The dog days of summer are winding down, but in-the-know beauty lovers protect their skin from harmful rays 365 days a year. For your sunscreen needs beyond the beach, long past Labor Day, we’ve got you covered. Here are sunscreens that double as a primer, anti-pollution shield, blue-light protector and more.
But first, the basics: Purchase “broad spectrum” UVA/UVB-protection sunscreen. Use an SPF 30 or higher, but anything higher than 50 can be unnecessary and misleading. Reapply about a shot-glass amount of sunscreen per area at least every two hours or immediately after swimming or heavy sweating. And check the expiration date to confirm that what you’re slathering on your skin is actually useful. OK, got it? Great. Here we go!
Senté Invisible Shield Sunscreen: Sticky, sweaty, grimy pollution isn’t what you want your skin to absorb. This multitasker comes fully equipped with a 52 SPF that blends in effortlessly with other moisturizers and serums. It’s also formulated to protect you from blue light and pollution. A big added bonus for those who favor eschewing chemical sunscreens is that it’s a 100% physical sunscreen made with titanium dioxide but still absorbs quickly into the skin. Anthelios Tinted Mineral Sunscreen for Face SPF 50 also features titanium dioxide.
Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30: Prep your makeup with a primer that works hard for you and doesn’t pill. This gel primer is formulated to smooth fine lines and brighten and even out your skin tone. It even has peptides to help firm your skin. It leaves skin feeling silky, allowing for easier makeup application. Other good options in this category are Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF and beauty-editor favorite Glossier Invisible Shield Daily Sunscreen SPF 35.
Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36: Sun protection that does double duty with a hint of coverage is a time-saving dream. We also like
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, with a newly expanded line of five new colors. A highlighted ingredient in this formulation is hyaluronic acid to soothe, plump and moisturize. Another good tinted sunscreen to try is Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50.
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SUPERGOOP! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40: Sayonara sunscreen that leaves a chalky undertone. Get clear with this oil-free sunscreen formulated to prolong the wear of your makeup as a primer and more. It’s a triple winner: one of the ingredients in this is red algae to help protect against blue light emitted from your computer monitor or phone, which is brighter and has a shorter wavelength than an old-school older incandescent bulb. Research shows it may be bad for your health. Red algae are also rich in amino acids and antioxidants that hydrate and shield skin from damaging airborne pollutants.