Best sunscreen for 2020: Banana Boat, Neutrogena, Alba Botanica and more – CNET

As the summer months roll on, more and more of us are venturing out into the sun to get our daily dose of vitamin D. And I don’t know about you, but after months of being in COVID-19 quarantine, I don’t think I’ve ever been this pale. So before you put on your face mask and head outside into the summer sun, make sure to apply sunscreen.

Approximately 40% of Americans rarely or never wear sunscreen, according to a recent survey of more than 2,000 people. That’s pretty awful considering all of the ways the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can harm your skin — including sunburn, skin cancerwrinkles and sagging. And the sun can even make your tattoos fade. Everyone should use sun protection and wear sunscreen, regardless of your skin tone or skin type, because even if you have darker skin, anyone can get skin cancer. 

There are so many brands and options out there from chemical sunscreen to mineral sunscreen and physical sunscreen options, that choosing the best sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s damaging rays can be daunting. The list below just scratches the surface, highlighting some of the top dermatologist-recommended and best-selling sunscreens on Amazon, plus a few formulas that make sunscreen much more palatable to wear. Looking for a sunscreen product that’s just for your face? Check out our guide to the best face sunscreen.

Before we get to the list, let me add a quick note about sunscreen ingredients. There has been a general concern over chemical sunscreens that use a handful of ingredients, including (but not limited to) oxybenzone, avobenzone and homosalate, and how much our bodies can absorb these ingredients when they are on our skin. CNET’s Amanda Capritto gives you the full run-down of the safety of sunscreen ingredients here.

For the purposes of this list, which I’ll update periodically, I am including both chemical and mineral sunscreens, as both are deemed safe to use as of this publishing.

Read more: What is the best SPF for sunscreen? The guidelines for 2020  


Do you avoid sunscreen because you hate rubbing in a thick, greasy lotion? Then try this. Coppertone’s whipped sunscreen comes out as a foam, similar to shaving cream or hair mousse, and contains moisturizing ingredients to make your skin feel soft, not sticky or greasy while offering UVA and UVB protection.

Most other foam sunscreens hail from higher-end brands, like Supergoop and Evy, so it’s nice to see this kind of formula from a drugstore brand — and for less than $10 to boot.

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