While sunscreen is a year-round necessity, let’s be honest: Putting it on every dang day can be a chore. Thankfully, some brands have created innovative formulas that make applying (and reapplying) your daily doses an actual pleasure. Here’s a round up of the best sunscreens with unconventional textures we love—from touch-up friendly powders to glow-inducing highlighters.
Paula’s Choice On-The-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30, $29 US, paulaschoice.com
With its easy peasy brush applicator, this loose powder sunscreen is ideal for midday touch ups (ahem, it’s in the name).
Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50, $35, londondrugs.com
A cream to powder formula and handy compact (which means no spillage in your bag) make this SPF a must for the summer months.
Sweat Cosmetics Twist Brush Powder Foundation SPF 30, $42 US, sweatcosmetics.com
This lightweight foundation comes in a refillable tube and the mineral SPF formula won’t irritate sensitive skin types.
Face Spray Sunscreens
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray, $49, sephora.ca
A couple spritzes from this quick-drying spray after your makeup will provide a veil of sun protection but it contains hyaluronic acid for an added hydration boost.
Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30, $49, sephora.ca
Made with 70% certified organic ingredients, this setting spray reduces shine in oily skin with a soft matte finish.
Coppertone Defend & Care Whipped Sunscreen SPF 50, $10, walmart.ca
With its innovative whipped texture, this sunscreen is one of a kind. It’s ultra-lightweight and glides onto skin without leaving a sticky finish behind.
Supergoop Super Power Sunscreen Mousse Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $34, anthropologie.com
Water-resistant and packed with antioxidants like sweet almond oil, this lightweight mousse is a cinch to apply and smells like a refreshing summer cocktail.
Volition Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 50, $35, volitionbeauty.com
This SPF gives your skin a lit-from-within glow. Use it as a primer all over your skin or as a touch up on the high points of your face to add a subtle radiance.
Primers with Sunscreen
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30, $74, dermalogica.ca
Applied before makeup, this primer not only gives broad spectrum sun protection but also smooths and blurs fine lines and wrinkles.
Eminence Organics Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer SPF 23, $62, eminenceorganics.com
Containing lilikoi seed oil which is high in antioxidants, this mineral-based primer protects skin against UV rays and blue light from computer and cellphone screens.