A fresh new crop of sunscreens are on our radar for the season, but what if your medicine cabinet is still filled with last year’s buys? Check the labels for expiration dates. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of about one year, and after that, they will lose their potency. And why do you have those old leftover products laying around anyway? Could it be that you haven’t been using them consistently or using enough of the product to get adequate protection? You’re not alone. Most of us fall short when it comes to using the right amount of sunscreen, even if we have chosen the right sunscreen to start with.
According to Miami dermatologist Jill Waibel, “To be safe, you need to use at least a teaspoon of broad spectrum SPF30+ for your face, and a whole shot glass to adequately protect your body. Skin cancer is on the rise, and diligent sun protection can save your life.”
SPF is just one factor in choosing the right sunscreen. How a sunblock smells, feels, and works with your makeup has a lot to do with whether you’ll actually use it daily and rub it in so it will work. There are NO MORE EXCUSES for not using a high SPF anymore – these new formulations are that good.
Here are our 8 favorite newbies:
MURAD Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65) – This elegant multitasking one step solution works as a treatment, primer and SPF. The silky texture feels great on your skin, and makeup just glides on. Just one pump will take care of blurring away flaws, targeting the signs of aging, protect skin from damaging UV rays. Key ingredients include Shitake Mushroom Peptides, Black Currant, Rosemary and Goldenrod Extracts to reduce lines and improve texture and tone. (Gifted)
Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50 ($42) – We really like this heavy duty UVA/UVB protector that goes on sheer. Multi-Antioxidants add another level of benefits, and Green Tea Extract prevents DNA damage. The operative word is invisible – it’s a sheer barely tinted formula that looks great on every skin tone and even under foundation.
ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50 ($ 70) – The new Oclipse Smart Tone is designed to blend seamlessly into any skin tone. Customizable color beads with a UVA/UVB photostable sun protection system provide daily protection from UV rays, and fractionated melanin helps shield against high‐energy visible (HEV) light. Vitamin C is added to inhibit skin darkening. The silky uber wearable formula actually protects while it corrects and is able to match your skin tone – hence the name “Smart Tone.” (Gifted)
COOLA SPF 30 Sephora® Exclusive ($36) – We love these clear, handy spray sunscreens in exclusive scents for Sephora – Fresh Cucumber and Tropical Coconut – available in 3oz and 8oz deluxe sizes. Skin gets nourishment from 70%+ certified organic ingredients including Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts. Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen booster, is rich in Omega-3 and 6. These neat sprays can be used for the body, legs, arms, and touch up when you are by the pool or at the beach. The scent is fresh and light and you’ll feel like you’re on island time. There’s also an SPF50 Unscented formula if that’s your preference. This is an upbeat brand that makes you happy to wear your sun protection.
EltaMD UV Daily Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 ($26)- EltaMD UV Daily has hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and diminish fine lines. This lightweight moisturizer with UV protection can be worn alone or under makeup. Choose from tinted or untinted formulas for every day use.
Avene Mineral Ultra Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion Face SPF 50 ($28) –Avene’s newest range features classic and mineral formulas for face and body. Our first choice is the UltraLight version for the face that is ideal for sensitive skin. This featherlight and sheer, chemical-free sunscreen also contains antioxidants to fight free radicals. The sheer, non-whitening lotion provides maximum water resistance (80 minutes), so it’s great for hazy, hot, humid August days and at the beach. (Gifted)
L’Oreal Advanced Suncare Quick Dry Sheer Finish Spray SPF50 ($11.00) – Sprays make it easy to cover arms and legs before you get dressed. This patented UV filter formula delivers long-lasting, broad spectrum protection that dries immediately to a matte, non-greasy finish. Antioxidants vitamin E and white grape seed will help keep your kin young and supple too.
NEUTROGENA® CoolDry Sport Spray SPF 30 and SPF 70 ($11.99) – This new range has the patented MICROMESH™ technology that allows your sweat to pass through the sunscreen without affecting the SPF protection. It also contains Neutrogena’s signature HELIOPLEX technology that has been so popular with dermatologists over the past few years. This is an ideal choice for sports and outdoor activities, with no greasy, heavy feel. We prefer the high SPF70, but the range is also available in an SPF30. We call that a no-brainer.