Here in the U.S., high summer is upon us, which means we’re spending far more time outside soaking up the sun’s warming rays. I live in a climate with a six-month winter, so I would never scold anyone who spends every spare moment enjoying the warm weather … unless she does so without first applying a serious sunscreen. Even if you’re reading from the wintry southern hemisphere, I hope you’ll stick with me today because sun protection is a year-round game! And finding sunscreens and sunblocks that truly work for your skin and lifestyle is essential to staying healthy and protected. So with that in mind, here are three of my favorites, and the reasons why I love ’em.
Yep, that’s a lot of money for a tiny bottle of sunscreen. BUT that tiny bottle typically lasts me six months, and this super thin, non-comedogenic formula is one of the only ones that my complexion has ever accepted without generating angry, retaliatory zits. Every morning, I mix this face-specific sunscreen with my moisturizer and apply it before/underneath any other makeup. Shiseido has an entire line of sun protectants, including sunscreens for body, beach, and some liquid foundations with built-in SPF protection. I’ve only ever tried this formula myself, but the others come highly recommended by the skin-care experts and makeup artists in my life.
So that “lifestyle” comment I made up above? In my case it refers to laziness and pet peeves: I love spray-on body sunscreens because they take less time than liquids, and also because they feel less goopy and sloppy. I’m much more likely to actually wear sunscreen on my exposed limbs if applying it doesn’t feel like a gross chore. You, too? Give this one – or any Neutrogena spray sunscreen – a try. I also own and love Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70 which has a lovely, sunshine-y smell.
That’s right, friends, your lips need protection, too! There are lots of solid balms out there with sunscreen built in, but I vastly prefer the feel of a salve-like formula. The Aquaphor/Eucerin brand is serious about repair and protection, and I love this lip balm for year-round use. Fair warning: It is a bit sticky, so might not be ideal for beach wear. Sand on the lips and whatnot. I’ve heard great things about Sun Bum if you need a less tacky option.
Confession: I apply lip balm nearly every hour, and do my best to re-apply body sunscreen when I know I’ll be outdoors for most of the day … but I don’t often remember to layer on my face sunscreen multiple times. Which means I’m far from being a sunscreen superstar. Experts agree that nearly all formulas slough off after a couple of hours’ wear, so keep that in mind, especially if you’ve got sensitive skin or a history of skin cancer in your family. The best formula in the world won’t keep you totally safe if you don’t slather it on regularly.
Anyone else have favorite sunscreens or sunblocks? Anyone know of a drugstore formula that can be used on sensitive complexions? Would love your input!
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