Though summer may be winding to an end, it’s important to remember that sunscreen is an essential part of your year round beauty maintenance. Daily exposure can cause irreversible damage, and sometimes just a few minutes is all it takes. Beauty Editor Mickey Williams addresses your most common ray blocking questions and rounds up the newest skin saving solutions.
1. What’s the easiest sunscreen to use?If you’re like me, time and effort are everything when it comes to creating a daily ritual. With sunscreen lotions, gels and creams, just rubbing it in can work up quite a sweat. Grab a bottle of the new evolution of sunblocks and spray on an aerosol. These misters can be a bit pricey and you will use them up in a flash, but they feel great and protect better than most lotions.
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock, Body Mist SPF 70
This sunblock is uber refreshing and sprays at any angle, so no need to wrangle the man in a bikini next to you to get your back. It’s great for sports and smells light and clean and now comes in SPF 70 for the ultra invisible sun blanket.
Aveeno Sunblock Spray, Continuous Protection, SPF 70
Another winner in the continuous spray SPF 70 gamut. An added perk for Aveeno is that it’s loaded with Vitamins A, C and E and contains natural soy proteins.
Peter Thomas Roth Continuous Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 PTR Continuous Sunscreen Mist is a bit more expensive than its rivals, but we just loved the scent and the way our skin glistened after a mist or two. Oh, and it served as a very long wearing sunscreen to boot!
2. Are there any natural sunscreens that actually work?Burt’s Bees SPF 30 Chemical-Free Sunscreen with Hemp Seed Oil
Burt’s Bees utilizes titanium dioxide, an earth mineral that forms a barrier on skin and reflects UV rays. The formula is light-weight and slicked up with hemp seed oil for ultimate hydration.
3. What sunscreen will not cause breakouts?Yes! Finally we can protect without the annoying pimples associated with slathering on yet another cream on our faces. I’ve found sensitive resolutions to keep skin calm and burn-free.
The basic solution: Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SunBlock SPF 30
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock 30 worked very well under our makeup and moisturizer. We applied it and waited a bit for it to absorb. No reported burning and we didn’t seem to get a lick of sun!
The two-in-one solution: Cosmedicine Global Health SPF 30 Face UVA/B Sunsceen with Antioxidants
Cosmedicine feels like you’re putting on a soft moisture balm. It doubles as a sunscreen and face cream, so no need to apply a moisturizer. And Cosmedicine is loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, E and pomegranate extract to help recharge and replenish skin.
4. I get fever blisters when my lips are exposed. Is there any lip balm that shields and stays put?Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+
Fever blister prone? It’s under cover with Armada Protective Lip Balm 60+. High SPF coverage works indoors as well as outdoors and with extended use, it can actually start to lighten melasma, dark spots and other hyper pigmentations. Also check out Armada Sport 70. It tested unbelievably in durability in and out of the water.
5. What’s the best moisturizer and SPF protection combo?Lubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 Lotion
Your smoothest sun shielding combo is by Lubriderm. Lubriderm Daily Moisture with SPF 15 comes in a lightweight, non-greasy and fast absorbing lotion. The pump applicator makes it super easy to apply lotion and sunscreen right out of the shower. Perfect for the girl that needs to simplify!