5 Best Lab Tested Sunscreens for 2022

It’s a known fact that a lot of sunscreens don’t live up to their claimed protection levels. Luckily these 5 do.

Author: Jenny Wu
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  1. Ledia | Kbeauty Notes says:

    Love Both the Scinic and BOJ. You’ve described their differences perfectly.

    Ledia | K-Beauty Notes

  2. Amanda says:

    Can you go more into detail about how the chemical sunscreen active ingredients that are not approved in the US are in fact safe? There is suspicious that chemical sunscreens that are approved in the US are not actually safe in the long term.

    • Jenny says:

      Photostable and larger molecules are two traits shared by next-generation chemical filters (those not approved in the US). That means the filter won’t become unstable or easily get absorbed into the skin. You can click on the individual product reviews for more details on the ingredients, but this blog post by a research physician in cosmetic dermatology also list these newer filters as safe: https://www.dr-jetskeultee.com/blog/my-list-of-good-and-bad-sun-filters/

      There’s a reason why those “suspicious” US approved filters are rarely (if ever) used in other countries, they’re just inferior in every way.

  3. Jessie says:

    Any more recommendations for body sunscreen? Some of these are a bit too expensive to spread over my whole body!

    • Jenny says:

      Olive Young occasionally has great deals on Korean sunscreens, especially for their sets of 2. If you don’t mind sacrificing some protection, Equate (Walmart) Ultra Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen for $5 a tube or the Trader Joe’s Spray SPF 50+ Sunscreen for $14 are both recommended by Consumer Reports. Both have SPF that came in lower than 50 (in the 30s) but if you apply enough and reapply frequently it should be ok.

  4. Anne says:

    The La ROche-Posay one is also my go-to for outdoor days in summer. I wonder how the UVA protection of the new one compares to the previous version.

    Anne from Doctor Anne

    • Jenny says:

      It’s supposedly better since they have the new UVA filter, and I can’t imagine it getting worse (though the possibility is always there)