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Paulas-Choice-SPF_thumbnails.jpgSummer may be quickly winding down, but that doesn’t mean you need to put away your sunscreen along with your bikinis and flip flops. Relatively new to the beauty scene, the Ultra-light Weightless Finish SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray by Paula’s Choice is definitely a must-have product to keep in the front row of your beauty drawer year-round. Just as the name suggests, it’s super light, and not the least bit heavy. We loved how easy the clear liquid spritzed on, though we did have to rub it in a little to evenly distribute the sunscreen. Though it left our hands a little greasy from the application initially, it was absorbed almost instantaneously, and didn’t leave behind any residue, film, oil, or any other sign that makes most of us dread our daily SPF application. 

The product details mention it’s suitable for face and body, though we only tried it on our limbs, chest and neck. However, with how quickly the spray is absorbed, and the lack of any greasy residue on our arms, we could see it working for the face. It’s 100% fragrance-free and has no dyes or colorings, so it’s perfect for the most sensitive of skin types (like ours.) The SPF 30 is dermatologist recommended for daily use, and should be applied every few hours (especially after excessive perspiration) for optimum protection. Thankfully, the bottle is slim and can be easily carried around in your daily satchel or tote for multiple applications. If you are anything like us, Paula’s Choice Weightless spray will immediately become your go-to, can’t-live-without sunscreen, so stock up!


$15.95, Paulaschoice.com

Finding the right sunscreen can be incredibly overwhelming. There are so many options to choose from, and with something so important as your skin, you want to make sure you’re making the best purchase. Sadly, many commercial sunscreens lack the adequate criteria for optimum protection. So, according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), when shopping for sunscreen, keep in mind that the best sunscreens block both UVA and UVB rays with safe, active ingredients that do not break down in the sun. And:

1. Look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
2. Avoid oxybenzone and sunscreens with fragrance
3. Avoid sunscreen sprays (we know…bummer!)

Here are five effective sunscreens to invest in this season, broken down by category:

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Won’t Leave your Face Ghostly White:

Soleo Organice Sunscreen SPF30, $14.30 Amazon.com




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Most Moisturizing:

Purple Praire Botanicals Sunstuff, $15.99 PurplePrairie.com




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Best Under Makeup:

Kasia Organic Skin Care: Good Day Sunscreen, $29 Kasiaorganicssalon.com







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Best for Baby:

Think Baby SPF 30+ Water Resistant Sunscreen. $16.99 Thinkbabybottles.com




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Least Oily:

Neutrogena Healthy Defense Oil-Free Sunblock Stick, SPF-30 $20.40 Amazon.com







Protection from the sun is vital, especially as temperatures start to soar. A few of the most feared words in a gal’s life? SUN DAMAGE. So fair and frightened is one of our editors, she triples up with SPF in her primer, moisturizer, AND foundation! (We should note that layering SPFs does not increase the number or effectiveness, but try telling her that…)

You may not be as paranoid as she is, but it’s important to protect yourself. No matter what your skin concern may be - aging, sensitive, acne-prone— we’ve got you covered…literally.

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Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30, $135

An antiaging lotion with SPF 30 protection. Kinerase Daily Defense Lotion SPF 30 defends the skin against the harsh rays of the sun with the added benefit of active ingredient kinetin, a powerful antioxidant scientifically proven to visibly diminish the appearance of fine lines wrinkles by enhancing skin’s ability to maintain 25% more moisture.

Best organic:
Josie Maran Protect Daily Sun Protection Argan Oil Infused SPF 40+, $32

 A chemical-free, SPF40+ daily sun block for the face, neck, and décolleté. This natural formula physically blocks UVA rays that can cause up to 80% of premature aging.
Infused with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil, which repairs and reverses damage caused by the sun, fights sign of aging, and improves skintone for a radiant, renewed complexion.

Best complexion boosting:
Boscia Illuminating UVA/UVB SPF 30, $30

A botanically based, oil-free sunscreen. Boscia Illuminating UVA/UVB SPF 30 provides natural sun protection using titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The rich, botanically based formula enhances and fortifies all skin types, leaving a healthy, beautiful glow.
 
Best for oily skin:
DDF Matte Finish Photo-Age Protection™ SPF 30 , $32

A lightweight, easily absorbed, non-oily formula to help protect against premature aging effects caused by everyday exposure to the sun and environmental pollutants. It protects from both the UVA rays that cause long-term damage and the UVB rays that cause burning.

Best for sensitive skin:
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion - SPF 30 , $42

This user-friendly daytime essential provides extra-sheer protection against UVA/UVB rays as it soothes and hydrates skin. Rich in antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage, this oil-free formula keeps your complexion safe and healthy.

Best for dry skin:
Clarins HydraQuench Cream SPF 15, $48

A moisturizing cream that combines a unique range of moisturizing agents that work in synergy to guarantee perfectly hydrated, comfortable skin. No matter the climate or conditions, you can count on this expert solution to keep your skin healthy and radiant.

Best overall:
Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 40, $17.50

Invisible protection for all skin tones and types from everyday encounters with the sun’s UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Comfortable, ultra-sheer formula uses physical sunscreens, so even sensitive skins can wear it daily. Helps makeup wear longer.

Best value:
Sephora Sun Safety Kit ($95 Value) $25

Try before you buy! Protect your complexion with this array of products and find your perfect match. Do something good for your skin and feel good knowing that 100 percent of the net profits from the sales of this set will be donated to The Skin Cancer Foundation.

This set contains:
- 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15
- 0.23 oz DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew UV Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.10 oz Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 in Lemon and Chamomile
- 0.25 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Lotion SPF 30
- 0.16 oz Kate Somerville Protect SPF 55 Serum Sunscreen
- 0.27 oz Clarins Delectable Self Tanning Mousse SPF 15
- 0.16 oz Cover FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer & Photo-Aging Defense SPF 50
- 0.34 oz Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
- 0.23 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 60 PA+++
- 0.25 oz Ole Henriksen Herbal Day Cream SPF 15
- 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15
- 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Multi-tasking Face SPF 20 in Summer Bisque
- Pink Sephora makeup bag
- 2 x single-use UVSunSense UV monitoring bracelets


If you’re one of the thousands upon thousands of people making the trek out to the California desert this weekend for Coachella, then please remember to protect your skin! This season is shaping up to be slightly cooler than most (like high 80s vs. high 100s), but you’ll still need to make a conscious effort to stay protected.

Here are a couple SPF-infused ideas:

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From left: Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15, $9.50 Nordstrom.com, Murad Age-Proof Suncare Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30, $30 Beauty.com, Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF 45, $30  Sephora, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $42 Sephora.



You’re probably well-aware, but tinted moisturizers can be your BFF, especially during the sunnier seasons. They’re a great lightweight, everyday alternative to foundation. But most importantly, they’re one of the most reliable way to protect your skin from UV Rays. Because let’s face it (pun intended), applying both sun block and some sort of color daily can be a chore, and very easy to forget.

Protect your face with five of the most popular tinted moisturizers.

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Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15,  $34 Sephora












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Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer — Oil Free, $42 Sephora








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Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer, $38 Sephora










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*Cost-effective!* Boots No7 Soft and Sheer Tinted Moisturizer,  $11.99 Target






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Sephora Collection Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, $21 Sephora








Because most tinted-moisturizers range anywhere between 10 - 30 SPF, if you’re planning on being under sunlight for an extended amount of time (think, sun bathing) we recommend using a higher SPF lotion instead.





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