If You Buy One Thing on Amazon Prime Day, Make It a Fancy Sunscreen
We clocked sales on SPF icons from Supergoop! to Vacation.
Updated Jul 12, 2023 3:22 PM
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We’re officially entering the final hours of Amazon Prime Day, and if there’s one thing we recommend buying before the discounts disappear, it’s good old SPF. Fact: Sunscreen is expensive, especially when you don’t want any old bottle off the shelf at your local pharmacy. While this isn’t a design product, per se, good packaging definitely separates your average sun protector from the premium ones (who wouldn’t feel cool pulling out Vacation’s retro bottle from their beach bag?), and it’s the type of item our editors stock up on year-round. Aside from an eye-catching exterior, it’s the stuff inside that really counts, whether it’s lotion, a sleek stick, or misting spray. Below, we put together all the best sunscreen deals from our favorite brands that we’d snag before the shopping holiday ends.
Known for its nostalgic branding and coconut-banana-blended scent that calls to mind the ’80s, we clocked both of Vacation’s classic lotion and mineral (and Hawaii reef–compliant!) sunscreens on sale. Or if you’ve had enough sun, stock up on the next best thing—its latest launch is a nonsticky aloe cooling gel that one editor can vouch tames most burns into tans overnight (it’s also 30% off). Whoever said you couldn’t have the best of both worlds?
A staple in our shopping director Liz Buxton’s skin-care repertoire, Sun Bum is synonymous with surf shops and beach bums but is relied on beyond the summer months. The sunscreen lotion alone has amassed 27,000-plus positive reviews on Amazon. It’s original oil-free, water-resistant formula that’s reef safe is raved over for offering a happy medium consistency that doesn’t weigh heavy on the skin. Or reach for the face-friendly bottle that offers the added boost of moisturizing vitamin E.
Sadly, the face lotion one editor applies every. single. morning. isn’t on sale this Prime Day, but our style editor Julia Stevens’s go-to daily sunscreen is. Scoop up the 100% mineral, zinc-based formula at an 18% discount. Instead of applying as a white paste, this product squirts out a pink hue that blends in sheer for most skin tones.
Tried and true, this list just wouldn’t feel complete without a deal on EltaMD. If you prefer a matte look, the oil-free and nongreasy options, below, are for you. Reviewers share they blend with ease but in a chalkier finish.
We love a spritz, and not just the cocktail kind. Our favorite misters from Coola are up to 39% off for Prime Day. Easily refresh your face throughout the day over or under makeup; one shopper swears the mist doesn’t “leave a layer of oil on my skin and doesn’t break me out.” Then don’t forget to protect your scalp. Coola has a sale on spray designed just for your dome, too, and it won’t leave your mane feeling greasy.
Noncomedogenic, reef-safe, and with a built-in layer of not just UV- but blue-light protection. What more could you want out of sunblock? Pop open Tula’s daily gel to get a whiff of its ginger scent. We love that it has a lighter feel compared to traditional thick lotions. Plus both it and the smoothing primer with SPF offer the extra punch of probiotic extracts that we find keep us glowing all day long.
For a barely-there, silky feel, this mineral sunscreen by Bliss offers super light tinted coverage infused with antioxidants. The brand notes this one sells every 90 seconds, so we can only guess it’ll fly off virtual shelves even faster while it’s 33% off during Amazon Prime Day.
You might recognize Salt & Stone’s SPF stick as an editor Prime Day pick; it’s certainly in more than one of our carts already, handy to have on hand when traveling or commuting. But we also wouldn’t want you to overlook the brand’s lip balms. We’ve tried plenty in the past that taste, well, bad. This particular stick, however, won’t sting your tongue with a bitter aftertaste, and you won’t feel as bad splurging on it when it’s under $10.
For 1.5-ounces of product, First Aid Beauty’s zinc oxide SPF is originally pretty pricey, but on Prime Day when it’s 25% off, we say it’s worth the splurge. Described as “luxuriously light for everyday use,” this ultra-sheer tinted face sunscreen is fragrance-free, making it a great fit for sensitive skin types.
If you’re on the hunt for big savings, Farmacy’s daily mineral sunscreen touts the biggest discount on our list, saving you $21 and a chunk of change. Its zinc oxide base combines with winter cherry and beta carotene without leaving a white film on your face.
Unsurprisingly, the maker behind the trusted star-shaped acne patches also offers a sunscreen that soothes and hydrates skin prone to blemishes. Fearing a breakout? Don’t skip the SPF; grab this half-off tube instead and bask in the sun’s rays without worry.
La Roche-Posay really is as good as all the TikTokers say. This unscented duo is dermatologist recommended and destined to become a part of your morning routine. Skip the makeup with the tinted sunscreen that shoppers with acne-prone and sensitive skin can’t get enough of (especially when it’s 30% off).