I know that a lot of us hear sunscreen and immediately think “smelly”, “sticky”, “oily”, “pore-clogging” or various other unpleasant words along those lines. I don’t blame you. A few years ago, it wasn’t easy to find a good, comfortable sunscreen to wear under your makeup that wouldn’t slide off, feel greasy, or break you out. But I promise, that has changed. Today, and especially recently, there are so many types of sunscreen from powder to mousse, and even makeup setting sprays! I cannot stress sunscreen enough. Everyone should be using sunscreen daily (yes, even on a gloomy day! the sun rays are there even if you can’t see them!) to protect their skin from the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays (more about those here). This is THE #1 tip for anti-aging. Lucky for you, I compiled a list of kickass sunscreens and all you’ve got to do is pick the one that best fits you!
The Multi-Purpose Makeup Junkie
For my makeup loving ladies who also happen to be all about multi-purpose products, these sunscreens are for you. Coola came out with this super cool 70% organic makeup setting spray with an SPF 30 and matte finish.
Kate Somerville, too, recently came out with a makeup setting spray sunscreen hybrid with an SPF 50 and soft-focus finish. These two are perfect not only for the multi-purpose makeup junkie, but also those who are very conscious about sunscreen application as they allow you to reapply throughout the day, even over your makeup, with no problem at all. Win-win.
Makeup setting sunscreen sprays aren’t the only new innovation in the sunscreen world. There’s now a mousse. Yes, a mousse! Supergoop! recently came out with an SPF 50 sunscreen in the form of a mousse. The exact same consistency of the stuff you put in your hair, with no sticky feel at all. Because of its light, airy, consistency, it’s completely weightless, making it perfect for pre-makeup application.
The On-the-Go Gal
Now for my ladies who care about protecting their skin from the sun (as we all should), but are constantly on a time crunch, I’ve got the perfect sunscreens for you. Fresh has a portable, easy-to-use SPF 30 sunscreen stick that can be used all over the face and even eyes and lips. Along with sugar, avocado oil, and black currant seed oil, it also hydrates the skin while shielding it from the sun.
Another option? Peter Thomas Roth’s SPF 45 Mineral Sunscreen Powder. It’s talc-free, completely transparent, and can be applied over makeup, under makeup, or with no makeup at all. Your choice!