Yes, You Need Sunscreen in the Winter: Here Are 7 of the Season’s Best

Ask any dermatologist which products they apply every single day. Without fail, sunscreen always makes the list. (Surprised? We didn’t think so.) The truth is, regardless of whether you’re lounging on the beach or sliding down the slopes, UV rays abound — and threaten your skin all the while. Just as you might switch to a more intense moisturizer as the temperatures drop, you can also switch your SPF formula to support nourished winter skin. Below are seven skin-soothing, redness-relieving SPF formulas to keep your skin both supple and sun-protected.

best winter sunscreens

Best winter sunscreens

Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50

EltaMD UV Active Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, SPF 50+, Water Resistant Sunscreen Up to 80 Minutes, 3.0 oz Tube
  • EltaMD UV Active Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide is a SPF 50+ face and full body sunscreen for kids and adults that protects skin from UVA and UVB rays and is specially formulated for active lifestyles and outdoor activities
  • This SPF 50+ EltaMD physical sunscreen is a water resistant sunscreen lotion that protects you in the water for up to 80 minutes and won’t rinse off in the water or sting your eyes when you sweat

The Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50 ($64) makes a case for protection and repair. Not only does the formula contain a powerful SPF 50, but it’s also laced with vitamin C to brighten existing sun spots. Throw in a dash of moisturizing vitamin B3, bottle it up in a gorgeous tube, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

Sun Bum Face Lotion SPF 50

Sun Bum Sea Spray|Texturizing and Volumizing Sea Salt Spray | UV Protection With a Matte Finish | Medium Hold | For All Hair Types | 6 FL OZ Bottle, Clear (80-41025)
  • TEXTURIZING SEA SPRAY. For those handful of days when we’re not at the beach but kinda want to look like we were, we use this sea salt spray to get the job done. This blend protects hair while giving it extra body, waves and texture.
  • GOOD VIBES FOR YOUR HAIR. Our lightweight formula enhances strand separation and definition, instantly blocking humidity that causes frizz. It’ll give your hair just the right amount of texture with a matte-finish and with UV Protection.

Sun Bum Face Lotion SPF 50 ($13) might sound like something you’d stash away for the season (along with your beach umbrella). Nevertheless, we’ve found that it’s particularly helpful for smoothing over flaky, dry winter skin as well — thanks in part to a healthy dose of antioxidant vitamin E. This formula wears well under makeup, too, all while leaving skin looking luminous.

Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30

COOLA Organic Face Sunscreen SPF 50 Sunblock Lotion, Dermatologist Tested Skin Care for Daily Protection, Vegan and Gluten Free, Fragrance Free, 1.7 Fl Oz.
  • BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 SPRAY: Water resistant up to 80 minutes
  • SKIN NOURISHING INGREDIENTS: Absorb fast with no greasy feel

Just as UV rays don’t disappear during the winter, neither do pollutants and environmental skin agers. The Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30 ($42) covers all of the bases of protection with an infusion of antioxidant vitamins B5 and E. While you can certainly layer this formula with moisturizer, the serum itself is hydrating enough to wear on its own — even in the coldest months.

TATCHATM Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream + Dewy Serum
  • Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream: Hydrates and plumps with a special blend of Okinawa algae and hyaluronic acid. Protects against pollution and stress with Japanese purple rice. Imparts a dewy glow with botanical extracts
  • A rich, moisturizing cream with plumping hydration and antioxidant-packed Japanese purple rice for a dewy, healthy glow. Ideal for dry skin. Can be used on combination skin for those who prefer a moisturizer with a richer texture.

The TATCHATM Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 ($65) is almost too pretty to use… that is until you realize it’s infused with a laundry list of all-star ingredients. Namely, a combination of skin-soothing Japanese rose plus the brand’s hero anti-ageing complex, Hadasei-3TM. Lastly — and perhaps most importantly for makeup fanatics — this formula functions as a mattifying primer to boot.

The DR. JART+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment

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For many of us, colder temps lead to red, wind-chapped skin. The DR. JART+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment ($23) not only contains SPF 30, but it also provides visible redness relief. A small scoop of this stuff goes a very long way — an additional testament to its ultra-nourishing ingredients (including tiger grass).

UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

EltaMD UV Sheer Face Sunscreen, SPF 50+ No White Cast Sunscreen for Face and Body, Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Formula, 3.0 oz Tube
  • EltaMD UV Sheer Face Sunscreen is a lightweight SPF 50+ hydrating body and facial sunscreen that helps even skin tones and calm heated or reddened skin using Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, and Vitamin C
  • This water resistant sunscreen lotion is water resistant and sweat resistant up to 80 minutes so it won’t drip down your face when you sweat or rinse off in the water

If you’re a sunscreen connoisseur, you’re probably already familiar with EltaMD®. The brand creates some of the most soothing, lightweight zinc-based SPF formulas. The latest, the UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44, is everything you’d expect — but this version is packed full of super hydrating hyaluronic acid. (One note: because it is zinc-based, the formula does take a few rubs for it to fully absorb — but once it does, there’s no white cast to be found.)

Éminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 32

CeraVe Anti-Aging Face Cream SPF 30 | Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides | 1.76 oz
  • [ ANTI-AGING FACE MOISTURIZER WITH SPF 30 Sunscreen] With Encapsulated Retinol that helps gently exfoliate skin to improve skin’s texture without irritating skin for more radiant skin and Hyaluronic Acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture.
  • [ DAILY FACE SUNSCREEN ] Broad Spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen helps protect skin from the UVA/UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend using daily sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to help decrease the risk of skin cancer caused by the sun.

There’s a reason shea butter is commonly used in heavy-duty moisturizers. It’s a superior skin soother for even the direst of patches. This, plus the fact that it’s incredibly lush in texture, makes shea butter one of the hero ingredients in the Éminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 32 ($68). The formula provides as much skin nourishment as it does sun protection.

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