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You may not be going on vacation for a while, but with summer approaching and recent FDA announcements about sunscreen safety, there’s more talk (and confusion!) around SPF than ever before. But one thing is for sure: it’s still important to wear sunscreen on your face to protect yourself from the sun.
Daily activities like hanging out at the park with the kids or eating lunch outside with friends leave you exposed to UV rays, which can lead to skin issues like hyperpigmentation, inflammation, fine lines and even skin cancer.
Here, we bring you seven of our favorite sunscreens that will not only guard your face against harmful UV rays, but also have various beauty benefits that will make protecting your skin feel like a treat.
1. Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral SPF 30 Sunscreen Brush
Colorescience Sunscreen Brush is an award-winning, lightweight mineral powder that is widely recommended by dermatologists. The lightweight, mineral powder sunscreen offers a sheer layer of coverage, won’t irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It also comes in a range of shades, from fair to deep.
2. Eau Thermale Avene High Protection Honey Tinted Compact
100 percent mineral sunscreen in a light, cream-to-powder formula enriched with a powerful anti-oxidant. Provides broad spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection. Non-greasy, matte finish, non-irritating, safe for intolerant, sensitive skin.
3. NEOVA DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer SPF 40, 2.5 Fl Oz
Neova offers UV protection with a photo finish tint. This sunscreen has a micronized physical sunscreen, with the cosmetic benefit of a skin-perfecting sheer tint for the face, that evens out skin tone. A micronized physical sunscreen, with a skin-perfecting sheer tint for the face, to even skin tone.
4. SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50
Weightless, tinted sunscreen formulated with 100% physical filters and zinc oxide, providing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection for radiant skin. Water-resistant for up to 40 minutes, paraben-free, non-comedogenic, and ideal for all skin types, even very sensitive. Adapts to every skin tone for light tinted coverage. Enhances natural skin tone and boosts radiance for a luminous complexion. provides high-intensity SPF 50 protection from the harmful rays of the sun, increasing skin’s resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress (based on in-vitro testing).
5. COOLA Organic Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray, Broad Spectrum SPF 30, 1.5 Fl Oz
A makeup setting spray for people who love both makeup and great sun protection, and want to reapply SPF without it messing up makeup. Mist it on after you apply your makeup, then repeat as often as you like throughout the day.
6. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
A primer-like, makeup-gripping sunscreen that is completely invisible, scentless, and weightless. This oil-free SPF 40 sunscreen is antioxidant-rich and leaves skin with a velvety matte finish. It dries down clear, making it suitable for all skin types and complexions. The ingredient list includes names like red algae to protect against the blue light emitted from devices, frankincense that helps reinforce and soothe the skin, and a complex derived from meadowfoam seeds to hydrate.
7. DR. BARBARA STURM Sun Drops SPF50, 30ml
Described by the brand as “your liquid sun umbrella”, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s innovative serum is formulated with SPF50 for use on the face. Containing an active complex of Cassia Extract, Vitamin E and Beta-Glucan, it protects the skin and promotes the regeneration of damaged cell structures. Mix this formula with your regular face cream, or use the light-textured drops undiluted as desired.
DBM PRO TIP: Sunscreen can expire, which makes it less effective. Even if last year’s bottle hasn’t hit its expiration date, that date is only valid if the product is stored in a cool, dry place. So, be prepared to pick up a fresh bottle for the warmer months ahead.
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