In total, the organization looked at 73 sunscreens — including lotion, spray, and stick formulas — and evaluated each on two main measures: First, the accuracy of the SPF claim, which measures how long you'd be protected against the UVB rays that cause burns, and second, the effectiveness of the UVA blockers, which shield you from the rays that can age you. The former test is done by smearing sunscreen on a participant's back, having them soak in water, then exposing them to six intensities of UVB light from a sun simulator. An expert than evaluates the redness. The UVA test involves globbing paper plates with sunscreen, blasting them with UVA and UVB light, and measuring how much is absorbed.
After all that testing, Consumer Reports ranked each sunscreen with a rating between 0 and 100 — formulas that scored 81 or higher and received Excellent or Very Good scores for UVA and UVB protection, got the agency's stamp of approval. Based on those scores, here are the top five sunscreens you can feel good about reaching for this summer.
Color Science mineral powder SPF 50
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Mineral Powder creates a radiant glow while benefiting the internal health of your skin, because beauty isn't just skin-deep. Our formula is crafted with custom-refined minerals and calcified red algae to nourish your skin. Prevent 90% of aging with chemical-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. A delicate, radiant finish conceals any hyperpigmentation, rosacea, redness, or acne. Longwear is easy with our water-resistant formula. Our lightweight powder is easily blended into your skin with the soft-bristle applicator brush. Ideal for travel, toss into your purse for your next weekend getaway.
Originally crafted for vulnerable skin, Colorescience health-forward ingredient formulas have already improved millions of lives by providing confidence and reassurance to women of all ages, skin types, and concerns. Trusted, recommended, and personally used by thousands of physicians, each of our uncompromising products offer 365-day protection against UV rays and other environmental stressors. Blendable and breathable, our line features custom-refined minerals and nutrient-rich ingredients—everything your skin needs to age well, nothing it doesn't. Colorescience sets the standard for beautiful, healthy skin care. Immediate radiance, lasting results—that’s our commitment to you.
Skin ceuticals sheer physical UV defense 50
A groundbreaking first-to-market mattifying fluid with transparent finish, this paraben-free, all-physical filter sunscreen provides increased protection in an ultra-sheer texture for all skin types, even very sensitive. Sheer physical uv defense SPF 50 offers the photo protection of trusted broad-spectrum, physical filters, zinc oxide (z-cote ) and titanium dioxide, and is enhanced by artemia salina, a plankton extract, to increase the skin's defenses and resistance to uv and heat stress. The unique 'shake then apply' action assures even distribution of active ingredients in this silky sheer fluid that dries quickly and leaves no residue.
PCA sheer tint broad serum SPF 45
PCA SKIN Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45. This Skin Cancer Foundation recommended formula provides light coverage, broad spectrum protection with a light finish.
- Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation
- Formulated to even skin tone AND protect from sun damage
- Antioxidants protect against UV damage
- Titanium Dioxide: Provides broad spectrum UV protection by reflecting, scattering and absorbing UV rays.
- Zinc Oxide: Provides broad spectrum UV protection by reflecting, scattering and absorbing UV rays.
- Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme Q10): A potent antioxidant that fights free-radical damage.
Formulated with Beautiful Skin in Mind
Our products are scientifically developed and carefully formulated to improve the health and appearance of your unique skin. We understand the importance of formulating with the best combinations of innovative ingredients to provide you with safe, highly effective products that deliver on their promises. All of our products are free of potential irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances. PCA SKIN does not perform or condone animal testing."
PCA SKIN is a trusted innovator in the development of highly effective skincare products. Our vision is to improve people’s lives by providing results-oriented skin care solutions for the health of your unique skin.
Alastin hydratint pro mineral 36
A lightweight, all physical, broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides daily protection from damaging UVA/UVB rays. The formulation is rich in antioxidants that shield against pollution induced damage, ingredients that improve skin hydration and has a natural hint of tint compatible with all skin types.
- All physical, lightweight formulation
- Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection
- Environmental pollution protection
- Universal tint enhances most skin tones
Net Wt. 2.6 Oz. 74g