8 SUNSCREENS FOR PERFECT PROTECTION AND A SUN-KISSED GLOW

Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

words by DANIELLE RANSOM • Shop The StoryBeauty Originally posted Feb. 19. 2019

Skin aging is an entirely natural process, but 90 percent of premature aging is caused by sun damage. The best treatments in the world can’t reverse sun damage, and the real way to prevent or prolong wrinkles is by investing in quality suncare.

As someone with sensitive and fair skin, there are a number of sunscreens that don’t work for me. They are made with ingredients that either dry out my skin, clog my pores, or are just plain toxic. I could write a laundry list of the many fails I’ve had during photo shoots; believe me, there is nothing worse than having your face stream down a clients dress, mid-fitting, on set in 100-degree heat.

But I have found eight sunscreens that time and again get me through whatever situation I am in:

Vive Sana Daily Protezione Broad Spectrum 30 ($55)

When I’m in the sun for a while, my skin begins to feel sucked dry - so when I came across this hydrating sunscreen, I was instantly intrigued. This organic sunscreen is made from non-clogging moisturizers like argan, apricot, avocado and jojoba extracts, which help to nourish the skin. It feels much like a velvety night cream and melts into the skin like butter. I like to wear it on the plane, as a moisture lock that also protects my skin from sun exposure at its most damaging strength.

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+

I wear this sunscreen when I know I’m going to be outside for a long time. Despite being a physical sunscreen, it's very moisturizing. It has vitamin E and antioxidants, which both help to give me a healthy glow (instead of a white cast). It sits really well on the skin and doesn’t absorb too much, which often causes my irritations. Instead, it forms a light barrier; protecting against dehydration. It’s also a good sunscreen to transition from day to night as you can wear it in the water and under makeup.

Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tam

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++ ($68)

It seems like the higher you go with SPF, the more you’re dealing with a thick, white paste that does nothing for the skin but trap unwanted grime. This lightweight formula was a breath of fresh air. It absorbs nicely and has a subtle peach tint that blurs out imperfections and color-corrects my redness so well that I hardly bother with foundation or concealer afterward. The matte finish leaves my skin looking luminous while the vitamin C helps to give me a sun-kissed glow. Best of all, the formula is fragrance-free!

La Mer The Reparative Face Sun Lotion ($135)

Did you know some starfish can regrow limbs that have been cut off or damaged? Imagine if that kind of science was applied to your skin. La Mer went to the bottom of the sea to find the best combination of anti-aging peptides that help to repair the skin. It is chock full of rich nutrients that keep the moisture in your skin balanced, while repairing any signs of skin damage. And it has a nice gel consistency that easily mixes in with my other skincare products.

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33 ($53)

This sunscreen goes above and beyond. It is formulated with phytomelanin (which mimics the natural protection darker skin tones have) and hyaluronic acid (which helps keeps the skin hydrated). I think this sunscreen has a nice blend of anti-aging ingredients, sun protection, and moisturizers; which all help to keep my skin balanced.

EltaMD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40 ($33)

You know suncare is good when dermatologists universally love it and can’t wait to recommend it. This moisturizing sunscreen is my go-to product before applying my foundation. It glides on top of serums and other skin products like silk and absorbs quickly, without flaking when you apply under makeup. I really like the fact that you can buy a tinted version too, because it gives me a much wanted dewy, no-makeup look.


Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50 ($90)

I look at this one as a nice moisturizer with a high SPF, instead of sunscreen. High SPF lotions are usually too heavy and don't soak in well, but this oil-free cream soaks in much like a serum. It has niacinamide, which keeps the skin supple, while paracress flower extract and vitamin C prevents fine lines and wrinkles. This sunscreen is a little thick when you first apply it, but it does absorb nicely. I often use this as a sealant over another moisturizer when the weather is changing.


Clarins Sunscreen Care Cream SPF 30 ($36)

I am always on the search for products that are not full of harmful chemicals. I struggled to find one that wasn’t too fragrant or left me boiling under the sun - until this one. Plant-based extracts like olive, baobab, and senna both hydrate and soothe the skin. A little bit goes a very long way. It comes out the bottle a bit greasy but I find that the slight oiliness makes my skin feel moist, which is crucial on hot days. The trick is to dot a few pea-sized amounts on the skin, neck, and chest, then pat it in. If I'm wearing it just to the pool or beach, I don't mind the extra glow.

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