This article has been medically reviewed by Dr. Mona Gohara.

When it comes to healthy skin, everyone has different needs depending on skin types and conditions—but daily sunscreen application is a universal necessity. Daily use of EltaMD sunscreen can help protect against damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, blue light exposure from electronic devices, and premature aging from free radicals. With a sea of options, finding the right sunscreen can be overwhelming. Sun protection formulas can vary in texture, efficacy, ease of application, and more.

If you're aware of the importance of daily sunscreen but struggle to put this into practice, you haven't found the right sunscreen yet. EltaMD's formulas are easy to apply, comfortable on the skin, and contain the optimal amount of SPF, and the extensive sun protection line offers something for everyone.

Best Sunscreen for Acne or Skin Conditions

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

What it does: This oil-free formula provides sun protection yet leaves no residue. It's noncomedogenic, so it won't clog your pores. If you have sensitive skin prone to breakouts or discoloration, ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid can reduce inflammation and restore the skin's suppleness. EltaMD UV Clear is available in tinted and untinted formulas.

Who it's good for: People with acne, discoloration, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, octinoxate, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E.

Best Sunscreens for Dry, Dehydrated Skin

EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

What it does: Suitable for all skin types, this moisturizing formula is especially beneficial for very sensitive and post-procedure skin. It's made with a 100 percent mineral base that is tinted to enhance the skin by hiding imperfections and evening skin tone. Plus, vitamin C protects against free radical damage while hyaluronic acid attracts and retains moisture.

Who it's good for: People with normal, dry, and combination skin. It is safe for extra sensitive skin, including post-procedure.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid.

EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

What it does: With a high volume of hyaluronic acid, this sunscreen is extra hydrating for individuals with dry or dehydrated skin. Dry skin can be stressed from lack of moisture on top of prolonged exposure to the sun and other external elements. Moisturizing ingredients, along with antioxidants and mineral compounds, help protect and restore dry skin.

Who it's good for: People with dry or post-procedure skin.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid.

Best Sunscreens to Complement Your Makeup

EltaMD UV Glow Broad-Spectrum SPF 36

What it does: For those seeking glowing, dewy skin—look no further. Instead of leaving a white cast or residue, this sunscreen illuminates and brightens skin. Packed with antioxidants and amino acids, the formula gives skin a fighting chance against free radicals and rejuvenates dull, polluted skin.

Who it's good for: People with all skin types, including those with skin concerns.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, mica, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid.

EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

What it does: This sunscreen has a 100 percent mineral formulation made with non-comedogenic, vegan-friendly, and fragrance-free ingredients. It's especially beneficial for people experiencing sun-damaged skin, given that ginger root improves the appearance of discoloration and dark spots.

Who it's good for: People with all skin types, including sun-damaged skin.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, squalane, ginger root.

EltaMD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum SPF 41

What it does: As the name suggests, this oil-free sunscreen is 100 percent physical (mineral) with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. It's lightly tinted to give skin a hint of color and packed with antioxidants to neutralize free radicals and fend off environmental stressors. This chemical-free, tinted facial sunscreen minimizes the appearance of dark spots and helps even skin tone while protecting your skin from the sun.

Who it's good for: People with normal, oily, extra-sensitive or post-procedure skin.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, linoleic acid, quercetin, thioctic acid.

Best for Outdoor/Active Lifestyles

EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+

What it does: Equally suited as the choice for athletes or for daily use by adults and children alike, UV Active is a 100% mineral sunscreen for active lifestyles. Use on your face or your whole body - it won't rinse off in water or drip into your eyes. It provides water-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes from UVA/UVB rays and high-energy visible (HEV) light.

Who it's good for: People of all skin types, adults and children.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, knotgrass extract, hydrolyzed jojoba esters and jojoba esters.

EltaMD UV Sheer Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+

What it does: A truly sheer facial sunscreen is hard to come by, but this one has risen to the challenge. The formula is lightweight and hydrating, so it offers moisture without feeling heavy. For those with active lifestyles, it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. EltaMD UV Sheer is loved by both men and women.

Who it's good for: People with normal, combination, oily, and dry skin.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, octocrylene.

EltaMD UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

What it does: Have fun in the sun, but play it safe. This formula absorbs quickly into skin and provides water and sweat-resistant protection for up to 80 minutes - so no dripping into eyes or rinsing off in water activities.

Who it's good for: Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, octioxate, vitamin E.

EltaMD UV Aero Broad-Spectrum SPF 45

What it does: This continuous spray is not only effortless to apply, but also a powerful source of sun protection. It sprays on white so you can see where you're applying, but it dries down to a clear, sheer finish. It's also water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and suitable for the whole family. Try this sunscreen for a convenient way to touch up your protection on the go.

Who it's good for: People with all skin types, including kids.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, octinoxate.

Best for Mature Skin

EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

What it does: Hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisturizing ingredient that boosts skin's moisture retention and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that has anti-aging benefits. Since this anti-aging, moisturizing facial sunscreen contains both of these workhorse active ingredients, it's beneficial for people with mature skin. EltaMD UV Daily is available in tinted and untinted formulas.

Who it's good for: People with combination, normal, and post-procedure skin.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, octinoxate, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E.

EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+

What it does: EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ will remind you of a fluffy moisturizer to treat your senses and create the perfect base for makeup. When worn alone, the moisturizing formulation reduces skin flaking while offering powerful sun protection.

Who it's good for: People with dry, mature, and post-procedure skin.

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, octinoxate, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E.

Best for Everyday Body Protection

EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

What it does: For those who want only mineral active ingredients, UV Pure is the ideal daily sunscreen. Great for children and adults, the gentle formula glides on wet or dry skin and rubs in quickly. It is also ideal for active days and water activities, providing up to 80 minutes of water resistance.

Who it's good for: Children and adults (due to their extremely delicate skin, infants under 6 months should avoid direct sunlight and not wear any sunscreen).

Key ingredients: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide.

EltaMD UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum 30+

What it does: When applying sunscreen daily, don't forget the rest of your body—especially commonly missed areas, like the hands and feet. EltaMD's UV Lotion Broad-Spectrum 30+ can be applied all over the body to not only protect from sun damage but also provide moisture.

Who it's good for: People with all skin types.

Key ingredients: Octinoxate, zinc oxide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E.

Author

  • Lacey is a Southern California-based freelance writer who combines her passions—fitness, health, and a vegan lifestyle—with her work to help readers feel and be their best. Her work has been featured in Healthline, Livestrong, Verywell Fit, Eat This Not That, KinderBeauty, and more.