SPF products that go beyond basic sun protection needs

Find out why you should be wearing sunscreen every single day.
May 19, 2023 12:16 p.m. EST

By now, we know that sunscreen is a must when it comes to protecting our skin from those damaging UV rays, but it’s important to demand more from our everyday SPFs. The Kit’s Shopping and Social Media Editor, Renée Tse stops by to break down some of this season’s most innovative SPF formulas for your face and body that go beyond your basic sun protection needs.

Supergoop! Daily Dose Hydrating-Ceramide Boost + SPF 40 Sunscreen Oil

This innovative moisturizing oil formula from Supergoop! does a lot of heavy lifting. Not only does it protect skin against damaging UV rays with an SPF 40, but it also helps replenish and fortify the skin barrier to boost hydration and lock in moisture, thanks to powerful skincare ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and squalane. The result is protected, hydrated, replenished skin.

SHOP: Daily Dose Hydrating-Ceramide Boost + SPF 40 Sunscreen Oil; $46 at Supergoop!

Shiseido Urban Environment Vita-Clear SPF 42

This product is a lightweight, invisible sunscreen that protects against UV rays while brightening with vitamin C. It also smoothes pores and reduces shine, making it a perfect makeup primer. 

SHOP: Shiseido Urban Environment Vita-Clear SPF 42; $48 at Sephora

Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This bestselling SPF 30 mineral sunscreen from the clean beauty brand, Biossance, is lightweight and invisible, so it blends in seamlessly with all skin tones. It also contains water lily extract to cool and calm skin after sun exposure. Being that this is a mineral sunscreen, you would layer it over your favourite serum and moisturizer (if you need it!), and under makeup.

SHOP: Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30; $44 at Sephora

Vichy Soleil Stick for Sensitive Zones SPF 60

 This SPF 60 sun stick from Vichy offers high protection for sensitive facial areas, such as eye and lip contours, ears, and nose. The stick format makes it so easy to apply, and perfect for on-the-go applications, travel, etc. There are many SPF sticks out there that don’t work as well with the curvatures of the face; this one is perfect for the job.

SHOP: Soleil Stick for Sensitive Zones SPF 60; $23.95 at Vichy

Nudestix Nudescreen Lip Primer SPF 30

Lips are often forgotten about when it comes to sun protection—enter Nudestix's Multi-tasking SPF 30 Lip Primer. It’s light and hydrating naturally tinted base for the lips that can be worn on its own or under any lip colour to protect against broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and reduce the visible signs of lip aging. It contains green algae extracts – green algae is considered a rich superfood and a natural source of niacinamide, which has moisturizing properties.

SHOP: Nudescreen Lip Primer SPF 30; $22 at Nudestix

Cay Skin Isle Glow Body Lotion SPF 45

This lotion is pearlescent, lightweight, and hydrating broad spectrum SPF that illuminates all skin tones with a neutral pearl for an instant glow without the glitter or white cast. It’s infused with nourishing ingredients like sea moss, sunflower oil, and cocoa seed butter.

SHOP: Isle Glow Body Lotion SPF 45; $38 at Cay Skin

Sun Bum Scalp Hair Mist SPF 30

This product delivers a lightweight, nourishing mist to help protect your scalp from the sun without weighing down your hair, and it works for all hair types. To use, hold and mist four to six inches from the scalp. Spray liberally onto your part or other areas where your scalp is exposed and spread evenly with your fingertips 15 minutes before sun exposure.

SHOP: Scalp Hair Mist SPF 30; $20.99 at Sun Bum