Many of us apply sunscreen only when the sun is shining brightly or when vacationing on a tropical island. This is alarming, considering that up to 80% of the sun’s UVA rays (the kind that’s responsible for fine lines and wrinkles) can penetrate the skin even on cloudy days, and are present at a constant rate all year round (yes, even during fall and winter). To shield your skin from the sun, the American Academy of Dermatology mandates that sunscreen be used as part of your daily skin care routine. But we get it, not everyone enjoys their sunscreen’s gooey texture and the white film it leaves behind. Fortunately, there are certain types of sunscreens out there you can seamlessly ease into your beauty routine. They are potent, multipurpose and work well under makeup—perfect for busy women or just anyone who hates the nuisance of daily sunscreen application. Here are just five of them.
1. Sunscreen that complements your makeup: La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer With Sunscreen
Why we love it: This anti-aging makeup primer offers both UVA and UVB protection, but what really won our hearts is that it also instantly blurs fine lines, wrinkles and pores, creating a smooth, even skin surface for easier makeup application and longer-lasting coverage. Easy to spread and noncomedogenic, this sunscreen primer can be used alone or under makeup.
How to use: Use as the last step in your skin care regimen and before applying the rest of your makeup.
2. Sunscreen that also controls oil and shine: SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50
Why we love it: Aside from providing potent broad-spectrum protection, this 100% physical sunscreen also absorbs oil as it provides sheer coverage, leaving you with a nice, even and shine-free finish. Its translucent color spheres offer a universally flattering tint that complements any skin tone. With a sunscreen product like this, who needs makeup?
How to use: Apply daily to face, neck and chest—alone or under makeup.
3. Sunscreen that also camouflages skin imperfections: Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation SPF 25
Why we love it: This product is actually more a foundation than a sunscreen, but because it also provides all-day hydration and broad-spectrum protection, we feel compelled to include it here. This ultra-breathable foundation formula provides long-lasting medium coverage. Plus, it never appears mask-like or cakey—even after 16 hours.
How to use: Apply using either fingertips, makeup sponge or foundation brush. For optimum results, set with Dermablend Loose Setting Powder, leave for two minutes, then brush off excess powder with a brush.
4. Sunscreen with antioxidant benefits: Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion
Why we love it: Most experts recommend compounding the protective benefits of your sunscreen with an antioxidant serum. This ultralight, daily sunscreen lotion has that covered. By combining effective UVA and UVB filters with potent antioxidants white grape polyphenol and vitamin E, this sunscreen offers multilayer cellular protection from UV rays and free radical damage. That’s two birds with one stone!
How to use: Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.
5. Sunscreen that also works on dark circles: SkinCeuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50
Why we love it: Delivering a new standard in eye care, this ophthalmologist-tested sunscreen defends, enhances and optimizes the entire eye area, including the eyelid. Formulated specifically for the unique structure of the thinner and more sensitive skin around the eye, Physical Eye UV Defense provides broad-spectrum protection without migrating into and irritating the eyes. A unifying tint enhances any skin tone, while ceramides nourish your skin, creating a smooth, optimal canvas for makeup application.
How to use: Apply daily to entire eye area: under the eye, on the crow’s-feet area and on eyelids.
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