Now that spring is in full swing and we're eagerly awaiting hot girl summer, we've been focusing a lot on the importance of SPF (sun protection factor). Though you (hopefully) are already taking expert advice and using an SPF 365 days of the year, in the hotter months we all need to up our game. This means a higher factor SPF for added protection and reapplying during prolonged sun exposure. This will help make sure you are fully protected from the stronger UVA and UVB rays that contribute to skin damage and aging.
For many, this means adding in an extra product to their beauty routine or switching existing products out to make sure you're getting that added protection. We know this can be daunting when your skin is settled with it's usual product line up and you don't know how it will react to this new addition. Fortunately, we have done our research and picked out the best SPFs for each skin type. Whether you're worried about breakouts, excess oil, sensitivity or not meeting your moisture needs, we have the best sun protection product to keep your skin cool, calm and cared for.
The best SPFs for normal skin
Shield your complexion from environmental aggressors with the SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair SPF 34. Lightweight yet super effective, the tinted "superscreen" is ideal for layering with other products in your skincare routine or wearing underneath makeup. The formula shields against UVA/UVB rays as well as Infrared-A to fight against sun damage and improve skin texture, helping to maintain and rejuvenate your skin while you wear it.
This clinically proven formulation blends a powerful combination of ingredients, including Padina Pavonica and Ginkgo Biloba, shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 14 days*. With hydration increased, elasticity and suppleness appear improved and the skin looks firm and toned.
The best SPFs for sensitive skin
Shield your complexion with EltaMD's UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF40 sunscreen; a lightweight, anti-aging cream that works to protect and hydrate skin without greasy residue. Ingredients like squalane, ginger root extract, and saccharide help make this advanced formula work for you in many different ways by hydrating, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improving smoothness.
Perfect and protect your skin with the Emma Hardie Protect and Prime Moisturizer SPF30, a dual-action formula that paves the way for flawless makeup application while protecting against premature aging. This product is perfect for under makeup because of its lightweight formula that won't leave you greasy throughout the day.
The best SPFs for dry skin
Formulated for aging skin, this high factor 50 SPF by Dermalogica is a medium-weight moisturizer that intensely hydrates to prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. The formula contains a blend of antioxidants that work to protect the skin from free radicals that can dry it out, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and supple.
This PCA SKIN Active Broad Spectrum sun cream shields the skin from damage while keeping it hydrated. The cream is lightweight and water resistant, making it perfect for the beach or any outdoor activity where you might be working up a sweat.
The best SPFs for combination and oily skin
We love the Colorescience Brush-On Shield as an SPF option for anyone with oily skin. Colorescience put SPF50 into a powder form so you're able to stay shine-free and protected from the sun at the same time. Another great feature is how easy this product is to use on-the-go. Pack it in your purse, beach bag, or backpack and you'll be able to reapply anywhere.
The Juice Beauty SPF30 Moisturizer is oil-free and lightweight, keeping your skin protected and hydrated, but not to the point of contributing to greasiness. Rich in antioxidants such as grape, pomegranate, and sea algae, you can feel good about applying this moisturizer to your skin day after day.
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