New Wave of SPF: 9 Innovative Formulas to Try

BY Janeca Racho · May 27, 2020

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Ask any dermatologist, makeup artist or beauty expert and they’re all going to tell you the same thing: Sunscreen is the one product that should always be a staple in your skin care routine regardless of the weather or season. While the sun makes life on this planet possible, it’s a widely known fact that UV radiation is bad news for our skin. That is why it’s important to make sunscreen application (and re-application every two hours) a habit as the majority of the photodamage your skin endures is a result of day-to-day activities.

In fact, even staying at home doesn’t guarantee complete protection from ultraviolet damage as UVA rays—which contribute to the suppression of the immune system, premature skin aging and skin cancer—is able to penetrate most glass windows. You are also exposed to blue light or high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted by your TV screens, smartphones and indoor lighting. Studies have shown that blue light can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle and potentially lead to signs of aging and free radical damage.

But even with the threats that UV rays pose to our skin and general health, 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. A new breed of sun protection is hitting the shelves and they come in all shapes, sizes and formulations. Say hello to some of the most innovative formulas on the market.

1. In a Convenient Stick Form: Supergoop! Glow Stick SPF 50

Infused with Amazonian oils, antioxidants and a blend of fatty acids, this sunscreen stick hydrates and brightens your skin while making sure it’s fully protected against the sun’s harmful rays and visible light damage from your devices. It helps replenish lost moisture and leaves your skin with a healthy glow without the greasy residue.

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 means having to choose between a foundation that hides 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 Setting Mist: COOLA Organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray

Suitable for all skin types, this setting sunscreen spray not only prevents your makeup from slipping and sliding (and keeping your skin shine-free with its matte finish), it also prevents UV rays from harming your skin with its broad-spectrum sun protection. Its weightless 70-percent organic formula is infused with aloe vera and cucumber extracts that soothe inflamed, sensitive and irritated skin.

4. As an Eye Cream + Sheer Powder: Colorescience Dermstore Exclusive Sun Protection Duo

This Dermstore-exclusive gift set features the best-selling and UV-fighting dynamic duo:

Total Eye™ 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35: 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.

Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50: Featuring a new-and-improved formula that includes hyaluronic acid powder, iron oxides, Vitachelox® and InfraGuard, it provides physical sun protection (with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), shields skin from blue light, pollution and infrared damage and comes with antimicrobial bristles.

5. MDSolarSciences Hydrating Sheer Lip Balm SPF 30

It’s hard to maintain a luscious pout when you have sun-ravaged lips. Fortunately, this tinted lip balm will make sure your lips stay supple by keeping harmful UV rays at bay, moisturizing with avocado oil and shea butter while adding a subtle wash of color.

6. As a Hair Oil: Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Powered by Oribe’s Signature Complex (watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts) and potent oils and botanicals, this lightweight hair oil nourishes your hair and scalp while keeping them protected from oxidative stress, photoaging, keratin depletion and environmental aggressors that cause color-damage and dryness. It softens and moisturizes dry and damaged hair, repairs split ends and stimulates the hair cuticle while preventing further damage.

7. As a BB Cream: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

This fuss-free BB cream slash sunscreen will make sure your skin is ready for its #nofilter close-up. Its hydrating formula primes and evens out your complexion for a smoother, shine-free finish while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and shielding your skin from UV rays.

8. All Physical Protection: EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

Harnessing the protective properties of micronized zinc oxide and micronized titanium dioxide, this oil-free mineral sunscreen works by forming a physical barrier on top of your skin, providing it with gentle broad-spectrum defense against sun damage. It is also infused with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to counter the effects of free radicals and boost and replenish moisture.

9. SPF 100: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Milk Body & Face Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 100

Formulated with the brand’s exclusive Cell-Ox Shield® Technology and prebiotic thermal water, niacinamide and glycerin, this oxybenzone-free sunscreen is all you need to give your face and body total protection from the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Lightweight, water-resistant and fast-absorbing, it’s gentle-enough to use for those with sun-sensitive skin and children ages three and up.

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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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