The New Sunscreens: 10 Cool New Ways to Get Sun Protection

BY Janeca Racho · August 15, 2018

Woman applying power sunscreen

Ask any dermatologist, makeup artist or beauty expert and they’re all going to tell you the same thing: Never leave the house without sunscreen! And yes, even in winter. While the sun makes life on this planet possible, UV radiation is bad news for our skin. This is why it’s important to make sunscreen application (and re-application every two hours) a habit as majority of the photodamage your skin endures is a result of day-to-day activities. But even with the threat of hyperpigmentation, photoaging, or worse, skin cancer, sunscreens still don’t get the love they deserve for different reasons: They’re greasy, sticky or unwieldy. Fortunately, sunscreen formulas have come a long way (How long? Here’s a quick history lesson.) A new breed of sun protection is hitting the shelves, and they come in all shapes, sizes and formulations. It’s time to bid those icky days adieu, and say hello to the coolest sunscreens on the block!

1. In a Convenient Stick Form: COOLA Mineral Sport SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen Stick

Perfect for your weekend hikes and beach trips, this tinted sunscreen stick boasts a 70-percent organic formula with skin-restoring sea kelp extract, vitamin E and avocado and coconut oils. It also leaves a golden finish, so you can get that sun-kissed glow without putting your skin at the mercy of the sun!

2. As a Foundation: jane iredale Amazing Base SPF 20

When you have sensitive skin, keeping your makeup routine simple is key. For some, that also means being forced to choose between a foundation to hide acne marks and sun protection. Fortunately, this loose mineral powder foundation—infused with sea extracts and antioxidants—delivers light-to-medium coverage to conceal dark spots, redness and other blemishes while protecting your skin from free radicals and UV rays. Its gentle mineral formula also makes it ideal for those with skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. It even gets the Skin Cancer Foundation’s stamp of approval!

3. As a Primer: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40

True to its name, this weightless broad-spectrum sunscreen features an anhydrous formula that slips onto skin seamlessly, providing an excellent base for your makeup to cling to and leaving your skin with a matte finish. It’s also infused with meadowfoam- seed oil to boost hydration, diatomaceous earth to soak up excess sebum and extract of frankincense that acts as anti-inflammatory.

4. As a Setting Mist: COOLA Organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray

Best for all skin types, this setting sunscreen spray not only prevents your makeup from slipping and sliding, it also keeps UV rays from harming your skin with its broad-spectrum sun protection. Infused with aloe vera and cucumber extracts, it soothes inflamed, sensitive and irritated skin.

5. As an Eye Cream: Colorescience Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

As the most sensitive skin in your body, your undereye area requires special care and protection from UV damage and environmental stressors. Infused with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and powerful proprietary blends Actineyes, Beautifeye, Aldavine 5x, Syn-Eye and Phytomoist, it restores sagging skin, brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Proof? Clinical studies reveal that 95 to 97 percent of subjects have noticed a marked improvement in the appearance of their eye area, including dark circles, puffiness and firmness.

6. As a Tinted Lip Balm: Soleil Toujours Hydra Volume Lip Masque SPF 15 – Cinquante Cinq

It’s hard to maintain a luscious pout when you have sun-ravaged lips. Infused with jojoba and coconut oils, peptides, antioxidants and zinc oxide, this lip-loving, stay-all-day gloss moisturizes and hydrates your kissers while preventing UVA and UVB damage and encouraging collagen production.

7. As a Sheer Powder: Colorescience Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ BrushOn Shield

This self-dispensing, mineral-powder sunscreen just got better with its new-and-improved formula that features hyaluronic acid powder, iron oxides, Vitachelox® and InfraGuard. Aside from providing physical sun protection (with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), it also shields skin from blue light, pollution and infrared damage. Bonus points for its antimicrobial bristles and water- and sweat-resistant formula (up to 80 minutes)!

8. As a Hair Oil: Klorane Protective Oil with Ylang Ylang Wax

With the constant exposure to heat, saltwater and pool chemicals, it’s safe to say that your hair may not be enjoying summer as much as you are. Fortunately, this lightweight hair oil gives your tresses some much-needed nourishment and protection from the elements with its blend of ylang-ylang wax, UVA and UVB filters and oil-based nourishing complex. This waterproof formula hydrates and protects each strand, preserves color and shields hair from sun damage.

9. As a BB Cream: MDSolar Sciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 UVA-UVB

As far as sun protection is concerned, this lightly whipped, water-resistant, tinted moisturizer has it all. Infused with ProVention- R™ Liposome (a blend of green tea, cranberry fruit and pomegranate extracts), coQ10, vitamins C and E and natural UV filters, it hides blemishes, controls shine and enhances skin tone while preventing photoaging and helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

10. As a Leg Enhancer: This Works Perfect Legs Skin Protector SPF 30

Leg-baring frocks and shorts are on everyone’s summer staples, but before you strut it out under the sun, make sure your gams are well-protected. Formulated with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and natural caramel, this tinted body serum protects your skin from sun damage, soothes and reduces inflammation and leaves you with a naturally glowing complexion.

Janeca Racho

With over 10 years of writing and editing experience, Janeca Racho has worked with clients in the fashion, entertainment, food, health and travel industries. An adventurer at heart, she will gladly trade her heels for ... Read More >

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