The Sunscreen Bible

The Sunscreen Bible

It’s summer — which means sunscreen is in high demand. But, obviously you wear SPF year round because you know how detrimental UV rays can be for your skin…(duh).

This post isn’t going to be to reiterate the reasons why you need to use sunscreen daily (because I know you know); instead, it’s about my favorite sunscreens for face and body, plus a few application tips. After all, with hundreds of thousands of sunscreens out there, it can feel like quite the feat to find the one right for you. Worry not, I’ve done the work for you.

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – For daily use, when I’m not going to have intense sun exposure or it’s not summer, I opt for this sunscreen for face. I’ve tried tons of SPF’s and this still remains the best for my acne-prone skin. It never irritates or breaks me out, and it dries completely transparent.

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 Non-Tinted – I added this new mineral sunscreen to my rotation this year. It has 20% since, so it’s truly protecting my skin from the sun. I use it when I’m outside for an entire day, bike riding 9lol, I don’t bike ride!), sunbathing, you get this picture. My only grievance is that it leaves a white layer on my face but, honestly, I’d prefer this to sun spots, skin cancer, and sun damage. I also like this particular SPF because it’s affordable and doesn’t cause breakouts. In fact, because of the high amount of zinc, it actually helps with pimples.

TIP: Apply any remaining sunscreen to the tops of hands. Hands are one of the first areas to show signs of age and since they’re constantly exposed to sun, it’s imperative to keep them protected.

Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50 Unscented – I’m all about a spray sunscreen for my body. Less hassle, less mess. The Coola sport is a non-toxic sunscreen that really protects. I appreciate the unscented version because I’m not keen on faux-scents. I will say, although it claims to be sheer, it does leave a slight white film on the skin, which is easily absorbed if you rub it in. I used this sunscreen on my recent trip to Turks and still managed to get a beautifully bronzed tan, sans any sunburn or sun damage.

Supergoop 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist with Marigold Extract Broad Spectrum SPF 30 – If you’re looking for a mineral sunscreen spray, this one is my favorite. With 12% zinc, sun protection is guaranteed. Plus, the spray makes application — and reapplication — virtually effortless.

TIP: Reapply every 60 minutes, especially if outdoors or in water. And remember to get those feet completely covered in SPF!

I always, always apply sunscreen to my chest — and, it’s usually not what I put on my face or body. Since my chest seems to have daily contact with the sun (thanks to my low-plunging shirts and dresses), I opt for a sunscreen with skincare benefits as well. While I only use pure sunscreens on my face (no multitasking there — I apply SPF as the very last step in my a.m. skincare routine), a multitasker seems to do the trick for my chest, as it’s not as prone to breakouts.

Image Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 – I’ve been using this sunscreen lately, and I like that it has SPF 50 plus a slew of moisturizing ingredients. Plant stem cells and antioxidants protect while also repairing.

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 – This clean brand contains 25% zinc with added moisturizing ingredients like squalane, argan oil, vitamin E, and Bisabol. A truly unique and toxin-free SPF (if your skin is on the drier side, try this on your face, too!).

TIP: Apply your chest SPF as the final step in your skincare routine.

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