Protect Yourself: The Best New Sun Care Products For Healthy and Glowing Summer Skin

It’s gonna be a scorcher. According to The Weather Channel and other national sources, temperatures will soar above average in some parts of the country starting in June. This may especially impact parts of the country that are unaccustomed to such intense heat. Hang onto your wide-brimmed hat!

Whether you are a hot climate veteran or novice, proper sun protection is vital to your skin health. Unprotected and persistent sun exposure can lead to premature skin aging such as lines and wrinkles, but also discoloration and abnormal pigmentation, sunburns, parched and leathery skin texture, and even immune system suppression. Not to mention skin cancer.

While more common, skin cancer is not limited to fair skin tones. Erroneously, many with darker skin believe that are not vulnerable to UV dangers and eschew proper protection. Plus, it can be more difficult to notice skin cancer lesions until they are in an advanced stage. According to Dr. Azza Halim MD, a nationally recognized skin care and anti-aging authority, consistent sun protection is essential for all ethnicities and skin tones.

Damaging UV rays can penetrate any skin tone. Sun protection is a necessity for all skin types and tones in order to protect from photodamage and per-mature aging, as well as skin cancer regardless of whether one burns or not,” warns Dr. Halim.

To keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and maintain its youthful resilience, we’ve compiled some of the best new sun protection products so you can play and frolic in the sun while keeping UV damage where it belongs–far away from your delicate and precious skin.

Shiseido Urban Environment Vita-Clear Sunscreen SPF 42

A lightweight daily sunscreen with added Vitamin C to brighten skin. Glides on with a clear and shine-free finish, Vita-Clear is formulated with Sun Dual Care™ to block UVA, and UVB rays and pollution, while boosting brightness and smoothness in two weeks.



Image Skincare Prevention + Sun Serum

The newest addition to the best-selling Prevention + line, A. mineral SPF 30 sunscreen-in-serum formula provides broad-spectrum UV protection. One light layer leaves a light, dewy finish to the skin and it can be worn alone, under moisturizer, and with makeup. It is also formulated with skin-nourishing ingredients including antioxidants ginger root extract, vitamin C, vitamin E, Chamomile, and Plant-derived squalane. Available in tinted or non-tinted options.

Mama Sol Mineral Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30

This multi-tasking three-in-one 100% mineral sunscreen, hydrating moisturizer, and high-performance skin primer is perfect for anyone who loves to multi-task. Zero chemical screens or silicones and made with non-comedogenic ingredients, this feather-light lotion blocks UVA/UVB sun rays and helps to shield skin from the effects of IR rays (heat you feel from the sun) and HEV rays (blue light) from phones and devices. The proprietary youth-preserving complex deeply hydrates skin and helps visibly minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with mighty moisturizers including, hyaluronic acid, moringa oleifera seed extract, squalane, sacha inchi seed extract, fatty acids and coconut oil, which also nourish, condition, and soften the look of skin. Natural priming agent smooths skin for effortless and even makeup application.

Daybird Tinted Skincare SPF 50

Formulated with 2% niacinamide, a vitamin B3 that increases collagen, and bisabolol to calm and reduce inflammation and hyperpigmentation. Daybird Tinted Skincare is a 4-in-1 serum, moisturizer, mineral SPF 50, and sheer foundation hybrid. It’s a versatile multi-tasker that helps save time + money by eliminating multiple steps from skincare routines. A proudly Latina-AAPI and woman-owned brand that is Leaping Bunny certified and 100% recyclable.

Cotz Mineral Sun Stick SPF 45

Being away from home or on the go is no excuse for not having luminous protection.  Mineral Sun Stick SPF 45 is the perfect sunscreen companion. Glides on invisibly to a sheer finish. Perfect for touch-ups or to reapply on exposed areas like ears, face, and hands. Mess-free with a subtle luminescence, it’s the ideal travel companion for a purse, beach bag, or luggage.

Theraderm Cool Skin

The answer to all of those sunburn emergencies. When used within 4-6 hours after sun exposure, this patent-pending Lactic Acid formula helps heal and stops the injury process to the skin before burn symptoms like pain, blistering, and redness fully develop. The addition of Lidocaine helps cool skin on contact and soothes the burning sensation. Lactic acid intervenes in the natural gene response in skin cells and the immune system to stop the progression of redness, pain, swelling, and blisters, preventing long-lasting damage to the skin. 


Sunscreen that adds superfoods and vitamins to your skin! SunPlus is the sunscreen that has you covered no matter the activity. It’s a luxury lotion of vitamins, rich and multi-level moisturizers, antioxidants, and skin-loving superfoods. The sunscreen line gives protection from the sun’s harmful rays while moisturizing, soothing, and guarding skin against pollutants and premature aging. Enjoy a moisturizing sunscreen that won’t sting your eyes and is gentle on sensitive skin, plus water-resistant and sweat-proof. Kind to the skin and the planet, the packaging is vegetable-based and the ingredients are biodegradable and ocean and reef safe. The brand gives back to organizations that preserve ocean and natural environments.

Inner Glow Age Defense Vitamins

With polypodium leucotomos, an ingredient derived from a fern that is scientifically proven to provide sun protection and pycnogenol, a bark from the south of France that slows photoaging, as well as, tons of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories this anti-aging powerhouse will protect and reverse sun damage.

Vacation Inc. Super Spritz SPF 50

The Vacation Super Spritz is a face mist sunscreen designed to work over makeup, fit neatly in your bag, and provide hits of refreshment and protection as you go about your day. Plant-based Shea and Maracuja Oils help to boost hydration and enhance skin barrier functions. Refreshing antioxidants Green Tea, Vitamin E, Algae, and Ferulic Acid help protect skin from blue light, pollution, and other environmental stressors.

COTZ Lip Balm SPF 45 Tinted

Mineral sun protection in a moisturizing balm that leaves the delicate skin on your lips protected, soft, and smooth. The invisible tint prevents an unsightly white cast. Imbued with a subtle kiwi-lime flavor. Water-resistant and suitable to wear alone or under makeup.

Kiss My Face Self-Tanning Drops

Get a sun-kissed glow without sun damage. This unique formula is designed to be mixed with your favorite moisturizer for a custom glow. Infused with antioxidant liposomal Vitamin C and red algae, plus nourishing coconut oil and chia seed oil to hydrate skin for a sun-kissed radiance.


Beauty by Earth After Sun Cooling Spray

Packed with organic aloe vera, cucumber, chamomile & peppermint essential oil, this aloe vera sunburn relief spray has you covered. Use for sunburn recovery or in place of any after-sun lotion or sunburn cream.


Mychelle 3 in 1 Serum

Mychelle Dermaceuticals 3 – 1 Super Serum SPF 30

Mychelle’s 3-in-1 Super Serum, Light Tint is the ultimate skincare powerhouse. Enriched with the rejuvenating properties of hyaluronic acid, vegan squalene, and SPF 30 broad-spectrum protection, this serum delivers unparalleled benefits in a single, multitasking product. Our expertly designed formula works harmoniously to provide your skin with comprehensive care and protection.

**Light/Medium and Medium/Dark Tints are currently available exclusively at Whole Foods Market.