sweat and oil.

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Shopper’s Drug Mart
OlayRegenerist Mineral Sunscreen Face Moisturizer, Zinc Oxide, SPF 30$45

The best sunscreen for aging skin

Crafted to penetrate the skin with ingredients like vitamin B3+ peptides and zinc oxide, Olay’s newest mineral sunscreen will protect from UVA/UVB sun rays and provide long-lasting hydration.

Related: 10 skincare mistakes that could be aging you.

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Shopper’s Drug Mart
Sun BumBaby Bum Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50$19

The best sunscreen for babies

This baby-safe sunscreen lotion offers 100 per cent mineral-based protection that applies and absorbs quickly into the skin. This formula also contains vital natural oils and rich butter such as coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter to nourish and hydrate baby’s skin.

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Sephora Canada
IT CosmeticsYour Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+$52


The best tinted sunscreen

Combining makeup and skincare, this award-winning CC+ cream with SPF 50 provides full, flawless coverage and protects skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. It is clinically shown to increase hydration, smooth texture, and enhance brightness, perfect for all skin types.

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Sephora Canada
Supergoop!Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++$45

The best moisturizing sunscreen

This sunscreen is a weightless, scentless and totally invisible SPF gel that also boasts makeup-gripping properties if you’re enjoying a day at the beach without lugging your makeup bag along. It’s ideal for all skin types, from dry to oily, making it truly super indeed.

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Hawaiian Tropic
Hawaiian TropicHawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Weightless Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50$10

The best weightless sunscreen

Great for those who can’t stand the heavy and sticky feel of regular lotion, this breathable sunscreen formula feels as if it’s barely on thanks to its convenient clear spray application. Not only is it beautifully scented, but it provides up to 12 hours of moisture.

See also: Return to skincare: giving your skin the TLC it truly deserves.

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Shopper’s Drug Mart
AveenoFace Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 for Sensitive Skin, Zinc Oxide$20

The best sunscreen for sensitive skin

This sunscreen formula combines naturally-sourced 100 per cent zinc oxide and nourishing oat, making it suitable for sensitive skin. In addition, it has an oil-free, lightweight finish that makes it an ideal addition to your daily skincare routine.

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Shopper’s Drug Mart
CoppertoneMineral Sunscreen Lotion Pure & Simple SPF 50$14

The best full-body sunscreen

Made for the body and face and perfect for the whole family, this zinc oxide mineral sunscreen offers gentle, hypoallergenic UVA/UVB protection that keeps you moisturized for up to 24 hours.

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VichyUltra-Light Refreshing Lotion SPF 60$30

The best waterproof sunscreen

A must-have for the poolside and travel, this sunscreen lotion is the first of its kind with wet skin technology, which means it can be applied on wet or dry skin. Offering an invisible, non-greasy finish, it instantly hydrates and quickly absorbs into the skin without clogging your pores.

Related: The A to Z guide: creams, serums and beauty practices you need to incorporate into your beauty regimen.


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