You've heard it a million times before -- cover up! And no, we're not talking about the command your mom and pop gave you before heading out the door on a typical teenage weekend night out on the town. We're talking about lathering on the sunscreen to keep your pretty complexion just that: pretty!
In addition to keeping your skin cancer-free, sunscreen moisturizes, promises a more even complexion and prevents the appearance of leathery skin years down the road. Some sunscreens even contain ingredients that reverse the signs of aging. If that's not worth a five minute pre-sun lather, nothing else is!
Not all sunscreens are created equal. Some contain harsh parabens (toxic preservatives), a variety of harsh chemicals and ingredients that clog pores. If au naturale is important to you, we suggest some of the following products.
2. Organics SPF 30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen, $32
John Masters Organics SPF30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen provides all over skin protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays. John Masters Organics SPF30 Natural Mineral Sunscreen contains vitamins and minerals that help hydrate, moisturize and replenish the skin.
4. Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35 - 4-oz. Tube, $11.95
Vanicream Sunscreen Sport SPF 35 is free of dyes, fragrance and masking fragrance, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde and other preservatives. This unique formula with transparent zinc oxide and octinoxate provides a light, elegant, transparent film that minimizes white residue. Ideal for daily use.
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You heard right -- the skin care market is loaded with sunscreen products that both prevent aging and reverse it. These are found in the form of lotions, sprays, cosmetics and beyond. Here are a few of our favorites.
2. MD Skincare Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15, $35.20
This is truly a multi-tasking product. Dr. Gross believes less is better in terms of the number of products used on the skin. That is why this product combines a moisturizer with a sunscreen and tint. Ideal for everyday wear, it softens and hydrates skin, fights aging with antioxidants, and provides sheer, skin-perfecting color.
4. TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15, $20
Help reduce the visible signs of aging with TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15. It helps protect your face from UVA and UVB rays and hydrates for up to 10 hours. Contains our patented TimeWise complex and helps even out skin tone, firm and soften as it reduces the appearance of fine lines.
If you're anything like moi, your translucent complexion is probably super sensitive to the sun's rays. In these cases, super coverage is the way to go. Note that SPF 15 blocks out 94 percent of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks out 97 percent and SPF 45 blocks 98 percent. However, if you apply less than the recommended amount or don't apply enough sunscreen, you won't get that coverage. To prevent burns and to make up for inadequate application, opt for a high SPF of at least 45.
1. Posay La Roche SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion, $21
This La Roche sunscreen product offers high UVA protection down to the cellular level. It's a synergistic combination of patented high efficacy sun filters and powerful anti-oxidants that further protect your skin. Additional anti-oxidant helps protect skin from environmental aggressors.
2. Banana Boat Sport Performance SPF 85 Sunscreen Spray, $11.99
Protect yourself from any angle with Banana Boat's Ultra Defense Sunscreen SPF 85 Continuous Clear Spray. It provides fast and even coverage for even tough to reach spots. It's also enriched with Aloe Vera and vitamins A and E , is very water resistant, rub free and dries quickly.
If your skin is especially sensitive, we highly recommend opting for an additional sunscreen that's made specifically for your face. Facial sunscreens are often non-comedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores and are less likely to cause breakouts. Sunscreens made specifically for your face also prevent rashes and that greasy feeling associated with many other sunscreens.
2. Coppertone Oil Free Faces Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, $8.99
This oil-free sunscreen was made specifically for your face. Apply evenly and liberally before sun exposure to ensure complete coverage. Reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming, perspiring, or vigorous activity.