Kick Damaging UV Rays to the Curb With These 3 Facial Sunscreens
For all the evidence supporting the fact that one must absolutely wear sunscreen both on the beach and off, it took the SPF industry a little while longer to catch up — at least as far as facial formulas are concerned.
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There’s a special anxiety reserved for the act of slathering on sunscreen with full knowledge of what could await you on the other side, which is clogged pores; breakouts; a slick, oily sheen; and some crossed wires that make your usually reliable makeup suddenly think staying on all day is a hilarious joke.
Yes, sunscreen is a necessity, and, yes, like most necessities in this life, it isn’t always thrilling. But things are getting better all the time, and the best facial sunscreens now are leaps and bounds ahead of the ones that used to give you a telltale crest of whiteheads where your sunglasses frames happened to rest.
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These three formulas are nothing like the greasy lotions of yore — in fact, they’re so good, you’ll actually want to wear them every day.
Which you have to, BTW:
Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day UV Illuminating Sunscreen SPF 36
Illuminating is usually nothing but a euphemism for oily, but this moisturizing cream, which doubles as a primer, has a light-refracting quality that helps to brighten and soothe while also diminishing the appearance of imperfections. Plus, no mineral oil means no potential for clogged pores, even on acne-prone skin.
Bare Republic Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
As good for the earth as it is for your skin, this eco-minded formula uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to provide broad-spectrum protection and plant-derived antioxidants to keep skin on track. The lightweight feel is ideal for wearing under makeup, and because it's made without chemical actives, synthetic fragrances, and parabens, even those with super-sensitive skin can reach for it on the daily.
Elemis Liquid Layer Sunscreen SPF 30
This sunscreen doesn't just want to protect skin from sun damage — it also wants to stop aging before it starts by defending your complexion against pollution, too. The environmental stressors we're all exposed to daily (unless you live on a grassy knoll in Switzerland or something) don't stand a chance against the smart blend of antioxidants, photoprotectants and natural titanium dioxide in this water-resistant formula.