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Powder SPF: The Most Genius (& Convenient) Way to Protect Your Skin


Let’s be honest, sunscreens aren’t the most pleasant products to apply. We understand their importance and would never sacrifice our skin because of a dislike for texture, but we wouldn’t be the first to make note of their gooey, unbelievably thick and often overly oily consistency. Thankfully, this is where powder sunscreens come into play.

One of the leaders in powder SPF formulas is the dermatologist-recommended and mineral-based line Colorescience. According to aesthetic physician Doriana Cosgrove, MD, ease of application is key. “With Colorescience sunscreen, it’s an easy application with the brush versus dirty hands and reapplying creams.” Once you apply Colorescience’s formula you can just go outside too. “You don’t have to wait like you do with a chemical sunscreen,” added Cosgrove.

Janet Turkle, MD, board certified plastic surgeon, noted Colorescience’s texture and how it isn’t appealing to put a really thick lotion sunscreen on top of another thick lotion sunscreen. “That’s what’s so nice with a mineral powder base. It can be easily reapplied. There are very few sunscreens that you can actually apply and say, ‘Hey I look better!’” said Turkle.

But, you ask, how effective are powder sunscreens compared to other formulas? According to Jane Iredale, creator of the eponymous mineral makeup line, the effectiveness of powder sunscreens has never been in question.  “All sunscreens go through stringent laboratory tests, and our sunscreens are no different. They go through the same tests as oils, creams and lotions and always pass easily. A bigger question, I think, are people applying enough?” she says. Sunscreen protection always depends on how it is applied. What is haphazard is the dosage the consumer applies and reapplies. Be diligent and take charge of your own skin. Make sure you apply enough and reapply if you’ve been sweating or swimming.”

Want to discover the best powder SPF products DermStore has to offer? Here are some of our best, as picked by the Dermstore editors:

  1. Colorescience Sunforgettable® Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 30 - Medium Shimmer
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    Colorescience Sunforgettable® Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 30 - Medium Shimmer

    Protect and perfect your skin with Colorescience Sunforgettable® Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 30 in 'Medium Shimmer' (pale tint with a champagne, sparkly sheen), a 2-in-1 mineral sunscreen and finishing powder that can be worn alone or over makeup. With an easy-to-use brush delivery system, the mineral powder formula harnesses the protective properties of broad spectrum SPF 30 for high sun protection, and delivers a veil of sheer, natural coverage that both protects and perfects the complexion. Free from chemicals and fragrances, it is suitable for all skin types and sexes, and glides onto the skin
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  2. Eminence Organic Skin Care Sun Defense Minerals - No. 0 Translucent
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    Eminence Organic Skin Care Sun Defense Minerals - No. 0 Translucent

    Protect and perfect your complexion with Eminence Sun Defense Minerals; a water-resistant formula that delivers the benefits of a sunscreen and bronzer in one unique powder.Powered by Micronized Zinc Oxide and antioxidant Vitamins A and E, the finely milled mineral powder creates a weightless veil over skin; it provides SPF 30 to defend against environmental aggressors and harmful UV rays, whilst eliminating excess oil and shine for a smooth, matt finish. Fitted with a soft brush for mess-free application.Hypoallergenic.Free from parabens, phthalates and animal
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  3. jane iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen Tanned 0.62oz.

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  4. Mineral Fusion Mineral SPF 30 Brush-On Sun Defense 0.14oz.

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