Did you know that two million people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year? This means, despite summer coming to an end, sun protection necessitates attention all year long. But while the FDA is cracking down on sunscreen claims and requiring stricter regulation, there’s nothing wrong with aiming to get the most bang for your buck when purchasing the right UV protection for your face.
According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, there are currently 200 sunscreen manufacturers making approximately 4,000 different sunscreen containing products. That’s a lot of options. So how do you narrow it down for the best chance of protecting your skin from harmful rays and wrinkles? First, be wary of sprays, wipes and towelettes and instead stick to creams, lotions, sticks and gels.
Also, while certain marketing terms will play a part in the new sunscreen guidelines, don’t disregard the crop of supercharged sunscreens with added skin-care benefits being introduced. They serve as a reminder of how far sunscreens have come. For a cheat sheet, check out these ten superior sunscreens that are changing the SPF game.
Providing full-spectrum UVA and UVB coverage, La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-aging Primer with Sunscreen ($39.50) minimizes pores and provides a high level of SPF 50 sun protection. The oil-free formula virtually dries on contact to a matte finish, as powerful antioxidants work behind the scenes to combat premature aging.
For a Double Dose of Antioxidants
Infused with free-radical fighting antioxidants, L’Oreal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face 50+ ($11) offers a sheer, lightweight formula that’s perfect for the face.
An Organic Option
The latest from the organic-infused line, COOLA SPF30 Matte Finish Mineral Tint ($36) delivers sun protection in a supermatte formula for those that worry about a shiny forehead.
Add a Bit of Color
Peptides, hyaluronic acid spheres, pearlized minerals and vitamins come togethr in Cover FX SkinTint SPF 30’s ($42) multitasking formula that imparts a hint of healthy color.
If breakouts are a problem, Rodan + Fields Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 ($28) will protect your skin against 20 times the exposure of UV rays than if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen at all, and it keeps oil production to a minimum.
An Eye-Opening SPF
While it can’t be worn alone as a full-coverage sunscreen, Soleil Organique Environmental Defense Eye Therapy SPF 15 ($70) works to protect and correct the sensitive eye area.
The Anti-Aging Cream
With organic SPF 40 protection and Parsol 1789, Supergoop Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Day Cream ($16) takes the “environmentally friendly” trend one step further by offering a day cream that’s free of artificial colors, chemical additives and any ingredients that may harm marine life. The powerful mix of skin-improving ingredients (pomegranate, olive oil and green tea extracts) work to improve the condition of the skin while protecting it.
For Sensitive Skin
Eau Thermale Avéne High Protection Cream SPF 50 ($21) has the maximum amount of SPF now allowed by the FDA and offers 100 percent mineral broad spectrum UVA/ UVB defense without any irritation. Great for post-procedure protection.
For Skin-Tone Improvement
Suitable for all skin tones, SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50’s ($30) tinted, ultralightweight formula combines transparent zinc oxide and a unique plankton extract to deliver maximum sun protection, while boosting skin’s radiance.
The Skin Booster
Beyond the unique antioxidant- and nutrient-rich formula, Beyond Clear PROTECT Broad Spectrum SPF29 is a powerful oil- and chemical-free sun protector that leaves a completely non-greasy, just-the-right-amount-of-hydration finish on the skin—it even contains vitamin C to break up dark spots and brighten tone.
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