At this point in the skincare game, we hope sunscreen is an important step in your routine. It’s pretty crucial when it comes to preventing sun damage in the form of burning, sunspots, and premature fine lines, but more importantly, it’s vital for blocking skin cancer-causing UV rays. Everyone can get lazy about sun care though and we get it, which is why we found some sneaky SPF solutions.
First and foremost: Wearing SPF 30/40/50 in a moisturizer (or in your makeup) is NOT the same as wearing an actual SPF 50 sunscreen. You still need proper protection with the real deal and should apply every am – even indoors – to block out harmful blue light emitted from screens and too many Zoom happy hours. UVA rays can still penetrate glass, after all!
With that being said, we’re all for additional protection in the form of serum-infused foundation with SPF, hydrating facial mists with SPF, shimmer lotions with SPF, concealing eye treatments with SPF and yes, even self-tanners with SPF. If you can’t handle pasty, be sure to get after the glow with built-in protection.
Minimize sun exposure daily with a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide – as it blocks out the full spectrum of UVA and UVB rays – but then keep these added value SPF products in mind, for top-ups throughout the day. Most are portable and all are easy AF to apply, so you really have no excuse not to.
Yes, you can still get sun damage even when you’re indoors WFH. COOLA’s Full Spectrum 360° technology mitigates the effects of skin aggressors like blue light and pollution and offers a smart defense against UVA/UVB rays to boot. Plus it contains plant stem cells and hyaluronic acid to keep your face feeling happy. Apply drops solo, or mix into your makeup for total complexion protection.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and SPF 50 team up for greatness in this hydrating Serum Foundation that’s available in 30 natural shades. We also love how the lightweight consistency doesn’t creep into creases or cake.
It literally doesn’t get any easier than brushing on your SPF. This handy brush dispenses natural, dry, powdered mineral-based SPF 30 sunscreen quickly, and it’s safe for sensitive skin. It’s perfect for top-ups on-the-go.
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While many SPFs come in mists for the face, not all boast the same good-for-your-face perks. This triple-duty mist does it all, however. One spritz and your visage will be well protected, makeup will be set in place, and shiny patches will be nixed, thanks to silica particles that provide a matte finish. It’s also packed with an antioxidant-rich rosemary-mint blend to soothe and enhance your skin’s texture and tone.
Shimmer lotion: NOT just for festivals. Add a little luminosity to your bod, while slathering it in SPF. Bare Republic’s formula is a blend of Zinc Oxide mineral actives with sustainable, light-reflecting mica for a glow-up that also happens to smell like marshmallows. Available in rose gold and gold, in addition to this shine bright like a diamond shade.
Considering the eye area is the most delicate part of the face, it deserves its own concealing SPF treatment. This travel-friendly, multi-tasking tube comes in four brightening shades and improves dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and checked bags, while protecting against photoaging.
If you know, you KNOW and if you don’t, well, now you do. This cult formula continues to be unparalleled for its face-friendly ingredients and streak-free results. A combo of broad-spectrum SPF 20 and self-tan inducing Erythrulose/DHA, Jergens gives you a gradual glow and wards off sunspots at the same time.
Tastes like… Summer. Stash Bali Body’s coconut-flavored lip balm with SPF 15 in your beach bag to plump, hydrate, and repair a sun-parched pucker on the go.
We challenge you to find another tinted moisturizer that does all this: Blurs imperfections with natural mineral pigments, enhances your skin’s radiance with micro-pearls, delivers SPF 30 protection, and contains allantoin to reduce redness and calm sensitive skin. Miracle worker is an understatement.
Check out our fave mineral sunscreens here.