These Are the Best Drugstore Sunscreens to Use All Year Round

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We all know the importance of sunscreen — not only during summer but all year long.  Sunscreen can get a bad rap for ‘causing breakouts’ and not sitting well under makeup. But when you outweigh the benefits of using an SPF every day, you’d be insane not to slip slop slap in order to prevent skin cancer and sun damage.

We’ve uncovered the most affordable brands on the market that will make you actually want to put on sunscreen every day. From waterproof options to moisturising properties, keep reading to find your perfect, affordable match. Better yet, these can all be found at your local chemist.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+, $16.99

A top-seller at Priceline, it’s easy to see why people love the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Sunscreen Stick so much. The applicator makes it that much easier to swipe it on your face without a second thought. The weightless finish is also non-greasy and non-oily.

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La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50+, $29.99

Odds are your most beauty-obsessed friend already swears by this sunscreen — and for good reason. The milky formula makes this one much less “goopy” than lotion-based alternatives and dries with a matte finish on the skin.

Specifically formulated to be suitable for sensitive skin, this sunscreen is fragrance and paraben-free, and most importantly, it won’t clog your pores. Ringing in at just under $30 for a 50mL container, La Roche-Posay’s fluid sunscreen is on the pricer side, but it’s worth every cent.

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Cetaphil Sun SPF50+ Ultra-Light Lotion, $17.49

Perfect for those with oily skin, this lightweight lotion can be applied to both the face and body. As with many of Cetaphil’s products, this sunscreen is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF50, $16.99

Dry-skin sufferers, this one’s for you. As an addition to the already-popular Hydro Boost line, Neutrogena has come out with a sunscreen version. Neutrogena’s new Hydro Boost sunscreen is packed full of hyaluronic acid, a holy-grail when it comes to dewy, hydrated skin. In addition to the hydrating properties, this option is also lightweight and non-greasy despite it’s SPF 50 to block both UVA and UVB rays. Check it out here. 


Sun Bum Moisturising Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+, $17.99

Sun Bum’s moisturising sunscreen formula smells like fresh coconut and summer. Full of vitamin E, the formula claims to “neutralise  free radicals, which are the main cause of premature skin aging.” Sounds like a win-win, no? Better yet, Sun Bum is cruelty-free, so you don’t need to worry about contributing to bad practices when applying your SPF. 

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Avène Sunscreen Emulsion Face SPF 50+, $26.95

With a mattifying texture, this formula of Avène Sunscreen goes on easily and doesn’t leave white streaks on your face. A reviewer even noted that when wearing this, the smooth finish makes your skin look great, even without foundation. For those who do choose to wear makeup on top, never fear: This formula is known to sit well under makeup without budging. 

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Nivea UV Face Shine Control SPF50, $12.99

This hydrating formula helps to absorb excess from the skin’s surface while also providing a mattifying effect so it never feels greasy or sticky on the skin. Naturally-derived antioxidants have been added to support skin and protect it against sun damage, while the formula itself is also ophthalmologically proven, which means it won’t sting should a little bit get in your eye.


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