I stopped listening to music when I walk and now exclusively listen to podcasts mostly related to beauty, wellness and entrepreneurship. One thing that comes up over and over again when women speak about regrets is not wearing enough sunscreen! Funny enough it even comes up in non-beauty related interviews. Of course it’s a skin cancer issue, but it’s also an aging issue. There’s simple no better way to protect your skin from wrinkles than wearing sunscreen. One thing that can make compliance better is picking an option that’s right for your skin type, which is something I’m acutely aware of as someone who can easily breakout. It’s also important to checkout the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) ratings to avoid unnecessary chemicals in your UVA/UVB protecting products. Here’s a look at some amazing ones, all of which absorb quickly (I haven’t tried them all on my face because of my skin sensitivity, but I’ve tried them all on my body before working out outdoors so none of these will melt, sting, or leave greasy residue).
Best option if you have allergies
C’est Moi Gentle Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 ($14.99) is a fantastic option with high scores across the board from EWG. It’s fragrance-free and free of all irritants. It’s designed with young skin in mind (8 and over), but works just as well for adults.
Best option if you have dry skin
Idéal Capital Soleil SPF 50 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid ($25.50) is, just like its name indicates, light and hydrating and I love the smell! You shouldn’t need extra moisture, but it’s light enough that you could easily layer something on top.
Best sunscreen for the whole family
From baby to adult, Mustela SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick ($13) will help protect skin in an easy to apply/carry around applicator. It’s also water resistant so works well for beach days or outdoor workouts.
Best hair/scalp SPF
Everyone needs to protect their scalp/hair – even if your hair isn’t color treated! Skin cancer can hit any area. Coola’s Organic SPF 30 Scalp & Hair Mist ($26) is easy to apply, works on all hair types and does not leave any residue behind so you can freely apply it throughout the day.
Best heavy duty protection
Guinot Sun Logic SPF 30 Face and Body Sunscreen Cream ($43) not only protects from UVA and UVB rays, but also from blue light rays (such as TVs, computers, and mobile phones), which can be equally damaging.
Best for serious anti-aging power
iS CLINICAL Extreme Protect SPF 30 ($74) feels amazing on skin! It will definitely replace your daily moisturizer and can even work as a primer if you’re applying makeup. It’s also formulated to help repair collagen so if you’re looking to double up on anti-agers, this is a great option.
Best for oily skin
If you have oily skin it’s a must to get a sun protecting product that explicitly says it’s oil-free. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 ($53) is a little thicker than some of the other options, but it’s totally non-greasy, absorbs pretty fast and will keep your skin free from breakouts if you’re prone to them (as I am). It also has no scent. It’s also moisturizing despite being on the thicker side.
Best budget buy
It might not feel as butter soft as say iS Clinical, but Alba Botanica Sensitive Sheer Shield Sunscreen Spf 50+ ($11.99) is a great budget buy that’s both non-irritating and fast absorbing (note that it does have some oils in it so avoid it if you have acne prone skin).
Best non-toxic scented option
You’ll probably be surprised to read that Hint’s newest product isn’t a drink, but a line of fruit infused sunscreen sprays ($14.99). They’re free of oxybenzone and parabens and come in three scents pineapple, grapefruit, and pear.
Best option for acne prone skin
If you’re worried about breaking out it’s imperative that you use an oil-free sunscreen like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sport ($29.99). La Roche’s products are top rated by EWG and this oil-free one in particular is great because it’s designed for sweating so you can workout or hit the beach and not be stressed about ending up with blemishes. It’s also fast absorbing and steadfast so you can quickly put it on and not worry about it melting into your eyes when you sweat.