In the realm of sunscreens, brands like Coppertone and Banana Boat tend to reign supreme, but as far as our annual Best Beauty Buys go, Elta MD is by far one of the best suncare lines we’ve ever tried.
Housed in a minimalist white, black, and red exterior, the sleek bottles aren’t ones that would typically line your local drugstore, so it’s somewhat of an indie rock line, unless the latest and greatest in the sun protection world is your thing. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, get acquainted fast—those who know about it absolutely swear by it.
The Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 ($32; dermstore.com) is a fantastic option for your face—particularly if you have oily skin, as the infusion of lactic acid simultaneously kills lingering breakouts, while reducing shine. The formula is also rich in hyaluronic acid, so you won’t have to pile on the moisturizer beforehand, and the side of niacinamide can help to fade existing sun damage. We love it so much, we gave it two awards: as the best face sunscreen of 2017, and the best daytime moisturizer for oily skin.
As far as the rest of your body goes, Elta MD’s Sport Sunscreen ($23; dermstore.com) has you covered. Mixed with 9% transparent zinc oxide, you won’t have to worry about a chalky finish, and it’s water-resistant up to 80 minutes, beach waves and strenuous spin classes be damned.