Savvy women know that sunscreen is the easiest and most effective way to prevent premature aging. But not all sunscreens were created equal. Different sunscreens work well for different needs and finding the right one for you can easily turn the task from a chore into a pleasure.
Here are woman with drive’s top picks for summer.
New kid on the block, Australian brand Solar D, is already creating a lot of buzz with its innovative formula that protects the skin from harmful UV rays but lets in more UVB rays that your body needs to produce vitamin D. This makes it perfect for everyday use throughout the year, particularly during cooler months when we are more susceptible to vitamin D deficiency.
Close runner up is Aesop Protective Body Spray SPF50 ($40) for its lightweight moisturising formula that melts into the skin leaving a subtle minty scent that we just can’t get enough of!
For sensitive skin
The majority of sunscreens use chemical UV filters to protect you from the sun’s rays, but these formulas can irritate sensitive skin. For those that require a delicate touch, try a formula that uses all natural ingredients, such as Elta MD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 ($30).
Another alternative is using a formula that creates a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. Our go-to is Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF30 ($62) for thorough protection that goes on silky smooth without that thick zinc feel.
For the face
The delicate skin on the face is the first to show signs of aging, so it is very important to wear a light sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather. The Curtis Collection Matte Perfect Mineral Foundation is a virtually weightless foundation that acts as a natural UV blocker, making it ideal for everyday wear on normal or sensitive skin ($59).
However, if you would like stronger protection, choose a lightweight sunscreen that you can wear under your makeup without affecting the finish. We love Chanel UV Essential SPF 50 ($55), which just melts into the skin creating a flawless base for makeup, and also protects against free radicals and urban pollution.
Tip: Don’t forget to apply an SPF to your lips! The Body Shop Vitamin E Lip Care SPF15 protects and nourishes.
For the beach
Long days of surf, sweat and sun require sunscreen with extra staying power. Countless beauty editors rave about La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50+ Spray ($35) for its easy to apply spray that goes on white so you don’t miss any spots and then disappears into the skin. For serious outdoor adventures, Invisible Zinc 4 Hour Resistant SPF50 ($18) is your perfect companion. Long gone are the days of sticky fluorescent pink zinc, this formula glides on for a silky invisible finish.
Protect your strands from the drying effect of sun, salt, and chlorine, and cover your crown with a sunscreen for skin and hair. Our top pick is Clarins Sunscreen Oil Spray SPF30 ($35), which is water and sweat resistant, and infused with soothing plant extracts including Indonesian nyamplung oil and aloe vera.
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