If you know me, you know I advocate about using your good dinnerware for casual meals and wearing SPF on the reg. While you should be using SPF on your face (and body) daily, I know most people do not. However, I think it’s a must during the summer months, when you spend more time in the sun, with skin exposed. You should also be using an SPF in the daytime if you use skincare products with certain ingredients, like vitamin C, that make your skin more prone to sun sensitivity and damage.
While my main argument for wearing sunblock is “I don’t want wrinkles,” there are multiple reasons you should be applying it regularly. The sun omits harmful UV rays that can attack your skin cells and create all sorts of problems from dark spots to premature aging to skin cancer (that’s a real think, kids).
Learn more about sun protection here and here, I will spare you a more in depth lecture, and instead go over a few of my favorite sunscreen formulas for the face. If you do want another blog post delving further into sunscreen (chemical vs. physical, UVA vs. UVB, etc.), let me know, and we can make that happen.
I will say, for my body, I’m all about the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen. I love sprays for all over the body, because they’re easy, quick, and this one doesn’t make my skin feel gritty. And I go for inexpensive since I use a lot more product all over my body than I do on my face, which is why you’ll notice a few more expensive facial sunblocks. It lasts longer, and I’m careful to find something that doesn’t irritate my skin and/or address specific concerns.
For Oily Skin
One of the biggest excuses for not wearing sunscreen is that is it makes people’s acne act up or irritates their oily skin. To them, I say you are wearing the wrong type.
Super Goop City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30: I suggest gel based, serum-like sunblocks for oily skin. This one from Super Goop is lightweight and comfortable on the skin, and won’t cause excess oil buildup throughout the day. It sits well beneath makeup and keeps your skin feeling hydrated.
Coola Mineral Face Matte Tint SPF 30: I love Coola for sunscreen. Every product is a hit, and they don’t have that icky sunscreen smell. I love this matte-tint, because it almost serves as a light BB cream with sun protection. It sits well on the skin and really keeps your oily skin looking matte all day.
Laroche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Anti-Oxidant Serum with SPF: Again,, the serum based products work wonders on oily skin, and this is no different. Plus, Laroche-Posay makes me feel faaancy.
For Dry Skin
I have a small bout of psoriasis on my arm, which essentially is super dry skin patches that itch and flake, so I sympathize with those of you with dry skin. And I can speak from experience, there are some sunscreen formulas that sit on those dry patches and dry it up, and almost irritate it more than the sun does. However, the key with dry skin is to find a moisturizing product that happens to have SPF as well.
L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30: I recommended a gel formula for oily skin, for dry skin I think you should try a facial oil with SPF. I’m a huge fan of facial oils to begin with, and I use two a day, so this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. It will keep your dry skin hydrated and glowing while also combating the sun.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30: Kiehl’s is one of my favorite companies to turn to for skincare. This moisturizer sits well on the skin and is gentle.
Clinique Super Defense Daily Defense Moisturizer: This moisturizer only contains an SPF of 20, which is better than nothing, but I wouldn’t solely rely on this for major sun exposure. I would, however, use this on days where you’re getting every day sun exposure–driving to work, walking into the grocery store, etc.
For Sensitive Skin
SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: I haven’t used a ton of SkinCeuticals, but I have received them in various beauty boxes and have picked up samples along the way, and this was one of those products. This is a skincare brand–the science behind their products is great, and they’re products are designed to help your skin perform and act the way it should. My skin isn’t particularly sensitive when it comes to putting product on my face, but it’s hyper-sensitive to the sun. Meaning, I can think of the sun and get burned (hyperbole, but I burn easily), so I need a product that really works on pale skin. I think any skin tone can use this, but if you are fair and also have sensitivity of some kind, I highly suggest this for your SPF.
First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Face Cream SPF 30: FAB is another brand, like Keihl’s, that doesn’t really make a product I dislike. It’s gentle and simple in formula, and just kind of gets the job done. This is a good product for sensitive skin, as it’s fragrance free and lightweight.
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face SPF 50: I know there are some snobby people who refuse to use drugstore beauty products, but this is a sun care product I highly recommend. It’s gentle on the skin, dries down to a comfortable finish, won’t irritate your skin or create and oily mess, and it’s not expensive.
For Flawless Makeup
Clarins Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50: Sometimes it’s a hard struggle between sun protection and perfect foundation. People won’t want to wear foundation is fear of it causing their face makeup to pill or causing the dreaded flashback. One, how many times are you in the presence of flash photography? And two, you need this. It sits amazingly beneath foundation once you let it dry down for a moment.
MD Solar Science Mineral Tinted Cream SPF 30: This is a product I like for minimal makeup days. I can apply this, a bit of concealer if necessary, maybe some mascara, brow gel, and lip stain. It feels nice on my skin and doesn’t make me shiny.
Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Powder: It’s a popular question, “How do you reapply SPF when you’re wearing makeup?” It’s a great question. And the best answer I have is a mineral powder. It’s not a foundation product, so you can tell the men in their life they can use this one too. But if you do have on makeup, it won’t add more liquid on top of any powder products you’re already wearing, and it will help absorb some excess oil to boot.
For Your Lips
Your. Lips. Can. Get. Burnt. Also.
Super Goop Shine On Lip Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 50: This is like a glossy type of product that offers sun protection. I’ll use this if I am wearing a lip color and then want to amplify it to add SPF.
Fresh Sugar Spot Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30: This is just like the Fresh Sugar treatments that we all love, but it has SPF, so it’s prefect for the summer months. I also will take this on my eyelids as well.