Ask any skin expert on how best to prevent aging, and the unanimous answer is always sunscreen. Sunscreen’s amazing abilities to stave off wrinkles and prevent skin cancer has traditionally come with unfortunate side effects: a white cast, toxic ingredients, and a chemical smell. Luckily, with the growing interest in sunscreen, there are a variety of new products that not only prevent the bad stuff, but help you look amazing as well. To help you find the perfect sunscreen, I consulted Frances Yun, founder of Savvyist.com, a highly personalized makeup discovery site.
Below, Frances picked out sunscreen recommendations that are perfect for your unique skintype!
“Before I get into the reccomedations, there are a couple of things you ought to know. First, your sunscreen should have around SPF 30 – 50 with some UVA blocking ingredients. Sun rays come in both UVA and UVB forms, and super confusingly, SPF only measures UVB, which causes sunburn and skin cancer, and not UVA, which accelerates aging and can also cause skin cancer. To make sure you’re protected against UVA, make sure your sunscreen contains at least one of the following: Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Avobenzone, Ecamsule, and Oxybenzone. These ingredients tend dry out your skin, so be sure to moisturize. Secondly, you need to reapply sunscreen every 2-4 hours. Yes, even if you’re indoors or it’s cloudy outside, sunscreen will wear down and you’ll have to reapply.”
Alright, now to the good stuff — figuring out what to buy! Here’s some advice and recommendations on sunscreen for your specific skin type.
1. Oily skin
If you have oily skin, the last thing you might feel like doing is layering on some thick sunscreen. Avoid the temptation to go without it! There’s a lot of great sunscreens that are lightweight, won’t clog your pores, and, best of all, prevent shine by setting down to a matte finish.
Glo Therapeutics Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF 40+ ($32 for 1.7oz) is a favorite among those plagued by oily, sensitive skin. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, fragrance free, and even contains ingredients to help you stay hydrated. If you’re looking for something that will also provide some light coverage and blur out your pores, tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer, SPF 30 (five shades, $36 for 1oz) is an excellent option. It has a mousse consistency, goes on super silky, and sets to a natural, matte finish for the whole day. Another favorite is Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense, SPF 30 ($29 for 2.0 oz). It sets to a clean, matte finish and contains antioxidants and skin-enhancing ingredients. The only downside is it comes in a single “universal” tint (read: a light pinkish beige), so it doesn’t work for everyone.
2. Dry skin
The UVA protecting ingredients in sunscreen can be drying, so it’s important to look for hydrating formulations for your dry skin. These often come as creams, lotions, or ointments.
SanRe Organic Skinfood Organic Rosemary and Lavender Day Cream, SPF 30 ($30 for 1.1oz) is an all natural, chemical-free sunscreen made with organic oils. It’s very hydrating and doesn’t leave you with a white cast, though be aware that it does have a flowery scent. For those of you who want a multitasking product that provides some coverage, try Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, SPF 30 (8 shades, $37 for 1.4oz). This water-based gel-like formula is moisturizing and leaves your skin with a dewy glow. Jane iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream, SPF 25 (7 shades, $48 for 1.7oz) also fits the bill. Its rich formula has enough coverage to double as a foundation and leaves you sun protected and luminous.
3. Sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, the more natural the product, the better. Look for sunscreens containing titanium oxide and zinc oxide in particular, as these are wonderful broad-spectrum ingredients that are extremely gentle and considered to have no risk of skin irritation. Avoid products with fragrances, preservatives, and those containing PABA or oxybenzone, which have been associated with skin reactions.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, SPF 50 ($33.50 for 1.7oz) is an often raved-about product. Its fragrance free, paraben free formula contains both titanium oxide and zinc oxide and has a sheer, lightweight texture that feels comfortable on the skin. Its silky matte finish means it’s a good choice if your skin is sensitive and oily. If you’d like some light coverage, try SkinCeuticals Physical UV Defense Sunscreen, SPF 50 ($34 for 1.7oz). This gentle, hydrating sunscreen is fragrance-free, has a flesh-toned tint, feels lovely and lightweight on the skin, and sets down to a semi-matte finish.
For more personalized advice on your beauty regime, check out savvyist.com!