Autumn is on the horizon, and the change of season serves as an impetus not just to swap out featherweight sundresses for a crisp blazer and jeans (or maybe sweatpants), but also to recalibrate your beauty regimen. And while nabbing a new shimmering bronze eyeliner or amped up mascara feels like a natural top priority—and for good reason—it’s essential to continue shielding yourself from the UV rays you’ve been skirting this summer with a sunscreen for fall. “The effects of sun exposure are cumulative and it’s absolutely essential to wear sunscreen all year long,” explains New York City dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D.. “Every day counts.”
Fall days may not seem as bright, but the sun’s rays penetrate through clouds, as well as car and house windows—contributing to fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and, eventually, sagging, says Bowe. But while wearing sunscreen every day is non-negotiable, you can be a bit more flexible when it comes to selecting the right one for the season and your particular needs.
For one, the humidity levels begin to drop in September, so your skin will crave creamier, more hydrating hybrid formulas like La Roche Posay Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV SPF 30. Or, there are airy, subtly-tinted options that deposit just the right amount of coverage with a flawless finish, such as Marie Veronique’s Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 and Dr. Dennis Gross’ Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40. And then there’s Rihanna’s Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor, a pale pink-tinged formula that goes on completely clear, and thus is a great option for women with darker skin tones or who are ultra-conscious of avoiding traces of chalky residue before makeup. For protection on the go, Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield SPF 50 is tailor-made for touch-ups in a pinch.
Here, a roster of hardworking formulas so that you can choose the best sunscreen for fall and safeguard your complexion.
Saie Sunvisor Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 35
A dewy skin favorite, Saie’s clean, mineral-based SPF 35 formula is fast absorbing and utilizes licorice, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid to keep skin bright and bouncy both bare and under makeup.
La Roche Posay Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV SPF 30
Never greasy, La Roche Posay’s creamy, oil-free SPF 30 elixir not only supplies moisture, but works to support and shield the skin’s natural protective barrier.
Black Girl Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Designed with darker skin tones in mind, Black Girl Sunscreen’s everyday SPF 30 emulsion goes on clear and never leaves skin looking ashy, while featuring a unique blend of avocado, jojoba, cacao, and carrot juice to nourish skin.
Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
A clean beauty favorite, Marie Veronique’s ultra-lightweight tinted sunscreen shields against UV rays with 20% non-nano zinc oxide, while green tea and red raspberry seed oil offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40
For a natural (and protected!) glow, look no further than Dr. Dennis Gross’s chemical-free tinted moisturizer, which offers robust SPF 40 broad spectrum protection, as well as a wash of sheer, blendable pigment.
Fenty Beauty Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer SPF 30
RiRi’s Hydra Vizor lightweight, pale pink-hued moisturizer is infused with SPF 30, as well as antioxidant-rich Kalahari melon and brightening niacinimide to keep the clear and luminous.
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Supergoop!’s fast-absorbing Glowscreen primer glides on smooth under makeup while hyaluronic acid and Vitamin B5 lock in moisture for an extra luminous complexion.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Shield SPF 50
For application on the go and throughout the day, Colorescience’s brush-on, all-mineral skin shield applies an impressive SPF 50 layer of protection that blocks out UV rays, blue light, and pollution.
UnSun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30
Formulated for medium to deep skin tones, UnSun’s mineral SPF 30 can be worn alone or as a primer. Either way, there’s no white cast left behind and, thanks to its blend of natural extracts, skin is left more radiant than before.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 30
A drugstore favorite, Neutrogena’s creamy, non-sticky SPF 30 sunscreen glides on smooth and sinks right into skin to imperceptible effect while protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays.
Glossier Invisible Shield
Making good on its sunscreen-for-people-who-hate-wearing-sunscreen promise, Glossier’s Invisible Shield boats a near-invisible water-gel formula that melts into the skin like a serum while delivering SPF 35 protection.
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
A sunscreen and hydrating primer in one, Murad’s SPF 30 Invisiblur works to reduce the appearance of pores and blur fine lines to soft-focus effect, whether you’re going for a full face or a no-makeup makeup look.
innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36
As it safeguards skin from the sun’s rays, Innisfree’s creamy, yet fluid water-based SPF 36 sunscreen also supplies moisture and calms skin with a powerful combination of green tea, cica, and sunflower seed oil.
Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+
For a smooth matte finish, Dr. Jart+’s sweat-proof SPF 50 mineral formula features a special porous powder that sops up oil and imparts a velvety finish. No setting powder necessary!