One thing that's non-negotiable this summer—and every other day of the year? Wearing sunscreen. And while we have our tried-and-true favorites, there is a slew of new formulas for summer 2022 that, to quote Alanis Morissette, you oughta know. From sheer serums to glowy tinted lotions, even the most sunscreen-averse will find something here to love. Keep reading for the best new sunscreens to protect your skin this summer and beyond.
A handful of new brands have popped up over the past couple of years, offering a decidedly playful and nostalgic approach to sun care. For a fresh take on the classic body SPF, try Dune Bod Guard, which goes on green but quickly disappears into your skin.
Saint Jane may be known for its CBD-infused products, but the brand's first sunscreen is CBD-free. Acting as a primer, moisturizer, and sunscreen in one, it's sheer, multitasking, and also packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients.
Behold: One of the sheerest mineral sunscreens you'll ever try. The serum-like formula blends in like a dream (in seconds, no less), and has squalane and vitamin E to nourish skin.
This new skincare brand from Thirteen Lune co-founder Nyakio Grieco is launching with none other than SPF moisturizer as its hero product. The face cream has been tested across skin tones to ensure it won't leave a white cast, and includes hydrating ingredients—including 2 percent niacinamide for a serious glow.
"I recently brought this lotion along to a bachelorette party, and the group couldn't believe how nice it felt going on and how easily it absorbed. Not a sunburn in the bunch either." —Lindy Segal, interim digital beauty director
Starface is best known for their adorably shaped pimple patches, so naturally their first sunscreen is also acne friendly. Oil-free, non-comedogenic, and suitable for sensitive skin, it won't make you worry about applying SPF when you've got a breakout.
Yep: Hatch—the cult-favorite brand for moms-to-be—now has sunscreen. Not only is it safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, but it's also packed with moisturizing and strengthening ingredients (like squalane and grapeseed and green tea extracts) to help prevent stretch marks.
If you love a two-in-one, consider this lightweight mineral sunscreen, which has time-released vitamin C for added brightening and antioxidant protection.
The latest from Everyday Humans is a lightly tinted, 100 percent mineral sunscreen that leaves skin with a semi-matte finish. It also has squalane, a blend of ceramides, and upcycled rose oil to keep skin soft and hydrated.
You may be able to skip bronzer when you wear this new sunscreen from Sun Bum, which provides a pretty sheen, as well as a dose of vitamin C from kakadu plum.
This lightweight chemical-mineral hybrid sunscreen is the best of both worlds: It's sheer enough to not leave a white cast, but also great for sensitive and blemish-prone skin.
With more than 20 active ingredients, think of this moisturizing formula like a facial serum that just happens to have SPF 30.
Lightweight serum formulas like this new one are "fantastic, especially for those with combination or oily skin,” Ranella Hirsch, a derm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says. Aside from the silkier texture, these serums are often infused with ingredients found in traditional skincare serums. The difference in these SPF-filled serums versus skincare ones is in the application. “Dermatologists, myself included, advise applying serum under moisturizer,” Hirsch says. “But in the case of sunscreen serums, it’s the last step, like you would apply any suncare product.” Similarly, don’t let the word serum trip you up. Always apply as much as you would with any SPF lotion or cream: a half teaspoon or two finger lengths.
Created in partnership with Venus Williams and Credo Beauty, this body sunscreen from Williams's beloved line is water and sweat resistant, and formulated with non-nano zinc oxide so it doesn't have a white cast.
This brush-on formula is great to have on hand for reapplication, and the pearlescent powder doubles as a highlighter.
Black Girl Sunscreen broke the mold when its white-cast-free SPF first launched in 2016, and the brand now has a convenient spray formula to add to the mix. It features moisturizing jojoba oil, aloe, glycerin, and shea butter to soften and add a subtle glow to skin.
If you’re looking for a moisturizer with mineral SPF, consider this formula that also has vitamin E, green tea, pomegranate, and goji berry for added antioxidant protection.
EltaMD's sunscreens are dermatologist favorites, and its new stick is perfect for using on the go, reapplying, and coverage on smaller spots like the ears.
This super-sheer formula blends in within seconds and provides loads of skin care benefits thanks to brightening niacinamide, hydrating squalane, and soothing green tea, chamomile, and calendula.
If you've heard of Naked Sundays, you're probably Australian; the brand is huge Down Under and finally making its Stateside debut. We're partial to this completely clear, satiny serum, which has a whopping SPF 50.
There's a good chance you already know of this best-selling, radiance-boosting facial sunscreen. But the cult-favorite brand added a bronzy new shade, Golden Hour, which is sure to earn it even more fans.
This mineral formula has pink rock rose and ginger root extract to help calm redness and inflammation, and the sheer tint helps avoid the dreaded white cast.