The days are getting hotter so you’ll definitely need one of these amazing French sunscreens for your summer in France. I personally never travel without several types of sunscreen. I’m all too aware of the harmful effects the sun can have on our skin – from premature aging to cancer! Even though I love to soak up the sun’s rays in the Mediterranean Sea, I always make sure my skin is properly protected.
When looking for the best French sunscreens, the higher the SPF the better. Most of these will give your skin the protection you need without leaving too much white residue on your skin. Check out our picks for the best French sunscreens for everyday use, beach days, protecting your lips, hair, and more. If you’re serious about French skincare, then I’m sure you’ll find at least two or three new sunscreens you’ll want to try from this list!
Best Everyday French Facial Sunscreen
On a daily basis, it’s good to protect your skin from harmful UV rays as part of your everyday French skincare routine.
Even if it’s cloudy, the sun’s rays can still penetrate through, damaging your skin. You can use the top everyday French facial sunscreen, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair UV Face Moisturizer with SPF 30 to moisturize and protect your skin each day. This lightweight formula delivers top hydration to the face, neck, and hands while protecting it from the sun. It is oil, fragrance, and paraben-free. It also contains mineral-rich La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.
Best French Tinted Moisturizer with SPF
Another great daily-use French sunscreen is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30. If you’re not using tinted moisturizers, you should definitely start. It’s the French way to even the tone of your skin without resorting to heavy foundations that make your skin look cakey. The Laura Mercier formula has SPF 30, which protects your skin while giving it a nice, even tint.
Best French Anti-Aging Facial Sunscreen
Women with mature skin will want to use the bestselling Clarins Super Restorative Day Cream SPF 20. This French anti-aging sunscreen hydrates the skin while lifting, toning, and restoring the skin’s elasticity. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles while regular use can slowly fade your age spots, all while restoring your skin’s natural radiant glow.
Best French Mineral Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
If you have easily irritated skin, then you must try the highly-rated La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Ultra-Light Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50. This French sunscreen for sensitive skin is 100% mineral sunscreen. It absorbs fast and is oil-free, leaving you with perfectly matte skin. It is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Mineral sunscreens are best for those who suffer from most skin concerns, and this French mineral sunscreen is the best on the market.
Best Beach Day French Facial Sunscreen
For stronger facial protection in the height of summer, grab a bottle of La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Fluid Face Sunscreen SPF 60. This French facial sunscreen is suitable for spending long hours at the beach while keeping your face adequately protected from UV rays. Don’t let the words ‘ultra light’ fool you, this award-winning sunscreen packs a punch without weighing you down like heavy cream. It leaves a matte finish on your skin and the non-whitening formula means you can safely wear makeup over it. It’s even water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Best Beach Day French Body Sunscreen
Don’t visit the beach in France without the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Sunscreen Milk SPF 60. This is the best French body sunscreen with extra-strong protection for long days basking under the sun. It has been formulated specifically for people with fair skin who burn very easily. This French body sunscreen is oxybenzone and octinoxate-free. Recommended by countless French dermatologists, this is one amazing French sunscreen to trust whether you have skin allergies or are simply very serious about protecting your skin from the sun!
Best French Eco-Friendly Sunscreen
If you’re especially eco-conscious when it comes to your sunscreen, then the Seventy One Percent Eco Sun Shield Invisible Sunscreen SPF50 is best for you! This French eco-friendly sunscreen has mineral filters that respect both the environment and your skin’s barrier, making it perfect for protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Made from recycled materials, it can be applied to both the face and body. It is certified vegan and made in France.
Best French Lip Balm with SPF
Keep your lips properly protected from UV rays with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Lip Stick SPF 50+. This French lip balm with SPF will shield your lips, nose, and chin from cell damage caused by UV rays. Toss it in your pocket or beach bag whether you’re heading into the mountains to ski or the beach to swim!
Best French Hair Sunscreen
You didn’t forget about your hair, did you? If you’re heading to the beach, your hair needs proper protection too. The best French hair sunscreen is the Kérastase Creme UV Sublime Hair Cream which tames frizz while hydrating the hair and protecting it from UV exposure. It should be applied to dry or damp hair before or after your hair is exposed to the sun. The coconut water and vitamin E-infused cream works by absorbing any UVs to minimize their damage to the hair fibers.
Voila, I hope you found the best French sunscreens suitable for your skin type and sun protection needs! Enjoy your vacation in France knowing your skin and hair are fully protected from the sun. Be sure to read my French summer skincare routine next to know how I care for my skin in summer.