My Favorite Summer Sunscreens

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There's nothing quite as trashy as a sunburn. I know, you put that SPF 50 on and swam or sweat it off and never reapplied, right? We've all done it. It doesn't help when you really don't like what you're using. Let's be honest. Sunscreen isn't fun. It kinda sucks. You need a good one. Especially for your face. One that will last and not break you out or make you look pasty or greasy. Something you can also wear under a bit of makeup if going to a summer party. By now, most of us have some type of SPF in our lotions or tinted moisturizers but most likely this isn't enough protection. We do so much to prevent wrinkles and age spots - after the fact. But protecting your skin in the first place is the easiest thing to do. For the record, I have combination, possibly sensitive skin. It likes to get a hive every now and again. Break out at the hint of anything new and can be, at the same time dry and oily. Let's call it confused. Here are my faves.

You can't go wrong with Clarins. Super sheer, fights free radicals, filled with anti-oxidants and available in multiple tints make this my all around go-to superstar. A little goes a long way and spreads easily, so it's worth the price tag.
Clarins UV Plus HP Day Screen (no color $38)(tinted $40)

Sephora's Sun Safety Kit always sells out. (It's already sold out online but still available in stores.) And for good reason. Not only are these some of the best sun protection products on the market, but they're also the perfect size for your purse or carry-on. It's an easy way to try a bunch of new products without investing a ton of money.

Sun Safety Kit 2012 $30 includes:
- 0.23 oz Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector SPF 42 PA+++
- 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
- 0.25 oz Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 with Dermaxyl Complex
- 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Defense Moisture Lotion SPF 30
- 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Protect The Truth SPF 50+ Sunscreen
- 0.4 oz Philosophy Hope Oil-Free SPF 30
- 0.5 oz Boscia Oil-free Daily Hydration SPF 15
- 2.5 oz St. Tropez Gradual Tan
- 0.33 oz Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++
- 0.33 oz Supergoop! SPF 30+ Everyday UV Lotion for Face and Body Cream Oil-free
- 0.5 oz Origins VitaZing SPF 15
- 0.33 oz Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15
- 0.03 oz Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 25 Mineral Veil and brush
- 0.169 oz Sephora Collection Age Defy Moisture Cream SPF 15
- 0.23 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA +++
- 1 Kate Somerville Somerville 360° Face Self Tanning Pad
- 1 TanTowel Classic Self-Tan Towelette for Face & Body
- Bonus train case

For The Face:

Best High Protection - La Roche Posay - Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Fluid $32.95
Perfect for sensitive skin and avail tinted (dewy finish) or untinted (matte finish)
Argan Oil Infused - Josie Maran - Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer SPF40 $32
Not only is this a great moisturizer, you can also use it as a primer and sinks right into skin.
 Best Smell - Origins - A Perfect World SPF35 $27.50 - I usually like my facial skincare unscented
 but the calming white tea scent feels more like a treatment and less like sunscreen.
Best for Breakout Prone - Murad - Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30 $31 - This is perfect if you've got 
oily skin or your face is just going a bit haywire. The silky, matte finish keeps 
shine at bay and wont break you out.

For The Body - Drugstore Picks:

L'Oreal - Sublime Sun SPF30 Crystal Clear Mist $10 (also avail in SPF50)
Hawaiian Tropic - Sheer Touch Lotion SPF30 $8 (also avail in SPF50) 
Aveeno - Continuous Protection SPF55 $7 (avail in SPF 30 and 85)
Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer - Dry Touch Lotion & Body Mist $8-10 (avail SPF30-100)

Best On-The-Go:
Supergoop Sunscreen Swipes SPF30 $10-34

::I am not a dermatologist, nor do I claim to be. I'm just a fair skinned girl with a cranky complexion::


Allison M. said...

Josie Maran is all over the place with that line of skin care. I think it's about time I try it.

Anonymous said...

I just wrote down a few of your favs for face lotion. I need to up my regular face cream - it's only SPF 15. Thanks for the suggestions! Off to the store tomorrow!

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