Must-Have Sunscreens

The heat is officially on and temperatures are on the rise. As we woefully say goodbye to winter, we are looking forward to everything that summer has to offer, especially if that means adding a few new sunscreens to our skincare routine!

We’re pretty sure that we don’t have to tell you why sunscreen is important; but in case you need a reminder, here it is. Apart from being one of the main sources of premature aging, excessive sun exposure can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen every day has been proven to lower this risk, as well as prevent dark spots, blotchy skin, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. If that weren’t enough, recent studies have shown that sunscreen can actually reverse existing signs of photo-aging, such as hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. And before you make excuses about how sticky sunscreen can be, or how many sunscreen products leave you with a white cast, we’re here to tell you that there is a sunscreen for everyone. Here are our favorites for every skin type.

Dry Skin: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense For Face SPF 50. Dry skin can often be sensitive as well, and sometimes needs a little more TLC than other skin types. Despite its lightweight formula, this sunscreen offers Elizabeth Arden’s famous eight-hour hydrating formulation to keep your skin moisturized and protected all day long.

Oily Skin: Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30. When you have oily skin, the last thing you want to do is add a heavy, sticky product on top of it. It’s also important that anything you use on your skin won’t clog your pores or cause any breakouts. This ultra-lightweight, matte-finish sunscreen will protect your skin from ultraviolet rays while helping regulate oil production for a shine-free finish that lasts all day.

Mature Skin: SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair SPF 50. Now that studies have shown how regular use of sunscreen can reverse sun damage, all you have to do is find a sunscreen that maximizes those benefits by combining sun protection with anti-aging ingredients. This water-resistant sunscreen contains an advanced blend of antioxidants that combats free radicals to reduce wrinkles and revitalize your skin texture with every application.

Dark Skin: Bioderma Photoderm Max Ultra Fluid Light SPF 50. Despite what many people believe, darker skin still requires sunscreen. Darker skin is higher in melanin, which does provide some natural sun protection, however, no matter what your skin color, there is always a risk of sun damage. It’s also worth noting that many cases of skin cancer in darker skin go undetected, which requires more invasive treatment in the long run. Keep your skin protected at all times with this sunscreen, which provides high UV protection, and dries to a matte, transparent finish.

On-the-Go: Bioderma Hydrabio Eau De Soin. This spray couldn’t make protecting your skin from the sun any easier. The water-based formula provides SPF 30 protection from UV rays as well as a lightweight hydrating complex that soothes the skin. This travel-sized spray can be applied during the day to refresh your makeup and maximize your sun protection.

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