My Mom Is 62, and I'm 23—We Agree This Product Is the Key to Glowing Skin

best sunscreens for glowy skin

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My blonde hair and blue eyes are the obvious signs that I'm my mother's daughter, but our similarities run deeper than that. She was my foray into the beauty world. When I was little, she would add a pop of blush to my cheeks for special occasions, braid my hair for school, and apply my false eyelashes for dance recitals. But most importantly, no matter what we were doing, she would slather me in sunscreen.

My mom religiously applies her sunscreen every morning, and seeing that she looks over a decade younger than she is, I understand why she instilled this habit in me at a young age. We both have exceptionally high standards for the products we reach for every day, and our favorite is tinted mineral sunscreen. Here's why:

Minerals Protect Against Damage

Minerals such as zinc protect against photoaging, free radicals, and oxidative damage. According to Fig.1 Beauty founder Courtney Rubin, MD, MBE, FAAD, mineral-based sunscreens are a solid option for all skin types: "They're really safe," she says, "especially for those with sensitive skin, rosacea, and sensitive eyes."

A Light-Coverage Tint Evens and Brightens Skin

A light, breathable tint gives just enough coverage for that my-skin-but-better look that will make you want to skip foundation.

Hydrating Ingredients Give a Lit-From-Within Glow

I want every product I use to give me a dewy, glazed-donut look. And Rubin has a great tip for finding glow-giving sunscreens. "I look for hydrating and skin-conditioning ingredients that you would normally find in a well-formulated moisturizer," she explains. "I like ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and meadowfoam seed oil, which nourish and moisturize the skin."

I know you only want the crème de la crème, so my mom and I narrowed down our top 13 sunscreens for smooth, luminous skin.

Emma Walsh
Associate Beauty Editor, Branded Content

Emma is an associate beauty editor of branded content. She’s a passionate writer who loves all things beauty, wellness, and personal growth. Before pursuing writing, she worked in influencer marketing at Gallery Media Group, which owns digital brand PureWow. She lives in New York City, where you can usually find her running to a Pilates class or sipping on a green juice in the park.