What Are the Best Sunscreens for Face Based on Your Skin Type?

Seasons might be changing, but our habit of wearing sunscreen every day (yep, even on the gloomy days) should not. As a strong advocate for year-round sun-protection, we think that sunscreen remains an important part of our daily skincare routine because skin cancer is the last thing we want. As far as SPF ratings go, using a chemical sunscreen or mineral sunscreen with an SPF50 PA+ definitely goes a long way for preventing skin issues such as hyperpigmentation, inflammation, aging skin and sun spots. So, whether you're switching up your skincare routine with a chemical sunscreen or mineral sunscreen, here are our tried-and-true sunscreen picks that will give your spring skin the protection that it needs.


No. 1

Shiseido - Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk

Shiseido sunscreen anessa sunscreen

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Best Sunscreen for Face

Skin Types: Normal Skin Type

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: This Shiseido sunscreen is one of the most hype-worthy waterproof sunscreens on the rise. Since this lightweight, milky-textured zinc oxide sunscreen is formulated with Camellia Sinensis Seed Extract and Glycerin, it keeps your skin hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays at the same time. This 2020 Cosmopolitan Best of the Best Beauty Award winner is also sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, so it provides top-notch sun protection during workouts, beach outings, and everything in between.


No. 2

Kao - Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence

biore sunscreen

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Best Chemical Sunscreen

Skin Types: All Skin Types

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Not only does Kao’s Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence keep every inch of your skin protected from the sun — the lightweight, buildable texture is also a delight to your spring skin that you might actually look forward to reapplying it. And you'll definitely want to, thanks to its protective and moisturizing combination of SPF 50 and a special mixture of Hyaluronic Acid & Royal Jelly Extract. This STYLEVANA bestseller also works perfectly as a makeup base and can stand up to 80 minutes in water. Get the 4-piece set to stock up for spring!


No. 3

MISSHA - All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk

missha sunscreen

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Best Sunscreen to Prevent Sun-Burn

Skin Types: Normal to Combination Skin

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: It shouldn't come as a surprise that a chemical sunscreen created by MISSHA was met with a ton of 5-star reviews and a huge global following. This All Around Safe Block Essence Sun Milk is a chemical sunscreen that features a very light milky texture with SPF 50+ with skin soothing ingredients such as helichrysum arenium flower extract, aloe leaf juice and antioxidant rich green tea extract. While this paraben- and sulfate-free sunscreen leaves skin with a smooth, refreshing layer of UV protection, it also dedlivers a punch of all-day comfort for irritated skin.


No. 4

Canmake - Mermaid Skin Gel UV

Canmake - Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF

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Best Brightening Sunscreen for Dull Skin

Skin Types: Dull & Dry Skin

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Described by Canmake as "a smooth gel without the roughness or stickiness of most sunscreens," the Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV breaks down into a watery texture and imparts a shine-free, and oil-free finish that doesn't clog pores. Recommended for those who prefer a light, refreshing protection, this zinc oxide sunscreen serves as the perfect moisturizing makeup base that will help your foundation sit better and last longer.


No. 5

COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

COSRX - Aloe Soothing Sun Cream

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Best Sunscreen Moisturizer

Skin Types: Dry, Combination & Normal Skin Type

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Don't let the creamy, white consistency of this COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream intimate you — once you start massaging this SPF sunscreen into your skin, it practically disappears without leaving a trace of white cast. Formulated with Aloe Arborescens Leaf Extract, this Korean sunscreen is a sunscreen moisturizer that keeps your skin hydrated and dewy without feeling greasy which is the last thing you want under the spring weather. It goes on super smooth and sinks in quickly.


No. 6

Isntree - Hyaluronic Acid Perfect Sun Block

Isntree - Hyaluronic Acid Perfect Sun Block

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Best Sunscreen for Dry Skin

Skin Types: Dry Skin

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Looking for an organic sunscreen that is actually loaded with hydrating goodie ingredients? This Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Block will be the one you need on your radar. Made with 8 layers of hyaluronic acid + ceramide, this water-based physical sunscreen focuses on skin moisturization for dry skin type and helping skin's oil-moisture balance, while doing a wonderful job on providing a broad SPF50+ sun protection. It feels equally refreshing as it is cooling on the skin which is perfect for the coming warmer seasons.


No. 7

Dr.G - Green Mild Up Sun+

Dr.G - Green Mild Up Sun+

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Best Mineral Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Skin Types: Sensitive Skin

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Got sensitive skin? Dr.G's Green Mild Up Sun+ is a mild, hypoallergenic sunscreen that helps shield the skin from harmful UV with a non-sticky formula. It features a lightweight, physical mineral filter that absorbs quickly without leaving any white cast. Not to mention this EWG sunscreen offers a paraben and fragrance free treatment that works best for sensitive skin, in addition to zinc oxide for mineral protection.


No. 8

make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Calming Tone Up Sun Cream

make p:rem - UV Defense Me. Calming Tone Up Sun Cream

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Best Sunscreen to Brighten Up Complexion

Skin Types: All Skin Types

Stylevana Review: Formulated to work wonders on your dull laclustre, this make p:rem UV Defense Me. Calming Tone Up Sun Cream is an effective sun-blocking tone-up cream that contains calamine, which is effective for soothing, to naturally tone up and brighten with a subtle pink color and block UVA and UVB. Wrap up your morning skincare with a thin layer of this sun cream which will help to improve your skin tone and overall complexion. For sensitive skin, this sunscreen also contains bamboo water + the brand's very own City Proof Complex that will provide extra care for your skin and protect it from the external environmental stressor.


No. 9

ROVECTIN - Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector

ROVECTIN - Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector

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Best Sunscreen for Acne Prone Skin

Skin Types: All Skin Types

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: Korean skincare brand ROVECTIN is a brand that keeps its pantheon of acne-targeting skincare products in line with minimal, yet wonder-working ingredients, and this ROVECTIN sunscreen is no exception. Gentle yet mighty, this mineral sunscreen completely defends against daily free-radical damage such as harmful UV rays, fine dust and pollutants, thanks to zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.


No. 10

A.H.C - Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick Blue

A.H.C - Natural Perfection Double Shield Sun Stick Blue 2020 Holiday Collection

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Best Sun Stick for Handy Application

Skin Types: All Skin Types

STYLEVANA K-Beauty Review: No longer will you need to lug around heavy bottles of sunscreen on outdoor excursions. This A.H.C sunscreen provides a hefty dose of SPF 50, and its patented UV IR BLOCK™ technology makes it an even more solid choice that demonstrates double shield against both UV and IR rays. This multi-functional sunscreen stick offers powerful UV protection for your sun-exposed skin with easy application that will actually make you look forward to reapplying it throughout the day.


It’s time to transition your skincare routine from winter to spring with the best sunscreens from our collection! Shop your most-favorite chemical sunscreen or mineral sunscreen to prep your spring skin for the sunny days ahead!