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Yes, you should wear sunscreen. And possibly even more so when you live with vitiligo, since vitiligo causes loss of melanin, the body’s natural protection from the sun. But wearing it every day like you’re supposed to? That can quickly eat into your skincare spending. That’s why we’ve rounded up the 10 top sunscreens our readers recommend that are all $20 or less. Whether you prefer a spray or a cream, a mineral sunblock or sheer sunscreen, there’s something for every preference – and budget – on this list.
The following products are recommended by women with vitiligo through Living Dappled’s annual Beauty Survey, where 80+ women share their go-to products for everything from makeup to skincare.
Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen | $8
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays with a lightweight feel. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“Neutrogena feels light, dries well and is water resistant.” – April
“Non greasy and does not smell like sunscreen.” – Brandi
“This sunscreen has been the only one I’ve used that doesn’t make me feel super sticky and gross and keeps me out in the sun for longer than other sunscreens I’ve had to reapply often.” – Ashe
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray | $14
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen Spray provides broad spectrum sun protection in a spray-on, non-greasy formula. The sunscreen is non-comedogenic and oil-free. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“This sunscreen comes in SPF of 100+ and has a lightweight feel. It provides excellent protection and is waterproof.” – Laura
“Available in many stores, I don’t get burned, lightweight and no reaction/rash.” – Correy
Blue Lizard Sport Mineral-Based Sunscreen | $15
Blue Lizard Sport Mineral Sunscreen lotion delivers mineral-based sun protection with 80 minutes of water resistance and sweat resistance. This sunscreen combines mineral and chemical UV filters for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, and it dries clear. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“It doesn’t cause any skin issues and I can actually be out in the sun without burning. I still have to be cautious but it works better than anything else I have tried. You can get it at drug stores or Amazon.” – Alexis
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance | $9
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance sunscreen lotion offers sun protection with a hint of sheen, and leaves your skin soft and luminous. The lotion provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection in an oil-free and non-greasy formula. Reef-friendly. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“Doesn’t leave a white sheen, gives a bit of glow, available in grocery stores and drug stores. Safe for the environment.” – Makalah
Neutrogena Age Shield Face | $9
Neutrogena Age Shield Face Oil-Free Sunscreen is a moisturizing sunscreen with SPF 70. The PABA-free facial sunscreen helps shield skin from sun damage with broad spectrum sun protection. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“Easy to apply, non greasy, high SPF.” – Lindsey
Ombrelle Sunscreen Lotion Complete Sensitive Advanced | $20
Ombrelle Sunscreen Lotion Complete Sensitive Advanced is a hypoallergenic sunscreen designed for body and face. This lightweight lotion is non-greasy and provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. The quick absorption formula is fragrance-free. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“It’s lightwear and longwear. It’s available in most drugstores and it’s affordable. My very sensitive skin doesn’t react to it and it’s water resistant.” – Myleen
SunBum Original Sunscreen Spray | $16
Sun Bum Sunscreen Spray is an ultra sheer/dry touch continuous spray formula to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays with SPF 50 while enriching your skin with Vitamin E. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“Easy to apply, long lasting and requires fewer applications during water activities, and I like the scent.” – Lorrie
“SunBum makes the best sunscreen and related products that I have ever used. They are also reef safe! I use almost every product they make, but my favorite is their scalp spray and their mineral based suncreens. The mineral sunscreens come in a white bottle and are super long stay. They have several different sizes including a very useful flat shaped pocket sunscreen and a zinc based lip balm. The scalp spray is especially nice because it has a long nozzle for perfect coverage of a hair part. Also, all their products smell like bananas!” – Anna
“I tried SumBum recently and was OBSESSED. It’s so lightweight, dries quickly and smells amazing. Will be using it again.” – Erika
Neutrogena Beach Defense Water-Resistant Sunscreen Stick | $9
Neutrogena Beach Defense Water-Resistant Sunscreen Stick has the sun protection you need in a convenient, mess-free form. Suitable for both face and body with broad-spectrum SPF 50, this wide-faced stick glides on easily. Here’s what one reader had to say about this product:
“Provides good coverage, doesn’t feel greasy and gives me good protection. It’s also small enough to fit in my bag so I can take it everywhere and reapply as needed.” – Cheryl
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Face | $15
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Mineral Face Sunscreen features an ultra-light liquid formula suitable for sensitive skin with SPF 50. Oil-free, fragrance-free and PABA-free, this sunscreen contains retinol to help brighten skin tone. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“It is not greasy and wears well under foundation.” – Kris
“It’s light on my face and it doesn’t give me pimples.” – Ana
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream SPF 50+ | $20
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch Gel-Cream offers sun protection of SPF 50+ and is specially formulated for combination or oily skin. This gel cream absorbs quickly to help prevent skin damage from sun exposure. Here’s what our readers had to say about this product:
“It’s not too greasy. It protects me from burning. It does leave white marks on my bathing suits though. It doesn’t make me break out.” – Suzi
“I love this brand because I never get burned, the variety of their products and you can find it in small sizes so you can pop them in your purse or carry-on and be protected from the sun wherever you go.” – Ale
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Erika Page is the Founder and Editor of Living Dappled. After getting vitiligo at the age of seven, she lost 100% of her pigment to the condition and today lives with universal vitiligo.