Every morning, I apply a nickel-size amount of sunscreen to my face like a good little beauty editor. And that’s it. I don’t reapply (unless I’m at the beach or pool), because it’s an actual pain in the butt. Sry, but running to the bathroom in the middle of the day to slather my face in lotion while messing up my makeup in the process? Yeah, not exactly appealing. But then I discovered powder sunscreens, and it was a total game-changer for me. They’re basically UV blockers (like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) in a powder form that can be easily brushed on skin throughout the day when you need to reapply your SPF, all without messing up your makeup. In fact, depending on which one you try, they’re actually pretty excellent for mattifying oily skin or even adding a little bronzed glow to your face. Genius, right? Ahead, the 12 best powder sunscreen formulas worth trying ASAP.
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Best Multitasking Powder Sunscreen
Paula’s Choice On-the-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30
Not only does this SPF 30 powder protect you from UVA and UVB rays with zinc oxide, it uses antioxidants (specifically vitamin C and vitamin E) to help minimize free radical damage, along with ceramides (they’re essential for a healthy, functioning skin barrier) to prevent moisture loss throughout the day.
Best Refillable Powder Sunscreen
Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen
I love this powder sunscreen for two main reasons (beyond the fact that it shields skin with SPF 30). The first being that the brush head is removable (you can easily pop it off to clean and disinfect the brush hairs as needed) and the second is that it’s refillable (!). Once you finish up the powder, just recycle your empty powder pod and replace it with a new one.
Best Lightweight Powder Sunscreen
Mineral Fusion Brush-On Sun Defense SPF 30
This powder sunscreen feels practically weightless and has a translucent matte finish, so it works on just about every skin tone. Another bonus: It layers perfectly (no clumps or caking) over liquid, cream, and powder makeup products too.
Best Derm-Favorite Powder Sunscreen
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50
Any time I talk to a dermatologist about powder sunscreens, this top-rated one from Colorescience always comes up in the convo. The tried-and-true mineral formula protects skin from UV rays with SPF 50 and comes in four different shades (fair, medium, tan, and deep) that never look chalky or ashy on skin.
Best Water-Resistant Powder Sunscreen
Brush On Block Mineral Sunscreen Powder
This powder sunscreen with SPF 30 is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, making it ideal for days when you’re hanging by the pool or sweating like crazy. I like to apply my regular cream-based facial sunscreen in the morning and then layer this one on top throughout the day as a touch-up.
Best Mattifying Powder Sunscreen
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45
Oily skin types, get excited. This powder sunscreen doesn’t just shield your face from UV rays, it keeps it nice and matte too. As soon as you dust the translucent mineral formula over your skin, it’ll soak up excess oil to keep your face grease-free for hours.
Best Powder Sunscreen For Makeup
Tarte Sea Set & Protect Mineral Sunscreen Powder
The last step in your makeup routine should 100 percent be a layer of this powder sunscreen. It provides you with your daily dose of SPF 30 AND sets your makeup for up to 12 hours (!!!) of transfer-proof wear.
Best Powder Sunscreen with Antioxidants
Isdin Mineral Brush Powder
This powder sunscreen shields your precious face from more than just UV rays. This multitasking formula is made with iron oxides and antioxidants to protect skin from the harmful effects of pollution and blue light (aka the visible light emitted from most screens). And did I mention it leaves skin with a soft, matte finish that looks freaking poreless? 10/10 recommend.
Best Soothing Powder Sunscreen
Derma E Sun Protection Mineral Face Powder
If you’ve got sensitive skin, this soothing powder sunscreen is for you. The gentle, non-irritating formula is made with anti-inflammatory zinc oxide to protect skin from sunburns and photo-damage, plus redness-reducing chamomile and green tea.
Best All-Natural Powder Sunscreen
Ilia Flow-Thru Radiant Translucent Powder SPF 20
This translucent SPF powder is made with all-natural and organic ingredients (like aloe vera, passion fruit, and rosemary oil), making it a legit option for anyone who is into the green beauty scene. Buff it in to protect your skin from UV rays, take down shine and excess oil, and minimize redness.
Best Scalp Powder Sunscreen
Supergoop Poof 100% Mineral Part and Scalp Powder SPF 45
Think of this brush-on powder with SPF 45 as a dry shampoo/sunscreen hybrid. Apply it to your part to soak up excess oil (just like a dry shampoo) and protect your scalp from getting burned. And don’t worry, it won’t leave behind any weird, white-ish residue.
Best Smoothing Powder Sunscreen
ZO Skin Health Sunscreen + Powder SPF 40
A combo of moisturizing jojoba butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E in this powder sunscreen ensure the formula never feels thick or cakey on your face. After you dust it on, your skin will feel softer and smoother and look way more glowy too.
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