We now know that we should be wearing SPF protection year-round, all day, but choosing the right sunscreen can be overwhelming with the variety of options available. Each sunscreen has unique benefits, making it suitable for different skin types and needs. Let’s find the best, Health Canada registered sunscreen for you!

P.S. Once you’ve picked the perfect sunscreen for you, scroll down to see sun protection beauty products to replace your makeup!

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Sunscreens for the Face: Which Type of Sunscreen is Best?

When selecting a sunscreen, consider your skin type, daily activities, and personal preferences. Here are some top recommendations based on various usage profiles:

"Best sunscreen to replace foundation"

Best Sunscreen for Foundation Replacement (we love a 2-in-1!)

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield Flex SPF 50

Who it’s best for:

  • Individuals seeking a foundation replacer with sun protection
  • Those needing a mineral sunscreen with good tinted coverage
  • People with sensitive skin
  • Available in four uniquely flexible shades, each ideal for a broad range of skin tones and undertones

Why It Stands Out: It is a game-changer in the world of sunscreens! It won the Elle Magazine Future of Beauty Award and has gone viral for a reason. This product is not just a sunscreen; it is a foundation replacer that offers great coverage. No more accidentally wiping sunscreen off with foundation application! This SPF 50 can be applied for a natural look or built up for flawless glam. The innovative FLEX technology features encapsulated pigments that adjust to your skin’s natural tone, providing a demi-matte finish that is both beautiful and protective.

Why we love it:

  • Combines foundation and SPF in one step (watch it go on here).
  • Provides environmental protection against UVA/UVB, pollution, blue light, and infrared radiation
  • Hydrating and antioxidant-rich formula
  • Water/sweat resistant for 40 minutes

Pro Tips:

  • Natural look: Evenly apply one layer to the entire face, including under the eyes, for a look that’s naturally you and powerfully protected.
  • Flawless glam: Build your coverage to your ideal level of flawless perfection. After applying your first layer, wait 1 minute before applying another layer.
EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46<br />

Best Sunscreen for Oily Skin

EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 (or its tinted version)

Who it’s best for:

  • People with oily or acne-prone skin
  • Those with sensitive skin prone to discoloration and breakouts
  • Individuals looking for a lightweight, non-greasy formula

Key Features:

  • Oil-free and lightweight
  • Contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid
  • Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Calms and protects sensitive skin
  • Leaves no residue

This sunscreen is perfect for those with oily skin, offering protection without clogging pores or causing breakouts.

EltaMD SPF 30

Best Sunscreen for Sensitive or Dry Skin

EltaMD UV Facial SPF 30

Who it’s best for:

  • Individuals with moderate to dry skin
  • Those needing a moisturizing sunscreen for everyday use
  • People seeking protection after esthetic procedures

Key Features:

  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Silky, moisturizing formula
  • Can be worn alone or under makeup

This sunscreen provides essential hydration and UV protection, making it a great choice for sensitive skin types.

Sunforgettable® Total Protection® Face Shield Glow SPF 50

Best Sunscreen for a Natural Glow

Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50 – Glow

Who it’s best for:

  • Individuals wanting a pearlescent, illuminating finish
  • Those needing all-mineral protection from environmental aggressors
  • People looking for a hydrating and antioxidant-rich formula

Key Features:

  • Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Pearlescent glow flattering for all skin tones
  • Hydrating, non-greasy formula

This sunscreen offers a beautiful glow while protecting the skin from various environmental stressors.

Vivier Sheer SPF 30 Mineral Tinted<br />

Sunscreen with Added Benefits

Vivier SHEER SPF 30 Mineral Tinted

Who it’s best for:

  • Individuals looking for added skin benefits
  • People seeking a radiant, dewy finish
  • Those preferring 100% mineral sunscreens

Key Features:

  • Enriched with Vitamins C and E
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • ChromaTint™ technology for an even complexion

This sunscreen is perfect for those who want a natural option with additional skincare benefits.

Sun Protection to Replace Your Makeup

Finish Your Look Without Wiping Off SPF Protection

Contouring and Finishing

Highlight: Sunforgettable® Total Protection® Color Balm SPF 50

Who it’s best for:

  • Individuals wanting to contour or add a pop of colour while protecting their skin
  • Those looking for a multipurpose product for lips, cheeks, and eyelids

This colour balm is a versatile product for contouring and adding colour while keeping your skin protected.


Powder Finish: Sunforgettable® Total Protection® Brush-On Shield SPF 50

Powered by EnviroScreen® Technology, this all-mineral powder sunscreen offers complete protection in an easy-to-use brush. Apply and reapply on-the-go, alone or over makeup, for daily SPF 50 coverage. It is water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes and defends against UV, blue light (HEV), pollution, and infrared radiation.

Infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and a blend of antioxidants to protect against pollution and free radicals, this formula nourishes and shields your skin. The non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic formula, containing zinc and iron oxide, is dermatologist tested and safe for sensitive skin.

Reapply as needed during the day to control shine and stay protected.


Finishing Touch: Colorescience Lip Shine SPF 35

Who it’s best for:

  • People seeking a plumping and nourishing lip treatment with sun protection

Key Features:

  • Contains peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E
  • Provides all-mineral SPF 35 protection

This lip shine is perfect for maintaining soft, smooth lips with a hint of colour and sun protection.