12 Best Sunscreen for Dry Skin (2018 Review)

Updated 5 years ago

When summer is around the corner, the first thing we think about is getting that goddess tan we all dream about. But before showing off that golden skin, a few steps are essential to avoid sunburn and treat your body well. First of all, knowing your skin type will allow you to choose the best products. Dry skin needs extra care to stay hydrated and protected at the same time. 

12 Top Sunscreens for Dry Skin Reviewed

EltaMD - UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

Beloved and recommended by many dermatologists, EltaMD is a sunscreen formulated with moisture in mind. And they really mean it - hyaluronic acid works to keep your skin feeling soft and hydrated. This product goes on invisibly, leaving no traces behind. This is the perfect sunscreen to wear to work and to play.

Andre Lorent - Daily Rehydrating Sunscreen, SPF 30+

This is quickly reaching "Holy Grail" status for many people with dry skin. Users of the Andre Lorent sunscreen rave about how shockingly moisturizing this sunscreen can be. It goes on velvety smooth and doesn't feel heavy at all. On top of everything, this sunscreen is jam packed with anti-aging natural ingredients like Green Tea Extract, Ginseng Extract, Licorice Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, and more! 


Roc - Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30

This one almost didn't make the cut because it felt like we were cheating. Yes, this is a moisturizer, but with SPF 30 and claims of doing so much, how could we not include it in this list? On top of moisturizing & sun protections, this product also fights signs of aging, discoloration, and wrinkles. Users love the skin care approach, and find the SPF30 high enough for a day-to-day sunscreen.

Shiseido - Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 50+ Wetforce

The Ultimate Sun Protection Cream by Shiseido comes with the WetForce technology. Not only is it water-resistant but it strengthens its protection in contact with water. It has a rich formulation containing ingredients that prevent the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. It is easy to apply, easy to carry everywhere and can be used on all skin types.

Neogen Dermalogy - Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF50/PA+++

The Neogen's Day-Light Protection Sun Screen is a great sunscreen for sensitive, dry and combination skin. With light texture, soft lemon scent and quick absorption, this sunscreen is a refreshing change in the world of sunscreens.

Its formula is composed mainly of natural ingredients that hydrate the skin as well as protect against the sun's rays.

La Roche Posay - Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60

Specifically formulated for dry and sensitive skin, Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk is a safe bet when it comes to very high UVA/UVB protection and maintaining hydration. This lightweight formula goes on smoothly, and won’t leave white casts. Recommended by dermatologists, this product is preservatives, parabens and colourants-free. 

Drunk Elephant - Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense, SPF 30

With an award-winning formula free from chemicals and silicones, Drunk Elephant takes care of your skin by protecting it against bad sun effects and photoageing. Thanks to marula oils and raspberry seed infusion, it reduces the look of fine lines & wrinkles. Non-irritating and non-sensitizing, Umbra Sheer is suitable to any skin type. Users love that it doesn’t leave a white-cast or feel greasy. Perfect to be used on an everyday basis.

Avène - Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Plus

Bioderma - Photoderm Max 50+ face formula

Having your skin protected against the harmful effects of the sun is great. Having it protected from aging at the same time is better. Thanks to the Cellular Bioprotection patent contained in Photoderm Max, the skin’s natural defences are stimulated and prevent from risks such as premature ageing or cellular damage. The cream texture will also give the level of hydration dry skins need. Photoderm Max offer us a waterproof, paraben-free and hypoallergenic formula that will respect dry and sensitive skins.

DR. Jart+ - Every Sun Day UV Sunscreen SPF 50

Moisturizing, soothing and brightening? These are not features that you usually find in everyday sunscreens. However, these are words that describe the DR.Jart +'s Every Sun Day Sunscreen. Along with all wonderful features, the Every Sun Day Sunscreen protects your skin without leaving a white cast or sticky feeling. It is perfect for people with dry, sensitive skin.

COOLA - Classic Face Sport SPF 50

Looking for a water resistant, moisturizing, and vegan sunscreen? COOLA Classic Face Sport is a great choice that is free of harsh chemical ingredients. Its formula is made up of 70% organic ingredients. The Safflower Oleosomes and the Evening Primrose Oil help prolong hydration and protect from UV rays. The Acai Berry Fruit Extract, which is full of vitamins, helps restore skin hydration.


Sunscreen Dos and Don’ts:

  •      Always wear your sunscreen for at least 15 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun.
  •      It is important to re-apply the product throughout the day to maintain protection.
  •      Don’t wear body sunscreen on the face because they can cause breakouts.
  •      Even during winter or autumn, you need to apply sunscreen during your morning skincare routine. Daily use of sunscreen decreases the chance of skin cancer by 50%.
  •      Do not forget to wear the a proper sunblock on your body and lips as well


Choosing the right sunscreen depend on your skin type. Moisturizing is as essential as sun protection. Some of the products listed in this article offer both benefits at the same time.By moisturizing your skin, you will also keep your tan longer.